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RNC Chair Calls on Obama to Skip Olympics Lobbying Trip

Updated 12:44 p.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr.
President Obama is leaving Washington Thursday for a fairly non-partisan cause, lobbying the International Olympic Committee to hold the 2016 games in Chicago, but he still can't escape GOP criticism.

"I just don't think it's necessary," said Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday morning. "I don't know the judgment behind the president going. I just think it's not a necessary trip right now when we are facing some pretty looming issues."

Referring to the health care debate on Capitol Hill, Steele said, "If it's that important, Mr. President, stay home and get it done."

The slam brought forth a response from the Democratic National Committee. "It's just sad that Michael Steele and the Republican party would talk down our country's Olympic bid, purely for partisan politics. It just goes to prove what we've been saying all along -- Republicans are dead set on saying 'no' to anything the president supports, even bringing the Olympic games back to the United States," spokesman Hari Sevugan said in an e-mail.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 29, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
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Nobody intelligent gives a rats azz what the RNC thinks.

Posted by: bcs2k | September 29, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Richard "Your Momma's Calling You" Steele is an embarrassment and a disgrace that he would allow himself to be used by the rotten GOP in order to compete and object to the First Black President.

Richard, your Momma's calling you!


Posted by: lindalovejones | September 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey sycamore2,

First, bringing the Olympics here will bring much needed influx of tourist money.
Second, Chicago is a beautiful city with extremely nice people - obviously you have never been there.
Third, every country bidding for the Olympics is sending their Heads of State to speak on their behalf (England has, Russia has, .....) - so why wouldn't we?
Fourth, YOU are obviously overwhelmed by what is happening in the world, but please do not project your insecurities on the President - it's wonderful to have an intelligent, multi-tasker in office who actually thinks before doing.

Posted by: skimom27 | September 29, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to believe that Michael Steele and the republican leadership is for real. Their mock indignation everything Obama is childish and disgusting. It would perhaps be funny if it wasn't so disruptive. Their stanch on health care, do nothing, is absolutely appalling. How anyone could take this behavior as anything other than, jealousy, meanness, and an inability to do anything that is not totally self serving and crudely political.

Posted by: greergl | September 29, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I just love Michael Steele - everytime he opens his mouth he sounds dumber and dumber. He is sooo jealous of the President - no one cares what he thinks - non story.

Posted by: skimom27 | September 29, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, let's let Michael Steele and Sarah Palin say all they want.

They always are good for late-night jokes.

Posted by: bs2004 | September 29, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I find it very disparaging that President Obama’s priorities is self-gratifying and trivial at this time in history. I honestly feel that he is overwhelmed with all that is happening in the world but instead focuses on going to Denmark to convince the Olympic Committee to make Chicago the site for the Olympics. The expense also with his entourage is outrageous! But President Obama can tell us all to cut back on expenses and give to those in need. Chicago the home of his wife and also many irresponsible associates of the Obama’s would be the worst place to make Olympic history. The undesirables in Chicago that he has been associated with in the past will more than likely be involved with him in the future, even when he is not reelected. He does not appear to have leadership qualities or experience to be President of the United States. He may be a smooth orator but accountability is what he owes to the people that voted for him. His rhetoric conflicts with his naïveté.

Posted by: sycamore2 | September 29, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Gee Mar67, we Republicans would certainly have *no way* of imagining what that would be like, where the opposing party was relentlessly against our president and criticizing him every step of the way. How in the world could we ever imagine what that would be like? Oh yeah, see years 2003-2008. HYPOCRISY is thy name.

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | September 29, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I just bet my house, first born and sacred honor that if Obama chose not to go to Copenhagen the Republicants would be criticizing him for "not caring about jobs,prestige and big $ for Chicago, Illinois and the nation."

Posted by: caseyb1 | September 29, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a moron. The Olympics are worth BILLIONS of dollars to the winning country. The USA should put on the full-court press to try and win this bid!

Posted by: DoreDad | September 29, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Just Don't get it!! Countries will give anything to be honor in having the Olympics. NOw We have a Young, energetic President, who feels that our Country should hold the olympics and Now even that "IT's F Wrong" Give a Break!! My resolution is that anything POSITIVE that this President does, It will be smear by Republicans. LOOsers!!

Posted by: mar67 | September 29, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

You republicans better get it together. Your violent threats and taunts have not gone unnoticed.
I went to the gun store yesterday. They never even asked my party affiliation or what I was planning on hunting! LOL.....

Posted by: Tomcat3 | September 29, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm always amazed when Steele interjects his opinion.. usually poorly timed and of unimportant subject matter.. I am anti-Obama.. but the GOP should use better judgement when slamming him..

Posted by: newbeeboy | September 29, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Criticize Michael Steele all you want you Democrap racist 0polgists. He's not running for office. Your guy? He'll hear from us in 2010. Can't wait.

Posted by: beebop1 | September 29, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes cdierd1944, that's it, an "economic stimulus issue", I should make you Economic Stimulus Tzar!! Spending billions to host the Olympics for 2wks is just the sort of advanced economic investment thinking we pride ourselves on here, why just look at the Pork Act, er I mean the stimulus act! Heck, if Nancy can carve herself a big ol' fat piece of roast under the guise of the economic stimulus plan, then no one should mind if a man of my historic stature hooks up his friends in Chicago, right? That's how we do it where I come from. And besides, Michelle is making me so why fight it? Sure, I'm scared of those guys Putin and Achmadinejad but nothing compared to Michelle!!

Your savior,
Hopey Changey

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | September 29, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Three things.

1. Who cares what Michael Steele says?
2. Is anyone suggesting that if Obama stayed in the White House we would zip through health care reform. If so, those individuals are pretty dumb. This constant criticism from the right about everything Obama says or does is over the top. They can no longer be taken seriously.
3. The political leaders of all the other countries contending for the Olympic sponsorship are going to this meeting. If Obama doesn't go it would send a message that the US doesn't care as much as the other countries. This is a significant honor and economic stimulus issue.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | September 29, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, my loyal subjects, with your help and my state-run media friends, we will purport to show this Olympic triumph as something of substance and accomplishment! Not like a used-car salesman pathetically using the power of the US presidency for so menial a task. I'm prepared to read a speech FULL of pompous self-adulation and soaring rhetoric, assuming the teleprompter gets there in time. After I'm done apologizing for US gold medal victories in the past, I'll suggest that gold medals be awarded to every contestant, like they do in my daughter's soccer league (that's where I got the idea). My boys Chavez and Castro will love it!!

Your Holy Savior,
Hopey Changey

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | September 29, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

RNC Chair criticizes Obama on trivial issue. Wow. Thanks for the update.

Posted by: nodebris | September 29, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The RNC Chair could have skipped this criticism. Its purely political motivation is quite obvious. But the Republicans don't seem caplable of anything more than saying no. So I guess bashing the Olympics is just another opportunity for their limited skill set.

Posted by: dnjake | September 29, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Can Steele be any dumber?
If he were an effective leader and concerned about the country and/or American pride he should have proposed sending a number of Republicans with the President. Show the world that the whole country backs hosting the Olympics in Chicago. Perhaps the President will invite some along. What about CA Gov. Ahnold ? World wide glitz. Newt was around Atlanta in 96. Maybe this president would invite him up front.
All this flap from a party whose last President --W.-- seemed to spend more time in Crawford than DC.

Posted by: jmsbh | September 29, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh Jesus...another wingnut from the incompetent failures known as the Republican Party offering "advice". Getting advice on ANYTHING from a Republican is like getting marriage counseling from OJ Simpson.

Posted by: wilder5121 | September 29, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm so proud of my fellow Marylanders for having the sense to defeat Steele in the last election. Now the loser is off extending Baby Bush's record of harm to the Repugnant party.

What these mean and selfish fools don't understand is voters care much more about country than party. That is where Steele, Limburger et al are most out of step with the voters. I guess you have to keep up the pointless opposition because you guys spent 8 dreadful yrs proving you have no good ideas.

Posted by: 1observer | September 29, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to go to Denmark and get to act all presidential and stuff when they award the Olympics to Chicago, yay!! Since I'll be on foreign soil, it will look like I accomplished something in regard to foreign policy. Then people will forget about my complete failure to achieve any foreign policy objectives, the utter contempt in which other countries view my weakness, and my sophomoric idealism in matters of foreign policy (oh, a world without nukes, wouldn't that be great?? Kumbaya!! Or should I say, Obambaya!! Oooh, I like that...). Can't wait to get on ol' Air Force One again, VROOM VROOM!! Maybe we can fly low over NYC on the way...

Hopey Changey

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | September 29, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"What is a big deal is the Repubs' incessant criticisms and total unwillingness to be a responsible minority party--for the good of the country"

In other words, Republicans should be supportive and working for the good of the country, you know, like when the Dems were all supportive of President Bush. Remember how supportive they were, how they always put country first??? Yeah, neither do I.

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | September 29, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

vegasgirl and those who sympathize with the thought that he has too much on his plate:

We no longer have a slug in office. Obama is high efficiency because he knows how and when to use his time effectively. Is your only concern that he will be successful. I would put the odds of that being true at about the same as the US getting the Olympics.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 29, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama decided to go the Olympic Committee the odds on Chicago winning has jumped to 4 to 7, suggesting it is more likely than not he will be successful. Does Mr Steel propose that George Bush go instead so that Rio can be the odds on favorite. If you think about it Republicans have a history of making decision that lead to failure. Steel wants to continue that tradition.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 29, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Go away already you worthless Republicans.

CHICAGO 2016

Posted by: ethereal_reality | September 29, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's not the best timing, but it's not a big deal either way. What is a big deal is the Repubs' incessant criticisms and total unwillingness to be a responsible minority party--for the good of the country

Posted by: dhenken1 | September 29, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"i love how quikcly obama's supporters have been reduced to the argument: "He is no worse than Bush".

ah, great expectations.
Posted by: dummypants "
--------
Hey dummypants, you idiot, the argument is that the Republican leadership is being hypocritical, get it?, HYPOCRACY, we already know that Obama is leagues ahead of GW on almost every front.

Moron.

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The revenue from hosting the Olympics is akin to a superbowl everyday for over a month.

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The RNC chair is correct on this topic. While I understand his support of holding the Olympics in the Second City, the president really has too much on his plate to be dealing with this right now.
Let Mrs. Obama go and cheer on ChiTown; the president needs to stay in D.C. and attend to more pressing business. That's the job we elected him to do -- fix the damage left by the last administration, not land the Olympics.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | September 29, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Is Steele still here? Is he finally ready to debut the new Republican Party with a new message and outlook? Perhaps explain why Sarah Palin is still their best hope for the White House?

No? Just more lame, limp, criticism of President Obama? PATHETIC!

Let's just say in pushing for the Olympic Games in Chicago, President Obama, has an uphill battle on his hands. However, we've learned not to count him out too soon.

Posted by: free-donny | September 29, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

GOP and its Media Cronies:
Teflon coated Reagan could do NO WRONG - even trickle down rob from the poor give to the ultra rich, and Iran-Contra.
Obama . . . . OBVIOUSLY, Damn_d if he does, AND Damn_d if he don't.

Posted by: lufrank1 | September 29, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm so happy that my President and First Lady are going on the Olympic lobbying trip. This is absolutely fantastic. Michael Steel shut up. There were one of you on every plantation.

Posted by: lexus1 | September 29, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty pathetic. It's one thing to criticize a President on policies you think are wrong.

It's quite another to try to tear down the President for anything he does, regardless of what it is or how many Americans it would benefit.

Apparently modern Republicans have trouble distinguishing between the two.

Posted by: Hillman1 | September 29, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't make sense until you follow the money trail... the Chicago kickback money trail. Imagine all the construction contracters that contributed to his campaign and were part of the "pay-to-play" corruption in Chicago. I would guess that he owes them big time.

Posted by: darlav | September 29, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

You knew this would happen. A few weeks ago, when it appeared Obama would not go to Copenhagen, Fox News had conservatives guests on bashing him for "abandoning America" and questioning his patriotism because he wouldn't fight for an American Olympics. Pathetic...

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 29, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The main point is being missed. This the FIRST time a sitting president has gone to pitch the selection of a US City to the Olympic selection committee. No other President has done that. Yes, previous Presidents have attended the Olympics--great! But none have made a trip to lobby the selection committee. I think it woudl be a political risk no matter what your party.

Posted by: soleil2000 | September 29, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey editor, you missed one. A major one.

You allowed his name to be misspelled. Isn't that commandment number one in journalism? If nothing else, make sure you spell peoples' names correctly.

The republican national chairman, and party spokesman and chief policy maker, spells his name L-I-M-B-A-U-G-H. Remember that next time.

Posted by: seattle_wa | September 29, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? We're trying to stimulate the economy - the Olympics are huge, both for economic impact and the cultural and dimplmatic impact and prestigue.

Certainly it's a little more personal for the President because it's his adopted home town, but the President's job is to promote America's interests in the world. I'm sure the mayor and the bid committee asked, so what? He is going because the race is too close to call and he thinks he can make a difference. He is doing his job!

It's sad that Michael Steele (who I generally respect) doesn't have anything better to do with his time.

Posted by: rlritter | September 29, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

panamajack

Thank god for the internet. How else would a moron express himself without personal embarrassment?

Posted by: ged0386 | September 29, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is like an insurance policy for the GOP to maintain their minority party status. I almost think he was appointed because the GOP is out of touch with the country, and they believe Steele is such a walking comedy that his inability to think is entertaining.

Posted by: COWENS99 | September 29, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

ACORN is behind it all!!!!! It's ACORN---run for your lives!!!!!!! they might get a poor kid lunch, or shelter for a family driven to homelessness by their medical bills!!!!!! RUN, panic ITS ACORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You righties need to breath. Then get out of the den and turn off fux news for a few minutes. Your tiny minds are going to burst from all the fear and proaganda.

Posted by: John1263 | September 29, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Calling steele a stepnfetchit, a token, or something like that would be racist. like when the teabaggers hold signs saying "go back where you came from" (Hawaii?) or pictures of watermellons and monkeys. however, pointing out steele is a puppt of the real party chairman - rush limbaugh -- is not racist. It doesn't matter what color he is, he is carrying water for the real party leaders.

President Obama could start poohing gold bricks and the rnc would issue a statement criticizing the President for destabalizing gold markets, costing jobs at "my gold envelope," and urging the president to switch to platinum.

Posted by: John1263 | September 29, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'st of all this is payback to Mayor Daly
since he was at the Whitehouse recently.Regardless if he was objective he
would not be involved in anyway.Perhaps
this will create jobs for his Acorn friends
who have been allowed to shaft the Tax Payers as usual. I hope America can wake up
from this Terror from the Democratic Party.

Posted by: jmcmackin | September 29, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mike,

Republicans should skip the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Then we can get some people in who are going to actually do some heavy lifting, get something done for the country, and solve the problems resulting from two terms of negligence and deceit.

"We are facing some looming issues" because for the 8 years prior to Obama, the Republicans did nothing but give money and advantage to the rich and powerful.

What a bag of useless wind the Right has become. "Just say No!"

Please just go away wing-nuts, just go away.


Posted by: wordzworth_ink | September 29, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@ pananajack...you're simply ignorant!!!

Has anyone ever thought about the revenue this could potentially bring the the country and it's still building foreign relations. I think Obama has a clear and consise plan that eventually will prove all the nay-sayers WRONG!!!!

Posted by: luelue24 | September 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Can someone please send a memo to Michael Steele for me and politely tell him I said, "Shut the F&^* Up, you sound like an a$$............... Thanks :-)
******

does anyone else think its racist that you are talking to the first black head of the republican party like he was your dog?"

No.
and...
Shut the F&^* Up, you sound like an a$$ teabagger. Thanks :-)

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@ pananajack...your simply ignorant!!!

Has anyone ever thought about the revenue this could potentially bring the the country and it's still building foreign relations. I think Obama has a clear and consise plan that eventually will prove all the nay-sayers WRONG!!!!

Posted by: luelue24 | September 29, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Presidents travel as the cheif diplomat of the United States. that costs the United States money. Why is it that everyone has a problem with that when it is the other party who travels on the business of the US? When Presidents abuse his priviledge and use travel to promote their political agenda at taxpayer expense - and all have been gulty of that in recent decades, then it is something to be upset about. Going to a foriegn nation to promote the interests of the United States is one of the primary jobs of the president so he not only should go, he is just doing his job in going.

All of the yelling and screaming from the right is menat to be a distraction. Just like during the Cliton presidency. Conservatives know very well that they cannot begin to match the President or the Democratic party on ideas, policy initiatives, accomplishments. So they scream and yell and lie and call names and try everything they can to draw attention away from those very important things and waste everyones time and attention with trivia. ACORN, a trip to Copenhagen, Kenya, all just noise to drown out the amazing accomplishments of this president and his party.

And when republicons do manage to convince enough rubes to vote for them they are like the dog chasing a bus when the bus stops and they catch it. After al the noise and barking and yelping and the slaobbering they just stand there and stare because they have no clue what to do next. Then they try to chew the bumper.

Posted by: John1263 | September 29, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"RNC Chair Calls on Obama to Skip Olympics Lobbying Trip"

Well... of course he would ... that's his job - that's his party's job.

No. No. No.
rinse and repeat.

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 29, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The President obviously wants the Olympics in his home city and state--NP. I doubt that Michael Steele would criticize George Bush if he and Mrs. Bush did the same thing for Houston or Dallas. I believe that the President should leave this lobbying effort to Mrs. Obama and Oprah. However if that was the case and the IOC picked Rio over Chicago then the Republicans would smack Obama for not getting involved more. So really does it matter what he does, the Republicans right now will criticize NO MATTER WHAT. That is what we have devolved to.

Posted by: jmr1601 | September 29, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing that Obama could do that would make the Repugnican'ts happy. He could change his party affiliation to R tomorrow and adopt the entire Repugnican't platform and Steele, the Repugnican't noise machine and Faux news will complain even more. Obama, Pelosi and Reid need to cut off all efforts to bring them into the political process, now while they can use this irrational negativity to demonstrate to voters that the Democrats are working toward our benefit while the Party of NO is working solely for the benefit of their political masters.

Posted by: mraymond10 | September 29, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

And if Obama didn't go the GOP would say WHY DIDN'T OBAMA go to pitch America to the world? Does he hate America?

Posted by: Ralph_Indianapolis | September 29, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

this is the approved rnc message from chairman limbaugh. President Obama could schedule a trip to pick up $500 trillion in pure gold bullion and the republicons would scream nononononononononononono!

Why does any one think they would have anything to say other than he should not do what he is doing? Taking 12 hours to try to get the Olymics in the US is not poworth it? But when bush spent almost 25% of his entire presidency on vacation that was fine. When he spent more than a month off right before the 9/11 attacks, ad then every subsequent summer went to TEXAS in the SUMMER to waste time, that was just fine.

republicons hate President Obama because he is a success. And the real party chairman gave a mandate 6 months ago that all good republicons want failure and nothing else. Mr. steele got the message after he went off the chairman's script a few times early in his tenure.

Posted by: John1263 | September 29, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please send a memo to Michael Steele for me and politely tell him I said, "Shut the F&^* Up, you sound like an a$$............... Thanks :-)
******

does anyone else think its racist that you are talking to the first black head of the republican party like he was your dog?

Posted by: dummypants | September 29, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Funny. You never saw anybody high up in the RNC complaining that Bush took unnecessary trips to his ranch in Texas rather than stay in DC and get work done.
*******

i love how quikcly obama's supporters have been reduced to the argument: "He is no worse than Bush".

ah, great expectations.

Posted by: dummypants | September 29, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Funny. You never saw anybody high up in the RNC complaining that Bush took unnecessary trips to his ranch in Texas rather than stay in DC and get work done.

Posted by: cheez | September 29, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

bokamba - Ever think of the fact that if the Olympics are held in Chicago then world leaders will come here and the sitting U.S. president can "build relations" with multiple countries without ever having to leave the U.S.?

Michael Steele will say whatever his puppet masters tell him to and all they want to do is find every ridiculous reason to criticize the Obama Administration.

And I think Obama is planning to knock this trip out in a couple of days, whereas former President "Dubya" found a way to kill a lot of time in China rubbing elbows with the athletes. I think it was part of his foreign relations "strategery".

Posted by: dritchie57 | September 29, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Olympics anywhere are contrary to the world’s endeavors to fight pollution of air, land, water and food, the energy crisis, financial crisis, climate change, war, immigration and disease control making them all very difficult to make progress. At a time when we are at war against radical Islamic elements in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan territories, and in verbal-political combat against Iran, North Korea, Syria and others, this would give an easy entry into America from Canada and around the world for wrong reasons. It would be difficult to find those who stay as illegal immigrants of any nationality. People of these other cultures are satisfied living with relatives, so they are easily hidden.

We have revived the Greek and Roman Empire ways of Olympics; both had gymnasiums and youth clubs for mastery in various games. We have increased the cost of education with facilities focused on empty sports and competition which has not created the unity it promised. It creates people focused on themselves instead of others. It gives great promises, but many become enslaved to pressures of time, money and commitment that could be better spent in their family and community. Of the multitudes that begin, most suffer loss and infirmity with only very few being winners. God warned against seeking honors. We are going the wrong way and creating unnecessary challenges expecting money to be our savior. There is no wisdom in continuing the Olympics.

Posted by: MarieDevine | September 29, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele should let up on our p*mp-in-chief. He's going to try to get the Olympics in Chicago. I understand the committee is entertaining adding some new "sports" this year" 2 x 4 bashing, torso kicking, and (my favorite) shivving! At least Michelle can get a couple of days worth of shopping in Copenhagen done. That's most important! January 20, 2013...the end of an error!

Posted by: panamajack | September 29, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele: Find some purpose for your life now. You are the most confused black in a America.

Posted by: candycane1 | September 29, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

This comment by the RNC Chair is a joke as is the Republican party's support for the people's elected president.

Posted by: ILuvUS | September 29, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please send a memo to Michael Steele for me and politely tell him I said, "Shut the F&^* Up, you sound like an a$$............... Thanks :-)

Posted by: drobe9_19991 | September 29, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

This is a waste of taxpayer money. A trip like this will cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, on the gamble that it will help Chicago get the Olympics in 2016, which will not likely provide any long-term benefits to Chicago or the United States. At least when President Bush went to the Beijing Olympics he was building relations with the Chinese.

Posted by: bokamba | September 29, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama should do whatever he, his party and his advisors determine is in the best interests of the country. The GOP will complain no matter what that is, and the right-wing noise machine will amplify it.
It is sad to see the once-respected Washington Post join the chorus.

Posted by: kstack | September 29, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

And how did he feel when George Bush spent two weeks in China during the Olympics last year?

Posted by: davestickler | September 29, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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