This is my history project for Mr. Matthews’ Honors History class. I think it deserves AT LEAST an A. NOTE: This is about athletics in 1980, NOT the Oakland Athletics in 1980. That’s a whole different topic entirely!
US Politics and its Impact on Athletics in 1980
September 24, 2015
In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter boycotted the Summer Olympic Games because it was in Moscow. Moscow is the capital of Russia, but at that time Russia was called The Soviet Union. Some people will abbreviate the words Soviet Union, but it was not called S.U. It was called USSR. In USSR, they called it CCCP. The reason for this is they have a different alphabet in that country. That is not why Jimmy Carter banned the Olympics. Jimmy Carter said we won’t play in the Olympic Games because we don’t like the Russians. The was a very controversial statement at that time. America was at cold war with CCCP. Cold wars do not have anything to do with snow. Second of all, it wasn’t even cold because it was the SUMMER games. So, when you think about a cold war, think about a war without shooting because that is basically what it was. Instead of killing people, you fought your enemy by not sending your best athletes to their country to run the 400m.
“In July 1980, a public opinion poll showed that only 21 percent of Americans approved of Carter’s performance, the lowest score on record for any president.” (2013 World Book Encyclopedia Volume 3 p. 257). That’s the worst score in history, you idiot! Mr. Matthews said George Bush had the lowest score but this is EVEN WORSE. The only good news about this is that Mr. Matthews was wrong. Everyone hated Jimmy Carter because he did not send the Americans to fight the USSR in the Olympic Summer Games and so he was removed from power. He never became the president again.
“One of the problems that became increasingly obvious to us was the almost universal discrimination against women, not only in America but throughout the world.” (Jimmy Carter, Beyond the White House p.233) Well, you discriminated against women when you did not let them play in the Summer Olympic games so that makes you a misogynist. I don’t hate women. For example, I like the girl that use to work at Subway (If you are reading this, my name is Travish and you can follow me at @kingtravish), Anastasia, and the Chive girls. However, I do NOT like Stephanie McMahon Helmsley because of numerous reasons too numerous to mention. I will say this: I hope she gets beat up by Ronda Rousey. I almost forgot! I also like Ronda Rousey. I ALSO like, Sam the astronaut. Her name is Sam, even though that is a man’s name. Her real name is Samantha Cristoforetti and she is a spaceperson (you can’t say ‘spaceman’ anymore because now women live in outer space, too.)
Here is some hard hitting research: I have broached the question everyone was afraid to ask (Did the president think US athletes were going to lose). But first, here is one more follow up point before I drop the hammer: There is one other woman that I don’t like and she is that old woman at the library that always takes away my doughnuts.
Now I am going to drop the hammer. THE RUSSIAN HAMMER!!
In an interview on July 19, 1996, Lloyd Cutler, the White House counsel for Jimmy Carter in 1980 “recalled that the Soviets had installed ‘90 million television sets’ to enable citizens to watch the Games, which Moscow had billed as ‘their contribution to peace.’ He said that Carter was persuaded that under such circumstances the boycott might foster internal questioning among Soviets.”
Lloyd Cutler is related to Michael Cutler and Jason Cutler because they all have the same name. Jason Cutler once said in Over the Top to Lincoln Hawk, “Damn you.” Lincoln Hawk responded, “No. Damn you.” (Over the Top). I feel like saying this (“Damn you”) to Jimmy Carter for ruining the Summer Games. It is also worth noting that no one boycotted the World Armwrestling Championship in Las Vegas.
Here is the best part of this saga, “To try to build support for the boycott in Africa, Carter sent American boxer Muhammad Ali on a goodwill tour through the continent to persuade African governments to join. The trip backfired, however, when Ali himself was talked out of his support of the boycott during the course of his meetings.” (http://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/qfp/104481.htm)
HAHAHA Jimmy Carter, you are the biggest IDIOT! Muhammad Ali had won a Gold Medal for boxing in 1960, but he threw it in the Ohio River (Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, My Own Story). Likewise, Jimmy Carter threw away his own presidency by making so many stupid decisions like boycotting the Summer Games. Ali was too smart to play Carter’s game, so he basically stuck his middle finger up at Jimmy Carter, Stone Cold style. And, as for games, the best game is Donkey Kong, but I also like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
The vice president at this time was Walter Mondale. He loved the idea of a boycott of the Summer Games and said it “could capture the imagination of the American people.” (http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2014/02/10/the-failed-carter-boycott-of-the-1980-moscow-summer-olympics/)
Well, Walter Mondale ran as Vice-President in 1980 and he lost 489-49 (public record). He was never Vice President again.
Walter Mondale tried to become the President of the USA in 1984 and he lost 525-13 (public record). I don’t need to source these statistics because they are a matter of public record. It is a matter of public record that boycotting the Summer Games was the stupidest idea alive (public record).
Let’s revisit how STUPID this was: “Julian Roosevelt, an American member of the International Olympic Committee, asserted, ‘Any boycott isn’t going to change the Soviets’ mind and isn’t going to get troops out of Afghanistan. I’m as patriotic as the next guy, but the patriotic thing to do is for us to send a team over there and whip their ass.’” (http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2014/02/10/the-failed-carter-boycott-of-the-1980-moscow-summer-olympics/)
This reminds me of when the Rock whipped John Cena’s candy ass at Wrestlemania 28. John Cena, if you are reading this, no one likes you (public record).
The most controversial aspect of Jimmy Carter’s actions are that he possibly did not do this as a tactic of being in a cold war. Let’s examine the question together: did he prevent US athletes from going to the 1980 Olympic Summer Games because he was afraid they would lose?
Resolved: Yes. He thought they would lose.
This is highly likely and backed up by A LOTS of evidence. I will present the evidence to you but you have to make your own decision as to his motives. (This is not a persuasive paper, but we have to examine all the possibilities. This is a history research paper). When considering the facts, one must use a measuring stick. That means everything has to remain constant. So, it isn’t fair to compare the 1980 basketball team to the 1960 hockey team. No. They have to be the same sport. The sport I will use as my measuring stick is wrestling.
Well as you can see, there were many powerful Russians back then and they always killed Americans or won the Unites States Championship. Jimmy Carter knew this. Jimmy Carter was the President of the USA, so you know he wasn’t an idiot. He knew if the USA went to Moscow to play in the Summer Games the results would be that the USA would lose or die.
I tried to find more compelling evidence to demonstrate Jimmy Carter was afraid the USA would lose, but my hard-hitting research did not find any, and the librarians I spoke to were idiots.
Jimmy Carter, Beyond the White House
Over the Top
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, My Own Story
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link