Hitting back at Mitt Romney, British prime minister calls Utah 'middle of nowhere' (+video)

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  • Gregorio Norco, CA
    Aug. 1, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    I like what a former Reagan cabinet member said:
    "Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego goes with it."- Colin Powell
    Civil dialogue encourages freedom of speech,one of our great rights as American citizens.
    Utah the beautiful is one of our family's favorite states in our union. Who can forget the 2002 Olympic Games? They were super!

  • Ted of Utah Smithfield, UT
    July 27, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    The world misread the spontaneous trusting hearts of friends Romney and Cameron as they both rattled-off some honest and respectful remarks in meeting the challenges of the Olympics in London. I do not believe that either of them meant for their remarks to be taken personally and believe that they both spoke with a trusting camaraderie in the face of challenges that they both understand. Even though my interpretation may be absolutely true, there are logically many in the media or not that would naturally take offense at the remarks of either gentlemen.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    July 27, 2012 6:09 a.m.

    I lived just outside of SLC for ~3 yrs. Found the state to be quite beautiful. Found the culture and lack of diverisity to be horrible. The lack of open mindedness amongst the native Utahns was quite astonishing.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    July 27, 2012 12:16 a.m.

    Hope you find my other post and display it:

    I wanted to state that I have noticed a lot of prejudice that seems to think itself patriotism.

    The fact is that there are a lot of prejudiced or sarcastic statements made about England from time to time, and Mitt, Gov Herbert and a particular news reporter, so-called, who gave a really biased "report" on tonight's news program, are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Was it because I mentioned the reporter was from KSL? I couldn't recall her name but she was on tonight and made three unfounded or snippy comments in succession about the English: that their PM attacked Mitt rather than he defended his country's security measures, suggested that the English didn't like Mitt, based solely on a specific group that were campaigning for AIDS research, and finally spoke sarcastically of Britain's planned Olympics display, for using artificial clouds ("They have enough clouds of their own, but never mind") which in context showed more hostility than humor I thought. She's not alone though. I hear the term "Euro Trash" too often applied to Europeans. Couldn't we try harder at friendship?

  • Nita hamilton, ontario, 00
    July 26, 2012 11:23 p.m.

    Well, God knows that Salt Lake City is the center of the universe, AND in the middle of no where, how much more perfect, does it get than that...Actually, Utah is a beautiful state to live in...neighborly, thoughtful people, and full of patriotic love of country...so Mr. Prime Minister, watch and learn...and don't forget to fasten your seat belt, because it is going to be a great ride..Go Mitt!

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    July 26, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    Well I guess if former Olympic CEO Romney is truthful and forthcoming about real concerns about London Olympic security then he is he is an offensive person and if were to lie about it he would have been just another lying, pandering politician.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    England and London are one of our most long term allies. They have gone to war with us and are huge trading partners.

    If Romney can offend them with such ease can you picture him trying talking to China or Iran.

  • Informed in WA East Wenatchee, WA
    July 26, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    Relize Romney also said....Nonetheless, Mr Romney questioned the enthusiasm of the British public. "Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?" he asked. "That's something which we only find out once the Games actually begin."

    Wonder how long it would take for Romney to get us in a REAL HOT WATER if he were to get into office! I guess he is used to saying what ever he feels like...

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    July 26, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    If Romney is serious about winning this thing, he's going to have to learn to monitor his mouth better. If he wants to say something and he's not sure how it's going to come across, he needs to change the subject and think about something else. It's too bad when big things are lost to small slips of the tongue. Anyone out there have his ear? For heaven's sake, tell him to start learning to say the right thing at the right time, or just shut up and resist making a fool of himself. Obama's too good at that already, even though the media and the "beautiful people" are astoundingly good at overlooking HIS mistakes. They won't give Mitt the same allowance, by any means.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    July 26, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    Money can't buy class.

  • Celticwolf Syracuse, Utah
    July 26, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    Welcome to Utah the middle of nowhere. It's so peaceful here that Terrorists have left us alone. So how is being "the middle of nowhere" supposed to be a bad thing?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 26, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    I keep hearing that Brigham Young came to Utah because it was in the middle of nowhere. Isn't the real story here about an American Dignitary going overseas and insulting his hosts? I guess not if the paper covering the incident is the Deseret News.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    Americans don't like Willard either, Mr. Prime Minister. Here's one American that does not look at an apology as weak. So on our country's behalf we're sorry about Willard's comments if you find them offensive but he does not speak on behalf of America. Not yet at least.

  • PA Rock Man Allentown, PA
    July 26, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    Salt Lake City is in the middle of nowhere, thats why its such a nice place to live.