Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Will Presidential Politics Hijack The 2012 Olympics?


Every four years… hundreds of youth from around the globe converge in a designated city  to showcase their talents and years of hard work in hopes of capturing a gold, silver or bronze medal. 
Ah yes! The Olympics.  This 16-day competition has the potential to bring fame, and possibly a spot on the coveted Wheaties cereal box, to some unknown athlete, while it also brings honor and prestige to their representative country.

With that being said, it is my sincere hope that this year’s Olympic spotlight will not be hijacked by Presidential politics.  

Of course we applaud the efforts of the wives of the U.S. 2012 Presidential contenders: Michelle Obama and Ann Romney in their once-in-a-lifetime chance to make their Olympic dreams come true.

For instance, Mrs. Romney's prize horse, Rafalca, has qualified for the Olympics in the sport of dressage... and Mrs. Obama will promote her anti-childhood obesity campaign, Let's Move, with a staged event at the U.S. ambassador's house in London, involving 1,000 American and British children, according to the Los Angeles Times.

But, because of who they are, their personas are larger-than life. Consequently they must be mindful not to allow the media to center too much attention around them––unintentionally stealing the national and international news and media coverage from the unsung heroes/Olympic participant.

Without a doubt, the publicity Mrs. Romney and Mrs. Obama will garner from their participation at the 2012 London Olympics will reflect on their husband's campaigns, both negatively and positively.  

Hopefully, their handlers and campaign staffers will encourage them to remain humble, keep the focus on the real purpose of the Olympics...  and then to get off the international stage and into the background as soon as possible!  

It's nothing personal... but we Americans want to take a break from politics and enjoy the wholesome competition of the Olympics without being reminded of the 2012 November election... at least for a few days!

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