The three-country jaunt intended to show Mitt Romney can effectively represent America abroad, has arguably ended with the GOP candidate for the presidency looking like a rank amateur. But in the best tradition of Sarah Palin, Romney is fighting back.
By blaming the media.
"I realize that there will be some in the fourth estate, or whatever estate, who are far more interested in finding something to write about that is unrelated to the economy, to geopolitics, to the threat of war, to the reality of conflict in Afghanistan today, to a nuclearization of Iran," he told Fox News. "They are instead trying to find anything else to divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country."
Romney trips up on foreign trip
An itemization of the gaffes made during the short trip includes telling the press that the U.K. did not appear ready for the Olympics, nor did the country's citizens fully support them. This came two days before he was to attend the opening ceremony and hours before his meeting with British P.M. David Cameron. Both Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson publicly berated Romney for the comments while the nicknames 'Mitt the Snitt' and 'the American Mr. Bean' began making the rounds.
In Israel he made comments, inflaming Palestinians, saying it was Israel's superior culture that enabled Israel to have a much stronger economy. Not surprisingly, they did not go over well in Palestine. "It is a racist statement and this man doesn't realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation," Saeb Erekat, an aide to the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, told the Associated Press.
"It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people," Erekat added. "He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority."
In the third and final leg of his tour in Poland an aide, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, became enraged with American reporters, who persisted in asking Romney questions though they'd been told they would not be permitted questions. The aide, Rich Gorka, told the reporters: "kiss my ass" and told a reporter from Politico to "shove it."
As Romney was leaving Poland on Tuesday to return home, Romney aide Stuart Stevens said: "It's been a great trip."