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Don't Blame Obama on Olympics

By Jo-Ann Armao

Maybe they should have sent Michael Jordan. Clearly, the International Olympic Committee wasn’t bowled over by President Obama’s in-person plea to hold the 2016 Summer Games in his home town of Chicago. Indeed, it was the first city the committee eliminated.

That first round rejection was a surprise. Not so unexpected is the predictable carping -- commenced within minutes of CNN flashing today's news -- about Obama’s decision to travel to Copenhagen to urge Chicago’s selection. A loss to his prestige! Major setback! Should have known better!

I still think Obama did no wrong in going the extra mile in trying to get something he thought would be good for this country. I say that being one of those people who really don’t “get” the Olympics; just ask my family and friends, who got tired of me complaining about how much time people were spending watching the 2008 Summer Games during our annual beach vacation. I do, though, respect what the Olympics are supposed to represent -- the best doing their utmost, and, in that regard, Obama was true to the tradition of trying.

Accordingly, it is hard for me to understand all the hoopla that surrounded the president's trip. The world didn't fall apart while he was on an overnight plane. Indeed, the Senate Finance Committee even managed to pass out a health reform bill in his absence.

So, no, there won't be the Summer Games in Chicago, and no doubt Obama -- like the city itself -- is disappointed. One thing the president can console himself with, though, is the certainty that the very same sorts of folks who are criticizing him for going to Denmark would probably be blaming him if he hadn't gone.

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 2, 2009; 1:02 PM ET
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Sure, except the fact that Obama is the President of the United States, and the Commander in Chief. His job is to do his upmost with his responsibilities, not return favors for his corrupt cronies in Chicago.

We have major economic problems, health care decisions to make and men and women in uniform dying in Afghanistan while the Obamas are out wasting tax-payer money on their two separate jets to Copenhagen!

Posted by: PiousPolly | October 2, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Now, Obama's priority is how to quell the itchiness of all those construction crews that his boss (i.e. Valerie Jarret) has on standby. It's going to be a lot more difficult to hide those "variances" without the veneer of the Olympic games. If only all these other situations (e.g. US economy, wars in Iraq/Afghanistan, etc...) would go away so these Chicago politicians could get their "real" work done...it's just not fair.

Posted by: nosam32 | October 2, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

It would be much easier to blame George W. Bush, wouldn't it? That's what rabid partisans did for 8 years. If there was a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, it was Bush's fault. If there were mad terrorists around the world targeting the U.S., it was Bush's fault. If there were corrupt practices on Wall St., it was Bush's fault, right?

I (even as a Chicagoan) can accept your argument not to blame Obama. That's fine. But maybe it's time that he gets a realistic evaluation, and not the blind adoration that has been lavished upon him so far. In other words, don't blame him, but also don't give him credit where it ISN'T due. Recognize, just for a minute or two, that he's a mortal individual like everybody else.

And maybe think just for a moment about retracting some of the outrageously unfair venom that was directed at his predecessor.


Posted by: ttj1 | October 2, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I am glad our President did all that he could to secure the games for his adopted home town. I am not an Olympic games fan but this would promote Chicago, Illinois and the country and the every other country in the competition was sending their President, Prime Minsters, princes, etc. and it was appropriate for him to attend as he did on a limited basis to promote the country he represents.

I knew that the idiots who hate him for any reason they can think of along with the incredibly stupid media would blame him either way as well. For some time world leaders have stepped forward with their Olympic committees when bidding for the games. Had our President not gone and Chicago still missed out - those who hate for no reason would have been scathing that he sat around waiting for Congress to pass a health bill and his own home town couldn't get him to help. Since he went and lent his support - now it's his personal fault.

I've yet to blame Bush's attendance at the 08 games in China for the financial meltdown less than a month later -- he spent 4 days patting the backsides of women volleyball players, holding up backward American flags and basically did squat as our economy had a melt down -- oh but that's right he wasn't a democrat so he is given a pass.

Posted by: Lemon7221 | October 2, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Your automatic assumptions that those complaining now would have complained if he hadn't gone, is silly, in my opinion. But then again we can't have anything negative about our President can we? Perhaps asking him to worry about the decisions needed for Afghanistan is wrong? Perhaps taking the President at his word when he said he wasn't going because he had more pressing things to worry about and then changed his mind is silly?
Your comment about the IOC not being bowled over - did you think that just his mere presence would get the IOC to give the games to Chicago and therefore there is something wrong with the IOC decision? I mean his apologists are already out on TV implying things.
I mean, really - it was a poor decision for Obama to go against his own word when the First Lady was already going. And in all honesty, we all knew he would change his mind and go - his ego wouldn't let him stay at home.

Posted by: justmyvoice | October 2, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't anybody PAY for the post, articles like this. It's never Obama's fault (sorry...All Hail Obama, All Hail) never his fault. Democrats are never held to any standard of conduct. Frank and Dodd steal with both hands and thier feet. You'll never find out about it in the post. I just think it's great to see an person who thinks soooooo muuuuuuch of himself fail. He doesn't know how to handle it, his mere presence should have given the Chicago (bang..bang) Politcal Machine another payday. They will just have to find another way to steal public money.

Posted by: WatchingThem | October 2, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What if Bush had traveled to Copenhagen to try to convince the Olympics Committee to bring the games say to Texas, and failed miserably. Would you have written the same story, Lady? Of course not. You would have made fun of Bush, calling him all kinds of names and asking him to reimburse to us, taxpayers, the millions of dollars the trip for nothing cost. People in the know guessed that the most likely winner would be Rio, because South America never hosted the Olympic Games. Had Obama's advisers been smart, they would have told him not to make the trip. But their admiration for the charmer has no bounds, and they blew it.

Posted by: grooves12 | October 2, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I love the title of this article.

Brilliant Comrade! You should be awarded the Order of Lenin for this spin.

Posted by: sdw2is | October 2, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The sad fact within all this hoopla is it shine a light on how utterly and completely America is forever divided. I never thought I was capable of such hate of an entire group of people...but each time I see how relentlessly Republican Thugs bash this President at every chance I am convinced I want nothing to do with ANY Conservative. I have grown to despise them and all they represent. I am PROUD of the President and the First Lady and thankful we have them.

Posted by: tjfrmla | October 2, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Another blow to The Organ Grinders Monkey's ego.

What a shame.

Posted by: panielsen | October 2, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why he isn't to blame. Afterall his summer "We Suck" tour didn't do much to build the image of him or the country he is supposed to represent.

Posted by: hadit1 | October 2, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Sucker!

Posted by: davevu | October 2, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Of course he is the blame.
Obama is a loser: Mmm, mm, mmm!!

Posted by: nychap44 | October 2, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that he went. There was only going to be one winner, and it happened not to be Chicago. I'm sure they're just as disappointed in Tokyo and Madrid. Life goes on.

By the way, I'm glad that Rio won.

Posted by: whodunit | October 2, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion the IOC had Chicago ruled out before Obama's pitch. My guess and opinion is the senseless and brutal beating and death of the Chicago area teenage boy that stole the national headlines all week probably played a major role in Chicago's rejection. After that incident Chicago never stood a chance.

Posted by: davidvillegas2036 | October 2, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

that makes no sense whatsoever. I for one think it was a colossal waste of money and time. Time he could have been using to...oh let's say TALK TO HIS THEATRE COMMANDERS IN IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN. Just off the top of my head.

Half of Chicagoans don't want this circus. Good for Rio. Valerie Jarret stands to gain if Chicago was selected because the deplorable slums she used to manage would have been in the area razed for the billion dollar Olympic Village. Who's Valerie Jarret? If the ComPost were doing it's job you would all know her name well and not in a good way. Think Tony Rezko.

Posted by: theduck6 | October 2, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Dear President Obama,

Welcome home from Denmark.

Sometimes good things can come out of a very public defeat like your Olympic effort.

If that happens, this will have been a cheap lesson. We all make mistakes. If we learn from them, then its worth trying and failing.

Some suggestions:

(1) You have either been getting bad advice from those surrounding you, or you have been overruling good advice and going by your instincts. I don't know which, but whichever it is, consider this Olympics defeat a wake up call to stop. You are heading in the wrong direction.

(2) Stop trying to impress foreigners and work on building bridges to the folks at home. You are the elected Chief Executive and Head of State of a great country. Try harder to make the rest of us feel that you recognize that fact. Be one of us - not a world citizen. Most of us like you even when we disagree. We need you to lead, but we also need you to remember that you are just an affable law professor and author without us.

(3) Political victories ad defeats are temporary. Threatening to use the current large majorities in Congress to force unpopular changes on basic parts of American life, isn't going to win you international respect or cooperation at home. Whatever you do now without solid support will be undone later.

Just nine months ago, your country celebrated your inauguration pretty much across social and demographic lines. That probably would not happen today.

Did the country change or did you disappoint? How you answer that question will determine your ability to govern a big, rowdy and complex nation. Free people are tough to govern. I'm sure its much easier to lead other countries, but this is the job you wanted and now you have it.

People of good will want you to succeed in doing that, but many think you are headed in the wrong direction on a number of points. Americans are very resourceful in refusing to go in directions they don't want.

President Obama. Come home to America and America will come home to you.

Best regards,

Jim Verdonik
Raleigh, NC

Posted by: jfv123 | October 2, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

There was an "overkill" aspect to having the President go to Cophenhagen regarding the Olympics. The First Lady was already going, he should have stayed at home, he was ill advised again. This is what happens when he have inexperienced people as president as evidenced by his poor show at the economic conference and Pittsburgh.

Posted by: Listening2 | October 2, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank you James Verdonik for your open letter to President Obama, truer words have never been spoken. Americans are conservataive people, when they elected President Obama, they thought they wanted "change," but not really. Americans don't want to be turned inside out or upside down. The President needs to stay home and take care of "our" business, for example, creating jobs, jobs and more jobs. I know he said his impetus plan has created jobs, but how come we lost 263,000 in the month of September?

Posted by: Listening2 | October 2, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This is a no-win for the President. If he didn't make the trip to promote the US, his critics would have piled on. He went, and they piled on. The republicans gripe these days if you tell them the sky is blue. I just wonder why they're celebrating the loss - you know, the loss of jobs and revenues that could have been had the Olympics come to Chicago. Sounds pretty un-American (republican) to me.

Aside from that - he also had the opportunity to meet with the General, so there was another benefit. Those claiming the President shouldn't have gone but instead should have focused on the economy blah blah blah...it's just more mindless bloviating from the miserable losers. I guess they're just used to GW Albatross that couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time. Thankfully those days are long gone.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | October 2, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Obama is to blame. This was a literal ego trip at taxpayer expense, to line his pockets and those of cronies. Obama is an embarrassment.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | October 2, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

President Obama should not to be blamed for the loss--but he certainly will be. A President does not go to a high level conference unless he knows he will walk away with a win, or something he can call a win. This President has not yet learned the art of statesmanship, the first requisite of which is never to appear to lose. Never. Success breeds success. Likewise, failure. . .

Posted by: Rafaelo | October 2, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

***Tonight's WH Dinner Special***
Celebrating the Culture of Chicago
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Kolbassa Sausage on a Danish Silver Platter.

Posted by: lockmallup | October 2, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

President Obama was one of several heads of state, including a King, who went to Denmark to lobby in favor of their nation. Yes, nation. The olympics are not simply a city event, for those who think Obama was just helping his home town. Olympics are a national event, involving national pride.

And, to be sure, if he did not go, the critics who are lambasting him now would be stewing him for not going!

There are those, including columnist Milbank says Pres. Obama does not try hard enough.

Posted by: paultaylor1 | October 2, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I know, don't blame anything on Obama. He is completely innocent of everything that is going on. Maybe, if Him & the misses didn't go over there with all their arrogance & their pity stories, chicago would have been it>> It is always about them!!! All of his cronies were hoping for the olympics so they could tear down all their slums & get paid to do it. There is always a ulterior motive for everything these 2 do. And exactly what was Oprah doing there, she has no right & no power to do so.. Oh I forgot, they are good buds with the Oslama's...Maybe now he can actually concentrate on sending help to our soldiers in Afghanistan or maybe opening up some of those jobs that were promised with the porkulus money.. Oh but next week Mrs Oslama is going shopping in Paris. Hurry, you have to let the ink dry on that new money you're printing off!!!! Come on 2012!!!I will vote for anyone other than what we have now!!!

Posted by: releggneh1 | October 2, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

First you go to the U.N. and express your disappointment in your Government. Which endears you to possibly become King of the World. Then you should twist the arms of the right people in the IOC not the ones who cant stand Oprah Or your Wife. Its One mistake after another. I cant wait till the next one.......

Posted by: bernard3 | October 2, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama himself said that he shouldn't go because healthcare and other matters were more pressing. Then he runs out on healthcare and not only did the public option that he claims to support go down in flames, but he lost the Olympic bid as well. Though the Olympics do have some impact on the economy, it is not near the level of importance both in people lives as well as the financial impact that healthcare has, so no, he shouldn't have gone for the very reason he gave originally when he said he wasn't going. Now because of that he ended up with a double defeat.

Posted by: SpanishInquisition | October 2, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad he went. Now he gets to be "sorely dissapointed." Also if him not being here had ANYTHING to do with even a portion of his socialist legislature failing, then he needs to go on trips more often.

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 2, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I applaud the president's supportive efforts and Chicago's privately-financed 2016 bid as the best bid submitted. This could be more of an IOC snub of the USOC who are bickering over broadcast revenue sharing.

While the decision was disheartening, the IOC cannot be expected to make the best or most predictable decsion:

"... two University of Chicago professors, John Mark Hansen and Allen
Sanderson, in a Forbes magazine article earlier this year applied game
theory to the Byzantine IOC voting procedure and came up with an
incontrovertible result: The system could not be more arbitrary and
unpredictable if a committee of Roman Catholic cardinals, Democratic
ward committeemen, Vladimir Putin henchmen and Iran's Guardian Council
worked together to make it so." (David Greising, Chicago Tribune, OCT 2)

We are still the USA to most Americans so let's get behind the next American bid for 2020. Hope it is Chicago.

Posted by: h123 | October 2, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

And, to be sure, if he did not go, the critics who are lambasting him now would be stewing him for not going!
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Quiz time: What other in-office President of the United States has gone to the IOC to campaign for the games?

It's just not done. The reason is that there's too much prestige to lose...as 44 just found out.

Posted by: PS7900 | October 2, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

We appreciate your efforts Mr. President.

Posted by: elmanoblanco | October 2, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't really mind if this were just a humiliation for Obama, who so richly deserves it. Sadly, the arrogant fool is president, so it is a humiliation for the whole United States.

Dear Mr Obama - please try to keep from embarrassing us for the hopefully short time you will remain in office.

Thank you,

America

Posted by: hill_marty | October 2, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Armao - yes you do sound whiny. glad to have vacationed without ya.
bite me Urkel. Go Rio!

Posted by: nancyjeanmail | October 2, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

In and of itself, I think it was okay for the President to go to Copenhagen. However, I am happy that he got egg on his face, anything to cut him down to size. Sorry about Chicago. I've been there frequently and think it is a great city.

Posted by: edfromtexas | October 2, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Nobody should have any problem with Obama going to promote the interests of the US, even if he's traveled the world for the past year or so apologizing for everything about it. Except for his being the President of it of course.

But, would he have gone to Copenhagen for Houston or another city where his cronies couldn't have pocketed millions?
He sure couldn't have used that nice part in his IOC speech about the adoring crowds in Grant Park in Chicago on election night, could he?
Maybe the rest of the world is as tired of his egocentric performances as we are.

Posted by: parkbench | October 2, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

As part of the 50% of Americans who disapprove of Obama, I am doing the Samba today and I just just ordered a fruit headress. I'm sorry Chicago had to fall for the cult politics of personality. Now that the world has confirmed President Obama is just a man, maybe he, Michelle and Oprah can stop thinking of themselves as Gods. Come down off your pedastals and acknowledge that you don't know what in the f*** you are doing.

Posted by: kenpasadena | October 2, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I do not know who this person writing this column of kow towing is. But, she obviously is a liberal know nothing. Obama was driven down a peg or two by a hugely corrupt IOC and he deserved it. His arrogance with My Belle Michelle and Oprah turned off these corrupters. Obama never dealt with liberty, freedom or how America has supported nations and the IOC for generations. His rhetoric was , I, I, I, I and his chutzpah was undermined as he spent , what, 25 minutes with the General who is trying to save our military and a country. Wow. Not his fault huh lefty? Obama is finally being perceived by Americans as a secular socialist pacifist radical who is a danger to America domestically as well as internationally.

Posted by: phillyfanatic | October 2, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

One conclusion is obvious regarding Obama's disappointing trip to Copenhagen.

Either Obama has lousy advisers or he has too much undeserved self-confidence. His cronies failed to anticipate the final outcome, and pushed Obama to make this disastrous trip, which humiliated him and our country. It diminished the office of the President of the United States of America, the most powerful office in the world?

Posted by: paha420 | October 2, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been having a hard time of it. I hope he finds a way to focus his efforts, but I'm beginning to feel we chose the wrong guy for a tough job.

Posted by: georgejones5 | October 2, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Although I did not vote for Mr. Obama, I had high hopes for his success as President. Unfortunately, his administration increasingly seems to be one to one of form over substance.

He is disappointing his allies and independents like me by his lack of backbone and his need to show he is a leader, rather than being a leader, which is a substantial difference.

This event in Denmark, was all show. We, as a nation, need much more substance from Mr. Obama.

Posted by: jcbank | October 2, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I hated to see Chicago lose the Olympics. I am not an Obama hater or fan. He's president, and I'm stuck with him. I hope things go well for the country regardless of who POTUS is.

But someone above said "I knew that the idiots who hate him for any reason they can think of along with the incredibly stupid media would blame him either way as well."

I found myself thinking the same thing. I thought it when Bush was president too. And when Clinton was president. Because in all those cases, it was true. I can really only remember presidents back to Nixon, and I am not sure it has ever not been true while I was aware of politics.

Posted by: dangOdave | October 2, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The Pres. hasn't figured out how to use his office properly yet. The way he's going, he may never figure it out.

Posted by: clankie | October 2, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me, I'm posting this comment in 2 locations - - I'm happy for Rio! I agree with Mr. R to some degree. BUT, please give this some thought! This wasn't an effort to hurt the country but to help it. Some are knocking President Obama simply for trying. America is suffering financially - unemployment at 9.8%, bankruptcies galore, businesses dissolving, bank failures, on and on. Winning the Olympic bid would have benefited not only Chicago but many American businesses could have used the income generated from this mammoth sized event. Banks, airlines, hotels, restaurants, tourism, cleaning services, clothing industries, to name a few - -all would have been overjoyed to get this extra income. Many are so bent on criticizing President Obama's every move that they never see beyond their noses.

Posted by: chatterbox3 | October 2, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I was waiting to see which hack would write an article first to once again explain away an Obama failure. Congrats Jo-Ann, you win.

Posted by: gceres2000 | October 2, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Equally predictable Jo-Ann, is people like you rushing to his defense no matter how foolish he looks or how much he degrades his office or embarrasses the people he is supposed to represent. Almost nobody who knows anything about politics AND is honest with themselves believes this doesn't hurt his standing. If we are the mediocre nation he claims us to be (on foreign soil no less), why did he have such high expectations for Chicago hosting the Olympics? He is lying in the bed he has made if you ask me.

Posted by: stout77 | October 2, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Jo Ann--It's usually considered polite to use quotation marks when you're quoting somebody and to identify who is being quoted. But in this case that would involve putting quotation marks around the whole article and adding 'said David Axelrod' at the end, which in turn would make it all too clear whether you're a journalist or an apologist.

Posted by: bobroyfills | October 2, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that the country first crowd who paraded around this country with flag pins and they are even flying old glory. What a bunch of unpatriotic fools. If I ever hear a member of the Facist and Nazi White Supremacist Grand Old Party, I will puke. We know who the enemies of the USA are. They are these fake patriots. And my gut churns to vomit just thinking about all their LIES and conjecture about loving this country. You are all sick pieces of human.....

Posted by: numbers28 | October 2, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

More intelligent commentary from the "in the Tank for Obama" media.

The rejection is not about Olympics - It is about the World's opinion on Obama. First round elimination ... says it all.

OK, media, you can resume your propaganda lies again.

Posted by: wilsan | October 2, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh of course you don't blame Obama. Because you're a partisan shill of the State run media. Maybe he should busy himself with the unemployment rate, and save the narcissistic efforts at world domination. There is a limit to empty oratory, and we have found that limit. Bye Obama, don't let the door hit you on the way out....

Posted by: subframer | October 2, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the Olympic Commitee is a bunch of racists.

Posted by: JungleFish | October 2, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The olympics was not that big of a deal, until Obama made it a HUGE deal. He went all in with his gravitas and the weight of the POTUS....and he got beat down. He is an egotistical fool.

Posted by: twinkie54 | October 2, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Think of the "Carbon Foot Print" of two jets going to Denmark! Maybe the Left can think of a way to blame Bush for Obama not convincing the committee to let the Olympics come to Chicago!! I am not saying he should not have gone, but he is not the Chamber of Commerce president of Chicago.

Posted by: coach3 | October 2, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Psychopath narcissist Barack Hussein Obama (mmmm mmmmm mmmmm) strikes out again. His wife was pathetic. I've heard far better speeches from high school students in debates. Her father had M.S.? Honestly, the narcissism. Chicago is an extremely dangerous and corrupt city. It's obvious Obama's friends were counting on the Olympics to skim off millions in corrupt profits. If they want the Olympics they could start by cleaning up 200 years of corrupt democrat party politics. They might be ready for the 3016 Olypics.

Posted by: doctorfixit | October 2, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree the fuel, cost and carbon foot print was crazy. Obama uses the word "change" and now the Olympic Committee has made a "change" to send the games to Rio. It was their time.

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 2, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse


Many of us who think the Obama presidency is a mistake of enormous proportions (but honor the office he holds and support him because of it), cringed when, on the heels of watching him fail to deal with Iran, betray our Eastern European allies,be lectured by the President of France on the realpolitiks of the nuclear age, fail to bring domestic unemployment down to the levels promised by quadrupling our national debt, and be humiliated with his grovelling at the UN, he headed to Copenhagen. We knew the world did not need the yet another demonstration of naivete, arrogance, and inability to protect America's interests in the global arena. God willing, the next time we think about putting a state senator with essentially zero experience in the White House we will think twice.

Posted by: drjoe1 | October 2, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

you lost

obama lost ha ha ha ha i'm laughing so hard today.

barack and michelle punched into the ground hard and exploded in failure.

that's what is was

Posted by: gobeavers69 | October 2, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

hey jo-ann

you suck honey. You are just trying to put spin on our idiot president's miserable failure today.

The world does not love the messiah honey. he got his ass kicked hard today. The teleprompter and campaign tactics failed.

What an idiot to go over there without having it in the bag!

Posted by: gobeavers69 | October 2, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

The Olympic committee listened when Obama trashed America in Cairo, in Germany, at the UN, in Latin America. Obama always runs down America in his speeches and apologizes for America and the mistakes Obama thinks America makes. What kind of moron runs down his own country then expects the Olympics to be staged here? No wonder the Olympic committee thinks Chicago is a loser. Obama keeps telling everyone America is bad.

Posted by: edgar_sousa | October 2, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Why is our current president such a moron?

Why would you go over there without having it in the bag. What a dumb ass we have hired.

You can spin all you want. It's a total mistake and failure for the president to go over there if he did not already know victory was assured.

I'm sure you moron communists will blame it all on racism.

losers! you lost!

Posted by: gobeavers69 | October 2, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey jo-ann

You are obviously part of the communist media of America who defends our communist president at all costs.

Your article is obvious and ridiculous.

Stupid ass.

Posted by: gobeavers69 | October 2, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people showing their ugly here.

Try to keep your hate of the president separate of your feelings toward the rest of America.

It isn't just Chicago that lost out. Other Americans like myself who would have taken my son to the games lost out on sharing that experience with the next generation.

We need the morale boost and this could have been it. Our country is really becoming an ugly place because of you people.

Do us a favor and leave if you hate America so much.

Posted by: onifadee | October 2, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jo-Ann,

I hate you communist media people that try to spin Obama in nothing but a great light.

What would you have been saying if it was Bush that went to Europe to try and get the games to Dallas?

You would be saying what a loser idiot we had for a President.

Communist.

Posted by: gobeavers69 | October 2, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

It's all about appearances. First of all this is not an issue which should engage a President when we have so many other problems. The appearance is that Obama avoids the tough work so that he can be in a spotlight somewhere. Listening to some of the gushy pre-decision reporting was disgusting.

Michelle did not help by trying to make us believe that it is a sacrifice to fly on a private 757 with the best food and wines and then be feted at an international celebration. Can you say "OUT OF TOUCH"

Posted by: peteinny | October 2, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

When I heard that Obma was going to leave a country with 9.8% UNEMPLOYMENT, with troops dying in Afghanistan without the support Obama's Generals say they need, I thought it must be a done deal. Surely he wouldn't take that amount of time and put his prestige and the prestige of the entire United States on the line for something so inconsequential unless he knew it was in the bag! I just didn't understand how arrogant and egotistical Obama truly is. There was no done deal, Obama apparently thought all he had to do was show up and talk and everyone would fall all overthemselves. If it was just Obama that was humiliated I wouldn't care, but when the President of the United States is slapped down so hard the entire country is humiliated. As to consequences..if the Iranians had given the slightest thought to serious discussion about their race for nuclear weapons what do you think they'll think after seeing Obama internationally humiliated! The world is snickering!!!

Posted by: valwayne | October 2, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. President, for going the extra-mile for our country and stating the case for why Chicago would have been a great host city for the 2016 games. Thank you for juggling your many responsibilities and for confronting them head-on. You win some, you lose some. No shame in losing, especially if the effort has been made. Congrats to Rio and Brasil. May they host a beautiful and successful 2016 Olympic games and may the torch be passed to Chicago for 2020!

Posted by: mduffles | October 2, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I would think Obama would be happy with the outcome. After all -- everything he has done since becoming President has been to try to take America down a notch and make us on a par with Third World countries. We can't be thinking we're better than anyone can we? Noooooo indeedee! Now we're humiliated...humbled. This is the culmination of everything he's been trying to achieve with his non-stop apology tours, so he's probably smiling.

On second thought -- I wonder what kind of dirt Daley has on him that resulted in him jetting off to Copenhagen so he could implore the IOC while looking them in the eye (as one commentator put it)...at least, for brief moments, when he wasn't reading from the Teleprompter. Yep, Axelrod and Emanuel are real geniuses.

It couldn't happen to a better guy...or better group of Kool-Aid drinkers.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | October 2, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Jo-Ann is just like her colleagues. She is PETRIFIED to write anything negatively about Obama. She knows what the consequences would be for doing so.

Posted by: wcag | October 3, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

" ... Obama did no wrong in going the extra mile in trying to get something he thought would be good for this country ..."

Good for this country? He despises this country. This was for the good of Obama's ego and his fellow Chicago thugs.

Posted by: cmeglio | October 3, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if it is fact but the perception is clearly that Obama was fiddling while Rome is burning. To me it was a foolish endeavor and not unlike Obama. The man does not need to be marginalized, he's doing it to himself.

Posted by: Auburninbp | October 3, 2009 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Obama = Jimmy Carter Redux

Posted by: alan19 | October 3, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

WEAK! WEAK! WEAK!

Yeah, don't blame Obama. Blame Bush!

You gob-smocking idiots.

You don't learn and you never change.

Posted by: stepan1 | October 3, 2009 4:29 AM | Report abuse

LISTEN UP, GOPERS. IT'S YOUR FAULT.

If GOP-ers say POTUS loss at winning the Olympic hosting shows American image has tarnished,it is because Gopers are the ones bashing it. The world sees us as crazy country because of you. They sense the instability, disunity and insecurity. They fear, any moment from now, you may kill the president.You don't mind the consequence of your evil politics. The world does.

Posted by: Philip6 | October 3, 2009 5:04 AM | Report abuse

He put his political capital on the line, and he lost. Thought his personality would win the day. Read: "Going Rogue hits no. 1" at.....http://cooperscopy.blogspot.com/

Posted by: ronsuev | October 3, 2009 5:10 AM | Report abuse

Of course, political hacks such as yourself would be singing his praises if the IOC chose Chicago to host the 2016 games. But since that didn't happen, the fall-back: don't blame Obama! Got a word for you, Jo-Ann: Obama is the WORST PRESIDENT EVER, and it has nothing to do with the Olympics.

Posted by: johnhiggins1990 | October 3, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Of course it is not Obama's fault. He did what he thought was the right thing to do. How was he to know he was going to run into a bunch of racists. (Besides, there was a microphone in Denmark he had not used before.)

Posted by: mzarowitz | October 3, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

His trip would have been worthwhile if it had prevented the Senate Finance Committee from passing a healthcare bill. If Dems in congress pass this bill, the Dem Party will be hated for generations.

Posted by: rodhug | October 3, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Of course we can't blame President Obama. We can't blame him for anything...he's black, you see. Any blame attributed to his naivete or incompetence is racist. Here's a fact you left wing zealots will never admit...the guy is a loser. He can't get anything right unless he's reading a teleprompter, as evidenced by his less than stellar verbal presentation in Copenhagen. Wake up MSM, and start telling the truth for a change.

Posted by: jackm70 | October 3, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

EDFROMTEXAS wrote: "However, I am happy that he got egg on his face, anything to cut him down to size."

Yeah -- and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and King Carlos of Spain both got eggs on their faces, too, and got cut down to size.

So, wow -- you can be even MORE thrilled!

Posted by: Krisipuu | October 3, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Lobbying for the Olympics was a classic low upside / large downside trade. If he brings the Olympics to Chicago, he probably gets a small temporary bump in his domestic approval rating. If Chicago doesn't get it, the international press gets to write snarky articles about the defeat, with all of the typical comments about the decline of American Prestige, etc.

The fact that he didn't have the common sense to recognize this and stay away is worrisome.

Posted by: sold2u | October 3, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

sold2u wrote: "The fact that he didn't have the common sense to recognize this and stay away is worrisome."
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Do you find "worrisome" and lacking in common sense the following heads of state who lobbied the committee for their cities?

= Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama

= Brazilian president Lula da Silva

= Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

= Spain's King Juan Carlos

Posted by: Krisipuu | October 3, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Krisipuu wrote: Do you find "worrisome" and lacking in common sense the following heads of state who lobbied the committee for their cities?

= Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama

= Brazilian president Lula da Silva

= Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

= Spain's King Juan Carlos

Posted by: Krisipuu

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Not as much. The world doesn't get a charge out of sticking a finger in the eye of Spain, Japan, or Brazil. The downside for other leaders is less. Not necessarily fair, but that's the way it is. Obama made a low upside / high downside trade. I don't know if it was hubris or a lack of common sense.

Posted by: sold2u | October 3, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

sold2u wrote: "I don't know if it was hubris or a lack of common sense."

Or maybe it was his desire to promote this nation.

FRess up -- if Chicago had gotten the Olympics, wsouldn't you conservatives be claiming it was the world's hero-worship of him that did it?

Posted by: Krisipuu | October 3, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

sold2u wrote: "I don't know if it was hubris or a lack of common sense."
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Or maybe it was his desire to promote this nation.

Fess up -- if Chicago had gotten the Olympics, wsouldn't you conservatives be claiming it was the world's hero-worship of him that did it?

Posted by: Krisipuu | October 3, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Many of you have made me feel an emotion I find uncomfortable-- utter hatred. Lord, how I have come to loath what passes for conserves, rethuglicans, whatever. And I guess the "organ grinder's monkey" crack wasn't racial? Some of you are truly lower forms of life.

Posted by: dirktazer | October 3, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Right, it's Bush's fault. And the organ grinder crack was tasteless, it insulted the monkey.

Posted by: mgrantham2 | October 3, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

It would have been great news for a country starving for good news. It's unfortunate that all some people can see is the demise of OBama, while sacrificing pride and patriotism, and possibly a little sunshine in an otherwise gloomy time in American lives. Easy for some to forget those who would have benefit from the Olympics being held in Chicago. Like those with no jobs. And what of the athletes who would have benefit from the support of overwhelming American crowd participation, and the locals who would have an opportunity to go to the games. Instead only those of means will have that opportunity. When did Americans stop being American?

Posted by: peteraskme50 | October 4, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

The country was well served by his trip. Perhaps if he took a longer holiday say 6 months the country would be better off. Less damage done.

Posted by: wodon1836 | October 4, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Why is it? The New York Paper you know which one and this paper. I have never seen such lack of reporting. From years of scrutinizing every move Bush made to patching over Obama’s inability on making hard choices or smoothing over the decisions that he has made. Just report the news if I what to know your opinion I will ask. Thank You

Posted by: waye45 | October 8, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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