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Olympic gold hero accuses Bush
Drudge ^ | August 28, 2004

Posted on 08/28/2004 5:16:27 PM PDT by Hildy

America's biggest Olympic hero yesterday accused George Bush of exploiting the Athens Games for his own political advantage in the run-up to the presidential election. Carl Lewis, who won nine Olympic gold medals in athletics in a record-breaking career, condemned Bush for using the presence of Iraqi and Afghan teams in Athens in a television advertisement to boost his chances of re-election.

Criticising Bush for linking his foreign policy with the two countries being allowed to compete here, Lewis said: 'I felt that was disingenuous. It is funny that we boycotted the 1980 Games [in Moscow] in support of Afghanistan, and now we're bombing Afghanistan,' he told the Athens News yesterday.

'Of course, we've invaded Iraq and are in there and are using it for political gain. It bewilders me, and I understand why the Iraqi players are offended.

'To support the players or the community is fine, but for political gain I disagree.'

Iraq's footballers, who unexpectedly reached the semi-finals here, made clear last week they disliked the advertisement and regarded American soldiers in Iraq as occupiers rather than liberators. Bush was planning to visit the Greek capital and attend yesterday's football final if Iraq had been involved, but they lost in the semi-finals last week. He was also criti cised for misusing without permission Olympic symbols, which are protected emblems.


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Criticizing President Bush is a sure fire way of getting your name in the news. Shame on you, Carl.
1 posted on 08/28/2004 5:16:28 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy

Carl better get his history straight. It was Jimmy Carter who made that decision.

Evidently, Carl still holds a grudge.


2 posted on 08/28/2004 5:17:55 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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As Laura Ingraham would say in this case, "Shut up and run!"


3 posted on 08/28/2004 5:18:13 PM PDT by Iron-sight Sniper (HOORAH!!!)
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As Laura Ingraham would say in this case, "Shut up and run!"


4 posted on 08/28/2004 5:18:13 PM PDT by Iron-sight Sniper (HOORAH!!!)
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ooops


5 posted on 08/28/2004 5:18:38 PM PDT by Iron-sight Sniper (HOORAH!!!)
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To: Hildy
Carl and how our your drug problems coming along.
6 posted on 08/28/2004 5:18:42 PM PDT by dts32041 (Where is Obama bin hidin?)
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To: All

Carl wouldn't be a Muslim by any chance?


7 posted on 08/28/2004 5:19:08 PM PDT by skip_intro (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: Hildy

I guess Carl has forgotten the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 with the "Power salute"?

You know the one that Kerry keeps giving.


8 posted on 08/28/2004 5:19:10 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: Hildy

It's good you're athletic, Carl!

You'll never win any golds for that brain.


9 posted on 08/28/2004 5:19:14 PM PDT by TFMcGuire (Either you are an American or you are a Liberal.)
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To: Hildy

Who cares? He's got an IQ of 70.


10 posted on 08/28/2004 5:19:22 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Hildy

Carl Lewis, great American thinker. Humph


11 posted on 08/28/2004 5:20:17 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Hildy

Shame on you Carl for exploiting President Bush for your own political reasons.


12 posted on 08/28/2004 5:20:20 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: LibWhacker

Really???


13 posted on 08/28/2004 5:21:14 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Hildy

What a dumbass - we're "bombing" Afghanastan to liberate it - and it's happening! Short-sighted moron.


14 posted on 08/28/2004 5:21:55 PM PDT by Tigercap
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To: Hildy

FWIW, my tutor in college was an olympian from Ghana who met Carl Lewis. Said such tutor that Carl Lewis was the most obnoxious and arrogant man he met *lol*


15 posted on 08/28/2004 5:22:24 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Hildy
Iraq's footballers, who unexpectedly reached the semi-finals here, made clear last week they disliked the advertisement and regarded American soldiers in Iraq as occupiers rather than liberators.

Go back to Fallujah, boys. You have an appointment with some gold medal infantrymen.

16 posted on 08/28/2004 5:22:36 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: dts32041

Don't know about drugs, but Carl and Greg Louganis have something in common besides being medal winners.


17 posted on 08/28/2004 5:22:38 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Hildy

Carl Lewis is yesterday's news...AND a fruit cake.


18 posted on 08/28/2004 5:23:01 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: Hildy
First Foghat, now Carl Lewis. I think I see a new lineup for Hollywood Squares.

Oh, and biggest Olympic hero?

19 posted on 08/28/2004 5:23:24 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Hildy

Further proof that the anti-Iraq war Left is really anti-any war that we engage in. If this was 1942, these self-hating cretins would oppose our fighting the Japanese after they attacked Pearl Harbor. Leftism is a mind-poison that is eating away at the soul of America and the rest of free world.


20 posted on 08/28/2004 5:23:51 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Anti-Anti-War Demon -Traitor))))
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To: Hildy
It is funny that we boycotted the 1980 Games [in Moscow] in support of Afghanistan, and now we're bombing Afghanistan...


 

Gee, Carl, which President boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games?

Quick...name the year, the president and his political party.

Bonus Question, Carl: Name one thing that president did to stop the Soviet Union's aggressions against Afghanistan.

We're waiting.

21 posted on 08/28/2004 5:24:02 PM PDT by Fintan (Who took the cork off my lunch????.)
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To: F16Fighter

Carl's a poofter? I did not know that!


22 posted on 08/28/2004 5:24:27 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Vietnam veteran against Jean-France Kerry.)
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To: mountaineer

He certainly has the mannerisms.


23 posted on 08/28/2004 5:25:07 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: Hildy
I'm afraid my monetary output for items having to do with sports and entertainment is going to diminish significantly very soon. I have no desire to support an industry full of whiny little idiots living in glass houses who always develop this obsession with using their public image to talk about that which they do not understand.
24 posted on 08/28/2004 5:25:31 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Bach gave us God's Word, Mozart gave us God's laughter, Beethoven gave us God's fire.)
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To: F16Fighter
Carl Lewis is yesterday's news...AND a fruit cake.

Carl Lewis is yesterday's news...AND a fruit cake.

25 posted on 08/28/2004 5:26:06 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (3 Purple Hearts? No blood? No Way!!)
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To: Hildy

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves for political reasons Carl. So what's your point?


26 posted on 08/28/2004 5:27:15 PM PDT by Blue Screen of Death (/i)
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To: Hildy
Carl Lewis?? America's greatest Olympic hero?? NOT A CHANCE!!

!!! JESSE OWENS !!!

27 posted on 08/28/2004 5:27:28 PM PDT by airborne (2/504 PIR - 'Devils In Baggy Pants')
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To: mountaineer

You are correct. they are both disco dancin',Barbara Striesand ticket holding,Oscar Wilde reading, Friends of dorthy.


29 posted on 08/28/2004 5:28:32 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (q)
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To: Hildy
America's biggest Olympic hero

Say's who? ...So Carl Lewis is anti-Bush? I'm stunned... not
30 posted on 08/28/2004 5:28:50 PM PDT by self_evident
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To: Hildy
Hey Carl Lewis...


31 posted on 08/28/2004 5:29:23 PM PDT by NewLand (Arrest John Kerry for war crimes...NOW!!!)
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To: LibWhacker

Guess he wants the Taliban back & Al-Qaeda running the show. His
complaint of, "we're bombing
Afghanistan", really clinched it.

Yep.

Dumb as a rock.


32 posted on 08/28/2004 5:30:11 PM PDT by txrangerette
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To: Walkingfeather

Carl's "poofiness" is common knowledge in the track and field community.


33 posted on 08/28/2004 5:30:27 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Hildy

I'm glad Carl Lewis wasn't put on the 1996 4x100 relay team just so he could set a record for the most gold medals. The track coaches let a younger team mate get a chance for a gold medal. Lewis shows he has no class and is in it just for himself.


34 posted on 08/28/2004 5:31:09 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Hildy
Criticizing the President for for using the images in an ad is nothing compared to those that have used the olympics to protest. The olympics are supposed to be non political, isn't that why Americans were asked to be low profile, isn't that why Americans didn't carry little American flag in the opening ceremonies?

Yet certain people found it in themselves to make a protest over Colin Powell visiting, and demonstrations took place and he changed his plans.

Seems everyone else is allowed to politicize the olympics except the US or its athletes, who are supposed to be quiet and not draw attention to themselves.

35 posted on 08/28/2004 5:32:22 PM PDT by Netizen (Abortion is not a choice -- it's murder. The only 'choice' is which method of birth control to use.)
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Hey CCCCarrrrlllll, anything like your using your Olympic gold to speak out against your president???
36 posted on 08/28/2004 5:33:42 PM PDT by Godfollow
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To: dts32041
Carl and how our your drug problems coming along.

Did he lose one of his medals because of drugs? Someone was telling me that and I thought they had him mistaken with someone else.

37 posted on 08/28/2004 5:33:59 PM PDT by Netizen (Abortion is not a choice -- it's murder. The only 'choice' is which method of birth control to use.)
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To: skip_intro

he's gay, they would stone him I think.


38 posted on 08/28/2004 5:34:24 PM PDT by aft_lizard (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Carl....straight....

You're a funny guy.

39 posted on 08/28/2004 5:34:53 PM PDT by wtc911 (I have half a Snickers...it was given to me by a CIA guy as we went into Cambodia)
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To: Hildy

I'd like to thank Carl Lewis for being the first athlete in history to defend the gutless, cowardly, non-sensical boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

This boycott led to the equally gutless, cowardly, non-sensical boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, which allowed him to 'duplicate' Jesse Owens feat of 4 track and field golds at a single Olympics. Too bad his feat was against a dilluted competitive field.

If only we had boycotted the Olympics in 1936, WWII would have never happened. (sarcasm/off)


40 posted on 08/28/2004 5:35:23 PM PDT by rwilson99 (I am a Communist for John Kerry. I was for the 527s, before I was against them.)
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To: mountaineer
Don't know about drugs, but Carl and Greg Louganis have something in common besides being medal winners.

Louganis may be all wet, but Lewis has been running around in circles his entire adult life.

41 posted on 08/28/2004 5:36:17 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (3 Purple Hearts? No blood? No Way!!)
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To: mountaineer

"Carl and Greg Louganis have something in common"

A fondness for the gov. of NJ?


42 posted on 08/28/2004 5:36:58 PM PDT by Smartaleck
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To: Hildy

Carl Lewis is entitled to his opinion, even if it is wrong. I too wish he would just shut up and run rather than speak ill of our country to the British press.

But to call him "America's biggest Olympic hero" is a bit of a stretch in 2004. Maybe 8 years ago.

BTW --- this article came from the Guardian, which would explain the biased reporting.


43 posted on 08/28/2004 5:37:02 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: Hildy

It's a good thing Carl can run, 'cause he sure can't think worth a damn.


44 posted on 08/28/2004 5:37:05 PM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Kerry lied while good men died.)
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To: Hildy

There go the million-dollar product endorsement contracts. The guy could have been set for life after winning an Olympic gold, and he trades it for one stupid remark. Idiot.


45 posted on 08/28/2004 5:38:01 PM PDT by Nick Danger (www.swiftvets.com www.wintersoldier.com www.kerrylied.com)
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To: aft_lizard

On and he isnt even close to the greatest american olympian. Mark Spitz would kick the fairies ass any day.


46 posted on 08/28/2004 5:38:14 PM PDT by aft_lizard (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him)
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To: clintonh8r
"Carl's a poofter? I did not know that!"

Let's put it this way; He's a 3 and 1/2 dollar bill.

47 posted on 08/28/2004 5:38:36 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: conservative in nyc

I wouldnt even say that 8 years ago. Mark Spitz is the man to beat, 7 golds, one olympic


48 posted on 08/28/2004 5:39:03 PM PDT by aft_lizard (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him)
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To: cyborg
LOL . . . I always hit libs with that charge! Most of 'em deserve it. Carl's just another entertainer and dropout. Barely got through high school.

Now the poofter is going to use his fame to leverage his message into the public domain? He's as dumb as a rock! All he ever had going for him was his speed. But my dog is faster than he is. So if I want the opinion of a speedster, I'll talk to my dog before I listen to him and those other entertainment chuckleheads!

49 posted on 08/28/2004 5:40:45 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: mountaineer

Mark Spitz is too.


50 posted on 08/28/2004 5:40:55 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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