The Republican Presidential candidate is in London at the moment, on a visit which I presume is meant to pump up his credentials as a World Statesman, as well as getting him into the Olympics.
Before his departure, he gave an interview in which he said a number of things which cast doubt on our ability to host the Olympics. Things like, “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.” And he cast doubt on whether we as a nation would 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.”
His comments caused a bit of a storm on Twitter, hashtagged ‘#romneyshambles,’ in which people lined up to call him all kinds of arse.
Which confuses me.
Mitt Romney is an arse, but those comments are more or less what many people on Twitter have been saying for weeks or months. I myself have said some of them. Alongside the #romneyshambles tweets today were people posting and RTing stories about various Olympic cock-ups.
So why is everyone so exercised about Romney’s comments? Is it because it’s okay for us to say it but not an outsider? Is it because he’s an American? Is it because he’s unpopular? I don’t know.