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Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:12 PM

Romney on England: "It is a small island . . doesn't make things. . the world wants to buy".

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On edit: Just for fun I emailed this to the Guardian writer who wrote about Romney's other gaffes.




As reported by the Political Wire





http://politicalwire.com/


Romney wrote, in his book, No Apology:

"England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions."





I made a prediction that the President's campaign would be leaking little tid bits, and wonder if this is one of them.

Remember Mitt, No Apologies now.

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Reply Romney on England: "It is a small island . . doesn't make things. . the world wants to buy". (Original post)
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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:14 PM

1. OMG

He is in deep water with the Brits now - send this to the British newspapers!

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Response to Rosa Luxemburg (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:41 PM

66. And to think Mitt went there to show off his foreign policy skills. I guess he did.

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Response to Rosa Luxemburg (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 09:23 PM

118. God, I love England. I love London. Fuck Romney.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:14 PM

2. Their trees...not the right size.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:15 PM

3. yes I did spill my water over my keyboard on that one.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:16 PM

6. omfg... lol

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:28 PM

19. spit take

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:50 PM

34. .

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:15 PM

4. Good lord.

I have no words...

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:15 PM

5. .



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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:18 PM

7. Wow!

So wrong for POTUS.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:19 PM

8. Surely this cannot be true.

Small roads? Small houses? He couldn't really have said that!

Could he?!!

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Response to mainer (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:21 PM

10. When you're flying over at 36,000 feet, they do look small

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Response to nichomachus (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:24 PM

13. and as was pointed out up thread, their trees are not the right height.

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Response to nichomachus (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:19 PM

55. And when you are descending down through the fog,

which always seems to be there, you cannot see just how big London is. Been there, done that and it is far from a little island.

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Response to nichomachus (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 10:01 AM

142. when you live like he does,

anything and everything is smaller

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Response to mainer (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:28 PM

18. He could

He probably complained about their tiny sandwiches.

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Response to mainer (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:03 PM

41. Well, certainly not ALL of them.

And sometimes small is just big enough. Seriously

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Response to mainer (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:17 PM

82. Small houses like Downton Abbey, and all those other

manor houses that dot the landscape.

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Response to Jane Austin (Reply #82)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 06:31 PM

101. Lord Grantham would appear to be quite plebeian to Mittens. nt

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Response to mainer (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 09:39 AM

141. Not all of them certainly but I did notice

 

from my travels to europe that the houses and roads there are noticeably smaller.

Not surprising since they cram more people in to less space than we do.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #141)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 12:37 PM

154. It's true.

The smallest in Europe, on average, in home space built since 2003 (this is a 2011 study) and tiny compared to the average in the US. Furniture tends to be smaller; not as massively overbuilt and the available space is designed to be utilized efficiently. People in homes tend to spend time in the same rooms at the same time, too. Extra space is a very American concept - just because we have it doesn't mean it's necessary.

As for smaller roads; yes, many of their roads are 'smaller' - they have smaller vehicles, overall. And comprehensive, efficient public transport that minimizes the need for a vehicle at all for many people. I spend a lot of time in the UK and rarely feel like I'm being cramped or don't have enough space (rush hour on the London tube is a different story, I'll grant, but nothing is perfect).



The largest square is the US; the smallest is the UK.
US: 2,300sf
Australia: 2,217sf
Denmark: 1,475sf
France: 1,216sf
Spain: 1,044sf
Ireland: 947sf
UK: 818sf

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/average-home-sizes-around-the-151738

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:20 PM

9. And this idiot wants to be our chief diplomat and foriegn policy maker???

How to piss off your closest ally, casually!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:22 PM

11. Breaking News: Mitt Romney buys the UK, plans to use it as his own private island.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 01:52 PM

164. Bulldozes all the small houses to make room for one large compound. "That Buckingham place...

...was large enough for a guest house," Mitt says, "but it was just too old. It had to go."

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:23 PM

12. Peeve: who cares if the rest of the world wants to buy their stuff?

I've never understood this whole "compete globally" nonsense.

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:45 PM

30. "Compete globally" means

wealthy capitalists buy up everything of value in the world to resell at a profit. If you can't get something legally, you send in your army to secure it for you. Luckily England will likely remain off Romney's radar because he sees nothing useful there.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:24 PM

14. Oh my

Michelle Obama is walking into a mess when she gets there! This guy is such an idiot. He oughta be ashamed of himself.

And I hope they let her tell the press - because the British press WILL ask about it - "For the first time in a long time, I'm ashamed of America."

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:00 PM

40. The FLOTUS will be her usual gracious, intelligent and elegant

self. And the British press will eat it up and praise her to the moon. Probably contrasting her with Mittwit in the process. It will be to laugh.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #40)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:14 PM

53. She can't get there fast enough!



Seriously!

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #40)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:47 PM

89. Face It England: He's Just Not That Into You

translation: and he/Ann have never found anything they'd like to buy from England.

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Response to otohara (Reply #89)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 11:25 AM

143. Yet the tailors...

of Saville Road make suits that the rich from around the world come to buy.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:53 PM

74. When Candidate Obama went there in '08

He was greeted as a rock star. Throughout the U.K., he was met by swooning enthusiastic crowds in the tens of thousands and even, at one place, by 200,000. I take it poor Mitts' visit is a bit more toned down. Well, at least the Brit comedians are having a field day.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:25 PM

15. Reminds me of Randy Newman's parody song "Short People"

Short People got no reason
Short People got no reason
Short People got no reason
To live
They got little hands
Little eyes
They walk around
Tellin' great big lies
They got little noses
And tiny little teeth
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet
Well, I don't want no Short People
Don't want no Short People
Don't want no Short People`Round here
Short People are just the same
As you and I
(A Fool Such As I)
All men are brothers

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:26 PM

16. and their health care system, worse than Socialism

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:27 PM

17. Well, now

That's a statement that says "We support the UK", doesn't it?

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:34 PM

20. England is not an island

who would read a book written by Mitt Romney anyway?

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Response to Enrique (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:42 PM

25. Mitt, Learn the difference between England, Britain, and UK...

Right after you learn the difference between USSR and Russia.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:06 PM

45. That was my first reaction.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:13 PM

50. If England is an island...

The US is a continent because it sits on North America.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:31 PM

86. Scotland is just a suburb. /nt

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Response to Enrique (Reply #20)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 07:09 AM

137. Right. It's only half an island

... like Haiti.

I'm sure Romney didn't write any book. He probably just gave a nod to someone who wrote a check to the actual author. And if the book causes any waves, he will deny authorship. The actual author will find himself looking up at the undercarriage of a bus.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:34 PM

21. Wow! just Wow!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:34 PM

22. I'm waiting for him to say

an "adviser" said that, and he doesn't really believe it, even though his name is on the cover.

It's not like he ever thought that.

An asshole that won't take responsibility for being an asshole on purpose is infinitely worse than an asshole by accident or an asshole on purpose that owns up to it.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:38 PM

23. This guy is a disaster!

No Mitt, you'd have to go back to the days of England that you would love to see America go to in order to see the gross opulence that you are alluding to. When a chateau was really a chateau, and servants were really servants.

Mitt is GROSS and BOORISH!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:40 PM

24. I'm surprised he doesn't chastise them for driving on the wrong side of the road...

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Response to KansDem (Reply #24)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 08:02 PM

111. They don't.

We do!

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