Perino suggests Bush may boycott Olympics opening ceremony.

Last February, President Bush said definitively that he would attend the Olympic games this summer in Beijing because he “view[s] the Olympics as a sporting event.” Since then, House Speaker Nanci Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) have urged Bush to at least boycott the opening ceremony, something various world leaders have said they would do. But today, CNN’s Ed Henry reports that when asked if Bush would attend the opening ceremony, White House press secretary Dana Perino “hedged,” thereby “leaving the door open for the very first time to the possibility of the President skipping the opening ceremonies in China.” Watch it:

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Most recently, human rights activists in the U.S. and Europe have protested the traditional Olympic torch relay which has led the International Olympic Committee to consider “abandoning the international legs” of the relay.