Obama says yes to Olympic tribute
July 19th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

Obama says yes to Olympic tribute

President Obama is in support of a proposed tribute at the London Olympics to honor the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed at the 1972 games in Munich.

“Yes, we absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.

The son of one of the 1972 Munich victims, Moshe Weinberg, thanked President Obama on Twitter: RT @GuriWeinberg: I'm literally crying right now. Thank you, President Obama.

According to Yahoo News, spokeswoman for Mitt Romney Andrea Saul said "the Republican standard-bearer had taken no public stance on the issue.”

Read more about the controversy over the proposed tribute at CNN.com.

Topics: Olympics • President Obama • Uncategorized

soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. jon

    Another political move by Obama ... What does the President of the USA have anything to do with the Olympics ... Other than attempting to look good for his re-election campaign

    July 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • feedledum

      Get off it Jon. It may be hard to imagine but the guy is simple doing the right thing. Besides, it was not Obama that proposed the tribute. Ask yourself instead why Romney is about to travel to Israel.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        To cause some trouble while riding his 'dancing horse'??

        July 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama grabs the limelight with a tribute to the Israelis ... while he throw Israel under the bus, disses Netanyahu ... hands Egypt over to the Muslim Brotherhood ... acknowledges Hamas, and gives them billions in aiid .... just like he panders to the Latinos,while murdering 200+ Mexican with Fast and Furious ... then uses Executive Privilege to cover up his crimes. Obama is a duplicitous, two faced, hypocrite ... who will use, or sell out anybody to hold onto his power. Save America ... Dump Obama in November !!!

      July 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
      • demsrules

        Shut up Howard!

        July 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
      • ChicagoSuz

        Turn off Faux News & take a chill pill... you're misinformed & misinforming.

        July 20, 2012 at 3:09 am |
      • mike proctor

        Shut the hell up howard with your stupid comment. President Obama /2012

        July 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • George

        Ignore the brain dead haters on the left Howard. Their knee jerk hatred to anyone who dares to offer a contrary view is juvenile and dangerous.

        July 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
      • Tyrone Williams

        Well said Howard. Excellent comment.

        July 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • demsrules

      Good question! I guess we could ask the same thing about the coward (Willard Romney) who claims to have "saved" the olympics in Salt Lake City. What a disgraceful and out of touch redneck Mormon!

      July 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
      • wayne

        why don't you keep your mouth shut and stop spewing misguided heatred. Mitt did in fact save the Salt Lake games. taking over the games full of scandal and projections of 50 million shortfalls and turning a 100 million profit. working for 1$ a year until the games were done. compair these apples to these onions. what did Obama do to win the Nobel peace prize? run against someone who was termed out and was haited for not defending himself dispite being one of our better presidents for 5 of his 8 years (bush).

        July 20, 2012 at 1:23 am |
      • Steveo

        Couldn't comment without a racist remark, huh? It figures!

        July 20, 2012 at 9:30 am |
      • Howard

        Just Some Real Facts About Mitt Romney That We Will Not Hear About From The Lame Stream Media About The Real Mitt Romney!

        After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar, but never worked as an attorney.

        As a venture-capitalist, Romney's first major business deal involved investing in a start-up office supply company with one store in Massachusetts that sold office supplies. That company, called Staples, now has over 2,000 stores and employs over 90,000 people.

        Romney or his company Bain Capital (using what became known as the "Bain Way") would go on to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.

        Got your calculators handy? Let's recap.

        Volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.

        Unpaid intern in Governor's office 8 years.

        LDS missionary in Paris 2 years.

        Unpaid bishop and state president for his church 10 years.

        No salary as president of the Olympics 3 years.

        No salary as MA governor 4 years.

        That's a grand total of 28 years of unpaid service to his country, his community and his church. Why? Because that's the kind of man Mitt Romney is!

        And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income....Obama gave 1%,
        Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%

        This is real character vs....well you know what!

        Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected. At least I know what religion he is, and that he won't desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or squander my money on vacations. I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the "Spending President" has gotten us into. We didn't know that when Obama said he'd give us change, he meant nickels and dimes, and he would get the big bucks. We won't like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney's background can do it.

        But, on the minus side, He never was a "Community Organizer", never took drugs or smoked pot. Never got drunk. Did not associate with communists or terrorists. Nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to damn the USA .

        July 20, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • Mikey

        @Howard – Your timeline is seriously flawed.

        Romney graduated from High School in 1965.
        He spent one year at Stanford (dropped out??) to 1966
        Then two years as a missionary (required) to 1968
        Then three years at BYU to 1971
        Then four years at Harvard for MBA/JD to 1975
        Then became a management consultant to 1977
        Then took over Bain 1977 to 1999 (or 2002, depending on which Mitt Romney you believe)
        Olympics 1999 – 2002
        Governor of MA 2002 – 2006
        He has been running for President ever since

        That leaves you with 2 1/2 years as a missionary, 2 1/2 years with the Olympic Committee, and four years as Governor, which I don't know if you want to count. If you do, Obama has moe than Mitt's total 9 years just in his public offices, let alone serving as a low paid community organizer.

        I don't know where you get your 2011 donations info, since that return has not been released, but in 2010 he gave about 8% to the LDS church (less than the 10% required to remain in good standing and less than the 10% figure Mitt and Ann keep pretending it was) and virtually no other cash contributions – none to the Cancer Society, Heart Association, symphony, ballet, museums, colleges, NONE, NONE, NONE. A man in his position gets asked to support many causes. I guess he says 'no' a lot. He did give quite a bit of appreciated stock to what looks like someone's private foundation – but I have not done the research on the stock or the foundation yet – and of course there are signifigant tax advantages to donating appreciated property as opposed to cash.

        July 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
      • Howard






        July 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • Mikey

        @Howard – LOL! Obama's second term plans by Dick Morris, who has no way of knowing what Obama's plans are. The FACT that the Obama administration has pushed through or signed into law about 25 different tax reductions and has only pushed through, signed, or supported about 5 tax increases is ignored. You KNOW his plans. It's a conspiracy, right? Just like the NRA nuts who say the proof that Obama wants to take away gun rights is that he hasn't done anything to try to take away gun rights yet. SAY WHAT???

        Let's take a few more of your "tin foil hat" crowd comments about the President:

        "Don't know what religion he is" – Christian – because he says he is. Period. What if I think Romney is a secret Buddhist?
        "Desicrate the flag" – Really? When? Where? In someone's sick mind? Glenn Beck's? Your's?
        "Bow to foreign powers" – First, it is not a sign of weakness to show respect for other world leaders. It is a sign of strength. Arrogance is not an attractive character... and isn't Bush (W) on video walking around holding hands with and actually kissing a Saudi prince? At least it wasn't literally on the posterior – figuratively, maybe.
        "Squander my money on vacations" – First, it's not your money, it's all of ours. Second, the POTUS is never really on vacation – he just works from a different location. Third, it's the toughest job in the world, and he deserves a break, even if it is mostly just a change of scenery. Finally, compared to Reagan and the Bushes, Obama does not take a lot of vacation.
        "We won't like all the things necessary to recover from this debt" – Yes, and it's the Conservatives who are balking at making sacrifices to recover from the debt. Look back to how we paid off most of the World War II debt. It's called paying taxes. But the current spoiled, selfish right has almost nothing in common with the "Greatest Generation".

        July 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Andre

      You can call it political if you like, just like Obama's cancelling campaign stops to honor the Colorado incident. But I call it CARING. It's apparently something Republicans have forgotten about; if you're not making money it's not important right?! Clowns, the whole lot of you.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • Lionel

        Thank you Andre - Obama Cares

        July 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • Howard


        July 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Frank

      I don't know if you read the article but Barack Obama was ASKED to go, he did not request himself. Why do you have a problem with a man that will support the campaign for a minute of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich. Theres no politics in that.
      No one asked Romney to go to Israel though, so think about that, is there any politics in that? I think so. Grow up. This only proves to me that you have nothing bad to say about Obama. Because the only thing you said so far is false.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  2. Thinker23

    The President of the US has everything to do with the Olympics. You will be amazed to discover that leaders of each and every country participating in the Olympic games has something to do with it. Further, if you believe that this declaration of Obama will make him look good in the eyes of American voters you must agree that this declaration is a right thing to do...

    July 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Let me guess, you'll be voting for Obama. This is a no brainer move, what's he going to say, "Let's not do a moment of silence"? He'll be lucky if he gains one vote for this.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • ChicagoSuz

        If it was such a no-brainer, why didn't it happen for 40 years? The better question is: Why won't Rominee take a stand on this?

        July 20, 2012 at 3:15 am |
      • wolfonthelam

        and this just helps to illustrate the republican versus democratic viewpoint... Everything that is done, whether right or wrong, is a move to try to gain votes. Sometimes a president, whether you agree with his viewpoint or not, does the right thing because he (someday 'she') believes it's simply the right thing to do. Because you, and so many other people on either side of the aisle, have this football team, tunnel-vision approach of 'my team is always right...') It'll take a few years before you retroactively agree with thoughtful, prudent decisions. When this time comes you'll all say, "Well, Obama did X and Y right, but got Z wrong." but the truth is you, like all Republican supporters over the past 40-50 years, will be capitulating to the unstoppable progression of history; whether it be in regards to race, sex, sexual preference, or religion. As your bigotry and simple-mindedness takes root, the world moves on and understands that progression is evolution is the natural order... it won't be too long til we're burning your bones to power our automobiles.

        July 20, 2012 at 7:00 am |
      • mike proctor

        DAMN!!! ANOTHER DUMB ASS SPEAKS!! Again President Obama/2012

        July 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • demsrules

      Rumor has it that Romney, the outsourcing king, allegedly left Bain Capital to "save" the Salt Lake City olympics. One tax return produced, all of those people lost their jobs and homes because of him, socializing with crooks like Trump and others trying to buy votes for their gain, off shore accounts and investments in foreign enterprises. They guy will step on top of you because you are not in his class either! Although you'll vote for him, he could give a rats - about you or your family! Just ask the people of Massachusetts. Oh yeah! Any many whose wife speaks for him, does not deserve to be president of anything but the Girl Scouts of America!

      July 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
      • wayne

        do you have a life or do you complain about that too.

        July 20, 2012 at 1:34 am |
      • Steveo

        Socializing with crooks? You don't want to have this discussion about who has socialiized wiith whom! You really don't!

        July 20, 2012 at 9:36 am |
      • Steveo

        You in Obama's class or is he in yours? He is rubbing elbows with the elite. Are you? Secondly, too bad Mrs. Obama has NEVER spoken for her husband's policies or presidency!

        What you are doing is what we call ....grasping for straws!

        July 20, 2012 at 9:41 am |
      • jerry

        I think you mean obama is the outsourcing King and he is the one who hangs with criminals...got you names crossed...or you are just not to bright.

        July 20, 2012 at 10:08 am |
      • Andre

        Funny thing, I did a little research, and even Republican Presidents all the way back to Reagan and further have released at least 4 years of their tax returns; that's not accounting for President Obama who released 10 years, Biden who released tax returns since 1998, Bush 2 and Chaney who released 8 (btw McCain and Palin only released 2 years), and even Rick Santorum and RICHARD NIXON released 4 years. So you keep on saying the same things, Rethugs. To "Steveo," no one's saying anything's wrong with making money. Most of the President's wealth (besides him being an educator) comes from his book sales. To close, a quote from the President in his inauguration speech:

        "Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met."

        Give the man a 2nd term and I am willing to bet you will see results. Notice that "They will not be met easily or in a short span of time" part? Yeah, impatience is the American way of life, and part of the reason we're in the mess we're in. Clowns.

        July 20, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • Steveo


        Who said it was wrong to make money? We ALL have that opportunity yet not all takes advantage of it!

        "GIVE the man...."? THAT i ste single most glaring problem right there! While you expect me to "Give a 2nd term", I expect him to EARN a 2nd term!

        July 20, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  3. Boot

    Jon dude are you serious? Mittens would be all over this if he were president instead of being a loaf of wonderbread.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • ChicagoSuz

      You must've missed this: 'According to Yahoo News, spokeswoman for Mitt Romney Andrea Saul said "the Republican standard-bearer had taken no public stance on the issue.”'

      July 20, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  4. norma jean.


    July 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • wayne

      good post but why should obama approve the tribute? he is the president of the United States, he should be involved in the tribute but he should not imply that he is the approving authority for the tribute.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  5. Happy1

    I'm wondering why a stand by anyone is necessary, The fact that Mitt has to think about where he stands on something so obviously easy says a lot about him, the coward. When you're president you have to be able to think on your feet. This is such a basic requirement I can't imagine why anyone thinks Mittsy is qualified for the job. I guess this kind of stuff is overlooked when there are so many bigger flaws, like he's a draft dodger, he likes to fire people, he thinks corporations are people (soul not a requirement "my friend"), he's a tax evader, and then there's that aire of entitlement. The Missus let out their real feelings, "you people".

    July 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  6. jameni

    Yes,Republicans, everything Obama does is wrong. He walks wrong,chews his food wrong, looks at you wrong, talks wrong, wears his shirt wrong, even sits wrong. We know you hate the guy.Let's move on.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  7. rashad

    HE DID "saved" the olympics in Salt Lake City

    July 20, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • mike proctor

      With the help of the US Government and American taxpayers money or did anyone already know this how he save the olympic the same Government he states that should be cut in all social programs to the poor. Also jerry your comments are showing how stupid you are to the whole world.

      July 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  8. jerry

    never to miss a political media blast....and yet he hates Israel and proves it daily....sorry O'barry thinking people don't buy your cheep tricks... you (obama) have the haters in your pocket...those of your ilk.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Mikey

      "and yet he hates Israel and proves it daily" – You make a silly, ridiculous, unsupportable comment like that and then want to hold yourself out as a "thinking person". Sorry, NO. ...and you clearly are one of the "haters" – it just shows through.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  9. DEcember 2012



    July 20, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Andre

      Repugs were complaining that he loves Israel too much, and now he doesn't love them enough? Make up your darn minds! If anything is for Obama we're AGAINST it! That's the Republican motto, and I wish the sheep wouldn't take up this position. But they do. Oh, do they ever.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  10. demwit

    Obama is right. We should give the Israels a moment of silence. And just hope for the best in Syria.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  11. judy

    classy president. Mittens is not cancelling any fund raiser for today. And silent on the olympic tribute. Gee I am shocked!!! Not! He is waiting to be told by his handelers what to do. Howard stevo,jerk off jerry and the rest you are backing a lying snake oil salesman and you know it. Try tax returns and outsourcing . What no commemt? Lets just bash the president and make like this never happened. Hopefully the americaNn people will see through ol milktoast and his crones. Obama 2012 Forward

    July 20, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Steveo

      Have you confused your name calling for an argument? OK! Good luck with that!

      Tax returns are but a distraction! As far as outsourcing jobs do you mean GE or the federal government or both?

      July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  12. drod

    "the Republican standard-bearer had taken no public stance on the issue.” Really???

    Mitt can't help playing it safe on everything. At least Obama made it clear where he stands. Mitt not so much.
    Mitt can't defend his Massachusetts record, his Bain record, or his tax record. Mitt is done.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  13. drod

    Americans have not forgotten and they will never forget that the failed Bush-Republican experiment caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Their policies brought about the Great Recession that the country is still trying to recover from. Obama has been working on the Recovery despite Republican Obstructionism since day one.
    Americans have not forgotten and that's why Obama will be reelected to continue the Recovery because he is doing what's best for the country unlike the Republicans.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Steveo

      Nice drod, Failed experiement?

      Please then explain why Stockton and San Bernardino, Ca BOTH under Dem/Lib leadership (local and state) are going bankrupt? Explain the Veep's home town of Scranton, Pa (under Dem leadership) placing public sector workers on minimum wage? You bet, there was failure. You are just confused on whose guilty. You guys got punked by the unions!

      July 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        When the economic bottom literally fell out FORECLOSURES BOOMED EVERYWHERE. You keep forgeting that big piece of the picture. I know, I know, it doesn't serve you and Howard and Frank.
        Foreclosers, businesses included = lost tax revenue. Simple math for simpletons.
        I guess you all didn't see the train coming like we were warned it was. Same for the States and the Feds. Wall Street and the banks got greedy and had the system rigged to regulated their own regulators, paying them to give them AAA ratings from Standard and Poor and the other ratings agencies who were competing against each other for the banks rating business. States and cities took their pooled money for retirements/benefits and invested in what looked like AAA safe havens to grow their money which turned out to be disasterous when the AAA rated 'junk- nonexisting air-money backing' wiped them out. States and cities both had loans for infrastructure projects and the equipment it takes to run the vehicles for the police, firefighters, street repair to keep pace with a growing population which had also been duped by banks into buying property that is now worth half of what it was when they bought it. People losing jobs with the cities and states and businesses because there wasn't the money they were counting on coming in. Everyone pretty much got hung out to dry.--How come you guys NEVER BITCH ABOUT THAT?? Because you are too dumb and delusional, willfully dopey, and worst of all – irresponsible dunderheads.
        A point made by Newt Gingrich during the debates to Mitt -"You even invested in FANNY and FREDDIE!!"
        Also, news coming out that Bain was started with funds from foreign entities. Yeah, an ALL-AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY.

        July 21, 2012 at 10:28 am |
      • Steveo

        @Cynthia L,
        i know all that happened yet you and yours seem to want to hang all this on the GOP! You seem to forget how the Clinton Administration forces to lower lending standards. Yet somehow THAT did not contribute? Higher demands by public sector unions did not contribute? Lots of factors contributed and yes the policies of the left is included.

        July 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  14. romneycares less

    Thank god for the POTUS!
    OBAMA 2012!

    July 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  15. marty

    Just another web conversation that people mistakenly believe should be turned into something more than a web conversation, like occupy.

    July 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  16. ronjayaz

    I dont remember if ALL the other Olympic events since 1972 have had the moment of silence but it sure wont help Rmoney's ('our money' spelling to recognize that he paid only 15% taxes & Buffet's hard working secretary paid 35%) trip to Israel. As an O'Bama supporter (spelling is his Irish heritage on his mother's side) Rmoney's silence stance recalls the quote: Silence is assent.

    July 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  17. Enrico

    It must be an election year! Have to get the Jewish Vote, so has to support a ridiculous request. The horrible attack happened 40 years ago, the athletes were remembered then with a memorial service in front of 80000 people. Enough! Turn the page Israel, and stop playing the world's victim, it is really getting old!

    July 26, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • Irma

      john,I could lead the cuontry. You could too. Heck, if George Bush can lead the cuontry for six and a half years now, ANYBODY can. But when you hear a candidate state that he would like to see Guantanamo's Camp X-ray doubled in size, you really have to question just what kind of leader that candidate is portraying himself to be. Certainly not one that understands the real world around him. Maybe conservatives just don't realize how terribly detrimental our torture policies are. Conservatives applauded Romney's Gitmo comment. Unfortunately, that is a blight upon our fine nation, a cancer that is destroying us, and we're not even realizing how badly it is destroying us.

      October 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm |