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Originally posted by FredT
The IOC itself is a political animal for sale to the highest bribe.
By all means reward china for the brutal crackdown in Tibet, the large numbers of people forced out to make the Olympic venues etc.
Originally posted by OzWeatherman
Congratulations to China on their beautiful opening ceremony
President Bush pressed his Olympic hosts Sunday to permit greater political and religious freedom, warning Chinese leaders they can expect to hear similar blunt talk from his successor.
In an Olympic medley of sports and politics, Bush also cheered from the stands as U.S. athletes launched their hunt for gold, while behind the scenes he and aides appealed to Russia to halt what the White House called "dangerous and disproportionate" attacks on Georgia, a staunch U.S. ally.
"It just goes to show that God is universal," Bush said. "No state, man or woman should fear the influence of loving religion."
Speaking in Bangkok on the eve of the Olympics and again at Friday's dedication of a U.S. embassy here, Bush insisted China can only reach its full potential by allowing free speech and other freedoms.
Those words and his church visit, which followed a 2005 visit to another official Beijing church, were carefully calibrated to prod the Chinese while deflecting attacks from human rights groups who say Bush's Olympic sojourn lends legitimacy to a repressive communist government.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush is so emphatic about going to the Olympics in China that one might think flying halfway around the globe to attend is simply what presidents do.
Never before now has a U.S. president attended an Olympic Games on foreign soil. And Bush isn't just dropping by. He is managing his time to soak in as much as he can.
The way the president sees it, this grand world affair begins and ends with sports, not politics. In a long line of presidents who have been sports buffs, there may be no bigger one than Bush, who has set up unfettered blocks of time in Beijing to watch athletes compete.