Looks like the Colorado detente is officially over

posted at 12:41 pm on July 23, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

After learning of the terrible shooting in Colorado last Friday morning, both President Obama and Mitt Romney spoke of the need to take some time to pray, reflect, and appreciate our loved ones, and instituted a sort of unofficial cease-fire over the weekend. Both camps pulled ads from Colorado, suspended campaign events, and put a hold on the nasty rhetoric. The reprieve had to end sometime, however, and while Mitt Romney jets off for a Britain-Poland-Israel international swing to bolster his foreign-policy creds, the Obama campaign is back with the “Romney is the most secretive candidate since Richard Nixon”-esque attacks.

This morning, Obama campaign communications director David Axelrod sent out a couple of his business-as-usual, Romney-is-a-total-villain type Tweets:

Behold, the sum of the extremely facepalm-worthy story from ABC that Axelrod tweeted: What is Mitt Romney hiding about his record managing the Olympics? Dun-dun-dun!

More than a decade has passed since Mitt Romney presided over the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but the archival records from those games that were donated to the University of Utah to provide an unprecedented level of transparency about the historic event, remain off limits to the public. And some of the documents that may have shed the most light on Romney’s stewardship of the Games were likely destroyed by Salt Lake Olympic officials, ABC News has learned.

The archivists involved in preparing the documents for public review told ABC News that financial documents, contracts, appointment calendars, emails and correspondence are likely not included in the 1,100 boxes of Olympic records, and will not be part of the collection that will ultimately be made public.

“We don’t have that stuff,” said Elizabeth Rogers, the manuscript curator at the University’s Marriott Library. The decisions about what records to donate to the library were made by Olympics officials before they were shipped in 1,100 boxes to the university, she said. “That was done before we got it. I just know it wasn’t a decision we made. Everything we have will be available.” …

But the absence of publicly available records that detail the decisions he made while running the games has increasingly become an uneasy subject for the library, which has for months been receiving inquiries from journalists and other researchers trying to subject Romney’s version of the events to an analysis based on documents from the events.

Yes, because Mitt Romney didn’t orchestrate a rip-roaringly successful event about which nobody has even suggested there was anything sinister going on, and we know absolutely everything we could ever possibly wish to know about Barack Obama’s past and his administration. Le sigh — the detente of togetherness was brief, but I think it’s safe to say we’re definitely back to the he-said-she-said of daily presidential politics.


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