Romney and the Olympics: What the Salt Lake Games say about a Mitt Romney presidency (+video)

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  • Annalaurab Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    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 otherwise.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    July 26, 2012 9:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 26, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 26, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    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 playing politics.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    July 26, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    Ask yourself this, what if Mitt never stepped in to SAVE the mess of that Olympics?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 26, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    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!....

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    July 26, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    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.

  • Mike in Texas Cedar City, Utah
    July 26, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    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.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    July 26, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    Obama and Michelle couldn't even convince the IOC to trust them with the Olympics in Chicago.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    July 26, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    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.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    July 26, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    "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.

    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.

  • terrywbis WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    July 26, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    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.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    July 26, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    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.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 26, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    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 Score
    Obama 3.5 years, Romney 0.

  • djc Stansbury Park, Ut
    July 26, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    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.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 26, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    "...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 dial...ASAP?

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    July 26, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    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.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 26, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    July 26, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    July 26, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    July 26, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    I just remember Romney's "Olympic Moment" in the parking lot in South Weber (buses for the downhill). He did get those buses moving!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 26, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    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.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    July 26, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    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 ability.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    July 26, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    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.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    I know what John McCain had to say about Mitt Romney and the 2002 Olympics...


    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

  • Mahonri Albuquerque, 00
    July 26, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    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.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    July 26, 2012 8:01 a.m.


    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.

  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    July 26, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    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 to see.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 26, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    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.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 26, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    Could the Community Organizer have rescued the 2002 Olympics? NOPE.

  • MyChildrensKeeper Taylorsville, UT
    July 26, 2012 7:03 a.m.

    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 him.

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    July 26, 2012 6:04 a.m.

    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!