Thursday, August 26


Okay, let me see if I've got this right. Olympics officials are seething at a campaign ad for President Bush which, they say, hijacks the Olympic brand.

"We are following what is happening and hope this campaign will stop," said Gerhard Heiberg, head of the International Olympic Committee's Marketing Commission.

"We own the rights to the Olympic name and nobody asked us," he said while attending the Athens Olympics."

Olympic Officials Fault Bush Ad

The United States Olympic Committee has asked the Bush campaign to stop using the Olympic name in commercials. Federal law grants the U.S.O.C. exclusive rights to the name.

The campaign recently began running an ad that shows a swimmer, with flags of Afghanistan and Iraq. An announcer says: "Freedom is spreading throughout the world like a sunrise. And this Olympics, there will be two more free nations and two fewer terrorist regimes.''

"We're awaiting a reply," Darryl Seibel, a U.S.O.C. spokesman.

Well, they got their reply this evening. Bush-Cheney '04 will continue to run the ad until the end of the Olympics. Now, since Federal law grants the U.S.O.C. exclusive rights to the name, doesn't that make Bush and Cheney law-breakers? Sue the b******s!


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