Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney 'fumbles'
July 30th, 2012
05:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney 'fumbles'

(CNN) - If Mitt Romney has indeed fumbled the football overseas, President Barack Obama's campaign may well be seen as spiking it.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday the Republican presidential candidate's overseas trip has put his readiness for the Oval Office in question.

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"He's now been to two countries and he's had two countries where he has made a series of fumbles," she said. "He's been fumbling the foreign policy football from country to country.

And there's a threshold question that he has to answer for the American people and that's whether he is prepared to be commander-in-chief," she continued. "As we look to the past events, we know that this raises some questions about his preparedness and we'll see how the rest of his trip goes."

Psaki was referring to what some have seen as Romney's missteps over the last several days in London and Israel.

In London, some saw his answer to a question about the Olympic games as a gaffe.

"You know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out," he said in an interview with NBC News, explaining that issues with a private security contractor and labor issues were "disconcerting." After a meeting with the British prime minister, who himself responded to Romney's remarks, the candidate said he was "very delighted with the prospects of a highly successful Olympic Games."

The episode brought mocking headlines from British newspapers his way.

Days later, a prominent Palestinian leader called out one of Romney's statements in Jerusalem "racist."

Palestinian negotiator Sa'eb Erekat said Romney's "racist statements about the Israeli culture being superior to the Palestinian culture reflect someone who needs to be educated, who needs knowledge." Romney pointed out a wealth disparity between Israel and the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

Psaki's Monday statement - made to reporters on Monday - is the latest in a volley over Romney's foreign trip. On Sunday, Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to Obama's reelection campaign, said "I think it's clear that voters in this country wonder aloud whether Mitt Romney is ready for the world."

Romney adviser Kevin Madden said Sunday that any gaffes in the campaign would be overshadowed in voters' eyes.

"I don't think that a gaffe or a YouTube moment is really going to make or break this particular election," he said on ABC News' "This Week." "I think it's going to be about the direction of the country, how we rebuild the economy, how we continue to have a stronger national security posture around the globe."

But on Monday, Psaki had a different perspective: "I think 'foreign policy fumble' has a nice ring to it."

Romney's trip continued in Poland on Monday.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Willard is a disaster waiting to happen and if given the chance, "you people" who vote for him DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU GET coffins and all.

    July 30, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    I guess you can say he has butterfingers or fumbleitis. willard is going around the world making a jacka$$ out of himself. Compare that to 4 years ago when then Sen. Obama was in Germany with a crowd of over 200,000 people.

    July 30, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    I think he meant to say how we have a horrible economy, high unemployment thanks to President Obama who had no work experience in the real world or government and no academics for the job of president. The guy who went to an elite, private school for the rich in Hawaii and claimed that having an Indonesian step-father and visiting Indonesia as a child made him better for foreign policy.

    July 30, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Bill

    Romney is a clown and will never be president.

    July 30, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Babyboomer

    Last week I heard Chris Matthews give the perfect analogy for this year's election. Mitt Romney is a Corp. Mgr. President Obama is a people Mgr. Corp. Mgrs. care only about what's best for the company and it's top Execs. and share holders. People Mgrs. care about what happens to the people and how to make their lives better. Which do you want. I'll take the people Mgr. over a Corp. bully any day. Managing the US government is nothing like managing a corporation. Not even close.

    July 30, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. SafeJourney

    Mitt the twit, is not Presidential material.

    July 30, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That whole Palestinian culture comment as it pertained to the ENORMOUS wealth disparity per capita between the two countries was more than a gaffe,it showed a distinct lack of education, sensitivity and knowledge on a very sensitive and real subject.
    Romney is a Mormon moron. Period.

    July 30, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Bob

    If Mittens can't handle himself in foregin countries, he will start a few wars this way or make things worse for our troops over sea's. Clearly Mittens has no clue about foreign relations other then hiding money in his foreign bank accounts.

    Obama does a better job in foreign relations for sure. (Can't believe I just said this)

    Mittens will start some wars and cost us folks more money that we can't afford.

    July 30, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Name Polly

    What a shame – Romney needs to educate himself, and stop assuming that he knows more than he does. There is no difference between he and S. Palin

    July 30, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. ron

    GET THAT CLOWN BACK TO US SOIL IMMEDIATELY!!! He's done. Toast. What on earth is Romney thinking about?! He's NOT POTUS material. Period. Republicans, stop embarrassing us! Bring Romney home now. Please?!

    July 30, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. Darryl

    I hope his backers don't spend anymore big bucks on him. This guy is absolutely not going to the W/H anytime soon. The internet is crawling with Republicans saying he's a loser and he needs to back out now befor he completely destroyes the Republican Party. And their saying they can't believe the Republicans Party picked him now. Woops ! Sounds like NOBODYS happy !

    July 30, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Sander

    And Romney praising the Israeli healthcare system is a serious fumble that nobody's talking about. Israel has a universal healthcare system that requires everyone to have insurance. Every Israeli citizen has the obligation to purchase health care services. Sound familiar?

    July 30, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. scott

    Yet the Leader of Israel and the Leader of Poland both said they want Romney as President, Obama wished he had endorsements like that. Lets face it out side of the PLO he has o support

    July 30, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Dave, Central Illinois

    The yahoo currently in office still isn't ready for the job.

    July 30, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Chris Ieva

    So the folks who murdered olympic athletes in 1972 and vow to wipe out the Jews, are calling Mitt Romney racist? Where exactly is the fumble?

    July 30, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. kayla

    Sarah palin in pants.

    July 30, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Supporters of our President like myself will be spiking the ball on November 7th when heis re-elected.
    Right now the mere fact that someone of Romney's caliber and questionable character is actually in the running for the presidency of the United States is embarrassing as hell to anyone that has any love for our country and wishes to have it respected in the global community.
    The presidency of our country is NOT for sale.
    Obama 2012. Because America deserves the BEST.

    July 30, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. n

    Again America, Romney is not the one . . . Period.

    July 30, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Gee

    These are only gaffes because the news reports them that way the same way they picked apart everything President Bush said. Obama can say even more stupid things than Romney and you won't hear a word reported about it in the news because he is off-limits/protected by the media.

    July 30, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. geraldo

    fumbles? like obama saying unemployment would never get above 8%? like obama saying that adding to the national debt is unpatriotic?

    July 30, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Dose anybody know what day his 70,000 Tax deductible horse is dancing in the Olympics.

    I will be rooting for the Horse .

    Romney / Trump
    A step above 2012

    July 30, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. sayer

    Teflon Rom. If we elect Romney, we deserve what we get and can't say we didn't know.

    July 30, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. transparancy

    So Romney correctly assesses the preparedness of the London Olympics as reported by all European media and as witnessed in the first few days of the games, then he bravely and passionately defends Israel (our ally) and these are gaffes? I don't know why the media is in love with Obama, but Romney is the man who can get things done.

    July 30, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Blue

    If Mitt is elected we will have World War lll. His moiuth will cause the demis ofm our world, How stupid can one guy be?

    July 30, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. California Gary

    Should we actually elect this guy, and don't kid yourself......it could happen (see 2000 & 2004 elections of GWB), we will be embarrassed time and time again as he ventures out into the real world. Ready for prime time? Not hardly.

    July 30, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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