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article imagePolitico story exposes Romney fib on outsourcing Olympic uniforms

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 29, 2012 in Politics
The website 'Politico' seems to have caught GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a form of deception, and it concerns outsourcing jobs. The writer who managed the feat, Maggie Haberman, did so simply by checking a book.
Haberman points out that in the 2008 book 'Memo to the President Elect' by Madeleine Albright, the former U.S. Secretary of State, Albright notes that she knew the uniforms of the 2002 U.S. Olympic torch bearers were outsourced to Burma, which was under the yoke of a brutal dictatorship.
Romney was told by Albright about that fact and his reply was to simply thank her for not telling anyone about it. As part of Haberman's story she tried to get a response from Albright but she declined. Haberman also tried to get the Romney camp to comment about what he'd said to Albright in 2002, and presumably on his having not only outsourced the uniforms, but to a dictatorship, but she received no response.
Albright: "He thanked me for...keeping my mouth shut"
Here's an exert on the subject from Albright's 2008 book:
"This episode is worth recounting because every prospective torch carrier was given, courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee, a special uniform consisting of a nylon sports jacket and matching pants. When my uniform arrived, I glanced at the label, which read “Made in Myanmar,” that is, Burma, a country that suffers under one of the most repressive governments on Earth. It was not yet illegal to import clothing from Burma, but public pressure had induced most U.S. retailers to stop doing business there. I had my own grounds for revulsion, having visited the country to pledge support for its courageous democratic leader, the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi"
"I was furious about the uniform but knew it was too late to reorder all the clothing, though I did go out and buy my own shirt and pants (Made in America). When I arrived in Salt Lake City, I informed Mitt Romney, head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, about the gaffe; he thanked me kindly for keeping my mouth shut."
During the 2002 Olympics there was a reaction to the outsourcing of jobs to the dictatorship and Romney's Olympic committee tried to deflect the negative attention by saying they had in fact not outsourced the jobs to a dictatorship, releasing a statement saying that "the torch relay clothes were NOT made in Burma. They were manufactured in Myanmar."
They apparently did not know that Burma and Myanmar are one and the same country.
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