‘Are you watching Mitt? Michelle Obama gives a masterclass in diplomacy’

London Evening Standard: As a lesson in good natured statesmanship – if not to say simple manners – it was a masterclass.

For Michelle Obama cast aside stuffy protocol to join in the fun and games to celebrate today’s opening of the Olympic games with more than 1,000 children.

The First Lady met the children – most of them from U.S. military families – in the grounds of Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. ambassador in London…..

Mrs Obama, who later tried out sports including tug-of-war and football alongside the children, offered a tribute to military families who had been invited to take part in the event….

…. It was a somewhat different story from another American visitor, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was forced to apologise for his comments about London’s readiness for the Games.

The gaffe-prone Republican told US channel NBC’s Today Show: “After being here a couple of days it looks to me like London is ready”.

His comments followed criticism from both David Cameron and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt as well as worldwide condemnation from Twitter users who got #romneyshambles trending on the microblogging site.

More here

Thanks Terim


Meanwhile, Londoners don’t know whether to laugh or growl when they spot the guy:

Grosvenor Place, London, July 27

142 Responses to “‘Are you watching Mitt? Michelle Obama gives a masterclass in diplomacy’”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    At last! 😆

  2. 15 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Now we have a male, to complement our coffee drinking female, giving Willard ‘the look’! Poor Willard.

  3. 16 japa21
    July 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    That last picture is priceless.

  4. 21 Bill
    July 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I hope the big screen shows Mr. and Mrs. Twit tonight so the crowd can tell them what they think about them.

  5. 23 sherijr
    July 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Her speech to our Olympians had me crying, talking about her father… and reminding me how we also in our home loved the Olympics, cheered them on & caught the spirit while growing up & while raising my own sons. We are truly graced to have Michelle Obama as our First Lady.

    Now – to that filth Romney.. I read what he said in that Israel paper- he’s scum.. is he now in Israel? I cannot believe the majority of Israel would want to see this cretin as our President.

  6. 26 ourmanflint
    July 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Chips, the second shot of the look of distrust!!! LOL

  7. 27 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I’m happy to see that many of our TOD and other friends on Twitter are promptly and aggressively going after the media NEWSTAINERS and calling it as we see it and know to be true.

    • 28 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Mark Knoller and MSM putting negative spin on GDP. Wonder how much the Koch Brothers paid the MSM to lick Romney’s butt.

      • 29 veryslowwriter
        July 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        They don’t have to be paid. They don’t even have to be instructed. The MSM — particularly in DC — all go to the same parties, hang out in the same places. They’re terrified of losing “access.” They just love playing handmaiden to the powerful.
        I read a piece by Sally Quinn in which she said, quite clearly, that the “problem” with the Obamas is that they don’t go to the right dinner parties and hang around with trash like her.

    • 31 Lorraine
      July 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      How about this spin straight for the Finance pages, GDP better than expected because that is what I read, knucklehead. When Upchuck Toad looks at the GDP numbers in a positive light I know something is up.

    • 32 edwina3
      July 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Me thinks that Mark Troller loves getting any attention, even when it’s negative but I am still glad that some of you ride his weasely arse as hard as you do.

      • 33 hopefruit2
        July 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        I agree he craves Twitter attention (has no life otherwise) but unfortunately, it’s probable that many of his followers (and their followers, and off-Twitter friends and associates) don’t know he’s an attention whore, but take his tweets seriously. Therefore, the push back is quite necessary to correct the info.

    • 34 Linda
      July 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller

      We’ll be sorry to see @NorahODonnell leave the WH beat. She’ll be joining co-hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King on @CBSThisMorning.

      We’re not sorry to see her go.

      • 35 jacquelineoboomer
        July 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

        Not a bit. She had a big opportunity to be a human and objective WH reporter and missed it. Maybe Gayle King will straighten her out.

    • July 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      This was Knoller’s pathetic attempt to rebut to my tweet:

      That’s me, btw, just from a different end. 😉

    • July 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  8. 41 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    The gaffe-prone Republican told US channel NBC’s Today Show: “After being here a couple of days it looks to me like London is ready”.

    Based on what, MittWitt ?

    • 42 Obama Grandmama
      July 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      …based on walking back his comments and apologizing. How ironic when he tries to condemn Obama for nonexistent apology tours.

    • 43 Bill R.
      July 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Mitt is so utterly dense that what he doesn’t appreciate is that no one, utterly no one, cares about his judgments of the readiness of the Olympics. So whether he makes positive or critical remarks, it’s all so arrogant and out of place, especially since he doesn’t know anything.

    • 45 57andfemale
      July 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      “Well, I’ve observed and I deem London worthy.”

      How the hell did this IDIOT get this close to the Presidency?

      • 46 daisydem
        July 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        That’s the part that stood out to me …. after being there a couple of days, he now thinks they are ready … like they passed some Mitt inspection – the white glove test or something. THIS COMMENT MAKES IT WORSE! He is still looking down that nose at them. He has NO class, zero! Go home Mitt (unfortunately that is here) … you are not worthy to represent our country anywhere!

        • 47 57andfemale
          July 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

          I think all the converts to Mormonism that he convinced to stop drinking wine in Bordeaux while young men were dying in Vietnam for his ‘religious liberty’, should give him a fucking castle in Bordeaux and get him the hell away from the U.S.

    • 48 Cha
      July 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Based on willard’s Fiip Flopping.

  9. 49 Obama Grandmama
    July 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I know now that when my knee is completely heeled and I get back to my overseas trips if Mitt Romney wins to be POTUS I will need to do what I did when GW was Prez, pretend I am Canadian when engaging conversations with people abroad. My travels drastically changed for the positive when PBO took office. How Americans are perceived in other parts of the world are directly affected by who our President is.

    • 50 COS
      July 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      I am so proud of FLOTUS.The interview with CBS this morning was perfect. Eat your hearts out Mitt and Ann Romney.

    • 52 Dudette
      July 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      “How Americans are perceived in other parts of the world are directly affected by who our President is.” — So true, which is why millions the world over are praying the American people do the right thing and keep President Barack Obama in office for a second term. And I’m sure many are wishing we didn’t have term limits.

      • 53 COS
        July 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        Of course Jindal and Pawlenty and the rest of the RWNJs are saying that it doesn’t matter what the foreign press say.:) Our President and First Family make me so proud everyday.

        • 54 Dudette
          July 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

          Pffft! Those two idiots DON’T MATTER!

        • 55 HZ
          July 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

          COS, they will never get it. These attitudes are the ones that make our friends all over the world hate us when these high-ass people get into office. Enough of their crap. People are tired of this type of crap, for sure.HZ

  10. July 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    “a lesson in good natured statesmanship – if not to say simple manners”

    That says it all, doessn’t it ?

    I just hope she’ll never be put in the awkward position where she’d have to apologize for Mitt’s “performance”.

  11. 57 Tally
    July 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

  12. 58 Tally
    July 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Seriously guys – every time you tweet anything about Romney – change it to #MITTIOT and we can get it to trend. LET’S DO THIS!!

  13. 64 Sosena
    July 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Michelle Obama looks amazing in white…at an Olympic Reception at Buckingham Palace.

  14. 72 Betsy
    July 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I am on holiday in Huron, Ohio and finally have free wireless here (actually hotel is in Sandusky). I CANNOT believe all that has gone down in the past 2 days!!!

    • 73 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Isn’t it overwhelming to miss a day or two in TODville, Betsy? I no longer try to literally recapture what I missed, hoping instead that it will seep through in conversation as I go forward. Have an enjoyable vacation, we’ll be here anytime you can drop in!

      • 74 Betsy
        July 28, 2012 at 12:57 am

        I have missed three days so far, and just read a little. You are so right it’s hard to keep up 🙂

  15. 75 Bill
    July 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Mrs. Greenspan just praised George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Clinton for fighting aids. No mention of PBO or the fact Secretary of State Clinton works for him. The MSM’s agenda against PBO is unmatched.

    • 76 Lorraine
      July 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      She is a PUMA is disguise. She has taken folks to task when they get too out of hand but she can be hard to read a lot of times.

      • 77 57andfemale
        July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        What disguise?

        Actually, she’s no Democrat but she does react with a bit of feminist fervor when women are under attack.

        She’s Mrs. Greenspan, for God’s sake!

    • 78 COS
      July 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Yesterday Brian Williams talked about the Olympics, but failed to mention a word about FLOTUS arriving there yesterday. I watched all of his news waiting for him to mention just one word but I waited in vain.

      • 79 Dudette
        July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        Someone should tweet his sorry butt and let him have it!

      • 80 hopefruit2
        July 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        He probably didn’t want to offend Lady Ann…after all, isn’t she the First Lady now? She’s also Queen, Duchess, Princess, Empress, and Goddess all wrapped up in one empty brain.

  16. 81 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

  17. July 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I love this article

  18. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    July 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Isn’t she lovely!

    • 87 ChristiMTL
      July 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm


    • 88 veryslowwriter
      July 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      What a gorgeous dress. And don’t you just love thexpression on that man’s face? He looks like the cat that swallowed the canary.

      • 89 Dudette
        July 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        Her escort is Louis Susman, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom 🙂

      • 90 hopefruit2
        July 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        LMAO! veryslowwriter I was so caught up in our FLOTUS’s lovely attire that I didn’t notice her escort’s facial expression until you mentioned it…and indeed, his face says it all! No words necessary. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

    • 91 Ladyhawke
      July 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      FLOTUS is lovely and the dress is exquisite. I can’t take my eyes off of her. My heart feels like it is about the explode with pride.

  19. 92 ChristiMTL
    July 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I read the most ridiculous article in Mediaite

    Selective Outrage: How The U.K. Press Reacted To Obama’s Numerous Anti-British Gaffes
    by Noah Rothman |

    He’s the RWNJ over there, I remember a few months ago sending him a couple of angry tweets and he replied to me, and we went back and forth….I had an answer ready for all his BS.

    So basically he thinks that FLOTUS touching the Queen or President Obama’s toast to the Queen is the same as an arrogant snob insulting the whole country.

    I’m very impress with the way the UK press went after Romney.

    • 93 veryslowwriter
      July 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      FLOTUS did not touch the Queen until the Queen touched her. Not even a little breach of royal protocol. These people just love to make up stuff.

      • 94 ChristiMTL
        July 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        I know! it’s so ridiculous, there’s no comparison whatsoever…it was soooo endearing….The Queen really respect the First Couple…..

      • 95 anniebella
        July 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        The Right Wing Haters are so pitiful. I mean PI-TI- FUL. Mitt Romney made a first class fool of himself, now they have to try to say the Obamas did too. When you let HATE rule you, you are sick, sick, sick sick..

      • 96 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Irreverent soul that I sometimes am I’d add that it was probably the first touch/hug the queen had had in a long time.

  20. July 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    OH. MY. GOD. FLOTUS IS STUNNING…stunning…stunning…..

  21. July 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm
  22. 110 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Heads up!
    Clinton, Pelosi close International AIDS Conference (3:15PM EST)
    Former president Bill Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi deliver closing remarks at the International AIDS Conference in Washington.
    CNN Live stream: http://live.cnn.com/

  23. 111 Claire
    July 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    romney= bush economics, bush foreign policy, bush social policy, and karl rove. I’ve had enough.

  24. July 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    #RmoneyWreck … will remind these folk more than once ….

  25. 116 donna dem 4 obama
    July 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    #mittthetwit is now trending on twitter with #RomneyShambles. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  26. July 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  27. 118 donna dem 4 obama
    July 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    We had one of those nuts here in the DC area. Thank God they took him serious and got to him before he did any harm to others.

    WASHINGTON — A Maryland man calling himself “a joker” is accused of threatening to shoot up the business from which he was about to be fired and was wearing a T-shirt that read “Guns don’t kill people. I do,” when he first talked to officers who arrested him, police said Friday.


  28. 122 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Can someone Tweet this to Sherrod Brown? I think that Cantor did the exact same thing…bet on US failure to make their money!!


    • 124 Lorraine
      July 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Nice. I love the pictures. Princess Kate is gorgeous. Love the picture with First Lady Michelle and Princess Kate.

  29. 126 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    AHA…it appears that the O-team has caught to Knoller’s disgusting antics, taken a page from the TOD Twitter Brigade’s book and is pushing back aggressively and promptly on Knoller’s lies:

    • 127 sherijr
      July 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Mark Knoller needs to be following Romney around period. He is no journalist, he is nothing but a lying gop pusher of bs. Sick of him. Good on Dan Pfeiffer.

    • 128 Dudette
      July 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Love me some Dan Pfeiffer. The President has some awesome people around him.

    • 130 Ladyhawke
      July 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Nicely done Dan. Mark Knoller and are the rest of the jackals need to get back to the basics of journalism. They might try starting with the first principle which is to tell the truth. They are a disgrace to their profession. Too lazy to just report the facts.

    • 131 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Maybe if Knoller got up off his fat butt to actual look into things, then he would not believe everything the right wingers tell him.

    • 133 a4alice
      July 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      I bet Snark would have a thing or two to say on this……;-)

  30. 134 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Al Jazeera coverage of the Olympics here:

  31. July 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  32. July 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

  33. 137 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Romney Advisor Guy Slamming Obama For ‘Leaks’ Was Same Dude Who Leaked On Valerie Plame


    Shame on Diane Feinstein…..

  34. July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hi TOD…My daughter had the most wonderful experience and surprise a few weeks ago.
    She had just graduated college in May and came home and started job hunting. She got a temporary
    3 week job back in DC ( where she went to college). She was a camp counselor/mentor….this is her story.
    As she pulls up to the camp her supervisor urgently texts her to come to the office immediately…of course she thought
    she had done something wrong. Then the supervisor said in the sternest of voices …You have to sign a confidentiality
    agreement now cause Sasha will be coming to our camp for a week. Well she got all excited, after the shock wore off
    and the first thing she said she blurted out was “Can I tell my Mom”. The answer of course was a firm NO.

    I cracked up when she told me her reaction because she is normally so mature and balanced…but she knows
    what an Obamamama I am so that was her reflexive response. She honored the agreement however so it was
    not until she came home a week ago that I got all the stories…

    She had the honor of meeting our First Lady who came to the kids performance at the end of the week.
    She kept saying ,Mom, Michelle is soooo beautiful in person and so down to earth and nice to all of us. It was a small
    group so she was able to talk with the FL and they took group pictures, which finally convinced me…because it all seemed
    too good to be true. Also the SS were nice and friendly but always on the job. Got a lot of other little stories but will
    keep it brief 🙂

    What a great experience to have as her first job out of college! I hope her future will be equally blessed. Just thought
    i’d share with my TOD family especially since we are now witnessing this magnificent First Lady in action on the world stage.

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