The following is an excerpt from ERIC PIANIN | July 27, 2012 | thefiscaltimes.com |
Here’s some unsolicited advice for Mitt Romney for the remainder of his overseas swing: Have some kind words ready for your host countries’ leaders when you meet with them in Poland and Israel in the coming days and try sour cream with your blintzes and mustard on your kielbasa.
Doing and saying anything more may be tempting fate in light of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s masterpiece of an unforced error in London on Thursday. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, should be reveling in the pageantry and excitement of the opening of the Summer Olympics.
Instead, he and his aides are trying to clean up the diplomatic mess he made yesterday after his gratuitous remarks to NBC News anchor Brian Williams casting doubt on London’s readiness for the Games, saying that the preparations and security he had seen were “disconcerting” and that it is “hard to know just how well it will turn out.”
“There are a few things that were disconcerting — the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials; that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” Romney said.
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