According to the press corps traveling with the Romney campaign the trip to Israel was to be the crowning moment of a world tour that, as yet, had been a disaster.
Campaign aides breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu and Romney were birds of a feather, well almost. Candidate Romney seemed in high spirits as he took the podium at the first stop, the famous Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Netanyahu was smiling. The smile didn't last long as Romney started to speak in a high spirited tone: "That's one wail of a wall you got there, guys," stated Romney. The members of the media looked at each other as some from the Israeli press corps groaned and turned to leave.
"Yes, Siree," continued Romney, "not quite as big as the Berlin Wall," he laughed," but its lasted longer!" He laughed again at his own joke and then in a jubilant tone said, "You really Jewed, em down on that one, didn't you?!" At this point a grim-faced Netanyahu pulled at Romney's arm to escort him off the stage. Mitt, not one to be deterred, continued, "Well, I am so happy to be here, the home of the world's pawn shops, the circumcision capital of the world!" As Netanyahu left the stage with his aides, Romney seemed oblivious: "you know, In New York we we plant those tips from the circumcisions and grow Irish cops!"
As Romney aides escorted the candidate back to the airport he was heard to remark, "How'd I do, guys?