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Channeling Romney's 2002 Olympic remarks

Published: August 12, 2012

In response to Robert Johnson (Your Views, Aug. 8): While Johnson may think he's being witty and well-informed in his tongue-in-cheek letter about Olympians' accomplishments, he's neither. He says Olympic athletes didn't get where they are simply on their own abilities, that along the way they were helped by others in a clear nod to President Obama's comments about businesses being successful due to the efforts of communities, not just the individual business owner.

Johnson's last line about agreeing with Obama and Elizabeth Warren is sadly misdirected as he's actually agreeing with Mitt Romney, who told the Olympic athletes in 2002: “You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power.” Romney said after congratulating the athletes, “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them.”

Johnson didn't come up with that letter all by himself. Romney helped him by writing it 10 years earlier.

Lance Lillard, Oklahoma City