Bush to Olympics: Drop dead

By WND Staff

The White House is thumbing its nose at officials with the 2004 Olympic Games, and will continue to run a President Bush re-election commercial which uses the Olympiad as a backdrop.

“We are on firm legal ground to mention the Olympics to make a factual point in a political advertisement,” campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel told reporters. “The ad reflects the president’s optimism that freedom is overcoming terror, and democracy is spreading throughout the world.”

A woman’s voice heard in the ad says:

“In 1972, there were 40 democracies in the world. Today, 120. Freedom is spreading throughout the world like a sunrise. And this Olympics there will be two more free nations. And two fewer terrorist regimes. With strength, resolve and courage, democracy will triumph over terror. And hope will defeat hatred.”

The “two more free nations” and “two fewer terrorist regimes” refer to Iraq and Afghanistan, both of whose names and flags appear on screen.

The U.S. Olympic Committee had formally asked the White House to stop running the commercials, citing a congressional act which bars the use of the words “Olympic” and “Olympiad” for commercial or political purposes.

“We own the rights to the Olympic name, and no one has asked us,” said Gerhard Heiberg, Norway’s representative to the International Olympic Committee and IOC market commission leader.

“It is the responsibility of the USOC to manage Olympic marks, terms and images in the U.S., and also to remain apolitical,” Darryl Seibel, a spokesman for the USOC, told the Washington Post.

Ironically, the Bush ad never displays any Olympic logo, but only mentions the word in its text.

The spots are expected to continue through Sunday, when the Games conclude.

Editor’s note: The commercial can be viewed in its entirety at GeorgeWBush.com