President Obama will not meet with world leaders as they gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Whether it's because he's too busy campaigning or because he doesn't want to create headlines, opening himself up for attack, the move is being criticized by those on the right and the left.
What Obama's critics fail to note is that, despite being indisposed, he did take time out between television appearances to send quick messages to world leaders. We got our hands on a few of those messages, which we're now sharing with the world…
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney decided today to walk back his inexplicably-unpopular decision to criticize British government's ability to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Human people! How's a guy supposed to predict how their brain emotions will work?!
U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried Thursday to quiet grumblings over comments that seemed to question Britain's readiness to host the Olympic Games, now saying he expects the games to be a success.
After meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at his Downing Street residence, the Republican told reporters he expects the games "to be highly successful." He said he and Cameron talked about the "great progress" that has been made in the games, which have been criticized for security woes and organization.
I'm not sure whether this counts as a flip-flop, an acquiescence to a foreign power or a peace offering from one Anglo-Saxon to another.
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The Olympics are supposed to be a time when nations set aside their differences and marvel at feats of athleticism, prancing horses and the ageless wonder that is Bob Costas. For Americans, it's an opportunity to learn about all the countries we haven't invaded yet and — at most — make a list of states that have enough natural resources to warrant democratizing good and hard in the future. But we're not supposed to go to war during the Games.
Tell that to Mitt Romney, who began his trip to London by questioning the host nation's preparedness, instead of trying to figure out whether to cheer for Bermuda or Switzerland.
"You know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out," Romney told NBC, "There were a few things that were disconcerting."
"The story about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that is not something that is encouraging."
British Prime Minister David Cameron rebuffed Romney's skepticism and, er, made fun of Utah…
"We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."
Great, now "the special relationship is special" because we're at war with Britain.
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Tags: David Cameron, Mitt Romney, Olympics, Sports, United Kingdom, Utah
You know, if the United States Congress were half as fun to watch as the United Kingdom's Parliament, it might be half fun to watch…
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