Gold Medal Winner Kerri Walsh Thanks President Bush

August 21st, 2008 8:15 PM

A couple of astounding things happened at the Olympics on Thursday.

First, the American beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh successfully defended their gold medal victory in 2004 becoming the first in the sport to win back to back Olympic championships.

Second, during their post-match interview, Kerri grabbed the microphone, looked into the camera, and thanked President Bush (video available here courtesy our dear friend Ms Underestimated, h/t NBer Bruzilla):

Mr. President, we thank you. Thank you for your inspiration, and for all you do.

I'm sure this marvelous expression by this wonderful champion will be broadcast over and over again by America's Olympics-obsessed media. Errr, maybe not.

Of course, one must wonder how much more coverage this would get if Kerri said something bad about the President, or the Iraq War, or even better -- praised Barack Obama.

Or am I being too cynical for my own good?

*****Update: My dear friend Ms U sent us a higher quality, extended version of May and Walsh's victory interview. Enjoy.