As reported on Digital Journal, the Republican candidate for the office of the U.S. presidency told NBC Wednesday he thought there were "disconcerting" signs London was not properly prepared for the Olympics and that the country was not fully behind the games. Boris Johnson, London's Mayor, took umbrage at those comments in a pre-Olympic
concert in Hyde Park Thursday.
"There are some people who are coming from around the world who don't yet know about all the preparations we've done to get London ready in the last seven years," Johnson told the concert-goers. "I hear there's a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we're ready. Are we ready?" Naturally the crowd roared that "yes!" they were ready.
London mayor's comments echo prime minister
The CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Romney was speaking from a place of experience. Regardless, his remarks drew ire from the general public, media and officials, most who said he did not have knowledge of how prepared the games were. His comments also drew a response
from Cameron, who said that London and the U.K. was "holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world" and added that "of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."
Romney, who arrived in London to begin his 3 day visit there Wednesday, has been working at toning down the backlash from his remarks since making them. He since praised Olympic organizers and said he looks forward to attending the opening ceremonies Friday night.