Mrs Obama is going to the Olympics and taking some medal winners with her
June 22nd, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Mrs Obama is going to the Olympics and taking some medal winners with her

It's official, First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the Presidential delegation to the Olympic games this summer in London. The delegation was announced today and Mrs Obama will attend the opening ceremony which is scheduled for July 27 with five former medal winners including soccer player Brandi Chastain, NBA basketball star Grant Hill.

“This summer I’ll be cheering on Team U.S.A. at the Olympic Games in London with this distinguished group of champions who truly represent the best of our country,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in a written statement. “Olympians and Paralympians are true American heroes and role models for all of us, especially our young people. And I know that this delegation will help inspire a generation of young people to get into the Olympic spirit by getting active and healthy so they can reach their fullest potential and reach their dreams.”

The complete delegation list and the Olympic medals they have won are listed after the jump:

Members of the Delegation
First Lady Michelle Obama

The Honorable Louis B. Susman, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Ms. Brandi Chastain, 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2004), 1-time Olympic silver medalist (2000), Women’s Soccer

Ms. Dominique Dawes, Co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Olympic gold medalist (1996), 3-time Olympic bronze medalist (1992, 1996, 2000), Women’s Gymnastics

Mr. Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Paralympic javelin gold medalist (1992), Paralympic discus silver medalist (1992), Paralympic shot put and discus bronze medalist (1988, 1996, 2000)

Mr. Grant Hill, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Olympic gold medalist (1996), Men’s Basketball

Ms. Summer Sanders, 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1992), 1-time Olympic silver medalist (1992), 1-time Olympic bronze medalist (1992), Women’s Swimming

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Topics: Michelle Obama • Olympics

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Blameit Ontheotherguy

    The economy is headed back into a recession and this is what CNN's considers political news? Hmmmmm....

    June 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • 2020

      The sky is not falling. Take a deep breath, Olympic came before your birth and will go on after you leaves. It takes your mind off all the silly politics

      June 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Must not take your mind off it, since you're posting here.

        June 23, 2012 at 4:30 am |
    • jean2009

      And your name should be: Won'tacceptblame ForwhatBushdid, or: Notmanenough Tohandlethetruth

      June 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  2. John

    Great. Personal trip? I am sure the Obama's are paying in full...

    June 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • jean2009

      I'm sure they will.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        The Bush's attend the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in 2008? Plus. the Beijing Olympics were being boycotted by several countries. Wonder if they paid for their trip?
        Chelsea Clinton attended the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
        George H.W. Bush attended the Athens Olympics in 2004.
        It is customary for someone to be sent to represent support for our athletes.

        June 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
      • John

        Right Jean, Bush went – that made it an official trip. This reads like Obama's waife is going and he isn't.

        June 25, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • jean2009

        @ John So yes the president is campaigning, and is sending his wife...he is allowed. Have you forgotten that when George W. Bush was busy campaigning in 2004, he sent his mother Barbara, and father George to represent the U.S.A. athletes at the Athens Olympics. So, I guess Presidents have leeway as to their choice of who represents them for functions such as Olympics and funerals.
        Get over your spite and hate...it is very unbecoming!

        June 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • jean2009

        @John Laura Bush headed the U.S. delegation to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy...President Bush did not attend those games. Did you whine like a GOP pig about that...when we were knee deep in two unfunded wars and the housing industry was crumbling?

        June 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      sad representation of America...and that is a fact and sad too.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      CRY SOME MORE REPUBLITARDS. JUST LIKE WHEN HITLER CRIED WHEN WE SENT JESSE OWENS TO THE OLYMPICS.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      June 23, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • David

      John, don't you believe that there should be an ambassor of good will representing the United States? Who would you send to represent the United States? That individual that you select, how will they pay for the trip alone with whatever is needed to represent the United States?

      June 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Oh no, an Obama family member is doing anything but working themselves to the bone 24/7 for truth, justice and the american way. She's probably using hard working tax payer funds!

    Boo Hisssss

    June 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • sam

      Thomas it shows you are stupid and not a good students of history look up nhow the Bushes both stupid and Idiots war mongers attend the olympic which I know they did not paid for so 'Thomas the morons' Michelle is not expected to pay for her trip.

      June 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • 2020

      you sounded like Chenney

      June 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        Not exactly... Darth Vader sounds more like someone with a breathing problem.

        June 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • fiants gan

      Sounds like you've been watching too many Superman reruns....

      June 25, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  4. Karissa titus

    GO MICHELLE WE LOVE YOU

    June 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  5. Joi Gibson

    Team USA!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    June 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  6. Boot

    Mitts leading the delegation to Utah for the Utah games.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Riding his $77,000 tax deductible Dancing Horse, of course.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:09 am |
      • jean2009

        Not to mention the horse was pumped full of painkillers over which there was a lawsuit.

        June 25, 2012 at 9:27 am |
      • Susan

        at least he paid for it himself, not you!!! and she doesn't even believe in the American Flag.

        August 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  7. DEcember 2012

    UH, WE ALWAYS SEND A DELEGATION TO THE OLYMPICS. BUT I GUESS YOU SAW THE NAME OBAMA AND COULDN'T RESIST BEING A RETARD.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    June 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  8. Lisa s N.J

    I wonder if she will be paying her own way.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      I suppose you ask the Govenor of your state , Mr. Christie, the same thing everytime he takes a helicopter to his son's baseball games?

      June 24, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • calvin

      reading these comments i see why i vote ind. pick on obama wife or mitt horsewhat a waste of words

      June 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  9. canubelieveit

    Well, just goes to figure. Obama just had his 100 round of golf in between campaign stops. Michelle Obama has spent hundreds of million dollars going around the globe taking large groups, now off to London for an expense paid trip. With the true unemployment rate (underemployed, unemployed, given off) being 15%+ and the middle class suffering, this sure shows how they feel your pain. No honest person could say if any Republican president played 100! rounds of golf and spent hundreds of milions on trips/vacations, there would be outrage. Philosphy differences are fine, but this is just hypocrisy and elitism all combined. Shame on people for not caring. It is our money (or China's) they are spending. Let's face it - they are RICH off the backs of you... worse than Romney at least he worked for it.

    June 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • mumbledork

      Romney worked for it by laying off workers, raiding pension funds, shipping jobs overseas. Yep, he earned it the old fashioned way – STOLE IT.

      June 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Truth is the olypmics were in trouble and he turned it around, but a leftist, loser, pathetic, bed wetting democrat like yourself will never admit. You'd rather blindly worship Obama instead.

        June 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        Truth is the Utah Olympics had a $1.3 billion dollar taxpayer funded, earmarked, pork-barrel funded bailout.

        http://www.factcheck.org/2012/02/slaloming-through-olympic-facts/

        June 23, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • jean2009

        the first truth is the taxpayer's picked up the tab, and the second truth is the Salt Lake Olympics were also the most scandal plagued Olympics..
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Winter_Olympic_bid_scandal

        http://www.ajr.org/article.asp?id=505
        Plus all Olympics are a money losing proposition for the host city.

        June 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean2009, "most scandal plagued Olympics" Yes it was. Mitt Romney was hired to turn it around. You are blinded by liberal hate.

        June 25, 2012 at 6:56 am |
      • jean2009

        @Jay And who did Romney go to for the bailout? The American taxpayer to the tune of $1.3 billion....Hello! Romney saved nothing the hardworking American taxpayer pulled his fanny out of the fire. Hypocrisy has no bounds...does it?

        June 25, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • 2020

      Olympics has its own budget, not from you.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • fiants gan

      Bush spent $20MILLION on his 77 trips to his Crawford ranch to clear brush on Air Force One. You need to check the facts before you spew your venom and ignorance.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • jean2009

      @unbelievable and Marine 1978 who can't spell "secret"
      The National debt again did you miss my previous posts on this subject?
      A.) We currently owe mainland China 8% of our national debt.
      B.) We owe the United Kingdom 2%
      C.) We owe Japan 6%
      D.) We owe OPEC 25
      E.) We owe all other countries 13%
      F.) We owe the U.S. Government and U.S. Public 65% of our national debt.... most of it to Social Security and Government Retirees pension funds.

      I think we can still afford the plane, the "Secret" Service and the other expenses to send a delegation who will be representing our country to the Olympics.

      Did you ask this question when George W. Bush sent his mother and father; or when he sent Laura...while he was busy on vacation, at the Crawford Ranch, bankrupting the country with two unfunded wars?

      June 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
      • jean2009

        OPEC 2%...not 25

        June 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  10. mumbledork

    This is a good use of her time since she really doesn't have anything else to do.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  11. Jodi

    This is awesome! It is so sad that the president is represented at the Olympic ceremonies but because it's President Obama, we make it political. Time to stop the partisan nonsense and celebrate America!! I hope this is partisanship and not good old fashion racism!!

    June 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • jean2009

      I wouldn't bet it isn't.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  12. mcskadittle

    all of these republican nitwits make me laugh, president or his wife always goes to these events.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  13. arrrrggghhh!!

    How much is this going to cost us? I hate how presidents and their families think that money grows on the white house trees.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • jean2009

      arrrgh Did you ask this question when George W. was spending this country into bankruptcy?

      June 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  14. BunnyBunny

    How dare this First Lady act like she's First Lady. ....... (sarcasm)

    June 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • 2020

      OH YES, SHE IS "THE" FIRST LADY. Suck your thumb or toe. How dare you, idiot. you want to be one? go back get born again.

      June 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        Guess some people don't know the definition of the word "sarcasm".

        June 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  15. clarke

    Thank you Mrs Obama

    June 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  16. como1

    Can't she go alone, economy, in a crowded airplane filled with snoring passengers like the rest of us? Another vacation? A side trip to Paris? Yes after all the vacations and individual flights this woman has made on Airforce One she needs to stay home this time.

    June 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • jean2009

      The first lady, like other first ladies, will attend the Olympics, and she will take a retinue of people with her. So get over it, quit whining and get a life.
      George & Laura Bush attended opening ceremonies in Beijing...2008 Olympics which were being boycotted by several countries overthe treatment of Tibet, and other reasons...plus we were deep in two wars.
      http://openconcept.ca/blog/mgifford/top_10_reasons_to_boycott_the_2008_olympics_in_beijing
      http://politicalbyline.com/2008/08/01/chuck-baldwin-bush-trip-to-beijing-olympics-shameful/

      June 23, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • NOvember 2012

      she aint sitting in the back of the bus with real Americans...aint goin to do it never has and never will.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Nowadays, people ride in the back of the bus because they want to – not because someone expected it because of their color. Those were sad days back then and we will never go back, so get over it.

        June 24, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      LET'S ALL SEND NOVEMBER 2012 ON A SHORT BUS... TO ENGLAND.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      June 23, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • jean2009

        I have another destination in mind for Novdimmer; but you know that moderator.

        June 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        The taxpayers would have to fund it since you're on welfare.

        June 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        NO NEED FOR THAT. RETARDS LIKE FRANK AND NOVEMBER GET TO RIDE THE BUS FOR FREE.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

        June 24, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  17. theavgguy

    How much is that going to cost us.

    June 23, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  18. theavgguy

    Never has a first lady been sent ever to repersent the united states. Sheep you all are.

    June 23, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • jean2009

      Laura Bush headed the delegation to the 2006 Torino,,Italy – Winter Olympics....so you would be wrong!
      And it can't cost nearly as much as the 77 round trips to the Crawford Ranch.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  19. NOvember 2012

    well there goes ugly and nasty on another trip.... is she going to tell someone else how to live their lives as well? Boy she sure pales compared to first ladies Bush...both of them, they are so dignified beautiful....and they love their country and everyone in it, and are proud Americans.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • JerseyGirl

      Michelle is also dignified & beautiful, and Pres. Obama will be president for another FIVE years! Deal with it!!

      June 23, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  20. DEcember 2012

    SO MUCH CRYING OVER OBAMA GOING TO THE OLYMPICS. NOBODY HAD SO MUCH OUTRAGE WHEN DUBYA BROUGHT HIS FAMILY ON THE DELEGATION. THE RACIST REPUBLITARDS CANNOT HELP BUT SHOW THEIR UGLINESS TO THE WORLD. TRULY DISGUSTING. BUT HEY, WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A BUNCH OF KLAN WANNABES?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    June 23, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • jerry

      idiot.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      YOU KNOW I'M RIGHT JERRY. STOP YOUR CRYING.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      June 23, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • jean2009

      So True!

      June 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      I THINK HE'S UPSET I CALLED HIM A WANNABE. PERHAPS I WAS TOO HARSH.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      June 24, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  21. jerry

    the documents on Fast and Furious released by holder and obama were so heavily censored there were just a few sentences left on each page... this goes into the white house and thus the reason for obama's desperate attempt to keep the documents hidden, obama's prints are all over them...and he lied about it...like he lied about the facts in his books to enhance his otherwise boring and radical life. We need a real leader of Americans...not this phony.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  22. jerry

    the documents on FF released by the administration were heavily censored, only a few sentences were left on each page...this is a cover up. obama's prints are all over this...and he lied about it as he did in his books to enhance his image. we need to throw this guy to the curb.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  23. WILL ELLIOTT

    Wow, Some of you are the most hateful and rascist people that have walked the face of this earth....... VERY SAD, cant wait till NOV comes so that the current President claims his second victory, As a Iraq/Kuwait VET with 8 years of service to this country, I would never vote for Romney, not because hes white and Im black, neither is that the reason why Im voting for Obama but at any rate..............OBAMA-BIDEN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So dont pack your bags to move Mitt..... You and your rascist followers need to let it go and move on, maybe take some type of therapy

    June 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  24. donnie

    love hearing all the repos crying. Of course Mrs Obama should go and represent the US. Whats wrong with you people. ? Jean 2009 you are so right. Romney went tot the government to get money to bail out the olympics. I guess that bail out was ok. Why would she pay her own way. This is protocal. Whatan idiot you are lisa. And Mr frank marshall davis you are truly a jerk. What a mouth you have . Try reading a little history befor you spout off.Obama 2012

    June 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • marine1978

      Just a thought here...we have to pay for the Secert Service and plane and such and the Obama's are suppose to pay the rest out of their pocket. I am just wondering if they made, if I recall, $1.5 million in income where are they getting all the money for golf and fancy vacations? She is going no matter what but what upsets a lot of us is we can't even afford a vacation and our supposed leader and his family are going to Martha's Vineyard, Hawaii, Spain, and other expensive locations.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  25. Bunkie Moon

    Obamaphobia makes America less safe in the world. If America suffers just as bad as other countries in the world, it shows that America is less "arrogant”, and by such domestic / foreign policy, we will get more respect from other nations because we suffer just as bad as they do. This is why Obama is making money scarce from the common person, flushing money out of the system through failed economic suicide of Solyndra and other Green energy frauds. This is to make the population more dependent of the federal government, makes them easier to control, and subject to easier digestion of propaganda and manipulation.
    The Elisits Progressive Controller’s believe that you cannot make quality decisions for your life because you are not Educated and Indoctrinated in socialist theory and methods , that the middle class is the greatest threat to their power because the middle class has an opinion independent from the control force propaganda . The DNC has a policy of criticism, to blame everything the Conservatives do as "Extremist" and "Racist”. This framing is both childish and immature. How can you believe anything the Main Stream Media, when all they are is a propaganda tool for the Obama Regime?

    June 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Hey, Bunkie, try blaming the "Just Say No" Congress. You have me rolling in the aisles with this one. Have you been paying attention or, just eating up the 10 second sound-bytes and calling it a day?? If you can type – you can GOOGLE- TRY IT SOMETIME.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  26. Bunkie Moon

    Mrs. Michelle Obama is the best first lady we have ever had . I love seeing her on TV all the time , she is so glamourous , and the picture of a strong educated Woman .I want to see her all over the world being a good example of a Liberal Woman , a proud effective advocate got Progressive values ! I want to see her on Tv more often , and I will absolutley vote for her Husband Barrack Obama this year !

    June 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • marine1978

      If she is so great especially with the health food kick she is trying to make us all flollow how come she can't make her husband stop eating all those greassy burgers and fries? She is not my type of first lady who believes she is the country's mother and only she knows what is good for us and when we are suffering and can't afford a vacation she is jetting off with all these people to expensive places. Not setting a very good example.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:21 am |
  27. Ben

    Great first lady, great delegation-Go USA! Have fun in London and bring home the gold.

    June 24, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  28. rocraccoon

    Yeah, spend some more of the taxpayer's money on frivolity.

    June 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Like Romney's $77,000.00 Tax Deductible Dancing Horse?? Why does a RICH man need to charge Americans for that?

      June 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  29. reggie19

    Another vacation again for the First Lady? What else is new? They are really using the taxpayers money for their own privelege.

    June 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      AREN'T YOU LATE FOR THE CRYING GAME? YOUR REPUBLITARD BUDDIES HAVE ALREADY RUN OUT OF KLEENEX SO FEEL FREE TO CRY ON JERRY'S SHIRT.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      June 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • reggie19

        You and the rest of the liberals/democrats will be in a comatose state come November after the presidential elections. Wishful thinking on your behalf that Obama will be re-elected. LOL!!!

        June 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I THINK YOUR CRYING IS MAKING YOU DELUSIONAL. THAT'S NOT THE LIGHT OF HOPE YOU'RE SEEING THROUGH YOUR TEARY EYES, IT'S THE HEADLIGHTS FROM MITT ROMNEY'S BUS ABOUT TO RUN YOU OVER.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

        June 25, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  30. kathy90

    I don't care if she goes, and I don't really care if we pay for it, although it comes at a terrible time for our economy. I do care that she takes way too many aides with her that we're also paying for, and now she's taking other people that I'm sure were paying for. She and Obama are typical spend thrifts of the left....you don't budget, you just spend, then deal with the fall-out......oh and by all means, ALWAYS blame Bush.

    June 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      OK, I'll always blame Bush – there, are you happy??

      June 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • jean2009

      Yes,,,and he sent Laura with a delegation to the Winter Olympic Games, in Torino Italy in 2002 when we were bogged down in 2 unfunded wars....people hadn't recovered from 9/11.....did you whine then?
      He also sent George H & Barbara with a deligation to the Athens Games in 2004....did you whine then?
      Plus, they both attended the Beijing Games in 2006....tell me did you whine then? That was when the wheels on the bus of his ill fated economy were falling off.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  31. Betty

    I am very much anti-Obama but I do feel that she is our current First Lady and going to London is part of her duties. Almost every country in the world will be sending it's leaders and families there.Until Obama is voted out in Nov.,It is her job to represent the USA...I don't like it but I can accept it for what it is.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:47 am |
    • Brian

      This is the most sensible comment of this entire discussion. Thank you. This is NOT a political issue and it shouldn't make any difference whether a Republican or Democrat is in office.

      June 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
      • jean2009

        Agreed!

        June 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  32. gigi

    Americans you are getting disgusting. Bunch of evils. Shame on you.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:23 am |
  33. anoel2005

    who's surprised at Michelle O. going to London.......

    It's vacation #20 and counting.....

    June 25, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  34. BunnyBunny

    I don't get some people. They're all like 'how dare this First Lady act like she's First lady.'

    June 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
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