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Obama to Make Olympic Pitch

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama will travel to Denmark on Thursday to lend his weight to efforts to land the 2016 summer Olympics for his adopted hometown of Chicago, the White House said Monday.

Obama will join first lady Michelle Obama, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a contingent of Chicagoans to make make a final effort to persuade the International Olympic Committee to award the games to Chicago. The committee is scheduled to announce its decision on Friday.

Initially, Obama said he would not go to Copenhagen, saying he was too busy with his legislative initiatives, including the health care reform package taking shape in Congress.

But with the heads of state of the other finalist cities -- Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Madrid -- having committed to going to Copenhagen to lobby the IOC, Obama decided to make the trip. Previously, Obama has made videos and spoken publicly in support of Chicago's Olympic bid.

The White House said his trip will be brief. Obama plans to leave Washington Thursday evening, make his presentation to the IOC on Friday and then return to Washington that night.

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"It is all Obama all the time. Never, ever have I observed any man or woman in any position as self-centered, egotistical and narcissistic as our current president".

"Will Barack Obama's pitch for the Olympics be as dramatic as his sissified hardball pitch shown on TV a few months ago"?

"It gets worse. 100 says he takes his wife and kids. All on the tax payers dime. It's sad. He's the worst President the US has ever elected. I cannot wait for 2012".

"He needs to stop this nonsense and try putting in a good days work for the nation".

"From Commander-In-Chief to Commander-In-Absentia".

"This guy just wants to concentrate on puff-puff issues. All the while gliding over and through a maze of threats to the People's well being".

I just wanted to thank you all. (You know who you are.) This is excellent fodder for my side of an argument with a conservative who is telling me that conservatives are serious problem solvers and that the kooks are a minority. After he reads this nonsense, I'm sure he'll follow the link to read the whole lot of this sore loser, baby whining dribble.

Posted by: LauraNo | September 28, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

In case people weren't aware, the President essentially takes a traveling office with him everywhere he goes.

Oh, they know. We we told this by them a million times to excuse Bush's 1/3 of his presidency spent on vacation.

Posted by: LauraNo | September 28, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many of the millions of unemployed will applaud the President flying to Scandinavia? And the millions who are under-insured because his promises of job creation have not brought back the living wage jobs they had; how many of them will be thrilled that the President is running over there?

General McChrystal's report has languished for weeks now, but he's probably going to think about that on the way over, right?

Why he couldn't have made his pitch by teleconference instead of flying all the way over there? Hmm, seems that the White House staff could have handled that. But, pressing the flesh and hearing the oratory in person is so much more impressive, I'm sure.

Posted by: annetta3 | September 28, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Some of us are "damned" if we do, damned if we dont. Mr. President have a good trip.

And to the green eyed monsters-- raoming about-- in what areas have you shown some leadership today? We all have the ability to make a difference-- right here at home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_ASBQFJrSk

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 28, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. I think the POTUS is more Hamlet than Othello... IMHO...

Posted by: newbeeboy | September 28, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama must know that Chicago has already been selected. He is not big on humiliation. He wants to be there to lead the victory lap. He is big on self-glorification.

Congratulations, Chicago.

Posted by: Nomis1 | September 28, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the amount of hysterical foaming-at-the-mouth here is truly remarkable.

In case people weren't aware, the President essentially takes a travelling office with him everywhere he goes. And could anyone specify exactly what he could accomplish towards all the other issues listed in this thread compared in handful of hours involved in procuring the Olympics? The Administration can do more than one thing at once.

"Is it me, or does this just seem downright risky?"

It's you. As mentioned in the article, the other government leaders are also doing this, so he's just matching the efforts of the leaders of Argentina, Japan, and Spain.

Posted by: SeanC1 | September 28, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It is all Obama all the time. Never, ever have I observed any man or woman in any position as self-centered, egotistical and narcissistic as our current president.

Making this trip is insanity but The One thinks he is the only one who can get things done but all he has managed to do is spend money and make our country weaker. Just three years and four months and we will elect a real, committed leader.

Posted by: Kansas28 | September 28, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will now go from trashing Obama for not going to Copenhagen and "fighting for America" to criticizing his decision to leave the country in the middle of high unemployment and the health care debate.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 28, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Will Barack Obama's pitch for the Olympics be as dramatic as his sissified hardball pitch shown on TV a few months ago?

Posted by: Davole | September 28, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"Remember how the last US Olympics in Utah was a mess due to corruption and they had to hire Mitt Romney to get it all straightened out?
"

Did he export another 100K jobs

Posted by: tru-indy | September 28, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

This is crazy!!
Who is going to pay for this?????
The trip to Denmark is a comlete waste of time and money!! OURS!!!
Regardless of the outcome of obama's talks the People are not going to stand for it!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | September 28, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The US economy is on the verge of total collapse, Iran has nucs aimed at our allies, there are no jobs, we have an out of control congress running up deficits that will take generations to resolve and this clueless, delusional idiot is going to Denmark? Please. It is so obviously that Obama is a professional campaigner - not a President. What an embarrassment and joke. We will not survive the four year of this narcissistic fool's presidency.

Posted by: magsthecat1 | September 28, 2009 10:33 AM


It gets worse. 100 says he takes his wife and kids. All on the tax payers dime. It's sad. He's the worst President the US has ever elected. I cannot wait for 2012

Posted by: askgees | September 28, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"Relax, its not like he's going to a ranch in Texas or anything let him take a day to make a speech and meet with some heads of state.

now watch this drive...

Posted by: halbert1 | September 28, 2009 9:34 AM"

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Bull! He's stupidly wasting the country's time and money. He needs to stop this nonsense and try putting in a good days work for the nation.

Posted by: rplat | September 28, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm taking names here and reporting all of you who are criticizing the President. Your user IDs are being placed in the Bill Clinton Registered Database of The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. This information will, in turn, be shared with the Jimmy Carter Registered Database of Racists.

Consider yourselves warned.

Posted by: hisroc | September 28, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Is it me, or does this just seem downright risky? I mean, if the IOC doesn't choose Chicago, isn't that basically a repudiation of Obama? And, if the committee does choose Chicago, does the world community competing for the games including South America not resent the "rubber stamp" just because HE decided to make the pitch?

Posted by: seanavig8tor | September 28, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Olympics??? Has this id10t completed on thing he's started. What a friggin m0r0n.

Posted by: askgees | September 28, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

In other words, give ACORN, SEIU and the Chicago union mob a check for $400 billion.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | September 28, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The US economy is on the verge of total collapse, Iran has nucs aimed at our allies, there are no jobs, we have an out of control congress running up deficits that will take generations to resolve and this clueless, delusional idiot is going to Denmark? Please. It is so obviously that Obama is a professional campaigner - not a President. What an embarrassment and joke. We will not survive the four year of this narcissistic fool's presidency.

Posted by: magsthecat1 | September 28, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

After the report on Sunday of the Chicago youth who was savagely beaten to death by a gang because he refused to join is heartbreaking enough. The most appalling thing about this is that the President and First Lady aren't traveling to Chicago today to be with the family of this boy, and to show the local community, as well as the nation, this will not be tolerated in America. All you hear is how the nation is changing because Obama was elected. It is even that much more disgusting that the Obamas, who come from Chicago, would not be that much more inclined to go there to show their disgust as local members of the Chicago community and as the leaders of this nation. When a child has made the right choice to stay in school and excel as this boy did and then not even be safe enough to walk home from school without being brutally attacked by gang members, it makes me want to vomit! America is going nowhere fast and our children are the ones who are suffering the most and have no future if things continue on this path of destruction. Forget the Olympics in Chicago Mr. President and make Chicago safe for the inner city youth who make the right choices to have a better life just like you and you're wife did!

Posted by: jeiken | September 28, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The Olympics . . . who gives a rat's backside. Obama is bouncing around aimlessly like an atom in free space.

Posted by: rplat | September 28, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Obama get on a plane and visit his commander in Afghnistan?? (Hasn't talked with him but once?????? A war is going on!!!!)

Misplaced priorities?????????

Posted by: wheeljc | September 28, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Another opportunity to fail. Rio is almost a sure thing to get the Olympics, for lots of good reasons. The US has hosted enough of them to last a lifetime. Let these other countries have their shot. It means a lot more to them.

Posted by: allknowingguy | September 28, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

An overnighter to Copenhagen from D.C. on the taxpayer dime ??

When's the last time a sitting Prez made a turnaround trip of that distance to lobby on behalf of a US city ???

This guy just wants to concentrate on puff-puff issues. All the while gliding over and through a maze of threats to the People's well being.

He's nothing but a glorified PR guy.....talk, talk, talk, me, me, me.

God help us.

Posted by: bandcyuk | September 28, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Obama fiddles while the US and the world is burning.

Instead of being a leader, OBama is nothing but a cheerleader.

He's going to get a lot of Americans killed.

Posted by: bandmom22 | September 28, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

It is difficult to understand why the President, who abhors 'distractions' to his game plan, is constantly seeking to be one himself. But then, it's always been all about him. When will this endless, apologetic, jet-lagged, financially tanked, jobless, and so tiring national distraction ever end? Perhaps if Rio is awarded the Olympic games over Chicago despite Obama's latest air force one junket. If not, God help us, please in 2012.

Posted by: mpwynn | September 28, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Please! Instead of wasting time and money on a trip to Denmark for a corrupt purpose, stay home and schedule yourself a meeting with Ralph Nader to get some creative, people-oriented ideas on reforming our health care system.

Posted by: farhorizons | September 28, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

All in all although already costing $60bln, The Beijing Olympics is reported to actually finally cost the Chinese economy staggering 39 Trillion US Dollars!

Posted by: Cornell1984 | September 28, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Dear, Mr President,

For your information, the U.S. is broke. We are all up to the neck in debt.

You are not thinking about printing even more money, are you?

Posted by: tropicalfolk | September 28, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Good God....the unmitigated arrogance of this President is just plain disgusting! Millions of American taxpayers are suffering under the economic woes that have been exacerbated by unbridled spending by the federal government and this regal wanna-be is jet setting to Copenhagen for a date with his wife and to cheerlead for his adopted city! I don't know whether to laugh or just cry!

Posted by: thompsonscott | September 28, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Whenis obama actually going to do some work??? Are the Olympics more important than the Troops??? Apparently it is to obama. Pathetic.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | September 28, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Remember how the last US Olympics in Utah was a mess due to corruption and they had to hire Mitt Romney to get it all straightened out? Do you think Chicago would be any better? Even ACORN couldn't handle all them mismanagement that Dayle & Obama would create. NO TO 2016 OLYMPICS IN CHICAGO!

Posted by: 45upnorth | September 28, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I guess Chicago will be awarded with the recovery fund to prepare for the Olympics, if it can win the bid to host it.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | September 28, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The Olympics are now about business and jingoism, not sport. These spectacles have a negative economic impact over the long run; just ask the people of London or Beijing. Obama should be way above this sort of flag-waving. Mr. President, get off this silly, wasteful bandwagon. Stay home. You are subordinating your character to the US profiteers more and more every day.

Posted by: farhorizons | September 28, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

As one who was actually born in Chicago, and have many family members still there, let me say that most people who LIVE there, do not want the Olympics. A city that makes its public employees take a furlough because they cannot afford to pay them can not afford the billions needed to host these useless games. Let Rio have them.

I agree with previous posts - Barry O has more important things to accomplish during his first (and only ) term.

Posted by: CubsFan | September 28, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Jesus, does the guy ever shut up?

Posted by: tru-indy | September 28, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama needs quit using the tax payers to travel the world with his wife and focus on the real problems facing the U.S.

... the gap continues to widen between the government and the people ...

Posted by: riain | September 28, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Would someone please point out to Obama that he was elected president, NOT good will ambassador.

While he jets around the world and talks constantly, the U.S. economy keeps tanking.

The miles he's logged in Air Force One in 8 months must have set a record.

Has the man no shame?

Posted by: judithod | September 28, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Stay home and do your darn job for God's sake. Send Biden. Send someone else. You are a preening prima donna and we are sick to damn death of it!

2012 cannot come soon enough, but at least we have 2010 to kick out your playmates!

Posted by: beebop1 | September 28, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse


When can expect the next self serving auto biography of Barry as written by Bill Ayers?

Posted by: ChangeWhat | September 28, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't he have other more important things to worry about like THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN? THE ECONOMY? JOBS? Talking about prioritizing, this is not a good sign of leadership he needs to FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT!!!! WTF??? I did not vote for him now you see why?

Posted by: 7andrade | September 28, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse


Obama Knew About Iran Nuclear Site Last Year:


President Barack Obama has known about the secret site where Iran has established a uranium enrichment facility for nearly a year.

According to The New York Times, Obama was informed of the site in Qom, Iran, by Bush administration officials at some point after his election last November.

Earlier this year sensitive equipment was moved to the site, prompting Obama to reveal its existence on Friday night at the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Obama issued an ultimatum to Iran:

"Iran's leaders must now choose � they can live up to their responsibilities and achieve integration with the community of nations. Or they will face increased pressure and isolation, and deny opportunity to their own people," he said in his radio and Internet address.

Obama said the construction of the underground plant at Qom "continues a disturbing pattern of Iranian evasion."

Posted by: ChangeWhat | September 28, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Last week, this man informed we huddled masses that he has singlehandedly transformed the world as we know it in the 9 short months since his ascendency to the throne. He keeps busy making the rounds of the Sunday morning talk shows, offers alms to the Iranians and North Koreans, stiffs our long time European allies, is secretly releasing Gitmo detainees to foreign countries, continues strategizing domestic policies with SEIU/ACORN/AFL/CIO and apologizes non-stop to the world for the United States of American pre-Obama.
Despite his lofty pronouncements of his battle plan for Afghanistan during his campaign that never ends, he can’t make up his mind whether or not to take the advice of his Military Advisors (and we now find out from 60 Minutes that he hasn’t talked to MacCrystal in over 2 months, by the way) and send in more troops, because it’s more important to count the votes than it is to take a stand on National Defense. In the meantime, our young men are getting killed by the dozens in Afghanistan. It’s time to get out before they are all annihilated. In the meantime, his latest top priority is to fly to Denmark to pitch the 2016 Olympics in Chicago. This President is an embarrassment to the United States of America.

Posted by: sandynh | September 28, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Relax, its not like he's going to a ranch in Texas or anything let him take a day to make a speech and meet with some heads of state.

now watch this drive...

Posted by: halbert1 | September 28, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

From Commander-In-Chief to Commander-In-Absentia.

Posted by: warrior6 | September 28, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

if obama wanted to become mayor of chicago, he should have run for mayor of chicago.

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | September 28, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Another vacation huh! What a magnificent use of his time and OUR money. Maybe he'll resign as President to get the President of The International Olympic Committee post. What a clown. One day he's screaming about how the world will end if we don't pass health reform right now, and the next day he's flying off, dropping a major carbon footprint yet again, to chase down the Olympics. It's like watching the movie version of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"!

Posted by: yankee11 | September 28, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

This trip is uncalled for... period.

Posted by: whocares666 | September 28, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

"As a President Obama supporter I am a little disappointed. With the number of serious problems on his plate it's hard to understand why he would devote time to this."

One word: Attention.

He's an attention junkie.

Now he puts the reputation of the Office of the President of the United States on the line flying to Denmark - at a time when we NEED him to make a decision which will impact the lives of our military and their families.

I am unhappy about his priority choices.

Posted by: dskiff | September 28, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

It's tremendous that Obama is going to Copenhagen to help make an Olympic bid.

It shows that the US is open and supportive of peaceful global competition and bringing nations together to inter mix in a positive manner.


Posted by: camasca | September 28, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

So glad that the Obamas have made all of the hard decisions (to wit, AFGHANISTAN TROOP REQUEST TO KEEP THE TALIBAN AT BAY) that now enables them to go to Denmark and make a pitch for their home town!!

FOLKS, WE MADE A VERY BAD DECISION IN NOVEMBER 2008 THAT WE ARE NOW PAYING FOR DEARLY!

HOW TOTALLY PATHETIC. (...and yes, I have a relative deployed!!)

Posted by: wheeljc | September 28, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Most of us living in the Chicago area do NOT want the Olympics here. Illinois has always been a corrupt, crime-ridden state, and Obama and his cronies have only made it worse over the past several years. Obama and his Democratic thugs only want to get their hands on all the loot that will flow into the city. Instead of lobbying for the Olympics, Obama, Emanuel, Jarrett, and other crooks should be facing indictment and prosecution like their old pal Blago.

Posted by: Jerzy | September 28, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Per 60 Minutes yesterday, Obama has only spoken to his hand-picked Afghanistan war general ONCE in 70 days. It seems that this "war thing" doesn't rise up to a cabinet level priority. Otrauma flies, soldiers die.

How is that hopey changey thing going for you neocommies out there? Looking forward to the mid-terms, too?

Posted by: MDDem1 | September 28, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

As a President Obama supporter I am a little disappointed. With the number of serious problems on his plate it's hard to understand why he would devote time to this. In spite of the spin put on it by the city fathers most Olympics don't really add that much to the city coffers except publicity for the incumbent politicians. It's made to look profitable by exaggerating revenues (which are never confirmed by audit afterward) and burying costs in dept. budgets.

I'd say maybe he needs a vacation but didn't he just take one?

Posted by: RichardinPasadena | September 28, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this right. We have a crisis in this country with high unemployment, foreclosures, banking, etc. and we have Generals fighting a war that are pleading with Obama for more support; and so Obama and Michele are off on a date to Cophenhaghen to lobby for the Olympics? Please..... We don't need or want the Olympics in the U.S.; and we do need some leadership in the White House!

Posted by: 45upnorth | September 28, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Chicago of course. Maybe he can get ACORN's help as well! How about concentrating on Health Care Reform and the Mideast!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | September 28, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

arlingtonresident Do these thugs from Chicago
++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Thugs from Chicago?

Really?

What was in Atlanta, Salt Lake City?

Posted by: sasha2008 | September 28, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse


What a strange set of priorities. Obama can't be bothered to look at a memo asking for more toops to fight his war. Obama says we have to pass a socialized health care bill right now or we'll all die. In the middle of all this he's going to Denmark to break some kneecaps for Chicago in their Olympics bid.

Posted by: tharper1 | September 28, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

So our tax dollars will pay for an Air Force One trip so Obama and his cronies can advertise for his "native" city. And the Olympics are a publicity boondoggle that never pays off for the city in question. What a scumbag!

Posted by: nadie1 | September 28, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Please keep to the job at hand, Mr. President. Fix the unemployment problem soon.

Posted by: edgar_sousa | September 28, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Unlike you luddites posting here, President Obama can do more than one thing at a time, he's a fabulous multi-tasker and pays great attention to detail. The Olympics is a huge financial boost to the economy. Gee you could sell Olympic T-shirts trinkets instead of standing in the unemployment line! Or you could attend and view world class athletes engage in sport. And the cash will roll in for everyone involved.

Posted by: clairevb | September 28, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Here an excerpt from an open letter to the American people written recently by my brother, Jeff:

"In the US, you pay more, get less, and die younger than we do in Europe. What part of that don't you understand?

"My fellow Americans, you have nothing to fear except those who would use fear to keep you enslaved to the myth of the might of the American health care system."

Jeff Degan

What can I tell you, the guy is a communist. Not only does he live in France, he actually likes it there! Go figure.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | September 28, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, really? Do these thugs from Chicago think they're going to be able to bully the IOC into giving them the Olympics? Or maybe they'll proffer a bribe, like they do for everything else in Chicago.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 28, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Spend billions we don't have to prop up the mob in Chicago? One of the most dangerous cities in the country? 33 school kids murdered in the last 12 months?

I guess Afghanistan will have to wait. He has only talked to McCrystal once in the last few months, but he can party with the Europeans and South Americans for the Olympics?

Someone please call a grown up to D.C.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | September 28, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Another day; another photo-op.

Posted by: mftill | September 28, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Who is Vera Baker?

Posted by: ChangeWhat | September 28, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

More frivilous crappola from the incompetent Odumbo.
This nitwit is a disaster.
He can't get anything done for the American people so he just leaves town every other week at our expense.
Thanks to all you class envy dimwits who elected the leftist slug.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 28, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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