The Mitt Romney team ended a disastrous, error-strewn tour to Britain, Israel and Poland by lashing out at the US press – after a reporter had dared to ask why he’d failed to take to take more than a handful of questions throughout the whole overseas visit.
The Washington Post reports:
The White House hopeful’s overseas tour took another rocky turn on its final day, as a campaign spokesman cursed at journalists shouting questions at Romney.
Romney had just laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw’s Pilsudski Square, personally thanking and shaking hands with about 50 uniformed Polish soldiers who watched the silent ceremony. Then, in a gesture of gratitude, Romney pressed his hand to his heart and bowed his head.
As he walked back to his vehicle, he ignored reporters’ shouted questions. When a journalist noted that Romney has taken almost no questions from his traveling press corps throughout the foreign trip, Romney spokesman Rick Gorka retorted, “Kiss my ass.”
“This is a holy site for the Polish people,” Gorka said. “Show some respect.”
Moments later, Gorka told another reporter to “shove it.” Gorka later called the reporters to apologise.
Shortly before Romney departed for the airport to fly home to the United States, his top campaign strategist tried to put a positive spin on the trip, saying “it was a great success.” But criticism continued to mount over Romney’s series of controversial remarks – the latest made Monday in Jerusalem when the candidate said the Israeli economy was stronger than the Palestinian economy because of “cultural” differences.
A “great success”?
As Left Foot Forward has reported, the Romneyshambles Tour has lurched from one disaster to another, from his anti-Obama ’Anglo-Saxon’ jibe to his cut-price fundraiser to his attack on our ability and willingness to host the Games, to attacking the UK generally, to his latest Middle East gaffe to his media man’s meltdown in Poland… Mr Obama surely cannot believe his luck!