Showing posts with label Olympics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Olympics. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lindsey Graham and President Carter, Equally Insane

We are never sure where U.S Senator Lindsey Graham stands on anything.  One day he's a conservative.   The next day he's a liberal.  Today, we think he is just insane.  Only he and Jimmy Carter would punish our athletes, waste the millions of dollars we invest in their future as well as the countless hours those kids spend training by suggesting that the U.S. boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia just because they are temporarily harboring Edward Snowden.

Graham told The Hill,  “I would. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them.  It might help, because what they’re doing is outrageous. We certainly haven’t reset our relationship with Russia in a positive way. At the end of the day, if they grant this guy asylum it’s a breach."

For those of you who recall, the failed President Carter actually boycotted the 1980 Olympics during the Cold War.   That didn't accomplish anything in the end other than preventing hard working kids from realizing their dreams.   It didn't improve relations and we suspect the guy that promised Putin that, "he would be more flexible after the election," isn't even dumb enough to repeat Carter's error.  In fact, U.S. Senator McCain, another sometimes conservative, sometimes liberal told The Hill, "There’s many things we can do, but I think the experience of canceling the Olympics the last time around wasn’t very good.”

Enough said.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ad Watch (Romney): The Olympics

Although President Obama would probably tell you that Olympic medalists didn't earn by themselves, the Summer Olympics are probably a monument to what hard work can do for one's career whether it be becoming great in sports or building a business.

In that regard, a pro-Romney Superpac, Restore our Future, has a new ad running in the swing states of  Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

It's a pretty strong spot that combines the country's current, national moment with one of the strongest pieces of Romney's resume -- his 2002 Olympics turnaround.

The ad features former gold medal Kristi Yamaguchi and two other gold medalists, speed skater Derek Parra and skeleton racer Jimmy Shea and thanks Romney for his leadership in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Passing Thoughts on the Random Scene - Doug Patton

October 12, 2009

When the President of the United States is someone as worthy of regular comment as is Barack Obama, a staggering amount of information presents itself over a two or three week period. So rather than skip an abundance of great material after my recent hiatus, I thought I would succinctly throw my two cents worth in on a plethora of issues.

The most tempting morsel of ludicrous news — so silly even he seemed to think it was inappropriate — was President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. We’ll get back to that one later, after we’ve had a chance to contemplate what he has or has not done to earn it.

The president spoke at the United Nations, along with other such “leaders” as Ahmadinejad, Chavez and Gaddafi, thereby giving credibility to some of the worst dictators on the planet. Of course, not wanting to throw cold water on the worshipful reception he received from the world’s despots — especially those of the Islamic persuasion — he failed to mention that U.S. intelligence had caught the Iranian regime working on yet another nuclear project.

Obama then went to the G-20 confab in Pittsburgh, where he struck such a moderate tone about the issue that Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy sounded downright hawkish by contrast. Tell the truth. Did you ever think you would hear a French President and a British Labour Party Prime Minister sound tougher than a U.S. President?

Then there was the fiasco in Copenhagen. I’m sure you join me in admitting that you were positive that the 2016 Olympic Games were in the bag for Chicago when the POTUS got on his big carbon footprint airplane and flew to Denmark. But no, as it turns out, this man simply has such a massive ego that he honestly believed he could sway the Olympic Committee by the sheer force of his dynamic personality.

Of course, the First Lady (with Oprah in tow) made her own embarrassing appearance before the Committee, telling them all what a “sacrifice” it was for her, and regaling them with memories of “sitting on daddy’s lap, watching Nadia and Carl Lewis compete.” As the ever-vigilant columnist/author Michelle Malkin pointed out, Carl Lewis first competed in the Olympics 25 years ago, in 1984. Mrs. Obama is 45 years old now. I don’t know about you, but that whole “sitting on daddy’s lap” thing left me with a rather creepy feeling when I did the math on that one.

Of course, while in Europe, the president did get some work done on the tarmac aboard Air Force One when he summoned General Stanley McChrystal, his hand-picked commander in the Afghan theater, to a 25-minute meeting to discuss the overseas contingency action — or whatever ridiculous, politically correct name we’re giving the war against Islamic extremism these days. This was the first time Obama had bothered to talk to McChrystal since the general sent his commander-in- chief an urgent request for enough troops to complete his mission. That was in August.

Finally, there is the news item reporting that President Obama is inclined to send only enough troops to Afghanistan to “hold al-Qaida at bay.” He also says he will accept “a certain level of Taliban involvement in the Afghan government.” Excuse me? Who does this man represent? Because it certainly is not the United States of America. Wouldn’t you just love to see one of these fed-up generals — Petraeus, McChrystal, somebody — take off the uniform and run against this man-child next time around?

Which brings us back around to the “Thank you for not being George W. Bush” award, given to the president by the Nobel Committee. Even knowing that this award has gone to such dubious past recipients as Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat, words fail to adequately describe the nature of this farcical announcement.

This is a man who wrote two memoirs before he had done anything. Why should anyone — least of all the Nobel Committee — doubt the quality of the emperor’s new clothes?

© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Just a Thought

Hitler actually managed to get the Olympics to come to Berlin.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Commissar Has Problems

Our beloved Commissar Barack Hussein Obama has not had an exactly great week. Today's news of his rebuffed attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago would seem to cap off a week of mishandling his international image in efforts before the U.N. and the G-20 while he struggles to find some way to deal with his 'War of Necessity' in Afghanistan which he may now be having second thoughts about. But what all of this recent news fails to note and perhaps is covering up is the results of today's unemployment numbers which have now spiraled to 9.8%, the worst since 1983 despite the $787 billion stimulus which you recall was going to save millions of jobs and get the economy back on track.

Could the Commissar's house of cards being crumbling?

More On Obama The Wimp

We talked earlier this week about Commissar Barack Hussein Obama's wimpish and inept showing at the U.N and the G-20 last week with references to several columns. Today, we find even more criticism of his behavior, what he thought was apparently image building for himself before the U.N. in a column by Charles Krauthammer, "Obama's French Lesson." With his failure to charm the world into bringing the Olympics to Chicago, one wonders what the rest of the world really thinks about this empty suit?

Read Krauthammer's column at:

Poor Chicago and Friends of Barack

Well, the President of the World, Commissar Barack Hussein Obama, has failed in his over-hyped bid to bring the 2016 Olympics to his crooked friends in Chicago. Apparently, the Olympic Committee chose not to listen to the Commissar-in-Chief or his wife both of whom flew to Beautiful Copenhagen, Queen of the Sea to mesmerize them about the benefits of coming to America.

No doubt, this will be a true psychological crisis for the Commissar. And, it will be a financial blow to his cronies in Chicago who had hoped to benefit from presence of the events.