Quotes from politicians can be great for them, or not-so-great. This day and age everyone has to be careful about what they say and how they say it. In an instant, millions of people can hear or read about what you said, even if it was an honest mistake. Unfortunately, people and especially politicians don’t get the benefit of the doubt from others, especially not from the media. So what’s the latest example of this? It comes out of London and it concerns the Olympics. Gee, these Olympics are sure generating lots of news about what people say. Ironic, since the Olympics should be generating news about what these amazing athletes do!
Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, was in London in the few days leading up to the Olympics. It was to be the start of a little international traveling to visit with other statesmen and show off his diplomatic skills for the U.S. press. When he heard about frequent reports that London had some security issues leading up to the Olympics, the HYPERLINK “http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romney-meets-british-officials-in-london/2012/07/26/gJQAfqixAX_story.htm” Washington Post reported that “the preparations [Romney] had seen were ‘disconcerting’ and that ‘it is hard to know just how well it will turn out.'” Uh oh. In hindsight, it doesn’t seem too bad of a thing to say, but you don’t need to say something like that in London itself. And Prime Minister David Cameron sure came right back at Mitt Romney.
In response to Romney’s quote, David Cameron had HYPERLINK “http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/07/26/quote_of_the_day.html” this to say: “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” That last part was likely direct reference to Romney’s work during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, which Cameron’s office denies. We like quotes and we love when a good ol’ battle of words like this one keeps us entertained.
To top it all off, the Mayor of Salt Lake City even got in on the action. Washington Post HYPERLINK “http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/british-prime-minister-middle-of-nowhere-comment-draws-ire-of-salt-lake-city-officials/2012/07/28/gJQA464BFX_story.html” reported that “officials in Utah would gladly educate Cameron on all Salt Lake City has to offer, even providing a map ‘so he doesn’t run into any trouble locating the middle of nowhere.'” Yikes! Hopefully now that the games have gotten started this can be put aside as a funny little distraction.