The Washington Times - July 27, 2012, 07:52AM

On an overseas trip meant to boost his foreign policy credentials and diplomatic acumen, Mitt Romney quickly found himself in the crossfires after expressing some misgivings earlier this week about London’s preparedness to host the Olympic games.

But Friday, he was singing a different tune.


“After being here a couple days, it looks like London is ready,” he said on NBC’s “Today” show.

Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson — not to mention the British tabloids and the Democratic National Committee — have all gotten their digs in. Mr. Cameron took a swipe by saying it was less difficult to prepare for the Olympics outside of a worldly hub like London.

“Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” he said, a swipe at Mr. Romney’s running the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

And Mr. Johnson invoked Mr. Romney’s name before a stadium rally — and not exactly in a positive way.

“I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready,” Johnson said. “He wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are.”

Nevertheless, Mr. Romney on Friday morning also tackled a more important question: Who does he like between all-world swimmer Michael Phelps or upstart Ryan Lochte in Saturday’s 400-meter individual medley?

“I think it’s more likely to be Phelps, but I don’t know,” Mr. Romney said.