日前,在希拉里,欧巴马及麦肯三位总统候选人一致建议布什抵制奥运开幕式,且美国国会以绝对多数通过决议谴责中共暴力弹压藏民和平抗议活动的情况下,布什通过其发言人流露出是否出席开幕式并不确定的信息后,岂料今天, 他又称:”我并不视运会为政治事件,而视之为运动事件” 并称 “我每次会见胡氏均会向他提出人权及宗教自由问题”甚至还说＂我不会因为有人抗议的压力,而改变我的决定＂．同时辩解＂出席奥运是为了美国运动员加油＂．然而, 布什的这些辩解明显难以成立.值得一提的是,继美国著名电影导演和制片人斯蒂芬•斯皮尔伯格宣布不担任北京奥运会开幕式和闭幕式的艺术顾问后，德国总理梅克尔、外长史坦麦尔与德国总统柯勒、波兰总理图斯克、捷克总统克劳斯和斯洛伐克总理费科、爱沙尼亚总统易维斯均陆续发表声明，拒绝出席北京奥运会开幕式。而美国最重要的盟友加拿大总理哈伯，英国首相布朗，法国总统萨尔科齐,联合国秘书长Ban Ki-moon均明示将不参加开幕式，此外,欧洲议会号召欧盟各国政要共同抵制开幕式，是何原因使布什反潮流呢？
布什前亚洲顾问Michael Green, 认为布什将会出席运开幕式,因为他是个”一旦认为自己的决定正确即十分顽固的人。”
Bush Holds Firm on Plan to Attend Olympic Opening
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 12, 2008; Page A09
CRAWFORD, Tex., April 11 -- President Bush suggested Friday that he is unlikely to bow to demands to skip the opening ceremonies of the Summer Games in Beijing, saying he will attend the Olympics while continuing to raise concerns with President Hu Jintao about China's crackdown in Tibet.
In a television interview at his ranch, Bush said he plans to attend the Games to support U.S. athletes, but he did not directly answer whether he will stay away from the opening ceremonies, as some other Western leaders are doing.
"Are you still insisting on going to those opening ceremonies?" asked ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz.
"My plans haven't changed," Bush responded. "But what I find interesting about this, just so you know, is that this isn't a new issue for me. Every time I meet with the Chinese president, and I've met a lot with him, I bring up religious freedom and human rights."
Bush emphasized that he was the first U.S. president to meet with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, and added later: "It says I'm supporting our athletes, is what it says. And I don't view the Olympics as a political event. I view it as a sporting event."
The Chinese leadership had hoped that hosting the Summer Games would provide a public relations bonanza for the communist country. Instead, it has had to cope with escalating protests over its policies on Tibet and Darfur and other human rights issues. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged countries not to bring "irrelevant political factors" into the Games.
Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive GOP nominee, said Thursday that Bush should consider skipping the opening ceremonies unless China drastically changes its policies, and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) took a similar position. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) said Bush should immediately decide not to attend.
Two major U.S. allies, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, have announced that they will not attend the opening ceremonies in August. Brown's office said later that he had never planned to go to the start of the Games but will participate in the closing ceremonies.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also has told China's government that he may not attend the Games.
Boycotts and protests have a mixed history at the Olympics. The most prominent were in 1980, when the United States led a Western boycott of the Moscow Olympics, and in 1984, when the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc nations refused to attend the Los Angeles Games.
Most of the demands for a presidential boycott in Beijing have come from Democrats and human rights groups, such as the Free Tibet Campaign and the Save Darfur Coalition. China is the largest foreign investor in Sudan's oil industry.
But McCain and some other conservatives also have begun endorsing the idea, as well. Erick Erickson, founder and editor of RedState.com, a conservative blog, launched an online petition this week that says Bush's attendance at the opening ceremonies would make him a "propaganda tool" of the Chinese government.
"Our President, who has spent eight years liberating parts of the world from tyranny, should not give the seal of approval on China's behavior -- approval his presence at the Olympics would most certainly give to the Chinese people," the petition states.
Olympic historians say presidential attendance at the Summer Games is a relatively recent phenomenon, noting that most did not go to Games outside the United States. President Herbert Hoover skipped the 1932 Games altogether, though they were held in Los Angele