Apparently Mittens was a bit snooty with his criticism of the London Olympics’ security issue. The London press, the Prime Minister and now the Mayor did not take to kindly to Romney’s remarks about London and their Olympics…
London Mayor Boris Johnson shamed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in front of a crowd of 100,000 people at the Olympic torch lighting on Thursday.
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Romney had offended Brits when he suggested that London wasn’t ready for the games.
“It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,” the candidate said. “There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials — that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”
During the torch lighting ceremony the next day, the London mayor made a point of calling out Romney.
“There are some people coming from around the world who don’t yet know about all the preparations we’ve done to get London ready in the last seven years,” Johnson told the massive crowd in Hyde Park. “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready.”
“Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are!”
Watch the video from BBC, broadcast July 26, 2012 via Crooks & Liars.
Mitt Romney’s very bad week in London just got worse, as he was called out by name by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson in front of 100,000 in Hyde Park, and millions more watching on the ‘telly’.
Boris Johnson: “I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are!”
When the Mayor ended by asking the crowd if London will put on the greatest Olympics that have ever been held they shouted in unison “Yes We Can!” And with that Mitt Romney’s humiliation was complete.
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