International Buffoon’s Summer Vacation, Part Three: Your Worldwide Ray of Sunshine

As the dust settles from the #RomneyShambles Grand World Tour, those left snorting in Mitt’s wake are finding reasons to be grateful for his visit, some of which border on the miraculous.

The British Government thanks a black-hat baddie who was obviously born to the role for rallying a hitherto less-than-enthused and hypercritical populace behind the London Olympics. Wherever Mitt went, he was greeted by wildly cheering crowds. For instance, traffic congestion meant that he and his entourage had to walk down Grosvenor Place to a meeting at the Irish Embassy.

“Hey, Mitt—shake. HAHAHA gotcha!”

“Oops. I can’t believe you just did that,” says Mr. Gotcha’s companion. Keep your eyes on the man in green.

Here he is again. I have a suspicion he may feature in a few photoshops before the campaign’s done.

The accompanying headlines? The Daily Mail wasn’t untypical:

Mitt Romney to threaten war against Iran during trip to Israel as he tries to restore his foreign policy credentials after gaffe-prone London visit

Still, Mitt’s City banker pals love him, don’t they? Don’t they?

... it seems that his fundraiser, which happened tonight, might not exactly be a huge success — it sounds like attendance could be a little thin.

Tickets to the event, which were originally priced at between $25,000 and $75,000, were being given away for just $1,000 a few hours before the event, UK right wing blogger Guido Fawkes tweets. Milo Yiannopoulos, a UK tech blogger, says he was offered a free ticket to the event three times.

The tech blogger’s the winner in this one. Especially as he didn’t attend.

On that Israel leg of the trip, I’m not sure who benefits from Greta Van Susteren feeling like she’s in a “petting zoo,” but I’m sure there must be someone out there and it’s probably best not to dwell on it. Yup, snubbing your own country’s press while abroad is always a winning strategy.

Bibi is Mitt’s BFF from their time together at Boston Consulting? Apparently, not so much:

“I remember him [Romney] for sure, but I don’t think we had any particular connections, I knew him and he knew me, I suppose.”

Aside from the fact that Mitt was making shit up again, that one’s probably neutral in effect. Unlike this one.

Said Mitt: “Because I’m on foreign soil, I don’t want to be creating new foreign policy for my country or in any way to distance myself from the foreign policy of our nation ...,” before creating new foreign policy for his country and distancing himself from the foreign policy of his nation.

Parroting what passes for your foreign policy on the fly, then walking it back a tad, is always a great way to pass the time between flights, but it tends to scare the crap out of much of the rest of the world. No doubt that’s a plus where his base is concerned, especially when it’s coupled by dissing the Palestinians.

The silver lining? For better or worse, it’s for the Obama campaign again, gaining an endorsement of its own:

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak gave President Obama a full-throated endorsement in regards to his administration’s committment to the security of Israel on Monday.

In an interview scheduled to air this evening on CNN’s ‘The Situation Room,’ Barak told Wolf Blitzer that the Obama administration was even surpassing previous administrations in their backing of Israel:

“I think that from my point of view as defense minister they are extremely good, extremely deep and profound. I can see long years, um, administrations of both sides of political aisle deeply supporting the state of Israeli and I believe that reflects a profound feeling among the American people,” said Barak. “But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”

But he’s still the old Mitt at heart:

Romney Praises Israel’s Universal Health Care System, Which Includes Individual Mandate

Good enough for the Israelis, but not for you people. They win, you lose. Sorry.

On to Poland, then. Lech Walesa’s handshake’s got to be worth something?

Polish Solidarity distances itself from Romney visit

“Regretfully, we were informed by our friends from the American headquarters of (trade union federation) AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million employees ... that Mitt Romney supported attacks on trade unions and employees’ rights,” Solidarity said in a statement.

“Solidarity was not involved in organizing Romney’s meeting with Walesa and did not invite him to visit Poland.”

Oh dear. That took the shine off the trip to the Gdansk Shipyard. Still, the Pole on the street must be flattered by the visit?

Pro-Obama crowd greets Romney during Poland trip

This is starting to get ridiculous. Something more formal, then. A respectful visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw.

Romney aide loses cool, curses at press in Poland

CNN: “Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?

NYT: “Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?

Washington Post: “What about your gaffes?

NYT: “Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?”

CNN: “Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven’t taken but three questions on this trip from the press!

Gorka: “Show some respect”

NYT: “We haven’t had another chance to ask a question…”

Gorka: “Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”

Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to “shove it.”

“Gentlemen. You can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!”

Can’t. Get. Any. Worse.

About a half-hour later, the aide called reporters to apologize.

The A-word! Bravo! Snark wins. When’s the encore?

Posted by YAFB on 07/31/12 at 09:44 AM • Permalink

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The Honking Bus of Diplomacy honks on!

Well, at least Mitt’s got the Forrest Gump vote all locked up.

Run, MITTENS, run!

Kiss my ass!  Show some respect!

Excellent rundown, YAFB.  The twofers for the fundraiser was a nice surprise.  Maybe that’s why they kept the press out.  (Although press would have helped fill up the room.  Decisions, decisions…)

Solidarity holding its nose and backing away. I hadn’t heard that. Good catch.

Even Politico thinks Romney would have been better off staying home.  But the failbots at BigDeadBreitbart are clinging desperately to their rose colored glasses:

For example, today we have the presumptive GOP nominee wrapping up a successful international trip that’s ended with a lot of positive media coverage,

Hindrocket is even funnier:

By any reasonable standard, Romney’s trip has been successful. Yet press coverage has been unrelentingly negative. This AP story sums up the press’s angle well: “Another hiccup? Romney’s foreign trip not smooth.” To hear the AP tell it, Romney has committed one blunder after another.

Silly AP.  Why are they reporting these vicious rumors?

Even Politico thinks Romney would have been better off staying home.

I dunno, it’s a momentary distraction from the tax returns and offshore bank accounts issues.

@BBBB: Senator Reid is going to make sure that moment is short-lived.

There’s a couple of real money quotes in the sub-linked HuffPo article.  I think the last 4 years of Mortal Kombat in the Senate have made the Majority Leader a little pissed-off.

Comment by Lowkey on 07/31/12 at 03:46 PM

I’m remembering the following scene… Drinking wine at a cafe in Paris, a nearby table has three people, obviously fellow Americans, a guy and two women. The women can’t get the waiter’s attention to save their lives, and are loudly bashing the French. The guy motions, and the waiter comes over. He orders three glasses of wine, the waiter steps in-between the two women and asks the guy: “for you, sir?”.

There’s probably a lesson there for Romney if he ever chooses to travel again, though I’d suggest that he could best help America’s reputation by staying home.

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