Now that Mitt Romney is on the way back from his weeklong trip overseas, the Obama campaign is moving to slam his performance — which included rows with both British and Palestinian leaders — as un-presidential.
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“He both offended our closest ally and triggered a troubling reaction in the most sensitive region in the world,” Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said in a call with reporters. “He certainly didnt prove to anyone that he passed the commander-in-chief test.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson both condemned Romney’s comments in London last week suggesting that the United Kingdom may have been unprepared for the Olympics. On Monday, Romney drew angry rebukes from Palestinian officials after suggesting in Jerusalem that Israelis were more prosperous than Palestinians economically thanks in part to “culture” and “providence.” Romney has claimed he was misinterpreted.
Colin Kahl, a former defense official, said on the call that Romney’s Olympics gaffe was disturbing in that it was so easily avoidable.
“If Romney can’t handle our special relationship with the British on the eve of the Olympic games, what’s going to happen when he has to deal with our enemies?” he asked. “It’s not like Romney struck out against a major league pitcher, he struck out playing tee ball.”
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