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Congressman Rohrabacher’s Statement On Pres. Bush’s Intent To Attend ’08 Olympics

Sep 7, 2007

Washington, Sep 7, 2007 - Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) released the following statement today in response to President Bush’s “anxious” acceptance of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s invitation to personally attend the 2008 Beijing Olympics:


“If this were 1936, would President Bush be anxious to sit next to Adolf? The President’s presence in the Communist Party’s skybox is certainly contradictory to his so-called commitment to democracy in the Middle East or his emotional expression of concern over the genocide in the Sudan.

“Maybe it would be too much to expect President Bush to whisper in the ear of the Communist Party elite the pleas of the Chinese citizens who are continually persecuted and imprisoned because of their inability to freely express religious or political beliefs. President Bush doesn’t have to travel to the world’s worst human rights abuser to enjoy a sporting event.

“One bit of advice Mr. President, I wouldn’t be so anxious to use the toothpaste in your hotel room.”

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