Obama's Olympic fever
The U.S. Women's Gymnastic team after winning a gold medal on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo credit: Getty Images Europe)
August 1st, 2012
12:47 PM ET

Obama's Olympic fever

(CNN)–Like millions of people around the world, President Obama is avidly following the Olympic Games in London.

Mixing politics and sports in the battleground state of Ohio on Wednesday, the president told supporters at a campaign rally in Mansfield to "give it up for all our outstanding American athletes" competing in the international games.

The president told the crowd he had just spoken to the U.S. Women's Gymnastic team which won a gold medal Tuesday night.  It was the first team gold medal for U.S. women gymnasts since 1996.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president spoke by phone from Air Force One to all five members of the team.

Carney said the president told Aly Raisman that "of all Olympians, you guys amaze us most."

He congratulated Jordyn Wieber saying, "I'm so impressed with how you bounced back and led the team."

Mr. Obama told McKayla Maroney "way to nail that vault."

To Gabby Douglas, the president said, "You just tore it up. I know how hard you worked to get there."

Finally Obama told Kyla Ross how he noticed her steadiness, saying "I was impressed by how cool you were. I don't know how you do what do especially the balance beam."

It was the balance beam that seemingly impressed the athletic president most.  He confided at the campaign rally in Ohio that gymnastics sometimes baffles him.

"How do you not bust your head every time you're on that little balance beam?" Mr. Obama said he asked the so-called "fab five" members of the gymnastics team.

Earlier Obama tweeted his congratulations to all-time Olympic medal winner U.S swimmer Michael Phelps.


Topics: 2012 Election • Olympics • President Obama

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Kool-Aid Police

    What else is he going to say "I don't care about or follow the olympics"? That would be political suicide. Why does CNN report the obvious and claim it's something extraordinary?

    August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • yoyo

      Why so dismissive of the president's keen knowledge of gymnastics, athletes and overall interest in the Olympics? I don't recall other presidents knowing athletes' names, skills, and following up on their performances as this president does. So you say that the fact that he is acutely interested in the Olympic games is just a political move? Sad...

      August 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Lionel

      He is a cool president unlike the wantabe Robme. I guess the Olympics is going well after all.
      I am so glad that Robme got called out by the press in England.

      August 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • John

        You libs just step right in it. Obama takes our money and gives it to his buddies at Solindra – Romney spends his OWN MONEY – and you call Romney a robber? You libs are too funny.LOL, LOL, LOL!!!

        August 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • 2020

      President congrad the team on behalf all American. That is the right thing to do, cool thing to do.

      What is the matter of your brain? can't find it?

      August 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Where did you learn to form a sentence?

        August 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THE PRESIDENT? WHERE ARE THE 'COOL' REPUBLITARD POLITICIANS FOLLOWING AND CONGRATULATING OLYMPIC ATHLETES?

      DON'T BOTHER. IT'S A RHETORICAL QUESTION.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      August 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  2. mcskadittle

    The job has some nice perks

    August 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  3. Reggie from LA

    Heck if Obama were really clever, he'd con taxpayers out of 1.3 billion $$ to invest in the Olympics (and who knows who else) and let that be his claim to fame for reelection. Oh, RMoney's done that already? Ooops. My bad. Not an original idea, huh? Hey, isn't there a video out there that shows how adept he was at schmoozing earmarks and bragging about it? You haven't seen the video? You should. It's very enlighening. Wonder how much he made on that and how much taxes he paid. hmmm.

    August 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • 2020

      you r sick to the core

      August 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  4. jon

    Did Mitt even get paid for his work in the Olympics?

    August 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

      Romney was still earning salary from Bain capital while collecting earmarks for the Olympics.

      August 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        Plus he needed to use the job with Bain as the excuse to prove he was a Massachusetts resident, otherwise he wouldn't qualify to run as a Massachusetts candidate for governor. I'm still asking, how does one retroactively retire from a company?

        August 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  5. Real Pol #3

    Obama, The warmonger and chief should be given the Golen Nobel warmonger prize. Secret Covert wars in Yemin,Syria,Cyberwar in Iran, Somolia, Drone strikes in Pacistan killing hundreds of civilians.

    The mad man is smacking every hornets nest he can find, So he can muster up a little more chatter and give the Home land security the green light to molest us at the air ports if we choose not to be fried by screening devices that have been proven to cause canser and hir loss.

    Stop the mad man, stop the treasen. Vote 3rd Party Gov. Gary Johnson for prez

    August 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  6. Jules

    Way to go, Mr. President. I am sure if his wife had a horse in the Olympics he would watch. Mitt said that that was Ann's thing – he probably wouldn't watch it. Meanwhile, the President said he would watch Ann's horse, if at all possible. Says a lot about the guys, don't you think?

    August 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • 2020

      The President has a big heart to take in a dancing horse, at tax payers' expenses.

      May be the next Olymbic, Romney will charge tax payer more on his FLYING DOG, who knows

      August 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  7. REALPOL3

    Please help, we are collecting votes to give Obama The NOBEL war mongering PRIZE. HE really deserves it and we need your help. He has done amazing work in iUnconstitutional Covert wars, including Packistan Drone strikes that have killed and maimed hundreds. He has outstanding war mongering merit in Illegal covert wars in Iran, Syria,Tinsia, Somolia.

    He has been very successful in helping Muslem extreamists to power, His ability to stir up all kinds of hornets nests world wide, have given the chatter he needs to incourage Homeland security the green light to molest us at the airports if we choose not to be nuked with the Xray scanners that have been proven to cause hair loss and cancer. Providing them blow back to use drones to Snoop our back yards and snoop our computers.

    Vote Oboma, for The Nobel war monger prize. VOTE 3RD PARTY GOV.GARY JOHNSON FOR PREZ

    August 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  8. Happy1

    Could you even imagine romney watching a sporting event? He'd be the dork asking questions about stupid stuff distracting everyone from the game. My inlaws are those folks, they plan a birthday party on superbowl Sunday and wonder why no one shows up.

    August 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  9. LonghornMama

    Go Team USA and go Mr. President! We are proud of all of our athletes and fully support our team and our President! No gaffes here.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • John

      Love those libs and their lines. Ask any Jewish Person what they thought of Romney's trip. I know you libs can't handle the truth, but what Romney said was true, there are many issues with the Olympics in GB. How about the fact that they had to change the locks on their Olympic Stadium? How secure is it if they can't locate the keys??

      August 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • DemMo

        FAIL. What does Romneys Israel trip and losing a key to wimbley have to do with each other? But if u want to ask a relevant question about the Jewish people, Ask a question that really matters! Like who will most American Jew's be voting for... U Pubes and ur lines

        August 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  10. judy

    cool president im sure the athletes got a charge out of hearing from him. Who would want a call from twitt robme?? Forward 2012

    August 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • John

      Did he rob you like Obama did when he took your money and wasted it on green companies? I thought not.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  11. Max

    Dog Transporting event

    I am convinced that if ever there was a 'Dog Transporting event, anywhere' Mitt Romney would certainly win first place and for originality. See? He has invented a new way to transport dogs...not in a car at least!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • John

      Another lib stepping in it. Maybe we should have a dog eating event... LOL!, LOL, LOL!!!

      August 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Jerry

    Oh yeah, right!!! What HE and Moochie really love more than the Olympics and the Olympians (needs the Olympians' votes, campaign ($$$) contributions and support, of course) is traveling by land, sea or air, ALL on the taxpayer's dime.

    Global warming, anyone?!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      "SPEAKING OF TAXES, WHERE ARE YOUR TAX RETURNS SON?" – GEORGE ROMNEY

      August 2, 2012 at 1:46 am |
      • John

        Another lib stepping in it – speaking of taxes – the gold medals are taxed? Free stuff for Olympians are also being taxed. You libs are too funny. All we can do is laugh at you at this point in time...

        August 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      "WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO HIDE SON? I TAUGHT YOU BETTER THAN THAT. STOP CHEATING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE." – GEORGE ROMNEY

      August 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  13. bb

    if think Oblunder is a leader-– I have a bridge for sale

    August 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  14. neil

    Please help us save five jobs.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/save-our-jobs

    Anything you can do to help is great.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:48 am |