July 3rd, 2008
03:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Bush will attend opening of Beijing Olympics

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing on August 8, the White House announced Thursday.

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  1. not important

    I guess he doesn"t have a choice? How much money did China gave him for the Iraq war? LOL I guess China really played president Bush?

    July 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Travis (in the real world


    July 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Arash Bazrafshan

    Suits him well. What did you expect? Considering that the interrogation techniques he has authorized are at the very least arguably torture, did you think he would not attend the ceremony as a protest against Chinas long list of human right abuse? Bad dog barking at evil dog?

    Lovely to see how (most of) the other western leaders can choose to not attend the ceremony with a clean conscience...

    July 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Jack from California

    Well at least he won't be in Washington causing more trouble!

    Vacation George accomplished all his work in the beginning of his first term, he lowered taxes for the rich, started a war and set up an energy policy to enrich the energy companies.

    So, I guess he should continue with his "extended vacation" he did more than he ever thought possible!

    Now, John McBush wants to continue the legacy, so watch out folks there are more countries to bomb and a renewal of the tax breaks for the rich.

    Oh yes, and packing the courts so that the conservative judges can help hold the gains under this administration.

    July 3, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. mitchell hussein martin

    stay there!

    July 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Sick of Bush!

    That just gave me a reason to not watch the opening ceremony! I'm already sick & tired of hearing his 6th grade level intelligence utter through those crooked lips of his!!

    July 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Scott, Charlotte

    Maybe he'll get lost while he's there (please, please...)

    July 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Bob S Philadelphia, PA

    Bush attending or not attending the opening of the olympics is not going to change the way Beijing treats thier people or any other people. I think he should stay away from the opening but I doubt it will make any difference at all. My 2 cents

    July 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Griff

    Not if the Majority tell him not to... Who is the Majority? You will find out in November...

    July 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Florida democrat

    Again, Bush shows he cares nothing about what the American people want and ask for. What an idiot! Is it Jan 09 yet???

    July 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. linda from South Dakota

    i agree esther,, the way hes messed up this country,, he can stay there,,, of course he will be guarded well,,, for obvious reasons,,, hes so good at talkin around his plans,,,, well hes only got a few months left so he will try to really go out in style at our expense,,,

    July 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. The Surly Scholar

    Of course he'll attend the Beijing Olympics. Bush has nothing but respect and admiration for the Chinese government and their ultra-repressive policies, as well as their atrocious human rights record.

    July 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I'll third that motion! Is he taking Jeb with him?

    Maybe Obama should go and then China, will be able to see the past and the future.

    July 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Peter E

    We'd better not talk smack about China, otherwise they might call in the hundreds of billions of dollars in debt we owe them!

    July 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. HF in CA

    Ummm...as one of the leaders of the free world, isn't he practically required to show that democracy is better than communism? Snubbing China ain't gonna help the situation. And Bush isn't responsible for selling the US to China. That happened long ago...

    July 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Dave

    The Prez boycotting the Olympics maybe that would work as well as Carter's Complete boycott of the Olympics in Russia! Oh wait, that didn't work at all!

    If we can't get together every four years for the world's greatest sporting event what chance do we have in "getting together" for anything else?

    July 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Richardson for V.P

    i hope one of the atheltes throw a javelin at him and score a direct hit.

    July 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Bill, Covington


    "of coures Bush will attend...

    you sir are no doubt some sort of low life trash that in an Obama administration would gladly take the psition Monica Lewinsky held in the Clinton administration In plain english, you sir "SUCK"

    July 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Peter E

    I too would criticize China's political and humanitarian record except I know that criticism would better start at home.
    The vast majority of American consumers (yes, I'm pointing my finger at YOU) prop up the Chinese economy with their purchases. It results in trade imbalance. China is just the most prominent of such trade deficits, but certainly not the only trade partner. The result is weakened dollar. Yes, it drives down some costs too. But I guess it's the result of our unregulated trade with them. Let the consumer decide!
    I also don't think we are in any position right now to criticize China about it's occupation of Tibet. We've illegally invaded another country as well, destroyed its infrastructure and killed thousands upon thousands of their civilians as 'collateral damage.' Until we clean up our act we really are not on the moral high ground to tell others what to do.
    I know we like to blame Bush for the latter, but considering the 70+ percentage approval rating of this war in its first year I am sure the public shares a large part of the blame! So start being consistent and blaming China for the world's ills when we ourselves cause enough problems! Only then can we take back our rightful place as the inspiring leader of this world, instead of our current image of a bullying boss.

    July 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Anita from Arizona

    Thanks China. America is in your debt. Keep the tainted toys and poison products coming. Say Hi to Tibet for us.

    July 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. TonyinKentucky

    I suggest they keep him as collateral on our debt.

    July 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Bishop

    Of course he is, what does he care...He's moving back home soon...

    July 3, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. M.S. Indiana

    Matt, So if dictatorships are so great, why are we not talking to Cuba Iran and a lot of others, instead of warmongering and buy cutting them ??

    But it is a political way to say, we accept how China treat the people and countries they control... Hey, at least we get good toys from there and our production plants are closing here in usa... viva the people

    July 3, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Len

    oh the liberals and tree-huggers have thier panties in a knot.

    I love it.

    July 3, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Gee, running to the Chinese like a little lap dog, just the way his daddy sucked up to the Saudis. Connections and power over principles must run in the family. Just hope they leave someone's rear end left for Jeb to kiss.

    July 3, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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