Beijing Olympics


Clinton to Bush: Don’t Go to Beijing

April 08, 2008 03:15 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Hillary Clinton urges President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics as authorities prepare for San Francisco protests.

30-Second Summary

"The violent clashes in Tibet and the failure of the Chinese government to use its full leverage with Sudan to stop the genocide in Darfur are opportunities for presidential leadership … I believe President Bush should not plan on attending the opening ceremonies in Beijing," Clinton said in a statement on Monday.

The senator’s remarks come just before the Olympic torch arrives in San Francisco, where pro-Tibet protesters have already begun demonstrations.

Similar protests impeded the torch’s journey through Paris earlier this week, and demonstrations interrupted the torch’s progress in London as well.

Bloggers and columnists are already questioning Clinton’s motives.

Austin Ramzy writes on The China Blog that Clinton’s statement has little to do with the Olympics and everything to do with her campaign: “Clinton is trailing and in need of a pop.”

ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper says Clinton is “desperate to change the subject” from strategist Mark Penn’s recent departure from the campaign.

But Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes writes on The Moderate Voice Blog that Clinton’s call will at least “show up Obama” who has not taken the same stance.

Whatever the reason for her position on the Olympics, nearly half of the voting public supports the sentiment.

Public opinion tracker Zogby International came out with a new poll that found 48 percent of likely voters believe U.S. politicians should not attend the Olympics opening ceremonies and 70 percent believe the International Olympic Committee was wrong to award this year’s Olympic Games to China.

Headline Links: Clinton urges boycott

Opinion & Analysis: What’s her motivation?

Related Topics: Olympic torch arrives in San Francisco

Background: Protests in Paris and Mark Penn

Reference: '70 Percent Believe IOC Was Wrong to Award Olympic Games to China’


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