July 30th, 2008
01:51 PM ET

Would you want to go to Beijing Olympics?

Boatmen sail a replica of an ancient wooden ship on the Yangtze River to mark the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.(PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

How would you like to attend the Olympics starting next week in Beijing? Before you answer, consider the following:

Foreign-owned hotels are being forced by the Communist Chinese government to install software that can spy on hotel guests. Republican Senator Sam Brownback got a hold of a government document calling on all hotels to use the spyware. If they don't agree to monitor their guests' web history, searches, etc., the hotels could face "severe retaliation" – including financial penalties, losing Internet access or losing their license to operate a hotel in China.

There are reports that 22 Chinese gold medalists have been purged from the team, some of them allegedly for "political" reasons.

Ten days ahead of the start of the games, Amnesty International is out with a report that says the human rights situation in China has gotten progressively worse. They claim China is using the Olympics as an excuse to crack down on dissents.

Amnesty says the government has locked up activists, kicked people out of their homes, required some demonstrators to report to the police every week, and detained journalists and bloggers. There is a report today that the Chinese government will block access to certain sites on the Internet as well. Amnesty also says the use of so-called "re-education through labor" camps and beatings in prison have increased.

China says the Amnesty report is unfair and biased.

No banners or whistles will be allowed. No flags of non-participating countries can be displayed. No gambling. No sit ins or demonstrations, no soft drink containers, musical instruments, cameras or radios. No drunkenness or streaking. And dog meat has been ordered removed from all official Olympic restaurants. You can still get a Fido burger, though, at those quaint little out-of-the-way places. And don't forget your gas mask, the air can be pretty foul.

Here’s my question to you: If you had the chance, would you want to go to the Olympics in Beijing?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

George writes:
Not on my best day would I want to go to the country that oppresses its people like China does, and I would not spend one red cent there to prop up their economy. We think we have it bad in America until we get a good eye’s view of how the people of that nation are treated. At least we are going to be able to work our way out of our mess, but the Chinese people haven't a prayer. For Bush to attend is a slap in the face of freedom.

Steve writes:
Jack, I have personally been to Beijing, and several other cities in China. I have also been to 1996 Atlanta Olympics. While the social and environmental situations in China are reprehensible, the Olympics will always be a special, spectacular event, worth watching no matter what problems are facing the world. Yes, I would go to the Beijing Olympics.

Karl from California writes:
Never. My lungs could probably take it, but my conscience couldn't. Their sadistic dictatorial government should never have been blessed by the IOC with this event. Any country that can't welcome worldwide tourism without oppressive restrictions isn't worth acknowledging.

Hugh from New York writes:
No dog meat! No streaking! No way!

Bobby writes:
Yes, definitely. I was in Beijing in March (before the pollution controls were implemented), and I've got to say that the whole pollution issue has been blown way out of proportion. It's really not as bad as what the media makes it out to be. In regards to human rights issues, I simply wouldn't do anything that might make me a target of the Chinese government.

Tracey writes:
Hmmmmm, sounds like a homeowners association, to me.

Eileen writes:
No. Sounds like it's being run by Dick Cheney and the Republican Party.

Bob from Toronto writes:
I'd sooner go to Baghdad.

Filed under: Beijing Olympics
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Tina (Texas)

    I don't think my passport could reach me in time. But I would love to be able to travel to see the great wall and the other interesting scenes of China.

    July 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  2. Bill from Alabama

    No thanks! I've seen enough good people hit the wall during this campaign season,to last me for a while.

    July 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  3. Sam from Philly, PA

    I value my lungs too much to spend a couple of weeks in Beijing.

    July 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Cliff, NYC

    I'd definitely go, Jack. Despite the pollution and the human rights abuses in China, the Olympic games still symbolize one of the few things that the different nations in this world can agree and work together on. I think we need as many things to cooperate on as we can get.

    July 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  5. Jayne

    No. I like to breathe.

    July 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  6. Beth

    Hell yeah I would.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  7. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Beijing? Not a chance.

    But after seeing a recent foodie excursion (on another network) to the countryside and backwater villages of China, esp in Sichuan, I would gladly do that. Hot peppers galore!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  8. Tino


    July 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  9. Becker Dallas, Texas

    Nope. Nada. Negative. Nein. No Thanks and Not gonna happen.
    I am perfectly content sucking in the pollutants in this country without having pay to go abroad to import them into my lungs.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  10. Susan from Ga

    Nope. With every move I would make under scrutiny, why spend all that money, when I can be scrutinized for free here at home? Thanks to Bush, I actually saved some money!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  11. David, Orlando, FL

    Are you nuts? Who in their right mind would want to go to a communist country that is trying to kill us, thinks nothing of throwing people in jail for nothing and is full of air pollution worse than Los Angeles

    July 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  12. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Have they improved their human rights record recently?!

    Have they shared some of their recent wealth with their citizens?

    Have they gotten rid of the green slime/algae and excessive pollution?!

    No! Thanks anyway, I'll rough it out here at home!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  13. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Not on your nellie. I have enough respiratory problems, thank you. Besides, I have no wish to further contribute to the financial well being of the People's Republic. Georgie Bush has done quite enough by allowing them to buy up between 58 and 80 BILLION DOLLARS worth of T-Bills to finance his idiot war in Iraq.

    Pablo In Arlington, Texas

    July 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  14. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    No. I like my lungs the way they are.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  15. Anthony Smith

    Only if Betty and Kyra would accompany me!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    July 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  16. Brian - Trinidad

    Absolutely! Watching the Olympics live is one of the truly enchanting public events you can experience and cheering on your country's athletes in person?Priceless!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  17. Ron Mechanicsville, VA

    Not a chance in Hell! The IOA is corrupt and China should have never been awarded the Olympics. China's abuse of it's own people is to scary for travel there. when you're one in a billion, you have no rights!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  18. Jasmine in Germany

    China is a magnificent country with a fascinating history and culture. But, no Jack, I not interested in visiting the Olympic Games there. I don't think you'd see life as it really is and that's due to the communistic rule. At least Disneyland lets you know you're entering a fantasy world.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  19. Charlene, Henderson Nevada

    Hi Jack! No Thank you, the pollution is horrific!! I will stay home and watch on TV, without having to use a gas mask

    July 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  20. Tanya Kujath Florence Alabama

    Of course, wouldn't most people if they were granted the chance?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  21. byron in vernonia, oregon

    Ordinarily, I like to see things for myself and make up my own mind. But to leave the paradise I live in to go half-way around the world and fight the pollution and the crowds would seem more like a punishment than a vacation. I also don't think governments like China ought to be encouraged or supported in any way. They are a horrible "model" for the rest of the world, politically, economically and environmentally.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  22. Chris, Southern California

    I'd love to go. Being from Los Angeles, I'm already used to terrible weather quality. Of course, my dollar doesn't go as far as it used to and I'd have to take out a loan to afford accomodations and such since Olympic events are incredibly pricey.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  23. Major Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I wouldn't mind if someone would foot the bill......but then again I'm at the Beijing Olympics everytime I walk into WAL-MART.....made in China.......and I know how much love you feel for China.....ps....me too.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  24. Jed in Redding, CA

    Back in 2004 I worked for an electronics department that insisted on playing the Olympics on every TV, 24/7. Trust me when I say that the quarterfinal round of floor exercises between Algeria and Denmark has all the inherent excitement of drying paint. Not only would I not go to Beijing if you paid me, I wouldn't go to the Olympics if they were being held in my backyard. Okay, maybe if they were in my backyard, but I can breathe and drink the water there with full peace of mind.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  25. Michelle- Washington, DC

    Yes, but only if I can bring a gas mask. But there is always that pesky money problem.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  26. Sid --Texas

    No thanks, I will stick to good the good old home grown smog. Besides, what could I find to eat since they have taken dog off of the menu....Rat on a stick maybe........?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  27. Linda, Ruther Glen, Va

    My goodness Jack, is that an invitation your giving me? I'd only go if you were inviting me.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  28. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Yes. I'd like to go visit our money and see what China is doing with it. It might be fun to tour some factories and see how all of our products are made too.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  29. Krishnan


    No, because by the time I book air, hotel, tix in the next 10 days, they probably will ban cnn.com access from china and then I would have a miserable 10 days without you.

    Let alone walking around in a mask, eating things i cant even spell or spending more money in a country that already controls the US economy

    enough....I am happy enough in the good ol' US of A

    Atlanta, GA

    July 30, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  30. Janice Pound

    Yes. In fact Olympics in any country. But only if I can get there in 4 hrs. or less. People are basically the same world over, only governments differ.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  31. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Going to any Olympics is still a great honor, visiting China and getting a better perspective on world events is another bonus, but any time you have the opportunity to be present at a location where President Bush appears, you have the chance to be made into a real genius by comparison!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  32. Esther Marie Cuyahoga Falls OhiO

    No way I like my colors of red white and blue better than smoggy red

    July 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  33. mickey

    I've visited China, lived in India and Chinas' smell is an improement -, hurray for that !

    Smoke NO.. I'll sit home and watch. Thanks.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  34. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    No, I got enough smog when I lived in the Los Angeles area.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  35. Dave

    Yes! If it was on your dime. With the increased prices of food, gas, electric and everything else, I'm not sure if I can continue to afford to feed my cat little alone take a vacation. I'll watch the games on television unless it is Pay Per View.

    Burkburnett, Texas

    July 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  36. Gust A. Nelson

    I've give up endorsing sports of any type. I used to be an avid baseball and football fan until they both went on strike in the same year. It was then I lost all respect for the games.
    I went on my own strike and they never called me back so I figure they don't really need me anyway.
    I come to the conclusion that competition in all aspects of life has led to all of our economic problems and any war that was ever waged (My god is better than your god syndrome.)
    But hey, have a good time in China. What's a little emphysema amongst friends.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  37. Geri Britt

    No. The only thing I have an allergic reaction to is smog. I had to leave California, my birthplace, thirty years ago because of this allergy.
    If I went to China I would have a bronchitis attack that I would never recover from.

    Geri – Mead,OK

    July 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  38. cy gardner

    Absolutely NOT! The Chinese get way too much of my money already, I'm not going to bring it over there and deliver it in person. Also, pollution, repression and the fact that 98% of the Olympics consists of sports I NEVER watch anyway..... I won't even watch on TV. cy arlington, va

    July 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  39. Annie, Atlanta

    Jack, I have no desire to visit a country that treats their own with such little dignity, ever.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  40. Mike Smith, New Orleans, LA

    I'd rather watch it on TV, as long as it isn't Smellavision.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  41. Mike, Vancouver

    Not particularily, I think the crime rate there is somewhat greater than North America and Americans travelling to China will be huge targets as they will stand out like sore thumbs.

    We have a hard enough time putting up with the crime here in North America even though we generally know how it works.

    Over there criminals will not be easily recognized.

    Lose your passport, credit cards or whatever is in your wallet, then what do you do?

    It would have to be a tour in a group and no individual travel.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  42. Mike from Baltimore, MD


    Oh yeah, I'd love to go to the Olympics. I could catch some of the games while breathing in that awesome Beijing smog. Who cares if I permanently destroy my lungs or my breathing capacity?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  43. Jack Blakley


    No. Price of fuel is too high.

    Jack B.
    Bloomington, MN

    July 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  44. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Not in a million years. Too much smog, no concern for human rights, and Communist. I can't understand why they chose to have the Olympics there–looks dangerous to the health of the athletes.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  45. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Sure, I love chinese food.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  46. vern - anaheim ca

    no,i wouldn't ,i hear the smog there is worse than here in los angeles and besides i value my lungs and also i want nothing to do with a communist country

    July 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  47. Debi,

    mmmm let me think mmmm... I'm still thinking
    would I want to go... I'm still thinking Jack.... I guess by the time I make up my mind the olympis will be over with.... come to think of it that would be a good ideal.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  48. Karen from Arkansas

    No, sorry, China is not on my Bucket List!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  49. chuck miller Atlanta GA

    definitely ,the Chinese came here during our Olympics so we return he favour and also both country suck on human rights

    July 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  50. Tom in Desoto Texas

    No thanks. I would go if I wanted to see what it was like in 1900 in the U.S. when all the factories belched black smoke. Some people speak of the "good old days" that air wasn't part of it.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  51. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    I don't care much for the Olympics, I realize that China has some human rights problems, but I would go anyway. I would love to look at the sights, talk to people, go way out into the country and see how they live, eat Chinese food (I realize it probably isn't like OUR Chinese food). and see what there is to see. I wouldn't want to go to Beijing, I'd want to stay as far from those crowds as possible.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  52. Mary CT

    Why bother when I have a 47 inch flat screen high def TV to watch....and at home, China can't monitor my computer, give me asthma, or take my personal money...

    July 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  53. Dick B

    No everything they make I can buy here at a superstore.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  54. Torrance from Los Angeles, CA

    The Olympics is no place for politics, protests, or whining. If I could go I would, and I would not complain about the air quality or my lungs until I’m back here in America.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  55. Dan, Maryland

    There are few things I could never say no to. Going to the olympics is one of them. The others: Going to the Super Bowl, World Series, Final Four or BCS Championship. Oh yeah, and having my answer read on the Cafferty file, but that one's up to you Jack, the others would probably be on my dime.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  56. Sid---Texas

    No thanks. Not only is the air quality bad, they removed dog from their menus. What else besides Rat on a stick is left to consume?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  57. Caryn, Washington DC

    The Olympics is a once in a lifetime experience and I would love to go.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  58. Ralph in New York

    Are you kidding Jack? Go in my place and enjoy the smog.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  59. Nelson

    Sure, I'd love to go. After all, they saved our Olympics when the a lot of the world was going to boycott us. I would be happy to return the favor.

    In regards to the human rights abuses, we need to remember the spa treatments at Gitmo and our invasion of a country because their leader tried to kill our president's daddy.

    I forget, are we the pot or the kettle?

    Somerdale, NJ

    July 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  60. william fitzwater

    No !

    July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  61. Greg in Cabot AR

    The Olympics don’t do much for me but I would like to visit China after the games when things get back to normal but not without ample supplies of Imodium, Pepto-Bismo, Benadryl, Advil, water purification tablets and lots of cash or American cigarettes to bribe local officials.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  62. James, Michigan

    I would love to go. I too believe in Obama's vision and understand that communication with people can be the best ambassador for understanding. I lived in China for a year in Sichuan and I was a great ambassador for America to the common people. Now, there are many that grew to see that not all Americans are what is described by party leaders. In return, I fell in love with the people. I would love to take you in coutry there, Jack. As a fellow Renoite, you too would change your point of view of China and Chinese people.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  63. Venia - PA

    I would love to go to China but have no interest in seeing the Olympics.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  64. alex santiago, brooklyn , ny

    "going to beijing"
    jack, no i wouldn't. i work at a factory here in new york, i get enough smoke in my lungs everyday.

    alex santiago
    brooklyn, ny

    July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  65. Nancy from Indiana

    No way! The way their air problems are over there I would be dead in a day of breathing it!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  66. Bizz in PA

    Jack, after working in a poor ventilated machine shop for 35 years and breathing in polluted air, I definitely do not need to be exposed to anymore.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  67. james tilton


    July 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  68. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Jack – I'd love to visit China just for the experience, and I'd love to see the Games, just not the two of them together. I don't feel that China should have been awarded holding the games there this year. I think they only got them because of the U.S. debt. Maybe we could kill two birds with one stone and give them New Jersey in payment.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  69. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    I would love to go to China, get a job teaching English for a few years, and learn about a part of ltheir culture at length.

    However, if I were teaching in Beijing in August I would not go to the games unless that little Dutch girl who participated in diving a number of years ago were there. Since then, those games have been some sort of a denouement – or, well, maybe I just got older.

    China, yes! Olympics, no!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  70. Will-South Dakota

    No, who can afford to go? Not everyday Americans, the rich and powerful can go...maybe the Chinese can put them to work capitilizing their country.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  71. F. Taylor Ontario

    Not interested in Olympics period. I have this nagging feeling that the elite use these games to promote their financial interests and the taxpayers foot the bill after the dust settles.

    Also I have to wonder what happens to the many thousands of athletes that just fall short of qualifying after dedicating their lives to their respective events. The medalists will do fine with endorsements but they are just a few of the many so my question is where do the many end up?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  72. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    I live in Texas the air is pretty clean here. They might not let me back in to the state if I go and breath in that nasty polluted air, so I guess that is a big fat NO, for me.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  73. Lynn - SD County CA


    July 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  74. Marie

    I think i'll save up for the games in London, thanks. I prefer visiting countries where I have rights.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  75. jerry riverside, ca

    No Jack. First of all I would practically have to empty out my bank account to go. Secondly the threat of air pollution and demonstrations could make it a nightmare.
    The Olympics have become way to politized over the years. There should be permanent sights held in as neutral countries as possible. Switzerland would be the obvious choice for the winter games and perhaps Canada for the summer games.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  76. Tom from Virginia

    Jack –

    My idea of an ideal vacation is not spendig it with a billion of my best friends. I can see what I want to see on TV.

    I would love to visit China someday, just not during the olympics.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  77. Mike - Pueblo, CO

    If I went to the Beijing Olympics, I would take up smoking so I could get my air through a filter. – Mike

    July 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  78. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It wouldn't be worth the expense and the hassle to get there. Besides, you can see the events better on TV, and don't have to put up with the police-state atmosphere or the killer smog levels. Also, personal security, or lack of it, would be a big issue in Communist China.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  79. M Gallo

    Sure Jack, That's on my "To Do" list. It's right up there with attending lectures by McCain and Bush, on how to manage my money.
    M Gallo N.Y.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  80. Clint

    We can't change where the Olymics are located... It's in Beijing. With that being said, we can't allow the location to cheapen the spirit of the games. The Olympics could be held in Darfur, and that still wouldn't change the fact that they are still the Olympics. I realize that its an extreme example, but our athletes train for years just for this opportunity. For us not to support them during the time when they need it the most is a crime against the unity the games try to bring to all of us. I would go... GO TEAM USA!!!

    Harrison, AR

    July 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  81. Monty Squier

    I’ll watch the Olympics on TV, plus I’ve got everything I need from China right here at my local Wal-Mart, and without all of that horrible smog.

    El Paso, Texas

    July 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  82. Kevin

    Jack, I'd rather watch the Olympics on TV. You get the best view that way, and you don't have to worry about travel expensive or pollution.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  83. Carol from Western Mass.

    Heck no, cough cough cough.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  84. Vanessa

    Of course I would want to go to this multicultural, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Polictics should not be a part of this event. We should find a way to include as many countries as possible, even those we don't agree with most of the time. It is a wonderful way to expose ourselves to each other.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  85. Raj, Toronto

    Toronto should have won those games since they had the better plan, will make a profit, and don't have the political and health problems that China has.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  86. Ann from S.C.

    I would love to attend Olympic events. I would love to return to China. However,I don't think I would want to be in that already crowded city during the Olympics. The city is unimaginably large – is it 11 or 13 million people? The pollution wasn't bad when I was there in October. I loved the Chinese people – I don't care for their government, but the people are like people everywhere – they want to be happy and to spend a little more money than they have. (They embrace capitalism with great enthusiasm.) They are very proud of their culture and they like show it off to visitors. I found the parts of the city where our tour guide took us to be spotlessly clean. The Forbidden City was very interesting (to me) and I was absolutely overwhelmed by The Great Wall. My conception of China changed completely after our visit.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  87. Marsha in Kansas

    OK I'll moderate. The new ad for John McCain featuring Brittany and Paris brings to min questions regarding the kind of people he is willing to hire to get his message across.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  88. Jim in Puyallup

    I'm packing right now!!! Thanks Jack!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  89. Paul, Columbia, SC

    This sounds like another time share gimmick. No thanks.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  90. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    No not in China. But, I'm one that thinks that there should be a permeant site back in Greece where it all started. All countries could help pay for it. Maybe then there could be a chance to get some of the commercialism and politics out of the Olympics.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  91. David Richards

    I don't support repressive Communist regimes.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  92. sina shayeghi

    Jack, I can care less if you don't like it.I saved all of my vacations to watch this beautiful event in china.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  93. William Allen


    Yes I would as its one of the events in this world where politics and Religon dont matter, as its a tribute to the young athletes from all over the world, so this is their game and everyone should let them play it.

    William N.B. Canada.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  94. Ryan-Colorado Springs

    No I wouldn't go to Beijing to watch the Olympics. If I wanted a truly polluted Olympic experience, I would rather drive a few miles to the Olympic Training Center and watch the athletes practice while my lips are wrapped around my exhaust pipe. But that would cost too much money to let my car sit at idle that long.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  95. Vinnie Vino

    The only reason I would go to that cesspool of a country for the Olympics is so I could sit next to President Bush and mock him. O' boy would that be well worthwhile...

    C.I., New York

    July 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  96. Barbra

    I was at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, so I know the magnificence of the experience. But now? Absolutely not. I shudder to think of the background checks and investigations that Homeland Security would undertake in connection with such a trip. 4 Different agencies would open files and gather information and intercept phone calls and emails prior to granting approval. Since the Bil of Rights has been unofficially suspended I'll just stay home and watch it on TV.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  97. Janet Toronto

    Not on your life or mine! But, we should send Bush, McShame, Cheney and their whole cancerous group!

    July 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  98. Casey | Missouri

    No, Jack, I wouldn't. I can't see putting money into that country and my lungs probably couldn't stand the polution.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  99. sarah, indiana

    i visited china last year and the pollution in beijing did not really seem that bad too me. it is a beautiful country and the people were very nice and friendly. i did not like the long flights over there though. and i would suggest to any american who is going that you make sure you do not get into a chinese taxi unless you are certain your life insurance is up to date. everyone drives like a maniac there but the cab drivers are completely insane.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  100. kenneth sibbett

    Why not Jack? Maybe we could find some good American food.

    Kenneth Chadbourn, N.C.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  101. Bryan Kansas City, MO

    Yes. That would that be an expensive plane ticket.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  102. Billy G in Las Vegas

    no thanks, Jack. if I want poisonous air, questionable Chinese food, people that can not or will not speak English and nasty policemen I can just go to Los Angeles.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  103. Erico 33139 SoBe

    Jack, from the way it looks, I would love to go as long as I would be provided with an air filtration (portable) system and or an oxygen tank.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  104. David from Menifee, Ca

    NO! I live close to LA and that smog is bad enough. I also feel that's not the safest place on earth.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  105. John, Fort Collins, CO

    No. I would go to Detroit before I'd go to Beijing.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  106. Chris M

    Of course – who wouldn't want to support their country? But I think it's very sad that because of regulations on political protesting at the games – from a country that considers itself to have 'free speech' – that we will never again see such emotion as displayed by Carlos and Smith in the '68 games. They were heroes in their own right, and it is a shame that we will never be inspired in such a way again.

    – Chris M, Apple Valley, MN

    July 30, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  107. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Jack, I would rather see you go with Nancy Pelosi. You need a break.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  108. Frank, Connellsville, Pa

    Don't want to go....not planning to watch. Maybe hitting them in the pocketbook with low ratings will guide some media decision makers to have socal awareness. In the end this will help the IOC as they want to follow the money as well.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  109. Kim VA


    Gas and the hassels of transportation, (bags lost, costing an arm and leg for each)

    It's like paying child support for your baggage. LOL

    Anyway, the expense is too much when you have cable at 10 dollars a day.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  110. Joe from Nashua, New Hampshire

    Absolutely not! Considering the exhorbinant number of counterfeit products of all types coming out of China, you have to wonder if these are going to be Counterfeit Olympic Games.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  111. Jackie in Dallas, TX

    And the latest reason I'd not want to go was just reported on CNN's main news sites: internet access in Bejing is being censored or blocked. Not a good indication that anything that could remotely be considered derogatory of the Chinese government will be making it out of the country THAT way!

    China, a free China, I'd love to see...this travesty of an outdated Communist government that is so hypocritical as to go back on their word to the IOC, I have no desire to support.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  112. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    I'd very much like to visit China, but I'd rather go when the government isn't so nervous and anxious and when there isn't a golden opportunity for something dangerous to happen because of the increased attention being placed on China.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  113. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I have never been interested in traveling abroad, especially to China. I like to be in the comfort of my own home watching the gazillion hours of olympic coverage on tv . There's enough spying going on in this country. I don't need it in China,too.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  114. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Why go? I can get tainted food, medicine and toys right here, along with air pollution and cheap Chinese products. In fact' that's about all I can get here, junk from China! I pity the athletes!!

    July 30, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  115. Uche

    I will Jack. But only if the TV news anchors that travelled with Senator Obama will come travel with me.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  116. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    If I had tons of money and could go first class, I would love to go to China for the Olympics. But, since I don't, I will have to depend on NBC and the other networks covering the games to give me my Olympic thrill.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  117. Chuck, Eugene Oregon


    Go and do what, breath that toxic air? No thank you, I will watch what I want from the TV.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  118. Mitch Billings

    I want to go to the Bejing Olympics about as badly as I would have wanted to go to East Berlin during the Cold War.

    Monitoring web traffic in hotels, detaining bloggers.......sounds like something the Stasi would have done had the internet been available behind the Iron Curtain.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  119. carolyn

    In a word: NO

    July 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  120. Simon,Saginaw MI

    Even though Communist China is of course Communist, I'd still go even though the smog will most likely shave a couple of years off my life and the fact I will have a Chinese officer breathing down my neck every waking second while both of us are wondering how did China ever got the right to host the olympics.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  121. Mike Bacon Saint John NB Canada

    Sure! I'll call my travel agent. After Beijing I'll make stops in Baghdad, Kandahar and North Korea too.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  122. Chris

    I would not go to China to attend the Olympics.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  123. Adem

    Hey Jack, I would like to, but I like to know where my president stays first.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  124. Gabriel Rodriguez

    Ya right? I wouldn't want to be a victim of anything and end up in there custody. Just remember I wouldn't have no security privacy for my idenity because all it takes is that credit card swipe and my info. may be hack and released. No way Jose

    Gabriel Rodriguez

    July 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  125. shrike, Atlanta, Ga

    How is the China hotel spying different than Bush and the telecomms wiretapping my internet activity without a warrant?

    They don't have a Constitution and the Republicans ignore ours.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  126. Dawson

    Hotel spyware? I'd be too afraid they'd find out what kind of porn I'm into. Ha. But on a serious note, all travel is an eye opening learning experience. Being able to experience the situation there (good or bad) would give you more room to discuss it, rather than sit in a TV station half way around the world and just make assumptions about experience.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  127. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Only if they let me throw out the first javelin.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  128. Joe S.

    Tapping phone conversations, intercepting e-mails, imprisoning people without charges. it used to be the hallmarks of communism that Presidents from Jack Kennedy to Ronald Reagan fought against. Unfortunately in George Bush's America, it doesn't sound so foreign anymore, does it?

    July 30, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  129. Kelly, Philadelphia

    No. There's enough corruption and chaos in the States. Why would I want to dish out thousands of dollars for meager accomodations equipped with spyware? No thanks!

    July 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  130. dennis north carolina

    yes, just to learn, listen and see that part of the world and the people.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  131. Steven

    Get off your high horse, Jack. I've lived in China and yes they do censor the Internet, kind of like Bush's wiretapping program except they focused mainly on keeping immoral content off the Internet, like porn.
    You shouldn't worry though because China is becoming Capitalistic very quickly and soon all the smog will be shipped off to Mongolia.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  132. Donald in CA

    Not when the smog looks like coastal fog. The wrong city
    for a athletic event.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  133. Auto, NH


    July 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  134. Patrick in Colorado

    I would like to go for the adventure and spirit of the games. I'm hoping the Americans who do attend the Olympics come home with a new appreciation of their country. Having visited many countries around the world, I laugh when people talk about how polluted and corrupt the US is.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  135. Chris from Prundale,CA

    Hell No. China does not represent anything the Olympics are suppose to represent. The IOC was easily fooled into thinking China is a "caring partner." In the end commnism is still communism no matter how pretty China sweetens up their image.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  136. Jimmy

    I'm writing in from Greenville, SC. I lived/worked in China for a year and a half on two separate occasions in 2000 and 2002. I would go back for the olympics to see the athletes perform, even though I do not agree with the "limitations" China has put forth. I prefer (right or wrong of me) to not use the olympics for any political agenda. On any given day, one can choose to visit China or not based on politics. Why has it become such an issue now (because of the international attention that comes with the games) and not so much before (or after as you will see). I don't see where China is doing much of anything different than it usually does, it just happens to be put right on our front porch now. On some of the issues mentioned, China has actually lightened up for the games even though it doesn't seem so to people who have never lived there. All these rules sound so smothering to the West, while the Chinese live it everyday and for the majority of them, it feels normal even if it is not liked. China the country is beautiful and the Chinese people are welcoming and friendly despite the suffocating government policies they live under. By the way, until you have eaten Gou Rou (go ro, dog meat), don't knock it...it's delicious in noodle soup!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  137. Andre R. Newcomb

    Not unless they're going to offer a product endorsement contract to me. Isn't it just a free vacation to the well-heeled crowd of swimming pool owners, yacht owners, horse owners, archery/gun land owners, etc.?

    July 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  138. David

    I'm guessing privacy in web browsing is limited... What are they planning to do with this information on the web? Try to identify people that are going to commit an illegal act ? Millions of other use it to search for information on the town... So looking up and researching local hotspots for the night may indicate that you are a terrorist plotting to blow up a populated area but in fact you just want to know where the local hang out is to go drink.

    WTF... NO CAMERA'S... That is really stupid not to be able to bring a camera to take pictures.... We're tourist wanting to capture the moment but to them I'm guessing they think that we would take picture to plan or thwart an event with a bang....

    I wouldn't want to go there since the no camera, the drinking limitation, the web browser pyware, no bottle of water or soft drink...(their plan is to make money with that and suck people dry of their money and have it at over inflated prices). The dog meat??? huh??? I really don't care or would want to consume such a product... but the ban for them seems over the top... and all the bans that they are imposing is ruining the world uniting I'm going to cancel my flight to see the Olympics and just watch it in the comfort of my own home naked drunk and without my gas masked..

    Woodbridge, NJ

    July 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  139. cile

    The awful problem of polution aside, the culture of spitting at will whenever and wherever, filthy bathrooms, dog on the menu just to name a few makes China the last place I would want to go for any reason much less the Olympics.  In a word hell no!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  140. Jan (Washington State)

    What, no dog meat being served during the Olympics!!!!
    Say it isn't so!!! But will I still be able to get a good
    Blowfish meal is what I want to know.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  141. Jake

    The spirit of the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. If i may quote Morgan Freeman, "There are 6 billion of us. We all come from unique places with unique ways of looking at the world. We don't always agree. But for a shining few weeks we set it all aside. We come together to stand and cheer and celebrate as one. We forget all the things that make us different and remember all the things that make us the same."
    E pluribus unum – God Bless America, God Bless the World.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  142. Bessy


    Before i make a comment, i just want to say love your show.To be honest with you, even if i am offered an all expense paid trip to the Bejing Olympics, i won't attend.Chinese government has just proven to the world that, they donot care about humans and their rights.But they expect to be treated as humans when they travel to other foriegn countries.I think the world and USA in particular should set an example an boycott the Olympics. They are not different from countries like north Korea, Zambabwe etc....just to name a few.


    July 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  143. Cheryl, Reno NV

    No thanks! The treatment of humans and animals alike is abysmal. We can experience China right here in the US with tainted drugs, poisoned pet food and leaded kids' toys. When Bejing was decided upon, the committee forgot to consider the atheletes' lungs. We have had over a month of smoky air here from the fires in California, and every time I see a clip of Bejing it looks worse than the day we had a level 2 alert.
    What does one eat there? I would be afraid to eat the food or drink the water.
    And don't forget to remind viewers that "fake" fur trims on clothing made in China is often dog or cat fur.
    Need I say more?

    July 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |