Monday, July 30, 2012

Romney Continues Overseas Gaffe-a-thon Tour By Calling Palestinians Culturally Inferior

Mitt Romney continues to impress on his wondrous European gaffe-a-thon tour today by insulting the Palestinian people's culture just to score a few points with his sugar daddies.

Today Mitt Romney spoke to a room of over 40 wealthy donors which included New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, hedge fund manager Paul Singer and billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson (who has promised to donate more than $100 million to help defeat Obama) while they ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.

What Romney said to them at that breakfast has caused an international stir. While in all out pander mode Romney claimed that the Israeli's culture is what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians. So in essence Romney said that the Palestinians were "culturally inferior" to their Israeli neighbors.

Here are Romney's exact words…

"As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,"

Romney then said some economic histories have theorized that "culture makes all the difference."

"And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,"

Romney then went on to dig his hole even deeper by saying that similar disparity exists between neighboring countries like Mexico and the United States.

His remarks on the subject drew a standing ovation from the audience.

Palestinian reaction was understandably divergent and immediate.

Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said "It is a racist statement and this man doesn't realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,".

"It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people," Erekat added. "He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority."

As criticism mounted the campaign sent out Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul to say that Mitt's "comments were grossly mischaracterized."

What makes it worse is tat Romney wasn't even right as far as the the economic disparity between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It is actually much worse. Israel has a per capita gross domestic product of about $31,000 in 2011, while the West Bank and Gaza had a per capita GDP of just over $1,500, according to the World Bank.

What it all boils down to is that this was just another example of Romney embarrassing America abroad. This misstep combined with his disastrous performance in the UK proves that Mitt is not ready for prime time.

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