Carl Lewis on Mitt Romney: ‘Some Americans Shouldn’t Leave the Country’
When asked whether he thought the city was ready to host the Olympics, Romney was skeptical. “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,” he said. “There are a few things that were disconcerting — the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials. That obviously is not something which is encouraging.”
Unsurprisingly, that didn’t sit well with Brits. London’s mayor mocked Romney in front of 60,000 people, a London based newspaper called him a twit, and former Olympic track superstar and nine time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis told The Independent, ”seriously, some Americans just shouldn’t leave the country.”
Asked if he thought London was ready to host the games, Lewis said, ”Of course London is ready.”
Even David Cameron got in on the action and poked a bit of fun at Romney’s experience with hosting the Olympics in Utah, saying that London was a ”bustling” city and not “in the middle of nowhere”.
Romney has since gone on record to say that he’s sure the Olympics in London would be a success, but he’s not going to get away from this gaffe with an apology.
The U.K. Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, even went so far as to say, ”When we have the opening ceremony tonight and we tell the world that eight of the world’s top 10 sports were either invented or codified inBritain – and only two in America – I hope Mr Romney is watching.”
That stings. Romney’s plan for going to London was to make himself look statesmanlike to the world, but plans do fall apart, don’t they?
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