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  1. MarkUs says

    I think they look slick and that Harry Reid belongs with a bowl of porridge in a nursing home. What’s especially amusing is the slam they look “French” , how outrageous France has red white and blue as THEIR colors, too!

  2. Nytenor says

    Yes Mr. Reid, wouldn’t that be nice. Perhaps Congress would propose legislation to provide a level of funding for our Olympic athletes. Or better yet, trade policies that would make the production of clothes in the US more attractive to companies such as Ralph Lauren.

  3. LiamB says

    Maybe if they didn’t offer companies so many tax break incentives to ship jobs overseas, having ‘homegrown’ products would be more common.

  4. johnny says

    At some point, everyone is going to have to get used to the fact that it’s now a global market and many things are made in China. If we had not over-taxed and messed up our own clothing manufacturing and textile mills here in the U.S., this wouldn’t be happening. RL is going to use the least expensive yet highest quality choice in making his clothes, every time. As any smart business person would.

  5. ratbastard says

    Both major parties and the ‘American’ business community sold the U.S. to communist China a long time ago. They’ve been part of the WTO and had favored trade status since the 90s, been open for business for over 30 years, and we [the U.S.] have had non-stop trade deficits with them for 30 years.

    If the idea was to increase trade with them, it’s failed miserably. All major politicians have been brought off on this issue along with Wall Street and the financial services industry. Is Mr. Reid going to demand trade barriers and tariffs be re-implemented to deal with this joke [on us] called ‘free’ trade? No.

    On the plus side, China’s economic model has also basically failed [it’s actually quite foolish in many ways] and they aren’t going to be able to maintain their dirt cheap status any long. I predict considerable business will be brought back to the U.S. and Europe. Maybe Mr. Reid can constructively speed up the process, rather than make a calculated manufactured scene about R.L.’s made in China sh*t?

  6. Dave says

    Oh the outrage! Mind you, both parties have sat back for the past 12 years and watched as ALL our manufacturing jobs and most of our service industry has been off-shored. Where was the outrage then? I guess it wasn’t an election year when unfurling the flag and wrapping yourself in it is more important thant the profits they’re all making from off-shoring and ruining the American economy. How many in the Senate are wearing clothes made in other countries?

  7. Vince says

    Congress, if you are so outraged, then quit wasting time trying to repeal Obama’s legislation, and maybe pay attention to things here at home like support for our home country athletes who are working their butts off to promote the US on the world stage… your outrage is ‘too little, too late’…

  8. AG says

    I don’t care that the uniforms were made in China.

    The uniforms have a nice, clean classic look. I do think that the large, blatant player on pony logo is in poor taste. It might be okay if it was the equestrian team.

    From the photos on this post, it looks like the males get a double-breasted blazer and the females a single. Most males do not have the build to look good in double-breasted. Hopefully, our athletes are the exception.

  9. excy says

    Those uniforms do look french, but cheap french. Monsieur Lauren should have taken inspiration from the Kennedy clan……they did casual american preppy the best.

  10. Chrisme says

    WHAT!? It’s THEIR policies that created the economic/political environment in which all of our stuff is made in China!

    They are just playing politics…lame.

  11. Fred says

    Too bad if legislators don’t like USA Olympic uniforms. If the US government paid to support athletes, like other countries do, then maybe the USA could have a say. But as it stands, legislation prevents our government from providing financial support for Olympic athletes. You can’t have it both ways Mr Reid.

  12. Neil says

    I seriously doubt the USOC will dump the uniforms. But I would love to see our athletes put black tape over the pony ad on the front as a silent but visible protest.

  13. andy says

    If the government wanted to pay for something positive instead of defense contracts they could have them made here. If you didn’t buy them then you can’t complain about them.

  14. jakeinlove says

    Whatever. Dems and especiall Repubs BOTH helped in a lot of industry being shipped to India, China, Mexico and more.

    Don’t try to feign patriotism now!

  15. dave says

    I like a politician with a spine. Harry has one and isn’t afraid to show it. Good for him, good for us and I hope this brings more light on the issues of manufacturing in the USA. Honestly, Ralph, think a little! What a stupid move for a company based on American style to blow this one so badly. Yup, we’ve all got stuff from China but it would be just as embarassing if the uniforms were made in Mexico or India.

  16. dave says

    I like a politician with a spine. Harry has one and isn’t afraid to show it. Good for him, good for us and I hope this brings more light on the issues of manufacturing in the USA. Honestly, Ralph, think a little! What a stupid move for a company based on American style to blow this one so badly. Yup, we’ve all got stuff from China but it would be just as embarassing if the uniforms were made in Mexico or India.

  17. AZEXPAT says

    Epic fail. Posturing by politicos aside, the PC thing to do would have been to have the uniforms made in the USA. Also, the wise PR move for RLwould have been to spend more on the uniforms, if necessary, and make it up elsewhere. As it is, they’ve gotten bad press, and the huge logo is pathetic and ugly and any clothing intended for public sale will end up remaindered to Ross Dress for Less in record-breaking time.

  18. Mike says

    I see nothing more wrong then usual with the uniforms this year. Perhaps the “hard working” congress should considering government funding like most other countries do if they want to object.                                       Every country should  wear what they want for marching into the stadium.                                                       However, the ancient Greeks had it right in wearing nothing. Perhaps they felt that by doing so they would all compete on a equal basis. Certainly they knew that the athletic human body was something to be proud of.

  19. Opinionated says

    To touch on something else mentioned here the Olympic Committee’s response is ridiculous, “Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. Okay, and that being the case find another sponsor. I am sure there are TONS out there but they are in the pocket of unstylish Ralph Freakin Lauren now. What a lame excuse.

  20. Inside says

    Ralph Lauren is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party.

    According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Lauren has given $7,300 to Obama since 2008, and more than $35,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

  21. Anon says

    Consider these facts:

    The “uniforms” were DONATED.

    Polo/Ralph Lauren is an AMERICAN Corporation.

    The opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics for which these “uniforms” are intended is an entertainment extravaganza.

    They are not really “uniforms,” they are costumes.

    I once asked a Polo rep why the “player” was so large. We were talking about the Wimbledon items. The rep stated that the logo is large so that it can be picked up by the media cameras.

    Yes, it is tacky.

  22. reacenyc says

    @Opinionated, Actually there are not TONS of sponsors looking to donate the uniforms for the US Olympic team. In 2002 there was a small controversy that Roots, a Canadian company made the uniforms for the USA Olympic team. No US company sponsored the uniforms that year. After the controversy, Ralph Lauren became the official outfitter.

  23. Morgan says

    Huh? What’s more American than wearing cheap clothes made overseas and then sold at an unbelievable mark-up? Sounds like it represents America pretty well. I’d love to take a look and see where his suit was made, how old the person who sewed it was, and how much they were paid.

  24. scott says

    The question is whether or not Ralph Lauren donated all or some of the items (doubtful)or if the US Olympic Committee paid Ralph Lauren for the uniforms. If the uniforms were donated by Lauren, then there’s not a whole lot to fuss about, as we the taxpayers aren’t paying for the Olympic team or their uniforms/equipment/upkeep. If the Olympic Committee did purchase the uniforms from Lauren, then it was a remarkably dim-witted move. They definitely should have financially supported the American textile business in that case.

  25. andrew says

    I agree with Sen Harry Reid. Not only were the uniforms made in China, they look foreign. No self respecting American athlete would choose to dress like that. I agree with Jim. Ralph Lauren = cheaply made, overpriced Chinese crap.

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