Amer­i­can revo­lu­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

OK, let’s get this straight: Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton thinks Pres­i­dent Bush should boy­cott the open­ing of this sum­mer’s Olympic Games in Bei­jing.

Her Repub­li­can op­po­nent (as op­posed to Mrs. Clin­ton’s Demo­cratic op­po­nent) John McCain says he would not at­tend the open­ing cer­e­monies with­out Chi­nese con­ces­sions to­ward Ti­bet and the Dalai Lama.

The ever-hope­ful Demo­crat Barack Obama, mean­while, says the Bei­jing Olympics rep­re­sent an op­por­tu­nity for China to show the world what pos­i­tives it has ac­com­plished over the past sev­eral decades.

As for one of the of­fi­cial 2008 Olympic artists — Mark T. Smith — he is go­ing to China. In fact, the Mi­ami-based artist will un­veil his of­fi­cial Olympic paint­ing right here May 20 at Teatro Goldoni restau­rant on K Street, where he will be sign­ing posters of his cre­ation.

“Al­though my work is not specif- ically de­signed to be a so­cial or po­lit­i­cal state­ment, I will at­tend the games and may have the op­por­tu­nity to make my views known through the me­dia cov­er­age of the event,” Mr. Smith says.

As for the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the 2008 games, he points out that “change comes in many forms, and through a wide variety of con­tri­bu­tions [. . .] My way is artis­tic.”

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