Friday, October 2, 2009

Is Anyone Really Surprised That Chicago Didn't Get The Olympics?

Via Memeorandum:

Well, I guess some people are, chiefly the Os, but I can't imagine why. Despite our leader's belief in his own power of persuasion, you just can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

When speaking of Chicago the first thing that comes to mind is corruption. The second is, ala Valerie Jarrett, slums. Not exactly selling points. But, just as Obama erroneously thought that he could sell ObamaCare by yucking it up on Letterman, he also believed that his presence in Copenhagen would guarantee a win. I'm told the Drudge headline was, The Ego has Landed.

The London Times writes:

There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s
presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that
he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his

Chicago’s dismal showing today, after Mr Obama’s personal,
impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It
cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world
stage he looks good — but carries no heft.

They are being kind. But despite the Os' bruised ego, the loss of the Olympic bid is a good thing. The Olympics are an expensive undertaking that the country can't afford right now. Nobody outside of Obama crony circle would stand to make any money off the deal. Like the bailout og GM, the bid was an attempt by this administration to reward its cronies on the taxpayer dime.

Another Black Conservative puts it this way:

US taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief. The Obamas, Winfrey, Daley,
Jarrett “Dream Team” has suffered an Epic Fail. Chicago was
knocked out in the first round of voting
. Perhaps now Obama will understand
that on the world stage he has far less star power than previously

This was truly a fool’s errand. Chicago is broke like church mice and
had little business trying to compete for such an expensive prize. Obama has far
more serious matters on his plate and it was irresponsible to take time for what
has been traditionally a local issue. Furthermore the cost of flying both
Obama’s to Copenhagen is as highly irresponsible, given the tremendous financial
strain our nation is under.

It was a fool's errand, which is why Obama went.

Other's writing on the Obama's bomb in Denmark:

The Other McCain

American Power



The Daley Gator

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