I worked for the Salt Lake Olympics with John Bennion as a member of the event
ticketing staff and it was a great experience. We were well trained, we had fun,
we got to meet people from all over the world. It was an experience I will never
forget. For a staff that worked only 8-12 weeks, things were so well organized
it was amazing. Mitt has my vote and there's nothing that could persuade me
Well, I knew that the candidacy of Mitt Romney would be a problem for the State
of Utah and the LDS Church, but I newer for a minute thought that the barbs and
slams would come from the Prime Minister of England.
I first met Romney directing traffic at the bobsled venue waving to everyone as
they parked.I don't know if it was his idea or follow-through,
but the SLC Olympics broke tradition by offering single event tickets. In the
past, you had to buy ticket packages that were too expensive for common people
like me. More people enjoyed a piece of the Olympics too when they held the
medal ceremonies at it's own venue at a modest cost. It was the first
Olympics for some time to be an Olympics for the people, not just rich visitors.
MyChildrensKeeper said, "Didn't the IOC already tell Utah not a chance
of getting the games here for many decades to come?"You got it
all backwards. It was the IOC that said SLC was good place for the Olympics.
To the International people, there is no culture difference between Salt Lake,
Denver, Reno, or Montana. They only want what is successful. It was this
optimism from the IOC that made Utah keep their venues despite heavy yearly
costs. Salt Lake has the best chance with the IOC.On the other hand,
it was the U.S. Olympic committee that made it sound like it would be decades
before Utah got another chance. In other words, the US Olympic Committee is not
going to help Utah. I wonder though, if the US Olympic Committee is just
Ask yourself this, what if Mitt never stepped in to SAVE the mess of that
So -- Would a President Romney do the same thing to save America
that he did for the SLC Olympics? --- i.e., Run to Washington and
beg for more $ Money?.huh, what?!...gsap...hey, wait a second!....
Sounds like Mitt is so moody even he can't recognize himself from year to
year. Or even from speech to speech. Do we even want this guy for President? I
would have still voted for President Obama, and I would not have refused to
support whomever was elected, since we have that kind of system. But I would
certainly have felt a lot better had the candidate had been Jon Huntsman, Jr.,
who had some experience, and said what he meant when he said it, if my favored
choice had not won. However, I think the American public will not be hoodwinked.
We will be fortunate enough to have a second term for the President who
understands what most Americans are facing.
Joan Watson. Mr Romney proposes to steer the country out of debt using the same
tactics that were used to get us into this mess. Those who ignore history are
doomed to repeat it.
Obama and Michelle couldn't even convince the IOC to trust them with the
Olympics in Chicago.
Romney didn't save the SLC Olympics; American tax payers are the ones who
saved the Olympics, Romney just went to Washington and picked up the tax payer
money to bail out the Olympics. Romney is trying to sneak the credit for what
the American tax payer did without even mentioning the tax payers bail out of
the olympics. That doesn't seem honest.
"Bennett said when he took Romney around the Capitol to meet key members of
Congress soon after he was hired..." What? Is there a typo here,
or what? Who was hired as what? Did the DN mean "Leavitt" who they
were talking about in relation to his cabinet post, instead of
"Romney?"All in all I thought this was a fairly represented
article showing the opinions of both Romney supporters and detractors.My own opinion is that Romney is a bigger and better "community
organizer" than Obama.Score:Obama 3.5 years of dealing
death-blows to the US economy and whining that he couldn't do more, Romney
0, but a man with a plan who cares more about our nation than about staying in
the private sector where he could be earning more millions.
Whether you happen to personally like Mitt or not, you have to admit that he
understands the economy. He understands that the taxes proposed by President
Obama on the "rich" will provide enough additional revenue to run the
government for a mere 8.5 days. At the same time, it will cost hundreds of
thousands, if not millions of lost jobs. The "rich" will survive, no
matter how much you tax them. It is the poor people that they hire, and provide
with health insurance and retirement plans, and wages that will suffer. Mitt
understands that very well...Barack "somebody else made that happen"
Obama simply does not.
Obama criticizes Romney for buying Olympic jackets from Bulgaria not made in
America. The funny thing is that most congressmen and white house members
including President Obama where shirts, ties, shoes, socks, pants, and underwear
made in China.America is pro-trade and enters into numerous trade
agreements. The not made in America rhetoric falls on deaf ears. Even the US
Military does not have weapon system made 100% in America, because the US has
lost the mfg base to do that. In fact, Japan could prevent the US from
manufacturing high end weapons if they chose to withhold critical parts only
made in Japan. If we outsourced Congress, we could get Senators and
Representatives for $10,000 a year. The savings would be enormous.
And heading the SLC Olympic Games made him a what?....A COMMUNITY
Organizer!And that is the exact mantra the Obama haters use to
dis-qulaify him as POTUS, which FYI - he has been.Experience
ScoreObama 3.5 years, Romney 0.
My take away from this article was Mr Romney and his minions consider themselves
smarter than the rest of us. It was stated on page two. That has
always been my opinion of Mr Romney, that he thinks he is smarter than the rest
of us and that he thinks he is entitled to buy whatever he wants. If at any
time during the campaign, Mr Romney has stood for his principles, I haven't
seen it. He has floated around from one side to the other on most issues which
causes me, at least, to question his honesty, morality, ethics and dedication to
the United States of America rather than the wallet of Mitt. Sorry,
folks, but this is how I see him. I often wish I could somehow see that core of
good that should be there, but the the lying, deceit, and lack of concern for
the less fortunate among us seems stronger. Who am I and why should my opinion
manner. I am a veteran, a citizen, and a historian. The most important of
which is citizen.
"...Utahns who remember Mitt Romney as the leader who turned around the
troubled 2002 Winter Games might not recognize the Mitt Romney running for
president...".Americans who remember Mitt Romney running for
president in 2008 do not recognize the Mitt Romney running for president in
2012.“That’s just not an environment that’s going
to play to Mitt’s strengths, when voters who are nowhere near his
intellectual level are going to decide.”Independents, who will
decide this election, will be interested in the DN featuring Team Romney as
Condescension Central.Romney's supporters in Utah acknowledge
that he could seem somewhat aloof at times, a different image than what the
Olympic leader publicly portrayed with the help of a New York-based public
relations firm.So, the DN, a noted Romney supporter, has presented
voters with a man they might recognize who is aloof as well as condesending. Can we get that New York-based public relations firm on speed
Observing the general honesty and integrity of the Romney campaign, I have come
to the conclusion that Romney has forgotten who he is. And, it's a
unfortunate that he has had to tarnish himself so thoroughly to satisfy an
extremist obstructionist right wing base.Romney's success as
financial manager may not be translated into success as a president. The goals
and objectives and skill sets are completely different. And Romney has amply
demonstrated that his primary interest lies with the wealthy not the poor nor
the middle class at a time when those less fortunate citizens need special
attention. If you vote for Romney you vote against your own interests, unless
you happen to be very wealthy, a member of the privileged "investor
class".Obama has not been a failure. But his success has been
limited by partisan obstructionist Republican opponents at every turn -- A sad
commentary on the decency of the Republican Party to say the least.
I see the University of Utah is doing it's best to help the DNC and the
Obama team find anything they can to smear Romney. If a story by Democrat
activists about something no one remembers from 50 years ago won't work,
surely with boxes of documents to work with they can make up something. It is
no surprise that the university is rushing to get everything in order just to
help. Clearly university types would not want to see cost control and
accountability become the rule of the day.
The only thing I find sad about the article is that Leavitt, Garff and Bullock
were part of the corruption prior to Romney. Why are they quoted at all? If
what they did was not illegal, it was certainly unethical and thus I discount
everything they say. I believe without Mitt, our games were in real trouble.
With Mitt, a smashing success with a legacy left behind that almost no other
host can claim.
Romney acquired and spent, as Olympic Head, as much Federal tax money as he
could get. This is well documented. If I remember correct, $1.3 Billion... and
the Olympics made how much....???? $100 Millionish? That sounds
like typical government/top end math.
I just remember Romney's "Olympic Moment" in the parking lot in
South Weber (buses for the downhill). He did get those buses moving!
Why the spin from Rocky Anderson? That guy said on KSL TV last night that Mitt
has changed and is not the same person he was 10 years ago, and said it in a
negative way. Look at Rocky's change of political party membership,
denounciation of the Democratic Party, personal aggrandizement in running for
president from the "Justice" Party and tell me who has changed? I'll never understand why the press continues to think Mr.
Amnderson is relevant. I guess once you've been mayor of SLC, especially a
devisive one at that, you're important forever.....which is why we also
hear from Deedee occasionally but seldom from Ted or Jake or any of the others
who really knew how to govern.
In ones opinion, if Mitt Romney cannot steer the US out of financial messes,
overwhelming debt, and employed Americans off the government federal and state
doles, then who can? Certainly the present Administration has shown no such
It is not difficult for me to give Gov. Romney some credit for making the 2002
Olympic Games a success. It is not difficult for me to believe he would do a
similar job with the federal government. Waste, deficit spending,
debt, high unemployment, excessive regulations, and a growing citizen population
that wants something for nothing are among the things that need to change; not
to mention wars that take far too long to resolve, a looming energy crisis, and
heated, divisive partisan-ism. I haven't been impressed by much that Pres.
Obama has done with respect to these issues. I am willing to give someone else
a chance as president.
If we are also going to talk about Mitt Rommey's time during MA.. we can talk about his states job creation. 47th out of 50. Or,
the debt MA took on while Mitt Romney served his one term there.
$18 billion dollars. While Mitt Romney was Guv of MA, they were # 1
in state debt out of the country.
I know what John McCain had to say about Mitt Romney and the 2002 Olympics... Title Cost to Host Olympic Games Skyrockets - By Julia
Campbell - ABC news - 09/25/2003 The $1.3 billion in federal
spending is more than double the amount of federal funds —$609
million— that supported the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta. The Atlanta
games cost the city a total of $2 billion, the report said. (sic)
I think it is a disgrace, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz
While I admire Romney's executive management skills and acumen, I really
can't help but think that the successful management of the SLC Olympic
Games was a no brainer for someone with his church affiliation and status. When
you have his experience and wealth, and surround his team with the resources of
the LDS Church - making them available at his beck and call - there really
wasn't any danger in the Games failing.Even a community
organizer, without the status and wealth - so long as he/she was a faithful LDS
member - would have been successful in that SLC environment.
IdahoStranger,If there is one thing I've noticed in life, it is
that anyone can be put in a negative light and it can become so intense that
people refuse to look at the whole story. Romney was governing a very liberal
state and the people were demanding health care. A leader is obligated (unless a
dictator) to listen to the desires of the majority. He gave them healthcare that
is much better than most and is liked by the overwhelming majority of the state.
Romney believes that the Constitution does not give the federal
government the right to mandate health care and that should be left to what the
states want. MA wanted it, they got it.
Interesting Furry1993.I came away with an almost totally opposite
perception. I found it objectionable that the author of the story included terms
like "Bain Maffia" and indicated that Romney may or may not have used
bad language in an argument with a parking attendant. It as much as called him a
nerd.I felt like this was a cleverly disguised hatchet job, produced
to be picked up by the national media.I guess you see what you want
Once again the Deseret News runs a "Mitt is so great" story and
downplays the real character issues Mitt showed (and shows). It appears time
for the DesNews to proclaim itself Mitt's advertising medium in Utah; any
claim to being an impartial news organization reporting on the presidential
campaign and election is just not accurate.
Could the Community Organizer have rescued the 2002 Olympics? NOPE.
Didn't the IOC already tell Utah not a chance of getting the games here for
many decades to come? So why is Utah and the Governor paying an Olympic panels
for 10-20 years and not producing anything for the state in return? Pumping
millions dollars down the drain again on the hope that President Romney, the
Mormon associated with Utah can steer the IOC back to this state.As
citizens we are tired of this state government gambling with our taxes and
putting our state at risk for bankruptcy.Herbert has to go, fire
While looking at Mitt's performance with the SL Olympic Games is useful
regarding his executive and organizational skills, I think it is even more
valuable to look at what he achieved as Governor of Massachusetts. That truly
puts him into a political situation. Of major importance to all
Americans should be RomneyCare. Taking from the "haves" and giving to
the "have nots" - a major re-distribution of the wealth. Taking a cow
from Farmer A who has two and giving it to Farmer B who has none. While Mitt has no individual right to take from A and give to B, he decided
that being Governor somehow suddenly gave him that right. Just like most all
politicians who getting a little authority as they suppose, they begin to
exercise unrighteous dominion.The IRS is hiring 16,000 new agents to
enforce ObamaCare and you still think it is about Healthcare?Google
"Dear Mitt Romney by Dr. Monnett" to find more questions we should be
asking.Answers to Dr. Monnett's questions are being given everyday by
Mitt's actions. Actions do indeed speak louder than words. And the alternative is even worse! Pray that somebody might stumble!