Attend Olympics Opening Ceremony Or Not?

President Bush has announced he will be attending the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics. That decision was immediately met with varying reaction.

President Bush has announced he will be attending the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics. That decision was immediately met with varying reaction.

The president said not attending the opening ceremonies would be an insult to the Chinese people.

Both presidential candidates are weighing in on President Bush's decision. Senator Barack Obama says if he were president, he would not attend unless he saw some progress between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama. Senator John McCain has previously stated he would only attend if China improves its record on human rights and other issues.

What do you think? Should the President of the United States attend the ceremonies? Should China have even been granted the Olympics?

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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2008 at 08:06 PM
    I'm a conservative and support many of President Bush's policies, however I've never understood the treatment of China. They have a horrible human rights record, they block us constantly at the UN and yet we continue to give them "MFN" trade status. In my opinion the President should grow a pair and not attend the opening ceremony. To Steve, I hope by your comment you are not putting America into the same category as that of the USSR and Nazi Germany. True we have as a country not always had the best human rights record. But we realized the error of our ways and in today's America every American is equal. The atrocities of China continue to this day with no sign of progress. Stephanie had it right when she said China shouldn't have been granted the Olympics in the first place. I agree the Olympics shouldn't be political, however it is the Olympic committee who has politicized them. I remember when they refused to allow the torch to run thru Spartenburg, NC due to political opinions.
  • by bob Location: lenoir county on Jul 11, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    Yes I believe he should attend opening of the Olympics and stay over their till his presidency over.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jul 9, 2008 at 10:33 PM
    Good point, Steve. But, you can't tell a lot of people that. We are expected to wrap ourselves in the flag, agree with everything our government does without question, and bow to anyone in a military uniform. I'm sorry, but I don't do any of that.
  • by Steve Location: Chocowinity on Jul 9, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    I think he should attend and represent the USA. In my opinion, if we as a country take more of a personal role in world affairs instead of trying to be the world police force or "big brother" the rest of the people in the world might look at the USA in a different light. And as far as human rights goes the "good old USA" has a pretty poor record. Ask any native Americian. Should China host? Why not, The former USSR did, NAZI Germany did, The USA has, Greece started the whole thing and they had slaves. It's about the athletes, the host country opening it's doors to the world. Lets leave it at the that and save the politics for something else.
  • by Stephanie Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    China probably shouldn't have been granted the Olympics in the first place, but they have been so that point is dead. The Olympics should be about competition and world peace NOT politics. I think China's policy on human rights is deplorable. It was the same last year and the year before that. If Bush snubs China, how is that going to help? How will it help the athletes who are competing? He should attend and be a representative of our country (as didsgusted as I am to say that).
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