POTUS first fan-in-chief for Olympics
Gold medalist Michael Phelps kisses his gold medal after the podium ceremony of the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
August 1st, 2012
08:24 AM ET

POTUS first fan-in-chief for Olympics

White House (CNN)–As Michael Phelps swam into the history books on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time, it didn't go unnoticed by the number one fan in the White House.

"Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud. -bo," President Obama tweeted to his 18 million followers.

Phelps, who won his 19th Olympic medal as the anchor of the gold winning USA 4×200 meter freestyle relay team, tweeted back, "Thank you Mr. President!! It's an honor representing the #USA  !! The best country in the world!!"

An avid sports fan, it's no surprise the commander in chief was watching.  "He is a sports fan, as everyone knows," Jay Carney said at last Friday's press briefing. "I heard him the other day. He's like, 'I love the Olympics. I can't wait for the Olympics to start." The president also appointed First Lady Michelle Obama to lead the American delegation to the London games.


Topics: Olympics • President Obama

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. John

    Doesn't Obama think this gold medal wasn't really won by Phelps? After all, we built the roads that got him to his training. We also "give money" to the US Olympic Team. And, I am sure he used public pools at one time or another. And, one more thing, don't you libs think this guy has too many medals? Don't you think he should maybe allow someone else to go in his place?

    August 1, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Eric

      Whats funny is Mitt Romney said exactly that at the Winter Olympics. That they did not get there by themselves and all that other "only Obama does that" kind of thing. People need to start doing research instead of listening to Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:00 am |
      • John

        I heard Obama's speech when he said what he said. What kind of research do you want me to do? I know libs do not agree, but some people actually work harder and are smarter than others AND they have the "nuts" to take risks. You libs think nothing can happen without governmnet. Libs like Obama do not understand this BECAUSE HE HAS NEVER DONE ANY OF IT!!!

        August 1, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Phil

      Hahaha, I see what you did there. Did the US help to facilitate Phelps' growth and give him the chance to win that gold, you bet it did. That doesn't change the fact that Phelps had the drive, the commitment, and the freakish swimming skill to capitalize on those opportunities.

      The federal government helps to lay the groundwork and create an environment where businesses (or swimmers) can thrive. To say that a company made it "purely on its own" implies that they built the roads, the trucks, the planes, the electrical plants, etc. that made their success possible. If you can name a company in the last 50 years that personnally built/created every aspect of their business I will make a video and eat my own shoe.

      You can keep mis-quoting Obama all you want, I'm sure it gives you a little warmth while you prepare to run to Canada to avoid Obama-care.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
      • this ain't dad's republican party

        well said! i am so sick of hearing the GOP go over and over this saying that they have totally taken out
        of context. And we all DO help each other and that doesn't mean that when we help someone we are
        just dying to take all the credit for their own accomplishments. People who run businesses and are
        self-employed are very aware of this fact of life. If anyone doesn't think so then just try it–see what you
        accomplish without any friends, without any help whatsoever. Sorry GOP but your little tea party
        ideology just does not work in the real world. I hope Obama sweeps again! even some republicans
        in my family are voting for Obama because the GOP has gotten too "stupid and crazy" for them.

        August 1, 2012 at 10:28 am |
      • ohio

        well said.

        August 1, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • John

        Fine, you post Obama's quote and we can all see what you think he said. I saw the speech. You blind followers need to wake up. America has already been changed to something that libs think is socialist.

        August 1, 2012 at 11:18 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Gee, John, maybe you should stop watching one minute soundbites from the campaigns and start reading the news LIKE the TAMPA BAY TIMES.
        They found out that one of the spokespersons who were all huffy over the fact that 'gov't didn't help him – he built the business on own' in the Mitt Romney ad was actually someone who benefited from gov't contracts – one for $915,000 and another one for $1.6 Million from the Miami School District.
        Out of the businesses supporting Romney in his ads – 15 received gov't money.
        ALSO – A Bain excutive says Mitt didn't pay taxes for 10 yrs..

        August 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • zapper

        Good sum-up, Phil.

        August 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Mitt is a Nit Wit

      I think since he won this last medal in a TEAM relay.. I suppose you probably picked a bad time to make your little attack. As for business people... I am going to venture out and say that even if someone had the best idea in the world, it took some help from others to get it going... I suppose there was probably a banker who approved it... or a spouse of mom or dad or brother/sister that pinched in and helped. But no, selfish narrow minded people who become successful sometimes actually believe it was all them... no one else. We call them dilusional.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Jack

      Not to cut into your talking point, but Romney made this EXACT POINT, about athletes not getting there themselves, at the Salt Lake City games. I know you think you are being very clever by regurgitating that right-wing talking point, but you're only further pointing out Mitt Romney's hypocrisy.

      August 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • zapper

      John, if you heard the president's speech then you know he was referring to the roads and bridges. Let me make it easy for you. Here are the two sentences exactly as he said them:

      "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that."

      I'm curious whether you think that most small businesses either exist in a vacuum without an infrastructure, or maybe you think they actually did build that infrastructure (physical, financial, the workforce, etc.)?

      August 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • Steveo

        Then why the business owner reference? He could have said, "if you're a stay at home Mom, you didn't build that." Same for miltary members, politicianss, day laborers, cashiers, clerks, doctors, lawyers, judges, students, teachers, union members, OWS members, olympians. But he didn't, he clearly referred to business owners! Why? Was it an accident?

        August 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        STEVEO, STOP YOUR WHINING. YOU SOUND LIKE ONE OF THOSE MOVIE NERDS WHO LIKE TO NIT-PICK IRRELEVANT CRAP. WHY DID HE SAY BUSINESS OWNERS? BECAUSE BUSINESS OWNERS HIRE PEOPLE AND SOME OF THEM NEED A WAKE-UP CALL.

        August 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
      • Steveo

        Wow December! Are you that dense that you cannot telling making a point and asking questions from whining? Some business owners need a wake up but some politicians (to include your boys) do not! ? Back away from the pipe, my friend!! Sounds like your test screening for a Cheech and Chong movie! Back away from that pipe! I say this because I care!

        August 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
      • Steveo

        @December,
        WHY DID HE SAY BUSINESS OWNERS? BECAUSE BUSINESS OWNERS HIRE PEOPLE AND SOME OF THEM NEED A WAKE-UP CALL
        -------–
        So YOU do admit he WAS picking on business owners! Ladies and gentlemen! FINALLY! an admission and from the left nonetheless! !

        August 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      THE DIFFERENCE IS, ROMNEY ACTUALLY SAID IT IN A SPEECH ABOUT HOW OLYMPIC ATHLETES DID NOT GET THERE ON THEIR OWN. NOW THEY ARE SMEARING THE PRESIDENT FOR WHAT THEY CLAIM HE SAID WHEN THEY ACTUALLY DISTORTED IT, CONVENIENTLY CUTTING OFF THE PART WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT ROADS AND BRIDGES AND NOT SMALL BUSINESSES. BUT BY ALL MEANS, TRY TO BE A BIGGER HYPOCRITE THAN YOU ALREADY ARE LIKE MOST REPUBLITARDS REGARDING THIS TOPIC. IT'S HILARIOUS.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      August 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  2. Hall for Obama

    John, Satan come to steal, kill and destroy.

    August 1, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • bb

      satans here in the whitehouse already

      August 1, 2012 at 9:01 am |
      • 97 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

        Really ?? Most Americans believe he left quietly for Crawford, TX in Jan '09 – having left the economy in ruins, Banks bailed out, TWO illegal wars unfunded, the LARGEST DEFICIT in HISTORY and 700,000+ jobs a month being lost.

        August 1, 2012 at 10:30 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        RUSH LIMBAUGH IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE???

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  3. bb

    The U.S. is falling apart and Mr Hollywood suck up (Oblunder) watches t.v. if any else did as crappy job he has done = would of been fired years ago. By the way Phelps couldnt of won without Oblunder the liar building it for him

    August 1, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • korkea aika

      Watching TV is better than counting all your undertaxed money in a Swiss Bank. Romney will not release his tax records, so we don't even know what his business is that he's so proud of running for President on. There are likely 5 possible reasons that Romney will not release any US Tax records:

      1. he's much more wealthy than we know
      2. he held much $$ in off shore bank accounts outside USA like in Switzerland or the Cayman Islands
      3. he took advantage of a 'tax amnesty' and paid back taxes in exchange for no jail time
      4. he has $$ in a company that profits from abortions or similar
      5. he has paid less taxes to the US gov't than he paid to the mormon church in tythes, so maybe he paid 8% to Uncle Sam and 10% to his church!! And he still wants to cut taxes for the ultrarich even more!

      August 1, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Ty

      You sound foolish. The US is not falling apart. That is your dream , so you can blame your own success on the President. Wake up and get real with self.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:19 am |
      • RealityBites

        $16 Trillion in debt. Over $5 Trillion in the last 4 years..., HELLO!!

        August 1, 2012 at 10:14 am |
      • 97 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

        @RealityBites – $16 Trillion in debt. Over $5 Trillion in the last 4 years..., HELLO!!
        --------------------
        Yup.. and $3 TRILLION of that was to pay for Dubya's TWO unfunded wars. $1 Trillion was the stimulus plan – which MOST economists believe was not large enough. Reality – a little fact checking (something you Repugs are LOATH to do) will reveal that Obama has actually DECREASED the budget deficits (compared to predecessors). We need another four years to let him clean up the RECESSION the GOP left us with. It's HISTORICAL FACT that the GOP's fiscal policies have caused the last THREE major RECESSIONS (look it up) and the Dems have come along and fixed it. The GOP relies on good little red state lemming voters. Those with intelligence vote Dem.

        August 1, 2012 at 10:35 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        SO BY YOUR STANDARDS, THE WORLD DIDN'T END WHEN WE WERE ALREADY 10 TRILLION IN THE HOLE, ONLY WHEN OBAMA HAPPENED TO BE THE PRESIDENT. OOOOKAAAY.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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

        @97 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED,

        The SAME two unfunded wars that were voted for by Clinton, Kerry, Edwards, and a whole host of other Dems? Those 2 wars?

        August 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Ahh yes, the suck up to Hollywood routine.
      There are two Olympic sports coming up that are related to two different kinds of politicans.
      Dancing Horse Equestrian Events and WINDSURFING (remember that elist John Kerry had the nerve to enjoy that sport during the time of his campaign)
      FOX NEWS commentator, Charles Krauthammer questioned Romney and his wife entering their very expensive horse in a very elist, upper-class, hoity-toity(his words, I swear) equestrian event that is known to have been started by the snobbish English upper-crust IN AN ELECTION YEAR.

      Cost of a Dancing Horse $500,000.00
      Cost of a new Windsurfer $1,800.00 (Which by the way was created by inventor Jim Drake of Monterey Calif.)

      August 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  4. Michael B.

    I think Michael Phelps is too cocky. I hate his attitude. I don't like him at all.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  5. phoenix86

    Phelps didn't win that himself. The government that built the roads that took him to practice won it with him. Congratulations President Obama on YOUR Gold Medal. Be sure to get your medal back from Phelps when he gets home.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Lionel

      Give me a break. To all the haters, thanks for turning a good news story into a side show.

      Obama is the coolest and a great president. Nice trip that Mittens had overseas.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Jack

      Mitt Romney made the exact same point at the Salt Lake City games. #phoenix86fail

      August 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  6. ohio

    way to go and show support–unlike romney who tried to pit lochte and phelps against each other.
    the GOP is so angry–foaming at the mouth because a lot of America is waking up and noticing
    how absolutely ridiculous they are. I can absolutely tell you that this area of Ohio is a lot less "red"
    than it was 10 years ago-i never ever thought i'd live to see that. But it is–amazing. and the GOP
    here is SO mad about it! Portman won't do a thing for the ticket–many of us find him absolutely boring
    and typical. The turnout here for GOP functions has been really low and they wonder why.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  7. judy

    none of these cretins posted when the subject was mitts goofs overseas or the latest poll numbers showing the president adhead. But on this a nice story congratulating Phelps everyone has a put down for the president, Most comments are just plain stupid. The repos are having a hard time defending the moron they have endorsed. Much easire to blast the president for congradulating Phelps, Forward 2012

    August 1, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  8. crush

    Those who can, become olympic gold medal winners and presidents of the US. Those who can't complain about it from their mommy's basement on anonomous blogs. Losers.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  9. United we Stand

    Congratulations to Phelps! The president congratulated him. He is on Team USA. This is the Olympics. I'm sure Phelps was thrilled. And yes he has lots of people to thank for his success. Go Team USA!

    August 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  10. Ann

    yes, even Michelle is proud of her country now.

    August 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      And, you aren't??

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

        For the first time in almost four years..., thanks Phelps!

        August 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Awww, Dem, you and Franksterstein Marshall should get together, you can bring the snot rag to wipe yer noses and he can bring the beer for the two of you to cry into.....Purrrrrfect. Please send a picture so we can throw darts.

        Go America!! Everyday!

        August 2, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • United we Stand

      Mrs. Obama was proud then and is proud now. Her approval rating is at 66%. Loving her at the Olympics, she represents our country with grace, class, and style. Stop hating. It's not working anyway. We love you Michelle Obama!

      August 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  11. Kool-Aid Police

    This is sporting news, why put it here?

    August 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Afraid e'ill point out that your man Mitt has a VERY EXPENSIVE hobby horse in the Olympics??,,,Thought so- BOTTOMS UP!!

      August 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        If the Obamas had a horse then you'd be all for it, you're such an idiotic leftist.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        ROMNEY IS SUCH A ROBOT, HE WON'T EVEN ROOT FOR HIS OWN HORSE. THE REPUBLITARDS WOULD VOTE IN A TOASTER IF IT MEANS DEFEATING OBAMA OUT OF PURE HATRED.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

        August 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        OR WAS THAT A WAFFLE IRON?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

        August 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
      • Steveo

        @DEcember 2012
        OR WAS THAT A WAFFLE IRON?
        ----------–
        Dude THAT was funny. Speaking of waffles, ancestry.com just discovered the president is related to the lady on the pancake box!

        A Joke people, just a joke! it fit in so well with the waffle iron joke!

        August 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Ann

    Mitt Romney you have been upstaged again by President Obama. Mr President keep showing those haters what class and good manners looks like.

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

      Surely you joust with that HUGE pinhead...

      August 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm |