Romney’s First International Gaffe.

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Well second, third or fourth if you count what he did in the Caymans, Bermuda and Switzerland. But this one is big too. Shortly before setting foot in this Anglo-Saxon nation, he suggests that Britain will not be able to put on a successful Olympics. Via The Telegraph:

His words contrasted with an interview he gave to US television channel NBC News shortly before arriving in London, in which he played up the teething problems which have beset preparations for 2012, and appeared to suggest that Britons would not get behind the Games.

“Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? That’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin,” he said.

“It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. 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.”

The remarks were greeted with anger, with many British supporters of the Games taking to Twitter to accuse Mr Romney of being graceless and rude.

Asked about his comments, the candidate said: “My experience as an Olympic organiser is that there are always a few very small things that end up going not quite right in the first day or so, and these are ironed out and, when the Games begin and the athletes take over, all the mistakes the organisers make – and I made a few – are overwhelmed by the many things the athletes carry out that capture the spirit of the Games.

“I don’t know of any Olympics that has been able to be run without any mistakes whatsoever, but they are small and I was encouraged to see that something that could have represented a real challenge, which was the immigration and customs officers on duty, was something that was resolved and people are all pulling together.”

In their private meeting, the candidate is understood to have told Mr Cameron that he had been inspired by what he had seen of the British public who had lined the route of the torch relay ahead of the opening ceremony tomorrow.

Afterwards, Mr Romney headed to Greenwich, which is playing host to the Olympic equestrian Games and where his wife, Anne, will be cheering on a dressage horse she owns which is being ridden in the competition.

Oh. My.

Romney in London to talk about….. weather

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Romney’s trip to Europe and Israel was framed as an opportunity to bolster his foreign policy credentials, but it doesn’t seem to have started well. In London, Romney’s first visit was Tony Blair, a former has-been, and instead of talking policy, they talked about the Olympics and the…. weather.

Earlier Thursday morning, Romney sat down with Blair, but the public aspect of their meeting didn’t reveal much. The two leaders made small talk about the Olympics and the weather during the few minutes reporters were allowed to observe the meeting.

“Any favorite sporting events you look forward to attending, or not really?” Romney asked Blair, as reporters observed the men at Blair’s office in Westminster.

“The British have now become very focused on cycling,” Blair replied. “So there will be a lot of interest in that.”

Romney ignored a question from his traveling press corps about what “message” he aimed to send back to voters in the United States with his meetings here. But aides have described the trip as a “listen and learn” expedition—one aimed at boosting Romney’s foreign policy credentials with voters back home.

Can someone tell me how cycling, dressage and the weather will boost his foreign policy credentials?

@MittRomney and his suspicious Twitter Rombots

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From Mashable:

According to Green’s data, Romney “was gaining around 3000-4000 new followers per day for the past month,” then his account suddenly got 23,926 new followers on Friday, 93,054 on Saturday and 25,432 on Sunday.

I think we should call them Rombots from now on. Shouldn’t Twitter suspend @MittRomney for aggressive following/buying fake followers? Send him to the Twitter Gulag at least?

CEO of Lenovo shares the wealth

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According to ABC News, he decided to give his three million dollar bonus to employees:

The 47-year-old gave around 10,000 employees worldwide bonus checks for their hard work, Lenovo spokesman Jeffrey Shafer said.

The computer company announced its fourth quarter earnings in May. According to a press release, net profit for the company rose 73 percent year over year. The brand’s global PC sales rose by 35 percent year over year.

The employees, who worked in different areas of the company — from manufacturing to administration to other nonmanagement positions, each received around $300 as a part of Yuanqing’s generosity.

“We ended the year as the number two PC maker, ” Shafer said. “Yuanqing felt that he was rewarded well simply as the owner of the company.”

According to Shafer, Yuanqing owns about 8 percent of the company.

Shafer said the CEO felt like it was the right thing to do to “redirect [the money] to the employees as a real tangible gesture for what they done.”

 

Unlike some me, me, me, me people, Yuanqing knows that he didn’t build his company all alone.