A day later, Mitt Romney comments take back seat to Olympic opening ceremonies

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  • XRepublican Holladay, UT
    July 31, 2012 6:13 p.m.

    Bottom Line: Romney insulted our closest ally and they took offense at it.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    July 28, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    Mr. Romney has a strange way of attempting to ingratiate himself with others.
    Knowing nothing of his friends and his relationship with them.....knowing nothing of his relationship with his employees......not having personal family relationship details.........we wonder. Does he treat those close to him in this manner, as well?
    The citizens of the United States, whether they be voters or not, must now decide if they/we wish to have a person such as Romney as the head of our country.
    Romney can say he has studied the history and politics/politicians of another country, however, it is obvious that he feels he can show he is more intelligent and knows better than they do. We have seen this, repeatedly. In order to try to make himself look better than others, he tells them their shortcomings. A Diplomat, he certainly, is not.
    Everyone knows someone like this who likes to play the game, "Can you top this?" They usually are not popular with others because of their superior attitude.
    Yesterday, even Carl Rove discussed his dismay with Mitt Romney.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    July 28, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    Ummmm. Who cares?

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    July 27, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    Claudio, Maybe you should have lived somewhere else sometime in you life. If you did you might know something about how often others put this area down. You ought to show more pride in your state. And you did take a cheap shot. Ever been to Cedar City? Do a little homework and you will find that it has a fine University, One of the best regional Shakespeare Festivals (Tony wining)in the Country. Wonderful skiing and camping just a few miles away) No, its not Salt Lake nor any of those smog bound strip cities along the Wasatch Front but clean air has its joys.

    You really missed my point, which was that it is a sad commentary that Mr. Romney's gaff created inappropriate negative comments about Utah. Sorry that you feel as you do, but since you have only lived in one state (as it seems from your comments) how do you really know that SLC really is the "Middle of nowhere" Just what is the Middle of nowhere anyway. What are the qualifications for that title, and who has the right to declare any place to be that?

  • Glfklee Santa Fe, NM
    July 27, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    I love Utah, lived there, visit there. . . . . . but yes, SLC IS in the middle of nowhere! Come on! Great comeback "diss" by the PM. Appreciate it for that, at least!

    For Mitt, this is an example of his awkward "out of touch" persona that makes it hard for people to embrace him. The media does its share of damage, but in this instance, its all Mitt.

    I once had a friend in high school who had a great desire to fit in with a group. One day he shows up at school in Levi cowboy shirt, boots, wranglers complete with skoal ring. Next day, tried out for wrestling and wore what the "athletes" wore (shoe laces untied on his high tops), followed by days of metal head shirts and preppy polos complete with penny loafers and scarves. That's Mitt! Hopefully Romney's own style will show up sometime like it eventually did with my buddy.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    July 27, 2012 4:57 p.m.


    I didn't state that Springville WAS a metropolis. I stated "having lived in UT all of my life, I am quite certain that it is indeed the middle of nowhere. I don't mind. I prefer living here." I also stated, and you conveniently ignored that "This [article] has nothing to do with the Church...so that comment is completely out of left field." The only ones who have made religion an issue are the few who have tried to bait a response by the LDS community (clearly they've succeeded if you follow this website's comment boards), or by those who continue to feel a need to question the beliefs of the current president. This article, however, has no relation to anyone's religion.

    The fact that you or anyone is offended by the comment made by the Brits is evidence enough of the soft skin Americans have to any criticism, warranted or not. At the end of the day, who cares?! Are we really going to make an issue out of this? Seriously?! Get over it already. Good grief, does everything nowadays amount to fightin' words and the need to get all Rambo'ed up?

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    July 27, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    Last week the cabbies and subway workers in London were threatening to go on strike during the games. Is London ready? It's a fair question, but this is, of course, getting blown out of proportion trying to stir up interest in the upcoming games. Media does the same things before football games too. Remember "Girlsy State?"

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 27, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    I watched the whole interview nothing is being "takin out of context," do you really believe that the PM would speak about it if it "was taken out of context" because then he would look foolish.
    Nope this is all on mit thinking he knows better than anyone else.

    He must be surrounded by yes men, because he consistently says the wrong things to the wrong people.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    July 27, 2012 4:02 p.m.

    Goodness, Claudio, what bee got under your proverbial bonnet? I have lived all over this country from Alaska to Main, Arizona to Tennessee, and the last 21 years in Dallas Texas and yes I resent SLC being cited as the "middle of nowhere" because it is not, it is a world class city. and neither is Cedar City the middle of nowhere That was a cheap shot. It is a sad comment that Romney's impolitic remarks were the reason for the Prime Ministers unfortunate comment.

    Also, I case you haven't noticed Romney's religion has been and remains an issue which has brought some unflattering attention to the Church.

    By the way I was raised in Utah, and Springville is no metropolis either.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    Perhaps, though it didn't help that he said he met with MI6 and went exploring the backside of Downing Street.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    July 27, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    Romney was taken out of context just like Obama was. Neither side wants to know the true intent, they just want to sling mud!

    Romney merely recited what he heard reported in the media. Then that same media used his words to castigate him. Meanwhile, the president was trying to express how capitalism takes a village, and government is the shepherd...

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    July 27, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    "Bullock said that people need to forget about Romney's comments and focus on the Olympics and the athletes. "

    Problem is this man is running for the highest office in the nation, is asking his fellow Americans to have him to be the public face of this country for the next four years, and the fact that he didn't have the political understanding that this comment, at this time, at this venue, as a guest of another nation, would reflect poorly on his judgement. Small seemingly innocent words have sent nations to war... so this does matter.

    Not that this incident is all that important in of itself. But this was Romney's stage that he picked himself, and orchestrated, and he slipped up. It is unfortunate. But his credibility on foreign matters was not helped by this.

    Yes, this should have been about the athletes. But then Mitt spoke, and made it about him. Silence really is golden sometimes.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    July 27, 2012 2:43 p.m.


    I don't know about you, but having lived in UT all of my life, I am quite certain that it is indeed the middle of nowhere. I don't mind. I prefer living here to the East Coast, where I have had the occasion to visit on many occasion for both pleasure and business. This also has nothing to do with the Church...so that comment is completely out of left field. Also, I don't know how you can be upset about this comment but feel that the comment the precipitated it is not a problem. Maybe you should get some thicker skin...or at least one that reacts evenly.

    Also, this whole thing is rather ironic coming from someone who lives in Cedar City...a town that quite literally appears in the middle of nowhere.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    July 27, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    Well, I knew that the Romney candidacy would bring some negative and unwanted attention to Utah and the LDS Church, but I never thought that it would come in part from the Prime Minister of England. Salt Lake City, how does it feel to live in the "middle of nowhere"? Perhaps everyone in SLC should send a letter to the Prime Minister to tell him of the wonders to be found in the "Middle of Nowhere". His address is 10 Downing Street, London.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    July 27, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    o groupies:
    romney was only stating what the british newspapers were already saying. when your security company only has 50% of what was promised ready and the military within a week of the games is being called up, i'd say that could be a problem too.

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    July 27, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    Nice try D News to attempt to put a positive spin on this. He showed us how much statesman skills he has- zero.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    July 27, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Romney's comments were ill-conceived and horribly naive. He doubtless was trying to show what a competent Olympics leader he was, but he ended up looking foolish. Again. He either is getting really poor advice or he has little (or no) understanding of foreign diplomacy.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    July 27, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    To Furry1993:
    Had you bothered to watch the interview that precipitated this overblown controversy, you'd understand that his intent was taken out of context. In answer to a question, Romney simply said that an undertaking the size of the Olympics usually has some issues somewhere during their proceedings and that he hoped the UK was up to it. Reporters trying to create news (as they often do) passed his comments on as personally questioning the UK's abilities as Olympic hosts. It's actually quite sad but somewhat humorous how the press can make a lot out of very little. UK politicians kept it going by trying to create publicity of their own... something many in politics are very good at.
    No matter how under-qualified you feel Romney is for the job, there's no doubt he would be multiple times better than what we currently have. It would take an ostrich with his head completely in the sand not to be able to see that. Or else someone completely addicted to the out-of-hand entitlements Obama is trying to make his constituents dependent upon. Which are you? Good luck with trying to understand the actual facts!

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 27, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    Mitt wouldn't recognize (or understand) diplomacy if it reached up and bit him on the nose. He is NOT what this country needs, and his conduct on this trip abroad really calls attention to that fact. No thanks!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 27, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    Romney got lucky. Not every dumb thing said has a huge event following it to ensure everyone forgets. I suspect he'll have another go. That having been said, it's nice to see the olympics underway, however every games has problems. The circus is simply too big and expenseive to be manageable. Ticket scandals, for example, are almost mandatory at every games.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 27, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    I'm sure the Olympic gaffe will blow over. I just hope Romney will demonstrate more care when he visits the Middle East. Regrettably that is a land where careless words can have much more serious consequences.