The Brits love roasting an American, particularly the first time they visit or visit as the boss. I experienced multiple humiliations as a student at Oxford, then attempts to repeat them the two times I oversaw a British business. It really is a blood sport when a Brit lays open an American publicly with that particular touch of Eton scorn.
We hear now in the British tabloids that Romney has acted rudely. Actually, as a daily reader of the Times I can vouch that everything Romney said was absolutely true. There has been an enormous scandal for about two months in Britain over both the collapse of the security company in charge of Olympic security and various public sector strikes that threatened the Games.
The Labor party in the UK had made pretty effective fodder of Prime Minister Cameron and London’s goofy fellow conservative, Mayor Boris Johnson. So no surprise that the Prime Minister and Mayor are the loudest voices deriding Romney. They are after all the two people primarily responsible for the disaster and scandal.
In other words Romney was dead on as a former head of a successful Olympic Games when asked to identify any concerns with the current Olympics. The Brits got what they hate from an American – a cold hard lesson in the facts. And facts which you could confirm by a Google search or a casual review of the Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sun, or the rest of the tabloid press in Britain.
I have no idea if I will vote for Romney and I do carry a British passport, but in this case let me just say every American including the President, Mr. Axelrod, Mr. Gibbs, and Mr. Plouffe ought to support their fellow countryman unfairly attacked overseas.
Americans and Brits would both benefit from their politicians telling it like it is a little more often. Politicians will only speak plainly if we support them when they do.