The Washington Times - August 5, 2008, 07:40AM

President Bush arrived in Seoul today. On his way to Friday’s Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing, he’s got some diplomacy to take care of. Read our piece in yesterday’s paper to find out more about that.

The really important question is, which athletes will America’s First Fan (AFF), also known as POTUS (President of the United States), fixate on when he is at the games for four straight days. He doesn’t leave Beijing until Monday.


The president and first lady Laura Bush are only committed so far to watching the U.S. men’s basketball team play China on Sunday night. The game doesn’t start until after Mr. Bush usually goes to bed, at 10:15 p.m. But his sleep schedule will already be upside down, so what’s the difference? It’ll be mid-morning back home.

Mr. Bush told Asian reporters last week that he was looking forward to seeing the Houston Rockets star Yao Ming.

“As I understand the great Yao Ming[‘s] foot is healed,” Mr. Bush said. “I hope so, becuase it will make it a very interesting contest.”

For the record, Yao plays for China’s national team. There was no mention by the president of any players on the U.S. team. And that’s the only mention by Mr. Bush of any athlete competing in the games that I’ve seen so far. Maybe once the president arrives in Beijing he’ll have been briefed on which U.S. athletes will have their life stories told by Bob Costas with stirring music playing in the background.

Also, as for events, Mr. Bush has said he wishes he could watch track and field, but that competition is during the second week of the games. The president will have to settle for more basketball, soccer, artistic gymnastics, synchronized swimming or beach volleyball, along with a few others.