Obama continues to show Olympic pride
President Barack Obama holds a basketball given to him by the 2012 NCAA Champions University of Kentucky men's basketball team in the East Room of the White House in May
August 9th, 2012
07:18 PM ET

Obama continues to show Olympic pride

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN)—President Obama continued to show his Olympic spirit with an unannounced stop at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility here on Thursday where he said he “couldn’t be prouder” of all U.S. Olympic and Paralympics athletes.

He also took time out to congratulate the U.S. women’s soccer and water polo teams for their gold medals.

“We have to give a special shout out to the women’s soccer team today avenging the loss in the World Cup,” Obama said.

The USA beat Japan 2-1 in the Olympic final at London’s Wembley Stadium. As the president toured the facility, a television in the background showed the medal ceremony.

During his tour, he met with future U.S. Olympic and Paralympics hopefuls with stops in two different gymnasiums filled with young athletes training for sports such as wrestling and pentathlon. In the wrestling gym, he had to remove his shoes in order to walk on the mats. As he put his shoes back on, he noted “No holes in my socks. My grandmother would be proud,” he joked.

Before his visit to the training facility, the president spoke to several thousand people attending a campaign rally on the campus of Colorado College. He started his remarks with somewhat of a spoiler alert for the U.S. women’s soccer game.

“For those of you who are curious, the women are doing pretty good right now in soccer. I know some of you may be, the game is not over, and some of you may have DVR'd it, so I'm not going to say anything more. But we're making progress,” Obama said.

While President Obama did not attend the Olympic opening ceremony, he has been watching many sports and has made several comments about the games in speeches over the last two weeks. The White House announced today that Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations will lead a delegation to London for the closing ceremony. The delegation also includes the president’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, as well the president’s former personal assistant Reggie Love.

Topics: Colorado • Olympics • President Obama

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Thank you Mr President. The American Olympians appreciate your support

    August 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • bb

      Democrap, pull your head out they dont him there either, nor his wife, if fact noone wants them around

      August 10, 2012 at 9:12 am |
      • Howard

        Why believe your own experience of paying more for everything, layoffs, inflation, and a shrinking economy ... when Obama and the main stream media keep telling you everything is getting better ... oh that's right, you believes what Obama tells you over your own eyes and ears. Conclusion ... you deserve to be lied to ... and, you deserve the coming economic melt down, and accompanying hardships ... but, don't worry about George Clooney and Anna Winter ... they will still be able to afford their lives of luxury.

        August 10, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • DHo

        Pleae speak for yourself – and preferably in a more appropriate venue

        August 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • Ram Riva

        Just show support for the olympic athletes and your President....grow up...if that's possible....get out of your hatred political world.....GWBush was a terrible President.....real Americans supported him ....regardless of party....why??....because he was the President of the United States of America....be a proud citizen....if you ever learned that in school....grow up!!....

        August 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Howard


      August 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Cj

      Hmmm I wonder if he is proud of the US Shooting team? Voting for President Obama was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I won't make that mistake twice.

      August 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  2. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    You go Mr. President!

    August 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Paul Djuma

      You are the best Mr. President. All our Olympians Team really appreciate your support.

      August 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Howard

      YEAH MR. PRESIDENT ... GO !!!

      If obama is so far ahead of Romney, then why is he running such a desperate advertising campaign, remenicent of a candidate who is running scared? ... Probably because Obama knows that once Romney is allowed to spend his post convention campaign funds, Obama can loose it all. Obama is arrogant and pompous, when Romney's hands are tied behind his back ... and, when Obama believes he has the advantage in campaign funds. Obama's disgusting false accusations directed towards Romney, makes it obvious that obama will stoop to any depth, to hold onto his power. Good bye, and good riddance Mr. Obama !!!

      August 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  3. DEcember 2012


    August 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  4. walt brukie

    yeah, he doesn't want any of that no flag pin on the lapel thing making news now, or having 'chelle talking about how's she suddenly proud of American.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  5. manhattanfarmers

    "Obama's continues to show Olympic pride"

    Did you fail eight grade English? Does CNN have editors? Or is it editor's? I can't remember.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  6. manhattanfarmers

    "Obama's continues to show Olympic pride"

    Did you fail eighth grade English? Doesn't CNN have editors? Or is it editor's? I don't remember.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  7. Big Tex

    Your headline must have been written by an illiterate moron.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  8. Will Macavoy

    There is a typo in your headline.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  9. Norma Vessels

    Terrific, President Obama! Thank you.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • bb

      Terrific hes not working on the econmy or terrific hes not feeding Reid who retracted this morning more lies, or terrific hes a lying cheat inept baffoon your pick

      August 10, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  10. joesixpackjr

    Whoever wrote this piece is another CNN Obama worshipper. Enough already. I have to puke.

    August 10, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  11. everydaylistening

    Obama's? Really?

    August 10, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  12. Sri Lankan

    Presidents are usually boring old men who cannot perform and talk only about themselves. This man is not young enough to break Olympic records but he is still refreshingly youthful. And he ENJOYS sports, and I hope he enjoys life.
    Yes, Barak. Some may find your first term disappointing, but not me! I wish there weren't wars, but you are hedged in by the exigencies of politics and you've come through it pretty well.
    I wish you a successful second term!

    August 10, 2012 at 12:27 am |
  13. JustDone

    "Obama's Continues"? WTF kind of kindergarten grammar is that?? No apostrophe and it's plural. Stop contributing to an illiterate culture, CNN!

    August 10, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  14. JustDone

    "Obama's Continues"? W T F kind of kindergarten grammar is that?? No apostrophe and it's plural. Stop contributing to an illiterate culture, CNN! Spend less time censoring your readers' comments and more time editing your own postings.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  15. jerry

    boy I sure get tired of seeing this guys face everyday in the media... empty shirted soulless goof ball....he just has to go back from the corrupt hole he crawled out of.

    August 10, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • bb

      Very well put

      August 10, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  16. Kool-Aid Police

    CNN News Flash: Obama ties own shoe! Details at 11

    August 10, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  17. Judy

    repos are so upset that their boy is down in the polls they are extra vicious today. Thanks for showing pride in the olympics Mr. President. We have seen your tax returns. Mitt and his dancing pony are starring in their own side show lie and shuffel and take it to the caymens. OR Screw the US public for short. Going to have trump speak befor convention. These repo have made a mockery of everything. Let the circus begin you repo clowns. Forward 2012 We need grown ups running this country not rich little boys.

    August 10, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  18. Mark

    "Obama's continues??????" A bit of editing is needed here. "Obamas continue" could be correct (The Obamas,Pres. and Mrs. Obama continue) "Obama's continuing showing of pride" could be correct. The author needs to learn to use punctuation. As for the President, OBAMA 2012

    August 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  19. Tom

    All you Obama haters can go suck the air out of the tires on your cars and trucks.

    August 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Steveo

      Only if it is helium filled! I always wanted that Donald Duck sounding thingy!

      August 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Spoken like a true "tolerant" and "compassionate" liberal.

      August 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  20. neng zong

    Had to switch from a republican to a democrat. There's no decency in the republican party. Just a whole bunch of thugs that's why we are where we are.

    August 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm |