Obama "Somewhere Between Indifferent and Complicit"

in the current state of Big Time College Sports.


So says Jeff Greenfield:


It is the premise of President Obama’s re-election: We have a choice to make between a candidate who favors the privileged, the comfortable, the powerful, and a candidate who wants a country where, as Obama has said repeatedly, “everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”


As Obama sees it, the more affluent should pay higher taxes; big banks should stop playing fast and loose with exotic, risky bets; tycoons shouldn’t be allowed to put their thumbs on the scale of political campaigns with unlimited, untraceable money.


But there’s one arena, dominated by a privileged, insular few, where rampant hypocrisy and exploitation reign, where an obsession with conquest overrides the most basic standards of fairness, and where Obama has stood somewhere between indifferent and complicit. It’s the arena of big-time college sports. And therein lies a tale.

I suppose if the President had focused on fixing college sports he wouldn't have had time to turn ours into a nation of bankrupt socialists, sour with envy.


OTOH, Internet content kiddoes should click and take notes. That's top quality linkbait, from one of dinosaur media's longest serving mammals. 



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Romney's Bad Bad Very Bad Week Becomes


Longer and Badder:


For Romney, the 2002 Olympics anecdote represents another instance of outsourcing under his stewardship, as President Barack Obama's reelection team continues to assail him for shipping jobs overseas while at private equity firm Bain Capital. It also exposes an embarrassing oversight in allowing the uniforms to be manufactured in Burma, which until just last year was controlled by a brutal military regime.



According to reports in 2002, the decision to outsource the torchbearer uniforms to Burma caused an uproar among human rights advocates and trade groups. It prompted the head of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions to write a letter to the International Olympic Committee, stating that "No responsible organization or body should make use of products originating in Burma."

More on the Olympics from SI

brutusettu's picture

Is this a great country or what? A millionaire developer wants a road built, the federal government supplies the cash to construct it. A billionaire ski-resort owner covets a choice piece of public land. No problem. The federal government arranges for him to have it. Some millionaire businessmen stand to profit nicely if the local highway network is vastly improved. Of course. The federal government provides the money. How can you get yours, you ask? Easy. Just help your hometown land the Olympics. Then, when no one's looking, persuade the federal government to pay for a good chunk of the Games, including virtually any project to which the magic word Olympics can be attached. For the past few years, while attention was focused on the Great Olympic Bribery Scandal-in which Salt Lake City boosters dispensed as much as $7 million in gifts, travel, scholarships, medical care, jobs and other goodies to IOC members (and their relatives and companions) to ensure that Utah's capital city would be chosen to host the 2002 Winter Games-private and public interests have siphoned an estimated $1.5 billion out of the U.S. Treasury, all in the name of those same Olympics.


Hey it wasn't Romneys fault!


Nailed by one of Sully's readers.


Romney was not responsible for this decision! At the time he was on temporary leave from the Olympics and back in Boston. I believe he was taking care of some important Bain business.





Outsourced to Burma?

Jay C's picture

What? There weren't any sweatshops in Brooklyn, or L.A. or even that free-enterprise paradise of the Northern Marianas he could find?


Failure of imagination...

If the Obama team can keep this up


and salt every ground the Romneybot chooses to stand on; his business experience with Bain, the 'magic' he worked on the winter olympics and his tenure as Governor of MA (so far not really tried, for obvious reasons). Then Romney's going to need a game changing veep pick!


Sara? the Donald?



"Something I think most liberals don't understand is exactly how stupid many conservative leaders are." - Matt Yglesias


HankP's picture

maybe he should spend time trying to make reality TV shows classier too.

I blame it all on the Internet

Loose language


Typical for the stump. Obviously he meant to imply that small business owners didn't build the infrastructure that allows their business to develop & prosper, the community did ie. Government. A nothing burger indeed, but the usual suspects will be all over it. But hey, at least ABC published the context so readers can make up their own minds. That won't happen on Fox.

"Something I think most liberals don't understand is exactly how stupid many conservative leaders are." - Matt Yglesias