Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was awarded the first gold medal of the Olympic Games today in the flip flop, building on a string of victories in the event he scored at the national championships in the United States.
Romney, who has won his first international medal ever in the event, hopes to follow in the footsteps of 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry, who took three golds in flip flopping at the Athens Summer Olympics.
Romney’s initial flip was a beauty, as he fearlessly noted the serious problems confronting the London Olympics even as he was preparing to have meetings with Britain’s leaders.
It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out . . . 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.
This was followed by a perfect flop, which Romney performed today, on the second day of the competition:
What I see shows imagination and forethought and a lot of organization and I expect the games to be highly successful . . . I applaud the work the organizers did in bringing the Olympics experience right into the heart of London.
My experience as an Olympic organizer is that there are always a few very small things that end up not going quite right in the first day or so – these get ironed out and then when the games themselves begin and the athletes take over.
Romney, however, may have picked up his last medal of the games, since he has said he will not talk substance while on foreign soil, eliminating an outstanding opportunity to switch his position on a variety of issues.
President Obama this morning sent congratulation to Romney for his medal.