In the worldview of French president Jacques Chirac, a country's character can be divined from the quality of its cuisine, but apparently the International Olympic Committee used different criteria. Sitting in a Svetlogorsk cafe this week with fellow world leaders Vladimir Putin and Gerhard Schroeder, Chirac suggested that one could not trust the English because their food is so bad, second only to Finland as the worst in Europe. "So what happened?," says Daniel Henninger. "London got the Olympics, just beating out France. A little footnote to that decision: there were two Finnish members on the International Olympic Committee. The vote was 54 to 50. If they had voted for France, it would have been a tie. So we look forward to Jack's next visit to the news, but we'll have to leave him with a big, fat tony and no Olympics."
When 15-year-old Christopher Rose was murdered last week for his iPod in New York, Apple CEO Steve Jobs called personally to express his condolences to the parents. "As his father prepared to bury him, Mr. Jobs called and offered to help," says Kim Strassel. "It really touched this man, who was very grateful. In days when all we do is watch CEOs on trial for fraud, this was a sort of great reminder that there was a day when CEOs were considered role models. And they themselves felt that, along with their power and their money, came an obligation to their communities and to their customers that went beyond selling products."
The NBA has changed its eligibility rules for players so that they must wait one year after their high school graduation before they can be drafted. Age discrimination, says Stephen Moore, who gives a tacky to NBA Commissioner David Stern. "Why shouldn't a superstar athlete like a LeBron James or a Kevin Garnett, if they are world caliber, play in the NBA at the age of 17 or 18?" asks Moore. "The other thing that is going on here is this is a barrier to entry that is being created by the older, established NBA players to keep the young players out. I think it is a travesty to keep a young kid out of the NBA. If they have the talent they should play."