Jul 28 2012
Just watched the Olympic opening and I was very impressed. I do have to wonder about some aspects (like the smoke stack backdrop to the modern era). There is so much more the UK and Great Britain could celebrate – but OK, no big deal. The themes were good, the stagecraft good, the pace excellent (note to future openers, keep the music track fast paced!). All in all, a great opening.
But for an event that is supposed to be beyond, devoid or outside politics, NBC was a frigging disaster. At every chance we were reminded of politics ancient and new. I was about ready to mute Costas and NBC because they had to continuously bring up political issues in a non-politicel venue. It was grating to say the least.
And then there were the Obama campaign ads. Talk about tone deaf!
Why should we be barraged with Obama’s lame walk-backs of his rampage against individual success – especially associated with the Olympics! All I could think of is “did you win that gold medal? well you did not achieve that by yourself’….
NBC and Obama kept ruining the core tenant of the Olympics. Which is to take a break from politics and celebrate the individual. Sad. Really, really sad.
Update: I should add the leftist undertone of the ceremony was a bit thick. The tribute to the National Health Service was really bad. There are so many true British achievements – poor medical service just doesn’t seem to the one most would pick. I bet that one rebounds a bit. But it was their Olympics to open as the please. It would have been better if there was no commentary from NBC than than the dribble we had to sit through last night.