Its been interesting to watch Governor Romney head off on his foreign tour. He didn't start out well, insulting his British hosts before he even got there and then committing two verbal gaffes that had the British press in a feeding frenzy.
What I find interesting in all this is what is says about Governor Romney.
This is a man who has been running for the Presidency for 12 years. He is a man of wealth and education. And yet, he starts off on a world tour by insulting his hosts. This is a man who is running on his experience. As Governor, as venture capitalist, as CEO of the Utah Olympic games. He wants you to believe that he had the resume to supplant a sitting president. And this is how he starts off his first foreign travel of the campaign.
If then Senator Obama had been equally as clumsy when he went on his foreign tour 4 years ago, the Republican noise machine would have had a field day and would still be talking about it. Instead he gave addresses, especially in Berlin, that were widely praised.
The two gaffes say, I think, something Romney's management ability. I am fairly well traveled, and I don't know that I would know how to address the leader of the loyal opposition. But I would have someone on my staff that would know. Someone who would make sure I knew how to address the opposition leader. But he didn't. And then he has a private meeting with the head of the British intelligence service. This is something you are not supposed to talk about. Yet he did. Again, where was his staff. Romney's campaign has been full of this kind of stupid stuff. I don't know that it says good things about Romney's so called experience or about his management abilities. If this is how he runs a campaign, how is he going to run our Government?
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