On Friday night, the Opening Ceremonies in Beijing dazzled attendees and TV viewers watching all over the globe. The stage was set for another incredible competition of athletes from countries across the world. This year’s performances thus far have not disappointed. Michael Phelps is on his way to breaking all sorts of Olympic and World records, US gymnasts once again have captured the hearts of Americans, and longstanding rivalries between veteran athletes continue to bring about he best of competitions.
Last night while waiting anxiously for the unbelievable 4×100 meter Men’s Freestyle Relay, I watched Bob Costas interview President George Bush in Beijing(http://www.prnewschannel.com/absolutenm/templates/?a=749&z=4). The President addressed the issue of US-China relations head-on, taking a firm stance on America’s position with China.
The President’s response to Costas’ probing questions was encouraging, as he showed the strong resolve that both he and America possess. This excerpt was particularly interesting:
Bush: First of all, I don’t see America having problems. I see America as a nation that is a world leader that has got great values and leverage, I don’t think you should look at the relationship as one of leverage, I think you should look at the relationship as one of constructive engagement, where you can find common areas like North Korea and Iran. But also be in a position where they can respect you enough to listen to your views on religious freedom and political liberty.”
It is the liberal tendency today for some Americans to criticize the nation’s status in the world. Instead of recognizing America for what it is: a beacon of hope, liberty, freedom, democracy, and principles; some look to the rest of the world to measure our success. How far have we fallen? We are a nation of independence, with every citizen possessing equal opportunity. With such an amazing reality, why should we ever be ashamed of our country? The President’s comments indicate his belief that America is a strong nation, and we must never forget this great truth.