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Bush: Olympic boycott would insult Chinese
CNN ^ | July 6 2008

Posted on 07/06/2008 6:17:46 AM PDT by DemonDeac

"President Bush on Sunday defended his decision to attend next month's Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, saying that to boycott "would be an affront to the Chinese people.""

"Speaking to reporters ahead of this week's summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations in Japan, Bush said he did not need to skip the ceremony to show his position on religious freedom and human rights in China. "

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008olympics; boycottchina; boycottolympics; china; geopolitics; olympics
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We couldn't insult the chicoms could we?
1 posted on 07/06/2008 6:17:46 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: DemonDeac

Right.


2 posted on 07/06/2008 6:19:30 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: DemonDeac
We couldn't insult the chicoms could we?

No, they might do something like poison our pets and kids.

3 posted on 07/06/2008 6:20:55 AM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: DemonDeac
..."would be an affront to the Chinese people."

What an a$$.

4 posted on 07/06/2008 6:21:30 AM PDT by realdifferent1 ( I'll think of something...)
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To: DemonDeac

Bush refuses to insult the Democrats. No difference here.


5 posted on 07/06/2008 6:21:56 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Just a bitter South Carolinian clinging to my religion and guns.)
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To: DemonDeac

> saying that to boycott “would be an affront to the Chinese people.”

So?

And since when is telling the truth an “insult”?

It is physically impossible to insult the ChiComs.


6 posted on 07/06/2008 6:22:25 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DemonDeac

And the Chinese Communists’ persecution of Christians is an affront to U.S. Christians, Mr. President. I guess we can see which group merits your consideration.


7 posted on 07/06/2008 6:22:44 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: DemonDeac

I agree with his position.


8 posted on 07/06/2008 6:22:55 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: DemonDeac

i’ve been around a lot of chinese immigrants all of my life.

they’re hard-working.

i expect china to transcend the same road as other industrialized nations

and hopefully someday they will have more freedom.

in this context i don’t think using their opportunity for world attention to protest makes sense, nor is would it be productive.

so, i agree with the president.


9 posted on 07/06/2008 6:23:46 AM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: Dahoser

Hey,leave the Chinese alone! I may need a new liver,someday!


10 posted on 07/06/2008 6:26:38 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: DemonDeac

Boycotting Olympics is a waste of time. It accomplishes nothing. Besides, the Chinese appreciate Capitalism more than the DNC does anyway.

Pray for W and Our Troops


11 posted on 07/06/2008 6:26:44 AM PDT by bray (Drill Congress!!!)
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To: Dahoser; All
"No, they might do something like poison our pets and kids."

Fortune Cookie

12 posted on 07/06/2008 6:28:26 AM PDT by musicman
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To: DemonDeac
Do our Presidents usually attend Olympic Game opening ceremonies? I do not recall this being some sort of tradition.

ML/NJ

13 posted on 07/06/2008 6:30:34 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: musicman

Shhhhh... There are no fortune cookies in China. They were invented in America.


14 posted on 07/06/2008 6:31:05 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: DemonDeac
BTW, I won't be able to attend. I hope the ChiComs won't be offended.

ML/NJ

15 posted on 07/06/2008 6:32:16 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj
Do our Presidents usually attend Olympic Game opening ceremonies?

Only when they want to suck up.

16 posted on 07/06/2008 6:33:40 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: DemonDeac

Bush rejection of Carteresque diplomacy. Oh yes, quite the blunder. No doubt boycotting the Olympics would bring the Chicoms to their knees just as it did the Soviets...snicker. Well those that can’t do... issue pointless insults. If it feels good, do it.


17 posted on 07/06/2008 6:37:17 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: DemonDeac
We couldn't insult the chicoms could we?

This is about the Olympics ... not using the Olympic venue to make a point, one that is totally removed from the spirit of the Olympics. Good move by GWB.

18 posted on 07/06/2008 6:37:48 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: DemonDeac

I think it would be more of an insult to our own athletes. The guys/gals have trained hard for an opportunity that comes only comes around every four years. They may not even make the team next time. Besides, politics are supposed to be pushed aside for the Olympics.


19 posted on 07/06/2008 6:38:35 AM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: DemonDeac

I think the Olympics in China is turning out to be a very positive event.

At the very least, China’s polution problem has been highlighted in a very embassassing way.

Their spying has been highlighted.

Tibet has been highlighted.


20 posted on 07/06/2008 6:42:20 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Dutch Boy
"Shhhhh... There are no fortune cookies in China. They were invented in America."

Buckwheat

Sorry!!!

Ralphie Soap

21 posted on 07/06/2008 6:49:26 AM PDT by musicman
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To: bray
the Chinese appreciate Capitalism more than the

That is for dam sure.

22 posted on 07/06/2008 6:49:44 AM PDT by Big Horn (bho says we can not drill are way out of the oil crisis, so we can vote our way out of it.)
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To: DemonDeac
Well, yes that is the whole idea.

Actually I don't believe in boycotting the Olympics, I simply no longer support them at all. Ever since they banned South Africa while allowing every single terrorist state, I can't abide them.

23 posted on 07/06/2008 6:50:38 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: DemonDeac

Gota keep them’there $12 toasters a’roll’en! Were would we be without the Chicoms? Don’t boycott, but Bush shouldn’t attend.


24 posted on 07/06/2008 6:51:53 AM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: bray

True. With leftists it’s all about the “message” and “feeling” behind everything. There isn’t a damn thing we can do about a country that has 1.35 billion people and their military the size of our country.

Play nice...hope for the best...and be realistic while speaking and trying to make sure conditions in their backyard improve. There is nothing else to do here...enjoy the games and be happy that we are fielding incredible athletes this time around. There is a good chance we could win the total medal count this go-round and that would do wonders for this country which faces doom and gloom for the Fall.


25 posted on 07/06/2008 6:54:54 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Barack Hussein Obama is as American as camel pie)
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To: randomhero97

I think it would be more of an insult to our own athletes. The guys/gals have trained hard for an opportunity that comes only comes around every four years. They may not even make the team next time. Besides, politics are supposed to be pushed aside for the Olympics.

This is a very good point.
I am looking foward to it myself and hope they play our national anthem many times.


26 posted on 07/06/2008 6:55:50 AM PDT by Big Horn (bho says we can not drill are way out of the oil crisis, so we can vote our way out of it.)
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To: DemonDeac

I say insult them, and then insult them some more. Who care what the Chinese people think?


27 posted on 07/06/2008 6:57:27 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: My Favorite Headache

President Bush continues to be an honorable and dignified man. He has stayed out of the gutter politics initiated by the Demokrats, Clintoons et al.

Sad to say that has been his downfall, a failure to speak more forcefully over these past eight years. His advisors and the GOP in general have failed us all in not stepping up and slapping down the ignorant hate America crowd.

From the borders to the War on Terror, to the economy and glowbull warming, President Bush could have said and done much more aggressive speaking to combat the lies from the left, but sadly he chose to just let the MSM beat him senseless for seven years.

Going to the Olympics will show support for our Team, that’s pretty much all he can do.


28 posted on 07/06/2008 7:03:25 AM PDT by GRRRRR (2008- A Year That Will Live in Infamy...)
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To: Big Horn

Yep, the best stance on this issue is to root for our competitors to take the gold in every event.


29 posted on 07/06/2008 7:05:12 AM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: DemonDeac

I didn’t realize that it is the President’s duty to attend Olympic events.


30 posted on 07/06/2008 7:07:17 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: musicman

LOL


31 posted on 07/06/2008 7:09:22 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: DemonDeac

Mustn’t offend our Chicom masters.


32 posted on 07/06/2008 7:10:45 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Black dogs and bacon bombs.)
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To: TigersEye; Army Air Corps; Virginia Ridgerunner

Nice to know that GW Bush has his priorities straight /sarc


33 posted on 07/06/2008 7:20:03 AM PDT by indcons
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To: Eurale

LOL....who cares what you think? For some reason, the many recent n00bs like you seem to think that your pro-Chicom/troll-like behavior is somehow special and worthy of attention.


34 posted on 07/06/2008 7:22:48 AM PDT by indcons
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

‘morning, VR. How are you, FRiend?


35 posted on 07/06/2008 7:24:47 AM PDT by indcons
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To: DemonDeac

The Chicoms are an insult to the world. Why worry about us insulting them?


36 posted on 07/06/2008 7:27:29 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Got Freedom ? Thank a Veteran.........)
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To: Dutch Boy
Well, sort of...

As far back as the 1800s, a cookie very similar in appearance to the American Fortune cookie was made in Kyoto, Japan. The Japanese version of the cookie differs in several ways: they are a little bit larger; are made of darker dough; and their batter contains sesame and miso rather than vanilla and butter. They contain a fortune; however, the small slip of paper was wedged into the bend of the cookie rather than placed inside the hollow portion.

Most of the people who claim to have introduced the cookie to the United States are Japanese, so the theory is that these bakers were modifying a cookie design which they were aware of from their days in Japan.


Frankly, I think the Japanese version sounds better...
37 posted on 07/06/2008 7:32:12 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: DemonDeac
Bush: Olympic boycott would insult Chinese...

He is such a rocket scientist. Insulting the Chinese would be the INTENT of boycotting.

38 posted on 07/06/2008 7:32:34 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: DemonDeac
Going to the Olympics in Beijing? You may need one of these:
39 posted on 07/06/2008 7:33:20 AM PDT by twntaipan (NOBAMA! Say No to B.O.!)
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To: DemonDeac
Bush never misses a chance to kiss the ass of an enemy.
40 posted on 07/06/2008 7:39:24 AM PDT by isrul (Help make every day, "Disrespect a muzzie day.")
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To: DemonDeac
Actually, I don't much care what Bush does. The idea that if he didn't attend would be an affront is absurd. There is no tradition or requirement that he do so. He just doesn't have to mouth off about this or that reason for not attending. He can just pass on it. He must be able to find something else to do.
41 posted on 07/06/2008 7:46:39 AM PDT by isrul (Help make every day, "Disrespect a muzzie day.")
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To: DemonDeac

Why cant politics be kept out of the Olympics and the athletes be allowed to do what they do best? It’s like telling Hollywood to shut up and act. Id like to tell the politicians to shut up and let them compete.


42 posted on 07/06/2008 8:14:10 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (The correct word isn't "immigrant" when what they are doing is "invading".)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
Bush: Olympic boycott would insult Chinese

Bush refuses to insult the Democrats. No difference here.

Yet he has no problem insulting the people who worked so hard to put and then keep him in office, a clear sign of some sort of personality disorder.

43 posted on 07/06/2008 8:22:44 AM PDT by E. Cartman (Just say "No" to mug-whores.)
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To: DemonDeac

so whatski


44 posted on 07/06/2008 8:26:55 AM PDT by Waco
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To: ken21

As an American with many relatives in China, I’m with you. In addition, what a lot of people here don’t seem to realize, either through lack of travel or interaction, dealing publicly and then privately with Chinese officials can, in fact, accomplish quite a lot.

One Wisconsin-based company used that strategy for over 10 years. Their pleasant public statements masked some bare-knuckled negotiations. However, by allowing the Chinese to save “face”, they were able to build “guangxi” or influence among the Chinese company’s junior managers and employees. The Americans were able to get a foothold in the Asian market from South Korea to Australia and have done fairly well.

As you stated, the Chinese (the vast majority of whom aren’t Party members) are slowly treading the road to greater freedom. The recent rioting over the death of a teenager in southern China and the firing of the county offcials, as well as frank discussions in the local papers about the cause of his death, exemplify that. Chinese bloggers, whose xenophobia can be a bit much at times, were key in generating interest in the case.

Remember Poland; a little more candor and freedom eventually meant the doom of the Communist military dictatorship there. So, in fits and starts, China will hopefully head in the direction of South Korea and Taiwan.


45 posted on 07/06/2008 8:41:23 AM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: BluH2o
This is about the Olympics ... not using the Olympic venue to make a point, one that is totally removed from the spirit of the Olympics.


46 posted on 07/06/2008 8:49:25 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: DemonDeac

Did he say affront or insult? Makes a difference.


47 posted on 07/06/2008 8:51:27 AM PDT by RightWhale (I will veto each and every beer)
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To: GingisK
Since you obviously missed it: Bush said boycotting the ceremony would offend the Chinese people.
48 posted on 07/06/2008 8:52:00 AM PDT by Justa (The media lied while Americans died.)
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To: DemonDeac

The president can do what he wants to now, he’s leaving in January.

He shouldn’t grace China with his presence for their propaganda Olympics.

I know Franklin Roosevelt wouldn’t have treked to Berlin in 1936.

Communist (capitalist) China has done so much starting with forced abortions, jailing followers of various religions, Tibet, etc.

They will end up being a military adversary 20 years or less down the road.

The Chinese will probably give W some money after he leaves office.


49 posted on 07/06/2008 9:07:47 AM PDT by Nextrush (MCLAME VS. NOBOMBEM.......What a choice?)
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To: Long Island Pete; BluH2o

50 posted on 07/06/2008 9:33:52 AM PDT by NucSubs (Cognitive dissonance: Conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between beliefs and actions)
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