Yesterday, we learned that an advisor to Mitt Romney stated to British reporters that “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special. The White House doesn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.” That ‘special relationship’ is off to a very rocky start already as Romney managed to act like a lopsided bull in a china shop.
Romney told NBC News today that “The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials — that obviously is not something which is encouraging. . .Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? And that’s something which we only find out once the games actually begin.”
Romney’s special relationship with the British caused British Prime Minister David Cameron to rebuke Romney by stating “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.”
Cameron went on to say “I think we will show the whole world not just that we come together as a United Kingdom, but also we’re extremely good at welcoming people from across the world. I will obviously make those points to Mitt Romney. I look forward to meeting him.”
The meeting should be interesting as it is doubtful that Romney’s aristocratic bearing will have much of an influence on Cameron who is a great-great-great-great-great grandson of William IV and one of his mistresses. Cameron also attended Eton and Oxford.
The ‘special relationship’ between Romney and the British continued when he stated that “I appreciated the insights and perspectives of the leaders of the government here and opposition here as well as the head of MI6.”
Known as Military Intelligence Section Six or Secret Intelligence Services, MI6 was not even acknowledged as existing until 1994, and they value their secrecy very highly. An aide in the British foreign press office stated that “[MI6 Chief] Sir John Sawers meets with lots of people, but we don’t give a running commentary of any of these meetings.”