July 27th, 2012
11:56 AM ET
6 years ago

Phelps v. Lochte: Romney picks Phelps, Michelle Obama demurs

(CNN) – This year's closely watched Olympics rivalry between Team U.S.A. swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte has Americans picking sides, including presumptive GOP Mitt Romney. First lady Michelle Obama, however, is keeping her pick under wraps.

Asked simply to pick "Phelps or Lochte" on NBC Friday, Romney went with probability, rather than passion.

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"I think it's more likely to be Phelps but I don't know," Romney said.

NBC attempted to pose the same question to Michelle Obama, who is leading the American delegation to the 2012 games. Weatherman Al Roker, in a moment of confusion, asked the first lady for her "thoughts on Ryan vs. Lochte."

Obama, however, seemed to understand what Roker was getting at.

"Go Team U.S.A.!" she declared, avoiding a choice between the two American athletes.

Romney and Mrs. Obama will both attend Friday evening's opening ceremony.

Later in the morning, Mrs. Obama spoke at an event for Team U.S.A. athletes, saying their achievements were being felt back home.

"You never know who you're inspiring," Obama said "You just never know. From a family like ours on the South Side of Chicago to young athletes who are going to pick up a soccer ball or start running after watching something that you all do. I know for many of you, that's how you got here, watching someone else. So you never know who you're going to inspire, because all of you are certainly inspiring me every day."

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Wilson

    and he has passed the Dream Act to prevent the premature deportation of immigrant children......You left out the word "illegal." That aside, this is costing over $500 (make that) MILLION plus creating higher unemployment, taking jobs away from legal americans.

    July 27, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    What happened?
    I go grab a couple of slices for lunch, and the Friday funnies are gone.
    Well, life is too short for that stress and nonesense. Here's laughing at you. 😀

    July 27, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    Thank you!

    July 27, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. EBP

    I think the First Lady showed her usual charm and classiness along with diplomacy...as for Mitt, yet again he shows his lack of diplomacy and tact.

    July 27, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ Wilson

    Members of the teapublican party who were born in America has cost us millions of jobs, killed Americans, destroyed our country and screwed up our image abroad! Thousands of children of illegal immigrants through the years have served and represented our nation well in the military and all across our society with honor and dignity and have paid their fair share of taxes. That is something teapublicans like Mitt and company cannot say!

    July 27, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. ritmocojo

    Mittens claims Obama is out of touch with every day Americans. Someone who doesn't even know when his wife's Olympic entry is competing and what eliminating method will be used, is not only out touch with what's going on, he's out of touch with his family also. Presidential material? NOT!!!

    July 27, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. EddyL

    Who gives a rat's butt what Romney thinks?

    July 27, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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