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(National Review)   Romney: "When I said that London wasn't ready for the Olympics, I actually meant that they WERE ready for the Olympics. So, as you can see, that means it wasn't a gaffe and I'm automatically president. END COMMUNICATION"   (nationalreview.com) divider line 57
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2012-07-27 03:08:22 PM  
7 votes:

ManRay: They just don't like outsiders complaining.


You answered your own question.

I'm allowed to call my brother a dickhead. If you call my brother a dickhead, I will fight you. Mitt Romney doesn't grasp this very basic aspect of diplomacy.
2012-07-27 03:08:23 PM  
5 votes:
I'm going to paraphrase- badly- from http://Sgt.Otter/.

"Why go to England to beef up your foreign policy cred? England is our biggest ally. It's like arm wrestling Stephen Hawking- no one is impressed when you win, and their baffled when you lose".
2012-07-27 02:19:52 PM  
5 votes:

vernonFL: Romney retroactively said that London was completely ready for the Olympics.


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2012-07-27 01:44:47 PM  
5 votes:
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2012-07-27 04:02:28 PM  
4 votes:

doublesecretprobation: Lando Lincoln: You know, the phrase "out of context" actually means something, and it can't just be thrown out there whenever you want people to ignore something embarrassing.

it's pathetic. what did he say that wasn't true? just because he didn't follow it up by shoving his nose up the queen's ass and telling her it smells as pure as the driven snow doesn't mean it's worth all the butthurt and pigpiling that's going on.

FARK YOU FOR MAKING ME DEFEND MITT ROMNEY!!!!


Okay, yes, what he said was true, more or less. But that doesn't mean it wasn't tactless. And it certainly was not taken out of context. And it wasn't diplomatic at all. Which was the whole goddamn point of this trip.

It's like if I went over to my friend's house, and he shows me his new bar that he made by himself. He's not a carpenter, and he's not handy, but he thought he'd give it a go, and it's...not going to cause anyone serious harm or death when they use it but...it's just not very good looking. At all.

And then he asks me the question: "Well? What do you think of it?"

Now, I could tell him that it's just god-awful and I could laugh at his horrible attempt at woodworking, and he'd probably get mad at me and then he'd probably stew on it for a couple of weeks, and then he'd realize I was right and he'd tear it down and never try another woodworking project again as long as he lives. And then, every time he sees an episode of "This Old House" on TV, he'd think of me laughing at him and his shame all over again. And he'd resent me and eventually we wouldn't be friends anymore.

OR...I could say, "Hey, that's really nice. Good job!" And if I was convincing enough, he'd beam with pride and offer me a beer and after a few more beers I'd totally forget that I was sitting at a really ugly bar and we'd have a grand old time at his house laughing and shooting the shiat over his new crappy bar. Maybe his initial "success" would inspire him to learn more about woodworking, and eventually he'd get pretty good at it and then years later he'd build me a nice rocking chair and I'd sit on my front porch, rocking away, thinking about how good it was that I lied to my friend about his first crappy woodworking project.

Tact, man. Tact. It comes in handy.
2012-07-27 02:55:28 PM  
4 votes:

barneyfifesbullet: Romney didn't say anything about the security issues there that the media haven't been saying for years.


doublesecretprobation: it's pathetic. what did he say that wasn't true? just because he didn't follow it up by shoving his nose up the queen's ass and telling her it smells as pure as the driven snow doesn't mean it's worth all the butthurt and pigpiling that's going on.


It's called tact and diplomacy. He has a different responsibility than the press. When asked if he feels London is ready for the Olympics, as a candidate for President, Romney should've said, "I have full faith that London will do an amazing job hosting the Olympics and will prove why they are a world class city."

If we truly do have a special relationship with England, and share a common Anglo-Saxon history, then why would he basically insult them for no good reason?
2012-07-27 02:50:40 PM  
4 votes:

barneyfifesbullet: Romney didn't say anything about the security issues there that the media haven't been saying for years.

Another swing and a miss, desperate Make-A-Romney-Scandal crowd.

The PM and the Mayor have already walked back what they said. Don't greenlight that, though. Doesn't fit the narrative.



There are concepts such as awareness, diplomacy, and tact; these are essential for aspiring world leaders. And don't take that to mean being exclusively a pandering wuss (just in case you were heading there).
2012-07-27 04:03:09 PM  
3 votes:

MFL: B. Mitt didn't dodge the damn draft. He got a student deferment just like Bill Clinton.


The difference is that Clinton was against the war in Vietnam and did what he could to avoid serving while Mitt was PRO-war in Vietnam and he did what he could to avoid serving.
2012-07-27 03:19:21 PM  
3 votes:

barneyfifesbullet: What a real gaffe looks like.

And, Obama did it all by himself. He built that.


Everyone thinks you're a pointless idiot. Even the conservatives.
2012-07-27 03:10:27 PM  
3 votes:
I can see why McCain chose Palin over him now... Romney is making Palin look like Ben Franklin when it comes to diplomacy.
2012-07-27 03:10:20 PM  
3 votes:

MFL: looook Mitt Romnney.....outrage... ......forrget.....Forgeetttt......contexxxxtttt........


Where's the outrage? You're doing that thing that Republicans do where you confuse mockery with fear or anger. We're making fun of Mitt Romney, we're not outraged by him. We also still don't "fear" Sarah Palin.

Also, which part was out of context? Be Specific.
2012-07-27 03:05:23 PM  
3 votes:

Dusk-You-n-Me: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 565x489]

YOUR LEGACY - LOOK AT IT


Wait... so it was grossly inappropriate for Obama to go overseas as a candidate (even though he was a sitting US Senator) but it's perfectly fine for Romney (an unemployed private citizen) to do so?

And she's lamenting that Obama couldn't get the Olympics to Chicago when Republicans were actively fighting against it, and cheered when he failed?

*sigh*
2012-07-27 04:01:39 PM  
2 votes:

gimmegimme: Well, why wouldn't Mitt just release all of the returns?


Because Mitt is an asshole.
2012-07-27 03:53:56 PM  
2 votes:

zetar: skullkrusher: what_now: No, no. The $77,000 was the tax write off his wife took for using the Olympic dressage horse as medical therapy.

this is not true and I am pretty sure you've been told this in the past.

Sorry, it certainly seems to be true: Pops, yes it's Daily Kos, but it also includes the actual tax returns.


Notice at the top of the screenshot, it mentions Form 8582 as the form the printouts are detailing?

Form 8582 deals with what's called "Passive Activities". The actual definition's a bit more complicated, but it's basically a category for hobbies. You can declare losses on your hobbies, but they are considered 'unallowable' losses, and can't be used as a general write-off. You CAN, however, write off gains from the passive activities with the previous losses.

If you, for example, make some badass beer in your basement and spend $500 a month on supplies to keep stocked, you can declare that as a passive activity loss. It doesn't impact your taxes one bit, however. Now, if your friends love your beer and every now and then they'll buy some from you (for $100 a month), you can take that income and count previous losses against it, so you can totally write off that income.
2012-07-27 03:52:26 PM  
2 votes:

skullkrusher: what_now: skullkrusher: what_now: No, no. The $77,000 was the tax write off his wife took for using the Olympic dressage horse as medical therapy.

this is not true and I am pretty sure you've been told this in the past.

Oh you're right: she's not a medical deduction, she's a business loss. Ann Romney just said she was therapy.

not that either - it is a deduction which is carried forward against any future profits made from the horse. Their current deduction was $50 for last year for the horse. Ann Romney says she uses it for therapy but that has nothing to do with the tax treatment.



ok, but it IS true to say that Romney owns a dancing horse that costs more than most people make in a year wouldn't it?

it's just funny to me when I think back to how the GOP painted Kerry in '04...remember that?
now their guy literally spent the Vietnam years in France and owns a crazy expensive dancing horse.

I mean, it's funny watching the same people who scoffed at Kerry's elitist fru fru lifestyle pretending Romney is a great choice.
I love it...add in that Romney essentially designed the prototype for Obamacare and it's non-stop entertainment.
2012-07-27 03:46:23 PM  
2 votes:
Money has not provided Mitt with much in the way of 'Class'.
2012-07-27 03:41:00 PM  
2 votes:

doublesecretprobation: Lando Lincoln: You know, the phrase "out of context" actually means something, and it can't just be thrown out there whenever you want people to ignore something embarrassing.

it's pathetic. what did he say that wasn't true? just because he didn't follow it up by shoving his nose up the queen's ass and telling her it smells as pure as the driven snow doesn't mean it's worth all the butthurt and pigpiling that's going on.

FARK YOU FOR MAKING ME DEFEND MITT ROMNEY!!!!


If that's how he acts on a trip where he's trying to make a good impression and win over the hearts of our allies, I'd hate to see how he acts when he actually has to deal with a problem.
2012-07-27 03:14:18 PM  
2 votes:

The Homer Tax: MFL: Obama pisses off the Americans.

Obama didn't "piss off the Americans."


He's still presidentin'. That don't sit well with a lot of folks.
2012-07-27 03:08:38 PM  
2 votes:

coeyagi: Remember that Star Trek Voyager episode where they hit Warp 10 and one of the crew ends up occupying like half the space of the known universe simultaneously?

And then he starts to mutate.

[media.agonybooth.com image 187x245]

Given that Romney also covers every spatial coordinate possible for every issue, I expect him to look like this by next week:

[affotd.files.wordpress.com image 400x300]


Worst Trek episode evar. Other really bad episodes were mostly self-contained in their stupidity. but not "Threshold." Its stupidity reached beyond the episode to render the entire remainder of the Voyager series an exercise in stupidity beyond belief.

Think about it: they had the way to travel Warp 10, aka ∞ velocity. Sure, it caused people to slowly mutate into giant salamanders over the course of a week (taking over a day before symptoms first appeared), yet they had the cure (beam victim through transporter set to "Restore Previous Molecular Pattern Backup" [which should be able to cure absolutely anything at all, even death, if you think about it]).

So, why not Warp 10 to, say, Deep Space Nine, and beam the crew over to it with that setting active? Problem solved. Series over.

The only viable in-story (as opposed to network / studio contractual) explanation for why they didn't would be because everyone on the Voyager (even Tuvok the Logical Full-Blooded Vulcan) was a blithering idiot!
2012-07-27 03:06:06 PM  
2 votes:

skullkrusher: that's probably exactly what it is


Yep. You don't show up and play Debbie Downer a day before the games begin. He should have been complimentary and optimistic, whether he believed they were ready or not.
2012-07-27 03:01:55 PM  
2 votes:
i.imgur.com
2012-07-27 02:30:52 PM  
2 votes:

doublesecretprobation: i dislike the guy to a serious farking degree, but this is petty out-of-context assfarkery.


Uh, what? Romney was taken "out of context" when he said that the Brits were doing a rather shoddy job at preparing for the Olympics?

You know, the phrase "out of context" actually means something, and it can't just be thrown out there whenever you want people to ignore something embarrassing.
2012-07-27 02:02:44 PM  
2 votes:
Rmoney is so bad I have noticed the Fark Independent Brigade has been keeping their mouths shut lately.
2012-07-27 01:31:54 PM  
2 votes:
The Etch-A-Sketch has spoken. Long live the Etch-A-Sketch.
2012-07-28 03:30:36 AM  
1 votes:

Lando Lincoln: doublesecretprobation: Lando Lincoln: You know, the phrase "out of context" actually means something, and it can't just be thrown out there whenever you want people to ignore something embarrassing.

it's pathetic. what did he say that wasn't true? just because he didn't follow it up by shoving his nose up the queen's ass and telling her it smells as pure as the driven snow doesn't mean it's worth all the butthurt and pigpiling that's going on.

FARK YOU FOR MAKING ME DEFEND MITT ROMNEY!!!!

Okay, yes, what he said was true, more or less. But that doesn't mean it wasn't tactless. And it certainly was not taken out of context. And it wasn't diplomatic at all. Which was the whole goddamn point of this trip.

It's like if I went over to my friend's house, and he shows me his new bar that he made by himself. He's not a carpenter, and he's not handy, but he thought he'd give it a go, and it's...not going to cause anyone serious harm or death when they use it but...it's just not very good looking. At all.

And then he asks me the question: "Well? What do you think of it?"

Now, I could tell him that it's just god-awful and I could laugh at his horrible attempt at woodworking, and he'd probably get mad at me and then he'd probably stew on it for a couple of weeks, and then he'd realize I was right and he'd tear it down and never try another woodworking project again as long as he lives. And then, every time he sees an episode of "This Old House" on TV, he'd think of me laughing at him and his shame all over again. And he'd resent me and eventually we wouldn't be friends anymore.

OR...I could say, "Hey, that's really nice. Good job!" And if I was convincing enough, he'd beam with pride and offer me a beer and after a few more beers I'd totally forget that I was sitting at a really ugly bar and we'd have a grand old time at his house laughing and shooting the shiat over his new crappy bar. Maybe his initial "success" would inspire him to learn more about woodworking, and eventually he'd get pretty good at it and then years later he'd build me a nice rocking chair and I'd sit on my front porch, rocking away, thinking about how good it was that I lied to my friend about his first crappy woodworking project.

Tact, man. Tact. It comes in handy.


This was awesome, thanks.
2012-07-27 11:08:40 PM  
1 votes:

KWess: History will be much kinder to Mr. Obama once the immediacy of the current financial shiatstorm fades from memory.



Anyone with any common sense can see the obstructionist Congress doing everything to stop the economy from getting better until after the election. The fact that they're trying to blame Obama for "not doing anything" just shows how pathetic and disingenuous they are.
2012-07-27 05:36:28 PM  
1 votes:
It makes me laugh; your politicians, Mitt in particular, are so insular and yet when it comes to election time, suddenly they're out there pretending they know something about the rest of the world. I suppose this is done to impress the folks back home...who really don't care anyway (do 75% of Americans still not have a passport?)

Romney is a nobody in British politics, a complete zero. European politics too. Even his own country laughs at him and we know this. Why should we care about telling him what a twat he is?

Look once he wins the election (ha ha!) or (as he's failed to do it up this point) starts getting genuinely involved on the world stage after he gets laughed away from the White House, well THEN we'll give him some respect. Maybe. If he gets his act together. But not before then.
2012-07-27 05:10:46 PM  
1 votes:

Maud Dib: skullkrusher: NateGrey: [i.huffpost.com image 850x566]

that thar's a pretty low standard for elitism

The farking boathouse is bigger than most Americans' houses.

[stmedia.startribune.com image 630x420]

Yeah, totally not elitist.


He is just trolling, he doesn't even know what his point is.

Defending Romney is hard work for a teabagger.
2012-07-27 05:05:31 PM  
1 votes:
barneyfifesbullet: What a real gaffe looks like.

And, Obama did it all by himself. He built that.


When you feel like returning those roads you drive on, you can talk about how you owe society nothing, because quite frankly even I'm sick of that attitude and I'm antisocial to the point of it indicating a farking neurological disability.
2012-07-27 04:30:56 PM  
1 votes:
Mitt Romney wants the Presidency the same way a sniveling spoiled child wants a pony.
2012-07-27 04:02:14 PM  
1 votes:

MFL: I'd personally love to have an elevator for my car and a dancing horse. It shows me the guy is smart as hell and knows how to create wealth.....a trait the country desperately needs right now in it's leadership.


See, this is your typical Conservative thinking. They actually believe the wealthy are superior. They believe that your wealth is more than just a measure of how much money you have, but of your actual value as a person. They look at a wealthy person and believe the size of their bank account directly correlates to their intelligence, work ethic and character.
2012-07-27 04:00:43 PM  
1 votes:

imontheinternet: Wait, so it matters what the British think of us now? I'm so confused.


It matters as much as it did when President Obama returned the statue of Churchill and gave Gordon Brown DVDs. Of course conservatives were more upset about those than anyone British. Can't say the same about Romney's gaffe.

On the positive Mitt Romney has united the British people, too bad for Mittens it is against him.
2012-07-27 03:50:29 PM  
1 votes:

imontheinternet: Wait, so it matters what the British think of us now? I'm so confused.


Given they are one of our closest allies, closest economic partners, etc.... yes, yes it does.
2012-07-27 03:48:41 PM  
1 votes:

ManRay: Heresiarch: Now is it more understandable?

Sure. He gaffed.

But it does not change the fact it is a tempest in a (British) teacup.



Maybe so, but he's interviewing for a pretty important job...one where every nuance of every word is sliced-and-diced...and here, given the a beachball floating over the plate, the guy manages to whiff another one.

And not only that, but this particular teacup tempest joins, another, and another, and another, and another, and you reach a tipping-point where it's like OK, enough...ENOUGH!
2012-07-27 03:47:57 PM  
1 votes:

skullkrusher: what_now: No, no. The $77,000 was the tax write off his wife took for using the Olympic dressage horse as medical therapy.

this is not true and I am pretty sure you've been told this in the past.


Sorry, it certainly seems to be true: Pops, yes it's Daily Kos, but it also includes the actual tax returns.
2012-07-27 03:44:19 PM  
1 votes:

ManRay: Sure. He gaffed.

But it does not change the fact it is a tempest in a (British) teacup.


It's not a big deal, and no sane person is "outraged" or whatever by it...

But it's definitely something to take into consideration of a guy who is telling you that he's the best man for the job of Our Leader - a big responsibility of said job being diplomacy and interacting with leaders from other countries.
2012-07-27 03:43:40 PM  
1 votes:

skullkrusher: what_now: No, no. The $77,000 was the tax write off his wife took for using the Olympic dressage horse as medical therapy.

this is not true and I am pretty sure you've been told this in the past.


Oh you're right: she's not a medical deduction, she's a business loss. Ann Romney just said she was therapy.
2012-07-27 03:39:14 PM  
1 votes:

unexplained bacon: This seems like a good time to point out that the GOP candidate for president dodged serving in Vietnam by going to France, has an elevator for his cars, and owns a dancing horse that cost more than most Americans make in a year.


No, no. The $77,000 was the tax write off his wife took for using the Olympic dressage horse as medical therapy.

Note: Dressage at this level is about a very deep connection between the horse and rider. It's doubtful that Ann Romney has been on this horse in years.

I honestly couldn't tell you how much it would cost to purchase an Olympic quality dressage horse, but it has to be 6 figures.
2012-07-27 03:27:35 PM  
1 votes:

MFL: So in one week Mitt Romney pisses off the Brits and Obama pisses off the Americans.

I wonder what voting block is not going to show up this fall because of it.



I realize who and what you are, but I'm going for it anyhow...

If you have to keep reminding, and reminding, and reminding people how unbelievably huge and important a 'gaffe' is, you may - MAY - be barking up the wrong tree.
2012-07-27 03:26:57 PM  
1 votes:

ManRay: He was a dick for pointing it out


That's all anyone is saying.

Not being a "dick" to your friends is one of the cornerstones of diplomacy. Mitt Romney doesn't understand this.
2012-07-27 03:25:57 PM  
1 votes:

ManRay: The Homer Tax: ManRay: They just don't like outsiders complaining.

You answered your own question.

I'm allowed to call my brother a dickhead. If you call my brother a dickhead, I will fight you. Mitt Romney doesn't grasp this very basic aspect of diplomacy.


I got it.
But it came across to me more like this: You are working on something at work, it's crunch time. All of the sudden you realize you are farking something up, so you are trying to fix it. But then your coworker drops in an says "hey, you better watch out. You gonna fark that up." So you get pissed at him, redirecting your anger at the farkup at him.

He was a dick for pointing it out, but that does not change the truth: that you were farking it up.


By your logic, I expect the Republican leadership to point out that Mitt is farking up the campaign and is a terrible candidate.
2012-07-27 03:20:01 PM  
1 votes:

MFL: So in one week Mitt Romney pisses off the Brits and Obama pisses off the Americans.

I wonder what voting block is not going to show up this fall because of it.


The brave fat, artery-clogged Chick-Fil-HATE-eating 81st Chairborne division will carry Rmoney to victory.

If their aged flabby arms can lift him up into the Hoveround.
2012-07-27 03:11:52 PM  
1 votes:

MFL: So in one week Mitt Romney pisses off the Brits and Obama pisses off the Americans.

I wonder what voting block is not going to show up this fall because of it.


Wow, who dusted off this troll account.

skullkrusher: barneyfifesbullet: What a real gaffe looks like.

And, Obama did it all by himself. He built that.

what a real giraffe looks like:

[www.sandiegozoo.org image 174x258]

/here we go again


This is a:

www.womansday.com

CARAFE
2012-07-27 03:11:34 PM  
1 votes:

MFL: Obama pisses off the Americans.


Obama didn't "piss off the Americans."
2012-07-27 03:10:26 PM  
1 votes:

MFL: So in one week Mitt Romney pisses off the Brits and Obama pisses off the Americans.

I wonder what voting block is not going to show up this fall because of it.


LOL! FURRINERS DON'T MATTER!!
2012-07-27 03:06:16 PM  
1 votes:

ManRay: Why is this such a big deal?


ManRay: They just don't like outsiders complaining.


Asked and answered.
2012-07-27 03:04:54 PM  
1 votes:
He was called "Nowhere Man" in the Times of London and "Mitt the Twit" in The Sun. And those are Murdoch papers.

Methinks he touched a nerve.

/gee, ya think so, Einstein?
2012-07-27 03:01:33 PM  
1 votes:

barneyfifesbullet: Romney didn't say anything about the security issues there that the media haven't been saying for years.


People have been calling the Irish bomb throwing drunks for years. It's still bad form to say that to the Taoiseach when you're trying to show off your head of state bona fides.
2012-07-27 02:59:36 PM  
1 votes:
1.bp.blogspot.com

YOUR LEGACY - LOOK AT IT
2012-07-27 02:55:28 PM  
1 votes:

sammyk: Rmoney is so bad I have noticed the Fark Independent Brigade has been keeping their mouths shut lately.


you jinxed it!

doublesecretprobation: i dislike the guy to a serious farking degree, but this is petty out-of-context assfarkery.

2012-07-27 02:50:38 PM  
1 votes:
Romney better hope his campaign's creative team can invent enough Obama gaffes to keep up with his own steady stream of real ones.
2012-07-27 02:48:14 PM  
1 votes:
found in GIS

dakiniland.files.wordpress.com
2012-07-27 02:33:42 PM  
1 votes:

Diogenes: I heard Rafalca is an Arabian. Probably a sleeper agent. Bachmann should start an investigation.


If only there were an Arabian horse expert somewhere in the GOP bullpen!!
2012-07-27 02:00:11 PM  
1 votes:

Diogenes: what_now: I think he was just trying to screw with Rafalca's competitors.

I heard Rafalca is an Arabian. Probably a sleeper agent. Bachmann should start an investigation.


Deer God, it all makes since now.
2012-07-27 01:47:19 PM  
1 votes:

what_now: I think he was just trying to screw with Rafalca's competitors.


I heard Rafalca is an Arabian. Probably a sleeper agent. Bachmann should start an investigation.
2012-07-27 01:31:38 PM  
1 votes:
I see. So he shot off his mouth, with diplomatic repercussions, without knowing all the facts.
2012-07-27 01:24:39 PM  
1 votes:
Romney retroactively said that London was completely ready for the Olympics.
 
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