Mitt Romney's comments on Olympics rally proud Brits

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 30, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    At least Romney didn't tell the athletes "you didn't win that gold medal - the government did it"! All your hard work and dedication - HA! There are tons of hard working folks out there and they don't have gold medals. Yes sir - you owe part of that gold to the government after all they built the roads and bridges you drove on to get to practice!

    Isn't it sickening to have such a clueless president!!!

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    July 28, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Mitt thinks the US never has anything to apologize for - not to foreigners anyway, he wants to increase the US military by another 100,000. For what? To more effectively interfere with those other nations that are so imperfect while our own is flawless.

    The attitude is at least consistent and predictable. Of course every nation is divided and most every nation will drop internal squabbles and unite in the face of an outside attack. Mitt's book shows his contempt for Britain. The POTUS is elected to defend the US and to help "mend its every flaw" not to eulogize it and cocentrate so much on criticizing foreigners.

    I much prefer Ron Paul's approach, wich is like that of our founding fathers, of friendship with other nations and Putting first our own house in order, cleaning the inner vessel. As Mr Paul says, we wouldn't like it if other nations interfered in our internal affairs. Sadly that is what Mr Romney cannot resist doing, as recent remarks confirm.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 28, 2012 7:04 a.m.

    Just a point of clarification on Churchill above -- the reason Obama has removed the statue is because of Churchill's pre-WWII bloody conquest for empire in Africa. As great as Churchill became as a heroric leader in WWII, his earlier exploits in Africa still remain offensive to Africans and poeple of African descent. Churchill remains controversial around the world, especially in places where 19th and early 20th century British colonialism oppressed people, and Churchill remains a symbol of those dark days. Churchill remains a complex figure in British history! Not unlike Robert E. Lee in the United States.

    Know your history before you spout Fox News sound bites about Obama's supposed "offenses" to the British.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    July 27, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn't make things that people´╗┐ in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions"


    Good quote from Mr Romney and rght on point so far as demnsrating this sad ignorance and superior attitude. England is not an "island", Mr Romney, it is Britain that is an island but Britain is composed of three nations: England, Scotand, and Wales. Kind of like when another well known politician referred to the continent of Africa as a nation, or when a well-known basketball player said how glad he was to come to "the city of Utah". If we are to be the arbter of the destiny of nations we ought to know some basic geography and have a love for the peoples of the world. Best stick to this nation first.

    Pride sadly is our greatest stumbling block, are we not lifted up in the pride and imaginationi of our hearts above every nation upon th face of the earth?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    July 27, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    Ah yes. The Left FINALLY has a chance to blow off some steam. Besides, what would a guy who actually RAN an Olympics that finished with a profit know about the Olympics? How dare he express his opinion? What's he going to do next? Give back the bush of Winston Churchill that was given to us by the Brits as a gift? I mean, how naive would THAT be??

    By the way, when this two weeks is over and the Olympics have come to an end, the unemployment rate in the U.S. is still going to be over 8% and we are still going to be wanting for real leadership. The Brits may be offended at Mitt today, but they will be dealing with him on a much grander scale in January.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Ironic that the same week Romney is criticizing the White House for leaked secrets, he brags about a secret meeting with MI6.

  • nrajr SANDY, UT
    July 27, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    I never cease to be amazed how apparently insensitive to his audiences Romney has been, but it is easy to criticize from the bleachers. I will still vote for him. No president at all would be far superior to four more years of the incumbent.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    July 27, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    This man is an embarrassment to the U.S. He's a greedy, selfish, wealthy man with no concern for anyone except Mitt. Outsource,, then import the "cheap" goods to make massive profits from the very people he took the work from. Is that what a sharp business person does, and then wants to be elected by the very ones he put on the welefare rolls? I have my impressions of this man and they are not printable or allowed on this web site! He wouldn't get my vote for city dog catcher!

  • UT Brit London, England
    July 27, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    Romney certainly isnt doing himself any favours over here. His excerpt from his 2010 book is being spread:

    "England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn't make things that people´╗┐ in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions"

    He has two hashes on twitter #RomneyShambles and #AmericanBorat. The worst thing is that people are linking him to the church and casting LDS members over here in a negative light. Not good at all.....

  • H-man Shreveport, LA
    July 27, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    To liberal larry, OHBU, LValfre, and others:

    As some have already pointed out, It's a story from the AP, you know, the Associated Press, so quit blaming the DNews for spinning the story. Next time you might want to check the by-line for the article before commenting.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    If you recall that special election was because a Democratic congressman disgraced himself via images sent on twitter. Besides, I can easily say Democrats picked up a New York Congressional seat Republicans had held for over half a century because she ran against the Ryan budget and made medicare the central issue. Of course it can be said that that seat was a special election because a Republican congressman disgraced himself via less disgusting images of himself.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 27, 2012 12:03 p.m.


    You are correct. This is the same title that AP used. Sometimes papers change the title I've noticed, but apparently not in this case.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 27, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    Re: atl134 Salt Lake City, UT

    In 2011 a little-known Republican businessman from Queens Bob Turner, channeled Jewish voter discontent with President Obama into an upset, and won election to Congress in a heavily Democratic district in New York City. Obama offended Netanyahu in 2010 and now Romney is going to take advantage of his mistake.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 11:24 a.m.


    "What are you going to do next? Tell the Australians you do not like the accent?
    and tell the Canadians you hate hockey and beer?"

    Nah, he's going to Israel. He can go play warmonger neo-con and that should play well to Netanyahu's group.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    It's an AP article. I assume the headline came with it so technically that wouldn't be Deseret News's decision.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 27, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    It appears that either Mitt Romney is being poorly advised, or isn't heeding competent advice. I believe Israel is up next on his agenda. I think we'll all be holding our breath until he get's out of the Middle East where an uncivil tongue can spark riots.

  • UT Brit London, England
    July 27, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Romney really needs a lesson in diplomacy. I think people in the UK would have respected him more if he had stuck to his guns but instead he instantly backtracked.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    July 27, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    great job Mitt; offend our biggest ally
    What are you going to do next? Tell the Australians you do not like the accent?
    and tell the Canadians you hate hockey and beer?
    if you can not say something nice, do not say anything at all.

  • 4BS St George, UT
    July 27, 2012 10:30 a.m.

    This story is not newsworthy. But very predictable that the libs would try to use it for their anti Romney propaganda.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    July 27, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Sounds like someone should tell the Brits, "You Can't Handle the Truth."

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    July 27, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    Really this is ridiculous. Every news outlet is mentioning how bad he's doing over there. Heck, British newspapers are calling him a wannabe president and calling him Mitt the Twit.

    Leave it to DNews to spin for their agenda ... pushing a Mormon president while remaining politically neutral.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    July 27, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    This is a funny story because England, herself, just said the exact same thing Romney said. Their security is staffed at one-fourth of planned.

    But the truth is, a prominent American should not go out of his way to be honest, especially considering he isn't even at the table discussing what's been accomplished in the past two days of Olympics preparations.

    Despite having more experience and capability in foreign relations than Obama had when he became president, this is going to set Romney back a bit. Romney needs a near-perfect campaign from here on out, because those who like the free money are starting to settle in...

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    July 27, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    When Romney or any other person speaks about obvious facts and they are denied by the media, then the media exposes themselves AGAIN as puppets of the European banking dynasty promoting an agenda of international socialism.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    They rallied because of Romneys poor performance.

    If this was China we would already be in another conflict.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 27, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    Re: liberal larry salt lake City, utah

    An 11-year-old British boy didn't have a passport, didn't have a ticket, didn't have a boarding pass, and somehow managed to fly all the way from England to Italy. Sounds like Romney may have touched a raw nerve.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    July 27, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    Brits are funny. Very negative about themselves until someone mocks them. Don't anyone tell them how funny the guards look at Buckingham palace.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    July 27, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    Kudos, DNews, that is some incredible spin with that headline. Same story everywhere else has titles referring to his blunders. Here? He's a golden boy.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    July 27, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    If Mitt is to win support from relatively "friendly" nations he needs to be more diplomatic. I want to like Mitt; I do like him a lot, but dare I suggest that Mitt still has, in common with most of us, some "growing up" still to do.

    I understand how and why he reacted to Obama's obsequies to nations hostile to the US by going too far to the other side with his "No Apologies" title to what may have been otherwise a book with some merit. This superior attitude is not going to win any friends; Romney is not the only one to have it; in fact Obama was far more obvious with his immediate return of the "permanent loan" of the Winston Churchill bust upon taking office and his chintzy gift of an MP3 player to the royals. Romney is at least rather condescending to Britain and needs to regard his visits and the high ranking hospitality extended to him with more humility, regard it as a spiritual mission and get used to resisting the temptation to be patronising and a poor guest.

    Deseret News will you publish this comment to the web this time?

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    July 27, 2012 7:30 a.m.

    The British press has been ripping Mitt over a SERIES of gaffes. He also publicly spoke about meeting with the head of MI5, which in England is considered poor form. Only DNews could create a headline putting a happy face on this debacle.