Well no, Mitt Romney didn’t actually say to Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, “Ben, What’s it like living where our Lord Jesus Christ, was born?”
But he did manage to insult buckets of people at the Olympics and, of course, there is still time! What should have been an easy diplomatic romp in our best ally and friend’s country, Great Britain, was riddled with gaffes, blunders and faux pas. Here are a few just in case you have been glued to the Olympics and haven’t been reading the paper or watching the news…
Mitt made a point of praising the Anglo Saxon Heritage of Americans to start off and then proceeded to misidentify the leader of the labor party. But that’s not all! Mitt declared that the UK’s Olympic preparations were “disconcerting,” a statement which apparently angered the entire country. Before leaving for England, Romney vowed not to criticize President Obama on foreign soil, but did just that at a closed-door campaign fundraiser hosted by Barclay’s Bank. The British papers are referring to his trip as the “Romneyshambles.” In Israel, he took time out to insult the Palestinians before moving on to claim that not only did he know Prime Minister Netanyahu but that they are old, close friends. Netanyahu, however, denies this, having simply met Romney when they worked together for a short time at Boston Consulting Group.
There will surely be more mistakes before this campaign is through. But Mr. Romney is running for the highest office in the land, and diplomacy is among the top ten necessities for the position. Do we really want to elect someone who not only makes all these mistakes, but rearranges and withholds facts, and denies his history simply to get elected? It’s your vote.
Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.