Mitt Romney is less than two days into his world tour but we can already draw one conclusion: the foreign press does not feel the same way about Romney now as it did about President Obama in 2008.
Romney had not even landed in London before a British tabloid had published a quote from a supposed “Romney adviser” who purportedly said,”We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.” The Romney campaign immediately disavowed the quote, but it ended up dominating his first day abroad anyway.
Romney would later get in trouble for something he actually did say when a transcript of his interview with NBC News Brian Williams was released Thursday. Romney told Williams that were “a few things that were disconcerting” about the Olympics so far including, “stories about the private security firm not having enough people” and “supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials.” L
London Mayor Boris Johnson took offense at Romney’s comments and used them to fire up a crowd at an afternoon rally, asking, “I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready?” To which the crowd reacted with thunderous applause.
Contrast Romney’s rough reception with the adulation Obama received when he traveled abroad in 2008. He was greeted by 250,000 adoring fans in Berlin, where Obama promised he would “save this planet” and bring peace to the Middle East.
But none of that has happened, of course. Which is why Obama’s worldwide popularity has fallen sharply since he assumed the actual responsibilities of being president. Despite his Nobel Prize.
If Romney does take Obama’s place, at least he’ll have some slightly lower expectations to fulfill internationally.
Obama: The Obama campaign has bought $6.5 million worth of ad time for the Olympics and their first ad “I believe” will use clips of Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech to make the case for “middle-out” economics.
In Other News
The New York Times, Hospitals Are Worried About Cut in Fund for the Uninsured: President Obama’s health care law is putting new strains on some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals, by cutting aid they use to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants, which they have long been required to provide.
The Wall Street Journal, Ford Plans New F-150 Pickup With Aluminum Body: Ford Motor Co. is hoping a switch to aluminum will cut the weight of its F-150 truck by about 700 pounds, a radical redesign that will help meet Obama’s new fuel-economy targets.
The Washington Post, Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf: Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines, U.S. and Middle Eastern analysts say.
Fox News, Border Patrol unions claim illegal immigrants exploiting ‘dreamer’ policy: Union heads representing thousands of America’s immigration agents slammed the Obama administration Thursday over a policy they claim is forcing officials to ignore the law and allowing illegal immigrants to exploit the system.
The Heritage Foundation‘s Lachlan Markay reports that Ecotality, a firm that received $125 million from the Obama administration despite a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into insider trading, has many political connections to the White House.
The Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott shows how liberal efforts to ban Chick-fil-A exposes politically correct hypocrisy.
At The Corner, Mark Krikorian notes that, thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, nearly 1 in 5 Americans are now considered disabled.
Mother Jones‘ Adam Serwer defends Chik-fil-A’s right to open restaurants.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a plan to “break” the NRA’s grip on politics.
Jonathan Chait notes that Romney has still failed to explain how his plan is different than Bush’s.