American sprinter Carl Lewis, a 9-time Olympics gold medalist, gave his own assessment Friday of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's comments about London's preparation for the upcoming games.
"Every Olympics is ready, I don't care whatever he said," Lewis told London's Independent. "I swear, sometimes I think some Americans shouldn't leave the country. Are you kidding me, stay home if you don't know what to say."
Earlier this week, Romney launched the England leg of his first international trip as a presidential candidate by announcing that he saw some "disconcerting" signs regarding London's preparedness for the Olympics.
"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," Romney, who organized the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, told NBC News. "Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? And that's something which we only find out once the games actually begin."
British Prime Minister David Cameron shot back: "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."
London Mayor Boris Johnson also took the former Massachusetts governor to task, referring to him as "a guy called Mitt Romney."
Romney's Olympics comments, as well as some other slip-ups, spawned the phrase "Romneyshambles," which has been used by British media and others to drill the presidential hopeful on his awkward foray.
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
"We're not worried about overseas headlines. We're worried about voters back here at home in America," Jindal said on a conference call with reporters Thursday.
Channel 4 News in London
Felicity Spector of Channel 4 News in London <a href="http://www.channel4.com/news/london-calling-mitt-romneys-golden-gaffe-in-olympics-visit" target="_hplink">writes</a> that Romney has undertaken "a charm offensive, that has proved rather more offensive, than charming."
UK Prime Minister David Cameron
In response to Romney <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/romney-london-olympics-david-cameron.php" target="_hplink">questioning</a> whether London could handle the security issues ahead of the summer games, Cameron retorted that he had no doubt "Britain can deliver." "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world," Cameron said. "Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."
The <a href="http://www.scribblelive.com/Event/SinglePost.aspx?PostId=35975791" target="_hplink">tabloid</a> said Romney's visit was "not a great day at the office."
JONATHAN HAYNES TWEET, TOO
The Times of London
The daily paper called Cameron's comment an "Olympic putdown" in an above-the-scroll <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/romney-london-olympics-gaffes.php" target="_hplink">headline</a> online.
JANICE TURNER TWEET TOO!
"If Mitt Romney doesn't like us, we shouldn't care," <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/mitt-romney/9428764/Commentary-if-Mitt-Romney-doesnt-like-us-we-shouldnt-care.html" target="_hplink">writes</a> the paper.
The Daily Mail
The newspaper <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2179309/Mayor-Boris-Johnson-attacking-Mitt-Romney-Olympic-torch-arrives-London.html" target="_hplink">called</a> the start of Romney's trip "humiliating."
The London Evening Standard
The newspaper <a href="linkgoeshere" target="_hplink">wrote</a> "David Cameron slaps down US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney over Games gaffe."
"Mr Romney is credited with rescuing the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, now he's appeared to question London's readiness to host a successful olympics," host George Alagiah <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/romney-london-olympics-gaffes.php" target="_hplink">said</a>, adding "If (Romney's) here to make friends, he's got a funny way of showing it."