Idiot wind, blowin’ every time you move your mouth…
Idiot wind, blowin’ every time you move your teeth.
You’re an idiot, babe.
It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.
—Bob Dylan, Idiot Wind
Well, as he prepares to visit Poland and Israel after Great Britain, the Stumblebum World Tour that is the Mitt Romney foreign policy fiasco is not exactly getting rave reviews in the UK. It’s a nonstop laugh-fest.
So bad was Romney’s gaffe-infested trip to London, on the eve of the Olympics, that former Olympian track star Carl Lewis got off the best line, in response to Romney’s ridiculous comment that the British might not be ready for the Games because of security problems:
“Of course London is ready.… Every Olympics is ready, I don’t care whatever he [Romney] said. I swear, sometimes I think some Americans shouldn’t leave the country. Are you kidding me, stay home if you don’t know what to say.”
Romney’s comments, originally made to Fox News, that he found security concerns “disconcerting” in advance of the games, drew a response from a senior British government official: “What a total shocker. We are speechless.”
Well, not exactly speechless. David Cameron, speaking on the record, slammed Romney himself, in a stunning rebuke that ridiculed Romney’s so-called main accomplishment, namely, helping to run the Winter Olympics in the backwater Mormon capital of Salt Lake City. Said Cameron:
“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”
When you stop laughing at Cameron’s “middle of nowhere” remark, there’s this: Romney, meeting with Ed Miliband, the head of the British Labour party, forgot Miliband’s name and, scrambling to say something, called him “Mr. Leader.” Said Mr. GOP Nominee:
“Like you, Mr. Leader, I look forward to our conversations this morning.… and recognize, of course, the unique relationship that exists between our nations, our commitment to common values, our commitment to peace in the world and our desire to see a stronger and growing economy.”
The rollicking British press is having a field day.
The conservative Telegraph said, in a commentary:
“Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.”