British papers blast Mitt Romney: Candidate Angers Brits
(CBS News) In his first trip abroad as a presidential candidate, Mitt Romney intended to show off his strength as a statesman. Instead, he made a number of bungles - and in their traditional fashion, the British press tore him apart for it.
Romney's recent remarks that "there are a few things that were disconcerting" about the management of the London Olympic Games prompted British leaders to defensively respond to the American politician. Then, in a meeting with Labour party leader Ed Miliband, Romney called Milliband "Mr. Leader," seemingly forgetting his name. Romney also confirmed he met with the head of Britain's MI6 intelligence agency - something he should've kept under wraps.
Romney may have forgotten Labour party leaders' name in video to left.)
By 5 p.m. ET, the British press was having a field day. Center-left newspaper The Guardian led their website with the headline, "Mitt Romney's Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama." Referring to Romney's "disconcerting" comment, the Guardian quoted a senior Whitehall source, who said, "What a total shocker. We are speechless."