April 1st, 2008
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Pelosi calls on Bush to boycott Olympic opening ceremonies

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/04/01/pelosi.olympics/art.bushpelosi.gi.jpg caption=" 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. joseph

    Nancy is not fit for her job, with all the other stuff going on in the world and congress is taking on the olympics and retired baseball players. Nancy you and Harry need to prioratize.

    April 1, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Don't do it Bush

    this is unbelievable...

    Politicians need to stay out of making the Olympics about politics.

    Just stop it.

    As someone who was happy when the Democrats took over, this is too much.

    Don't mess with the Olympics.

    The storyline of the opening ceremonies should be the athletes and not about some head of state missing them.

    That would overshadow all the work these athletes have done... for what... to make a statement.

    honor the athletes. Bush should go to China and enjoy the games, as he will, and recognize all the hard work.

    April 1, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Carl from Pa

    Just to clear some things up, Alice, the first person to ask Chelsea that question was a Hillary supporter. You may want to check your facts, but it was all over the news and he was simply giving her a chance to state how strong her mother had to be to overcome it. At least that was his story. So please stop blaming Obama suppoters for things that they have not done.

    I think boycotting would definitely send a message, although, I'm not sure how effective unless others also boycott.

    April 1, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. April Fools!

    This has to be an April Fools's joke.

    April 1, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Joe PA

    I don't think Bush should go to make a political point.

    At the same time, I think China should ban Bush to make a political point as well.

    This is complete hypocrisy. US is in no position to be judging anybody after their fictiicous war.

    Leave the athletes out of it.

    April 1, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Doug R.

    Doesn't Saudi Arabia also violate human rights?? I think so. They do, but let's remember they are Bush and Cheney's best friends. Lets also remember that 17 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi's.

    April 1, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. stacy

    is this woman in love with George Bush, even though she is supposed to be a "Democrat". she has that gushy look.

    April 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Proud American

    Pelosi needs to shut her big fat trap!

    April 1, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. mike

    I am never in favor of bringing politics to the Olympics. I would never favor a boycott of any kind. Keep politics out of sports for the sake of all of the athletes that have invested their entire lives on these games. There are many other forums for protesting China's abuses.

    On another subject, who is Cheryl and why does CNN continue to publish her childish, insane rantings. I have commented a number of times on this site and have never seen my comment published. But Cheryl manages at least a few rants per subject and they all seem to get through. What's up CNN, is she related to somebody at CNN? Does she pen this stuff during her recess time?

    April 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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