The Olympics turns out to be mixed blessing for Mitt Romney’s candidacy. On the one hand, he touts his role in running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City as if that were a major accomplishment and, for reasons that escape me, the media seem to take it at face value though it is not clear what running the Olympic games has got to do with one’s ability to be a good president.
In addition, people talk of him ‘rescuing’ it, but the fact that he took over $1 billion from the federal government to bail it out seems to be ignored.
His other misfortune is that it was this year of all the years in which wife’s horse qualified for the dressage event. People wearing top hats and seated astride dancing horses is not exactly the kind of image that sits well with anyone other than the one-percenters. However much Romney may try to pin this on his wife and distance himself from it, the timing of the Olympics cannot be helping.
Stephen Colbert tries to help him out of this embarrassing situation.
(This clip appeared on July 30, 2012. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)