Perhaps the greatest trick Obama ever pulled off was a successful foreign trip as a candidate, luring countless GOPers into trying the same— J. Goldman -Archived (@Goldman44) February 12, 2015
Trips to the United Kingdom in particular have become a rite of passage for presidential hopefuls eager to bolster their foreign policy credentials. Obama himself made an oft-lauded foreign trip during the 2008 election -- but back in 2012, his GOP challenger Mitt Romney drew unhappy responses from elected officials in London when he suggested that city was unprepared to host the upcoming Olympics, and criticism over comments that cultural differences could explain why Israelis were more economically successful than Palestinians.
Pfeiffer's taunt follows several recent high-profile foreign visits by potential Republican presidential candidates which have also gone...less than smoothly.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who is considering a presidential bid, traveled to London in January, stirring controversy when he made false claims about the existence of segregated Muslim neighborhoods in Europe that abide by Sharia law.
New Jersey Governor Christie, who traveled to London earlier this month, faced ongoing criticism for not taking many questions for reporters. His team was also forced to swiftly walk back comments about mandatory vaccination, which has become a potent political topic in the United States.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, perhaps wary of star-crossed London trips, took a similar tack this week -- and faced similar criticism. He spent most of the week keeping mum, and almost made it home without a scratch -- only to spark a miniature political firestorm when he refused to answer a question about whether or not he believes in evolution.
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, a top adviser for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential run, shot back on Thursday, dismissing Obama's favorable press coverage by pointing out that former White House press secretary Jay Carney was a member of the press when Obama was running for office. (Carney was a longtime reporter before joining the administration's press shop in 2008 as Vice President Joe Biden's communications director.)