Is it possible to turn a bland, promotional overseas trip for a bland presidential contender into a three ring circus of controversy? If you’re Mitt Romney and his helpful pinch-hitting aid, it sure is:
LA Times— Romney’s trip has been clouded by criticism — first over his questioning of the readiness of the London Olympic Games and then over an offhand comment in Israel about how the economic disparities between neighbors such as the Israelis and Palestinians, Chile and Ecuador, and the U.S. and Mexico show the “power” of “culture.” His musings on the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic drew a furious response from Palestinians.
Though the final day of Romney’s trip — which included a speech about the importance of the ties between Poland and the U.S. and a solemn procession to several memorials — went smoothly, it was marred by a third controversy. A campaign spokesman chided reporters who shouted questions about the missteps to Romney as he left a plaza near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“Show some respect,” campaign spokesman Rick Gorka told several reporters. When two reporters protested that Romney had only taken three questions from the traveling press during the tour, Gorka replied, “Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
And what would the Romney campaign call this dismal performance? A great success!
That kinda of makes you wonder what Romney would make of other events. Maybe in Romney-speak, Pearl Harbor would be an acceptable stalemate, walking through a pile of steaming bullshit would be a sign of steadfast leadership, and the economy under George Bush would be a great start to even more prosperity ahead!