August 26, 2004

USOC asks Bush-Cheney campaign to pull ad

The US Olympic Committee is getting into the Bush-Kerry race for the White House in an unanticpated way.

The USOC is requesting that President Bush's campaign pull an ad that mentions the Olympics, even though the recognizable trademark of the Games, the five rings, does not appear in the ad.

The ad has angered Olympic officials because they feel it hijacks the Olympic brand -- a registered trademark -- even though it does not display the Games logo.

The U.S. Olympic Committee had asked the Bush election "campaign to withdraw the advertisement they are running," International Olympic Committee spokeswoman Giselle Davies told reporters.

The television advertisement, ahead of the presidential elections in November, does not feature the five Olympic rings -- one of the world's most recognizable images -- but an announcer tells viewers that at "this Olympics there will be two more free nations," referring to the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq under Bush's presidency.

The IOC reinstated Afghanistan after the fall of the tyranical Taliban regime, and Iraq was reinstated this year after oppressive ruler Saddam Hussain was removed from office.
(Courtesy Barking Moonbat)

Posted by mhking at August 26, 2004 06:20 PM

I think the campaign should let Cheney give the response.

Posted by: McGehee at August 26, 2004 06:32 PM

I second that emotion!

After what the new found freedoms allowed some of the Iraqi Soccer team to voice, perhaps Uday knew these Sadr City dregs better than anyone.

Iraqi Trailer Trash...who'da thunk it! (Oh, yeah! the trailers...)

Posted by: Sergeant America at August 26, 2004 07:50 PM

Don't use the Olympics in commercials? Where was the USOC when they were using the Olympic logo to sell everything from happy meals to winged maxi-pads?

Posted by: Protagonist at August 26, 2004 09:45 PM

When did Michael Moore take over the USOC?

Posted by: Richard @ TBR at August 26, 2004 10:13 PM

Just read that Bush basically told them to go fuck themselves. he was not going to pull the ad. No mention about the horses they rode in on.


Posted by: Vilmar at August 27, 2004 06:56 AM

Just read that Bush basically told them to go fuck themselves.

Oh good -- I got my wish.

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