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.
- Mitt Romney questions Britain’s readiness to host the Olympic Games (independent.co.uk)