Obama 'loves' the Olympics, might watch Romney's horse compete
July 27th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama 'loves' the Olympics, might watch Romney's horse compete

(CNN) – His wife is leading the American delegation to the London Olympic Games, but President Barack Obama will be watching the action closely from back home, according to his press secretary.

"He is a sports fan, as everyone knows," Jay Carney said at Friday's press briefing. "He's actually very, I heard him the other day. He's like, 'I love the Olympics. I can't wait for the Olympics to start.'"

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Carney said Obama was well versed in many Americans competing in London.

"His interests are very broad and he's read up on a lot on our athletes and on the upcoming competitions and looks forward to catching as much of the games that he can, his schedule, being what it is," Carney said.

One American athlete, Ann Romney's horse, Rafalca, will be on Obama's radar like everyone else, Carney said. Rafalca is a dressage horse co-owned by the wife of Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

"He is interested in seeing every American entrant perform well and he'll follow every event," Carney answered when asked if Obama would watch Rafalca compete. "If his schedule allows, I think the answer to that question is yes."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    -i'm surprised obama isn't over there the next 2 weeks watching all the usa basketball games and hob knobbing with all the celebs. i guess he has too many fund raisers back here to attend to. i'm sure he'll have them all recorded so he can watch them after he comes back from his golf games.
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    I guess the truth does hurt, since it would explain why you never bother to utter it. Obama has earned his pay, God knows his worthless predecessor did not with all the vacations he took in Crawford on the taxpayer dime.

    July 27, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. ST

    Romney knows he should not criticize own country while on foreign soil, BUT he doesn't know WHY. If he could have known the reason not to do so, he could not have criticized his host.

    July 27, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. kayla

    WIRE, thank God for free speech

    July 27, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I hope all the "Team U.S.A." horses win because I don't want to make the same mistake Mitt Romney did by wishing Phelps to win not know Lochte is also on "Team U.S.A." Gosh, I'm sounding more Presidential than Romney so I'll leave it to Obama to finish him off.

    July 27, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Mikey

    Dean – "If liberals ran the Olympics, there would be no timing or scoreboards, judges would only be issued cards with "10" printed on them, and everyone would get a medal."
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    Perhaps you don't know the history of the olympics. Around 1900, conservatives did control the Olympics. Only those of means were able to compete. Most people were excluded. But, don't worry, we'll give you a participation medal for your lame attempt at humor.

    July 27, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Wrong – How do we know what Mittens did in the Olympics, he shredded all the records of the payment from the $1.2 billion in government bailouts?

    July 27, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    >The Real Tom Paine – Obama has earned his pay

    tell it to the 20 million unemployed.... then run like the wind before they gitya.

    July 27, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. David in FL

    If it is politically expedient, Obama will watch Romney's Horse.

    July 27, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    >Mikey – Around 1900, conservatives did control the Olympics. Only those of means were able to compete.
    >Most people were excluded.

    really? what is your source that says conservatives ran the olympics arounbd 1900?

    excluded or simply too busy for such triviality as they tried to eek out a living?

    July 27, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    batjones

    Woman In California – As far as I know, Rafalco is an American horse, or at least is competing for the United States team. I support Rafalco and hope he brings home the Gold. I don't need to see its birth certificate if it wants to help the USA. Since when did American politics drive a wedge through supporting and acknowledging American achievement? The Romneys raised a world class horse. KUDOS to the Romneys (on this specific point – lol). Although I want President Obama to win re-election, I can still wish the Romneys grace. Go Team USA ! ! !

    Since when did American politics drive a wedge through supporting and acknowledging American achievement?

    Since I watched in unbelief and total disgust of republicans cheering against the Obama's efforts to bring the Olympics to Chicago.

    July 27, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Yes...BO...Watch and learn....

    Yes Obama watch Romney's HORSE compete and learn how its done....The Romney together with most Americans know what it takes to grow prosperity for all the people......

    July 27, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The height of hypocrisy is a right wingnut saying he is concerned about the 20 million unemployed, when his party refuses to vote on the bipartisan senate jobs bills. Also, it would seem that the GOP should have some compassion for the soldiers who died in their unnecessary wars, the wounded, and the million who serve our great nation. Under Bush, the G-6 was at 14.2% and rising.

    July 27, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Frank

    he Real Tom Paine
    -i'm surprised obama isn't over there the next 2 weeks watching all the usa basketball games and hob knobbing with all the celebs. i guess he has too many fund raisers back here to attend to. i'm sure he'll have them all recorded so he can watch them after he comes back from his golf games.
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    I guess the truth does hurt, since it would explain why you never bother to utter it. Obama has earned his pay, God knows his worthless predecessor did not with all the vacations he took in Crawford on the taxpayer dime.

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    Yet you say nothing about BHO's family vacationing on the taxpayer's dime to Hawaii and lavish vacations abroad.

    July 27, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney's financial success came from receiving government bailouts. Mittens has always bet against the US.

    July 27, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Jewels

    Whatever - I'm not voting for Romney...

    July 27, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. truth hurts

    >Wire Palladin, S. F. – when his party refuses to vote on the bipartisan senate jobs bills

    the country doesn't need any more high paid government union jobs. it already has too many it cannot afford. obama and the democrats need to get their heads out of the 1930s and the FDR WPA make work "solutions". they didn't work then and don't work now.

    July 27, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    Haha...cry more. I post reference to more constructive facts and data on this site than the reporters frequently do, and if your panties are in a wad because it's done in a manner that's combative, please keep in mind who declared this war in January 2009
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    And THAT'S the truth Ruth!!!
    Amen!

    July 27, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Romney is not My Hero

    I will not watch that thing spread it's shite all over the place, while dancing and smiling! AND I won't watch his horse, Rafalca, compete in the olympics either.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 27, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    People: this article is essentially a filler, and in the end, about a horse.

    A horse!!!

    Some of you posters need to get a life or a sense of humor. Or both.

    July 27, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yet you say nothing about BHO's family vacationing on the taxpayer's dime to Hawaii and lavish vacations abroad
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    That's correct. We don't say anything because if we did we'd sound just as stupid as you do.
    The man can't take a vacation because dummies like you don't want to grant him the same rights and privileges that every other President has had. Get over your sickness.
    I won't tell people like you where to go, but bring a fan with you.

    July 27, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Yet you say nothing about BHO's family vacationing on the taxpayer's dime to Hawaii and lavish vacations abroad."

    Petty. Going to Hawaii was returning HOME for him. I hardly think that's something to begrudge the POTUS.

    As for your use of "BHO," yes, we underrtsand...blah blah blah HUSSEIN...yadda yadda not one of us scary brown muslim man yammer yammer ding dong.

    July 27, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Frank wrote:

    Yet you say nothing about BHO's family vacationing on the taxpayer's dime to Hawaii and lavish vacations abroad.
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    No they didn't. They paid for their own accomodations, meals, etc. The taxpayers footed the bill for Secret Service protection, which is the same thing that Mitt Romney got when he was jet skiing. In fact, Romney is getting Secret Service during his world tour.

    I guess Romney won't be making any big speeches before big crowds like then Sen. Obama did in 2008.

    July 27, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    ">Wire Palladin, S. F. – when his party refuses to vote on the bipartisan senate jobs bills

    the country doesn't need any more high paid government union jobs. it already has too many it cannot afford. obama and the democrats need to get their heads out of the 1930s and the FDR WPA make work "solutions". they didn't work then and don't work now."

    Actually, they did work then and only a small handful of rabid conservative ideoologues try to argue otherwise, attempting gross and misleading reqrites of historical record in the process. Other than that small group, there is general consensus among professional economists. Besides, roads need to be fixed, bridges need to be fixed, tunnels need to be fixed, and new ones all need to be built for our growing population and to encourage economic growth. if your only objection is to the constitutional right to peaceably assemble, then you really should just be slapped abotu with a rolled up Constitution like a bad dog.

    July 27, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. California Gary

    I always root for all American participants........but I find it hard to get worked up over a dancing horse. "Our horse can outdance your horse".........I dunno.......it just doesn't "ring" with me.

    July 27, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Why all the interest in whether Obama watches the Romney Dressage competition or not? Romney himself has stated that not only doesn't he know when his own horse will compete, he apparently isn't even interested enough to watch the competiton at all.

    Quite a ding, not only for the TeamRomney horse trainers, but also for the entire TeamUSA horse competition to have a owner so disinterested in the event.

    July 27, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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