If you stand straight Do not fear a crooked shadow.
- Chinese Proverb, Anonymous Saying of Chinese Origin
Watching the Olympics from the opening ceremonies to the first couple days of competition, I could not help but notice all those empty seats in the background. A quick Google image search for ’empty seats London Olympics’ pulled up the following for the first dozen thumbnails:
As you’re watching the events, it’s a bit distracting as your eyes drift to the background and you start thinking to yourself, these are the friggen’ Olympics, the greatest sports spectacle on Earth, what is with all those empty seats? And it becomes even more awkward as NBC’s lack of any mention turns those empty seats into the elephant in the room (or in this case, the elephant at the venues.)
And no slight to the British military, because if anyone is well-deserving of free tickets to the Games it’s them, but the more the organizers try to fill those large empty sections with large groups of soldiers, the more glaring the lack of turnout becomes.
Amidst that backdrop of empty seats, I couldn’t help but think about the comments of a certain candidate for president who said:
It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out.
to which the mayor of London in front of a crowd at Hyde Park replied:
I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. He wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are.
over which the media back in the US gleefully trumpeted the news of the British media’s fake outrage.
Even though Romney was only addressing the security fiascos reported by that very same media, there’s no denying that it was not a smart thing for him to voice those doubts about the host country, but how utterly predictable for the media to go wall to wall with coverage of Romney’s gaffe within hours and then draw it out for days on end (this from the very same Obama-loving media which buried Obama’s “you didn’t build that” insult to business owners for five straight days.)
So while Romney was ill-advised to wonder aloud how the London Games would turn out, how interesting is it to see that turnout itself has been – how do I put it diplomatically – less than impressive?
Can you imagine if it had been Obama Himself who had been The One wondering how things would turn out? Right now the Obama State Media would be reveling in their amazement at how Dear Leader Obama could have been so brilliantly clairvoyant, so divinely prescient in voicing His doubts over the turnout at the London Olympics.