Romney’s Olympic undiplomacy


When Mitt Romney’s campaign announced that he was traveling to London to attend the Olympic opening ceremonies, it sounded like a brilliant move. A chance to shift attention away from the controversy surrounding his business record to his less controversial success at running the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.

But that’s not how it has turned out. Romney criticized, however mildly, the British handling of the games — commenting on “disconcerting” reports of insufficient security staffing, and questioning British support for the Games.

Here’s what he got back from PM David Cameron:

“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”


The Times of London account notes that Cameron “went on to refer to his recent trip to Naypyidaw, the deserted new capital of Burma.”

But it was largely portrayed as a putdown of Romney’s games in Utah. The Salt Lake City mayor’s office responded:

“(David Cameron) can stop by any time. We’d love to have him and are happy to send a map so he doesn’t run into any trouble locating the middle of nowhere.”


After enduring the explosive minefield of political pitfalls that are the Olympic ceremonies in an Anglophone allied country, Romney must be relieved to be heading this weekend to the Middle East.


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Romney’s Olympic undiplomacy

  1. Ooooh niiiice one Dave! LOL

  2. But imagine the flip side: If it were Obama who had gone to the UK and committed such blunders, the Republicans would have TV ads running (with scare voice and everything) saying how Obama is an embarrassment, how he clearly doesn’t know how to deal with our allies, how he obviously hates America, and is not fit for prime time. But of course Republicans are totally fine with Mittens’ problems.

  3. Mitt’s Anglo Saxon advantage at work. Boris Johnson referred to him as ‘a guy named Mitt Romney’. He couldn’t remember Millband’s name, called him Mr. Leader. I can’t wait until he gets to the ‘foreign’ countries – what could possibly go wrong.

  4. So let me get this straight: Romney points out that there are some reports of insufficient security, and then PM Cameron puts down Salt Lake City as “the middle of nowhere”, and then the Mayor of Salt Lake City offers Cameron a map for the next time he visits the “middle of nowhere”?

    Mayor of Salt Lake for the win : having a basic sense of humour and a skin more than 3 nanometers thick.

    • PM Cameron visits the US and criticizes the security,,,,Obama says it’s better than the UKs…Some local from Dipshit-on-Stoke says it isn’t

      Is the word etiquette, or manners….or even common sense ringing a bell here?

  5. Cameron speaks the truth.
    You could hold a major economic summit in the Muskokas (the middle of nowhere) and security would be easier to maintain.
    Move part 2 of the summit to a big city like Toronto and security can result in all sorts of problems.
    Innarestin’ how that is, huh?

  6. So what exactly did Romney say about the London games that was any different than what the media have been reporting for weeks???

    The same media that are making a big deal of this ignored Fast and Furious for a year and a half. Just sayin.

    • Is the UK Romney’s country? No.

      Do you go into someone else’s home and criticize it? No.

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