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.”