London Mayor Boris Johnson shamed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in front of a crowd of 100,000 people at the Olympic torch lighting on Thursday.
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Romney had offended Brits when he suggested that London wasn’t ready for the games.
“It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,” the candidate said. “There are a few things that were disconcerting. 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.”
During the torch lighting ceremony the next day, the London mayor made a point of calling out Romney.
“There are some people coming from around the world who don’t yet know about all the preparations we’ve done to get London ready in the last seven years,” Johnson told the massive crowd in Hyde Park. “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready.”
“Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are!”
Watch this video from BBC, broadcast July 26, 2012.
(h/t: Video Cafe)
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