April 1st, 2008
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Pelosi calls on Bush to boycott Olympic opening ceremonies

 President Bush and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have both criticized China's record on human rights.
President Bush and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have both criticized China's record on human rights.

(CNN) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Bush should consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games in Beijing this summer to protest China's human rights record.

"I think boycotting the opening ceremony, which really gives respect to the Chinese government, is something that should be kept on the table," Pelosi told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts in an interview to air Tuesday morning, according to the ABC News Web site. "I think the president might want to rethink this later, depending on what other heads of state do."

Pelosi said she does not think U.S. athletes should boycott the games themselves.

Related: Watch Pelosi's comments about the Olymipics

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  1. CHERYL

    HILLARY LEADS IN THE POLLS NO MATTER WHAT THE PRESS SAYS!!!!!

    SHE WILL REPLACE THIS SAD EXCUSE FOR A PRESIDENT!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY 2009!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. TheLeftNut

    Like Bush cares about Dafur.

    There's a country that NEEDS our help.

    April 1, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. CHERYL

    WE NEED TO GET BACK TO SOME CLINTON DAYS WHEN YOU COULD AFFORD TO LIVE!!!!!!

    WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER LIAR IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!

    CHOOSE BASED ON WHO CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER! OR IT WILL BE McCAIN!!!!!!

    HILLARY CLINTON FOR PERSIDENT! 2009!

    April 1, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Curtis L Madison

    WE WILL ALL BE EATING SPAM FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS IF HE DISRESPECTED CHINA

    April 1, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    So can Nancy write the check to China for all of the money she has helped to borrow to get the US into the mess we face. She should just shut up since her own complicity is causing human rights violations in the US to go up because we have to work harder to pay Bush and congresses bills to help everyone but our own citizens.

    April 1, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Servat

    Sure it's the best thing you can do for democracy... let's just shoot them up and break all the way they've made through here since Mao.

    April 1, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. klaatu

    To paraphrase Lincoln:
    You can please some of the people all of the time,
    you can please all of the people some of the time,
    but you can please all of the people all of the time.

    I actually think Pelosi said something reasonable for once.

    But whether we boycott all of the Olympics, just the opening ceremony, or none of it, we should do it in conjunction at least with our NATO partners to give it full impact. If Europe and America acts unilaterally or in a fragmented way, the Chinese will simply continue to scoff at us. Remember the concept called "The Free World?"

    April 1, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    When has Bush ever listen to anyone other than Dick Cheney. These two need to be watched closely wherever they travel until they officially leave the White House.

    April 1, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Edith

    **Shaking Head**

    ...as much as I agree with Speaker Pelosi...I am also acutely aware that it will NEVER happen. He can't boycott our money-lenders. Well, he could...but he'd put the USA in foreclosure...

    I support the athletes but not the hosts.
    I support the soldiers but not the war...

    Nankurunaisa.
    Edith from MI

    April 1, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

    SInce the Chinese are financing Bush's illegal war in Iraq, I don't think he'll do anything to tick them off. Besides, he doesn't have the strong principles that Jimmy Carter displayed when he boycotted the entire Moscow Olympics in 1980.

    That's why Jimmy Carter looks better as the years go by, and Bush will look worse as more information comes out about his Misadministration.

    April 1, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Mike

    Pelosi just needs to get in the kitchen and bake two dozen cookies. She is the definition of "airhead".

    April 1, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    He has already admonished the Chinese for poor efforts in the human rights, and also on it's handling of Tibet.

    Our next measure should be much greater than boycotting the Olympics. We should take a serious look at revocation of "most favored" nation status. Of course, this might cause the Chinese to twist our arms by increasing the interest or terms of outstanding loans in retaliation.

    We need to reduce our dependence if we expect to use any leverage that will have meaningful affect on the Chinese Government.

    April 1, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. mp

    Since the Chinese now own this country I don't see how Bush can take his high moral road with this one. They are now bigger and wealthier than the US thanks to Bush so I would imagine they will be telling Bush in no uncertain terms to be there.

    April 1, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. prince

    very bright idea from pelosi...

    April 1, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Ig

    I agree. Poeple criticizing her stance on this should really research Human Rights violations around the world especially in China, Zimbabwe, Burma and the Middle east.

    April 1, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Bill

    Hey Alice,

    The first student to ask Chelsea about her dad's bj was a Hillary supporter at Butler U.

    April 1, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Sean

    Alice: First, this is an article about Pelosi and the Olympics, so try to stay on target. Second, I bet Obama would answer it honestly and not try to play the part of the victim.

    April 1, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Dutch

    Alice I am an Obama supporter and I think you have a good point about Chelsea and personal questions. However, I am confused. What is the connection between Chelsea and the Olympic Games?

    April 1, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Mario

    Remember when they seized our plane sometime ago?
    What did Bush and Powell do?

    We need people with cojones in that office!

    April 1, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Art, Port Tobacco, MD

    I think he should go. Pelosi seems to think that he shouldn't, but the athletes should. When the President is present at the opening ceremony it is not support of China, but showing our countries support of the athletes.

    April 1, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Fred

    Bush is in bed with them. He is in bed with everybody.

    April 1, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. therealist

    Nancy is all for protests and boycotts and meaningless voices of regret. But please, don't ask her to do anything that requires actions...

    April 1, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Dan, Washington DC

    It will send a powerful message to China. We disagree with your human rights violation, but not as much as we like to win at sports or get low quality products at cheap prices. It's a protest of convenience. We send a "message" while still not having to do any actual work or make any sort of sacrifice.

    April 1, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Linda

    Bush should not be allowed to spend my money to attend. He's squandered the American citizens of everything that this country needs. Worst president in my history. Why have we put up with him?

    April 1, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. JAB

    Go away Pelosi! Who are you to be critical with anyone with the type of Congress you have run! He's bad but you are "badder" – look at the polls!

    April 1, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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