"If Romney were to show up in London and say that in President Obama's ideal Olympics, the gold medal winners would be taxed at higher rates so that some of the gold in their medals could be redistributed to non-medal winners...the former Massachusetts governor would probably be criticized for politicizing the summer games, a sin second only to commercializing them." — Ira Stoll column, July 24, 2012
"From a friend watching the Olympics: 'How about that Michael Phelps? But let's remember he didn't win all those medals, someone else did. After all, he and I swam in public pools, built by state employees using tax dollars. He got training from the USOC, and ate food grown by the Department of Agriculture. He should play fair and share his medals with people like me, who can barely keep my head above water, let alone swim.' — Peggy Noonan column , Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2012.