Romney's Trip Was Filled With Gaffes, But it Could Always be Worse

With Romney returning home after a gaffe riddled tour abroad he might be able to take comfort in the fact that he is only the latest in a long history of American politicians who have manged to embarrass themselves in foreign lands. 

1) Obama gives Queen Elizabeth II an ipod:

Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh – apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.

If in doubt, give the Queen a gift that contains footage and photos she already has. 

2) Kennedy calls himself a non-human Berliner:

Nothing quite instills optimism and inspiration than the President of the United States declaring that he is a non-human. Kennedy should have said, "Ich bin Berliner". The added article has given rise to theories about how what Kennedy did say could be interpreted, included the claim that he called himself a pastry.

3) George W. Bush gets touchy with Angela Merkel:

One could say that the only problem with this attempted massage was its timing. Given the current situation in Europe Merkel would almost certainly welcome a similar gesture were it offered now. 

4) George H. Bush pukes on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi:

It is from this incident that the Japanese supposedly get their phrase "Bushu-suru". It translates strictly as "to do a Bush" (puke). 

5) Queen Elizabeth II gives Geroge W. Bush "a look that only a mother could give a child" after he implies she toured the US in 1776. 

While Romney may well have embarrassed himself, he should take comfort that he is at least in good company. If his most recent trip was supposed to be the dress rehersal, how much worse could the real thing be?

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  • JeremyR||

    What actual gaffes did he make? Telling the truth about the Palestinians isn't a gaffe. And as all those empty seats at the Olympics has demonstrated, they didn't do a perfect job with the Olympics.

    When has Reason followed the democrat talking points anyway?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    ^THIS^

    And number 2 is an urban myth, which goes to show the quality of this "article".

  • wareagle||

    I have been asking the same question about these alleged gaffes. Does telling a malicious truth about the British re: security constitute a gaffe? Not a good effort, Matthew.

  • The Derider||

    He suggested that Palestine was poor and Israel was rich because of "culture". To any halfway libertarian, it should be clear that the difference is due to Israel's economic blockade of Palestine.

    Also, "telling the truth" is not always the right way to go about diplomacy. If your wife asks you if her dress makes her look fat, you're supposed to answer "No", regardless of the truth.

  • wareagle||

    re: Palestine, bullshit. There is a cultural difference and that is undeniable. It was poor while its leaders lived high on the hog before any thought of a blockade ever surfaced. And the blockade was not some wild-eyed Likud idea to screw with the Arabs.

  • The Derider||

    I agree there's a cultural difference, but I see no evidence that that cultural difference should translate into widely divergent economic outcomes.

    The far simpler explanation is that Israel's government intervention in Palestine's economy has negative consequences for the Palestinians.

  • Ted S.||

    Why does Israel have a vibrant economy, but not Egypt?

  • The Derider||

    Israel has significantly more economic freedom than Egypt.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    And that's an aspect of culture.

  • Marshall Gill||

    The Derprider rides again!

    Of course all of the Palestinians problems are not their own! What is more libertarian than blaming other people for your actions!!!

    The stupid grows in this one.

  • The Derider||

    Yeah, Libertarians would never blame government for people's problems, right?

  • Marshall Gill||

    Blame government for people's problems?

    Mary, you are off your meds again. Blaming the government for negative actions is not the same as blaming them for "people's problems" you imbecile.

    You are a moron. It isn't the governments fault, you were born that way. The government then created a negative situation where your idiocy was "educated" by other imbeciles. It remains your fault that you are ignorant but the government helped you to be so stupid. You could choose to pull your tiny head out of your ass at any moment.

  • Sudden||

    If your wife asks you if her dress makes her look fat, you're supposed to answer "No", regardless of the truth.

    Or if you're a really smart monocle-twirling libertarian, you just get yourself a hot wife like me so you can tell the truth and be polite all at the same time.

  • The Derider||

    I guess the tricky part of diplomacy is that you can't choose to interact only with hot countries.

  • ||

    So are you figuring out that your comparison was not a valid one?

  • The Derider||

    Quite the opposite, her alternative is untenable.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Yep, it's all the JOOOOZZZZ fault.

    It has nothing to do with shit like this.

  • The Derider||

    'nuff said

  • mr simple||

    Keep on with the obfuscations and equivocations, Joe. If you close your eyes and wish really hard, Obama will totally turn into the one you wish he was.

  • R C Dean||

    The blockade itself is aproductbof Pali culture, which prizes Jew-killin' above all else.

  • Skip||

    This whole trip is stupid and pointless and if Romney loses Ohio or Virginia by one point, he is going to wish he had spent this week here. The England conservatives love so much only exists now in WW2 specials on the History Channel. Its a socialist basketcase and the Tories are only interested in dying before it really goes to hell.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Yep, fuck England and the English. The best thing America ever did was kick their asses out'a here 240 years ago.

  • ||

    I read an article on yahoo this morning that one of the reporters following Romney actually yelled "What about your gaffes?" Jesus these morons want anything to stick like "you didn't build that." It's pathetically delicious.

  • The Derider||

    Show some respect! kiss my ass! this is a holy site for the Polish people!
    --Romney's spokesman after that question was asked.

    Romney has taken 3 questions from the press the entire trip. It's been a failure.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The more I see stuff like that from Romney and his team the more I like them.

  • Gladstone||

    Now I'm no JFK fan but isn't number two a bunch of nonsense?

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    Kennedy calls himself a non-human Berliner

    This was widely discussed (and debunked) on alt.folklore.urban back in the early 90's.

    ... Hobbit

  • affenkopf||

    Yep, 'Ich bin ein Berliner' is perfectly fine German and doesn't mean he's a donut. From a magazine called reason...

  • CampingInYourPark||

    "With Romney returning home after a gaffe riddled tour abroad"

    Looks like Reason contributors are puppets for the left's talking points script. A whole article based on a characterization without any discussion of the substance of it. Might as well be reading HuffPo

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