By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
Gov. Mitt Romney is beginning a seven day, three country tour, to meet with the heads of state in England, Israel and Poland–similar to the eight countries in eight days whistle-stop tour taken by then Senator Barack Obama in 2008.
However, Romney is packing far more substance, experience and a surprising 40 year pre-existing relationship into the mix–and, he intends to retrieve the mantle of ‘American Exceptionalism’ that Barack Obama discarded during his trip.
Romney’s itinerary is focused on strong U.S. allies, beginning with meetings today in England with Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, according to Kimberly Schwandt’s FOXNews article yesterday.
The United States had maintained a very close bond with the United Kingdom since World War II, which was perhaps best defined by the genuine friendship shared between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
And perhaps their greatest accomplishment was having collaborated with their NATO allies to convince the last Head of State of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to bring an end to the “Cold War,” memorialized by Reagan’s call for Gorbachev to … “tear down that wall!”
Gorbachev’s capitulation in the matter ignited the destruction of the famous Berlin Wall, then leading to the “reunification” of East and West Germany and the beginning of the end of Communism in the U.S.S.R and Eastern Europe.
While in England, Romney will also attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics and meet with athletes, which political observers expect to be a moment to highlight his leadership and work in taking the helm and rescuing the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, which was mired in a $380 million budget deficit and “bidding scandal.”
Next it’s off to sunny Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, the leader of the opposition party, and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
A little known fact is that Romney has been friends with Netanyahu since the 1970s, when both were in Boston and being recruited by the same consulting firm.
Obviously, Iran is anticipated to be the central topic of discussion, but Romney has said that he will make no public comments in that regard. However, he has repeatedly said in the past that he doesn’t believe Obama has done enough to back Israel’s right to defend itself. In fact, during a December GOP debate, Romney stated … “I’d get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say, ‘Would it help if I say this? What would you like me to do’?”
Romney will round out his trip in Poland, by visiting the historic port city of Gdansk and then on to the capital city of Warsaw, where his comments are expected to highlight Poland as an example of economic and Democratic values.
In contrast to Romney’s trip, Obama was criticized for the length of his trip, with some saying he was running for ‘president of the world’ instead of the United States, which sentiments were more than supported by the title of the speech he gave in Germany to 200,000 cheering people in front of the Victory Column in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park–“A World That Stands as One.”
Also notably missing from Romney’s trip are any [foreign] press conferences, and all three major broadcast networks, who flew anchors and production crews out to sit down with Obama on his ‘foreign swing,’ no doubt to give the impression that he was already the president.
It is very clear that Mitt Romney not only intends to project the image of a strong and respected world statesman like Ronald Reagan, but also to ‘retrieve’ the mantle of ‘American Exceptionalism’ that Barack Obama discarded, during his post-inauguration global ‘Apology Tour.’