If only we had elected someone that would make the world like us again… someone that could talk to even our enemies and get them to see things our way… oh well at least he’s historic: first major world leader to not get the Olympics after a personal pitch.
President Obama’s failure to grab gold in his personal quest to send the 2016 Olympics to Chicago was a stunning setback for a president who has enjoyed a pop star reception abroad.
But Obama’s stumble may cost him more than the $1.2 million of taxpayer money to make the overnight dash from Washington to Copenhagen.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama risked their political capital and the prestige of the presidency on an enormous Olympic campaign that resulted in an early exit for Chicago and the top prize going to Rio de Janeiro.
After returning to Washington, Obama said he wished he had come back with better news on the Olympics but congratulated Brazil and thanked everyone who worked on Chicago’s bid.
“I’m proud I was able to come in and help make the case in person,” he said from the White House. “I believe it’s always a worthwhile endeavor to promote and boost the United States of America and invite the world to see what we’re all about.”
But critics immediately decried Obama’s visit to Copenhagen, the first time a U.S. president made such an in-person appeal.
“It demeans the office,” said GOP consultant Brad Blakeman, a former Bush administration official. “For the president to be reduced to the effect of the Billy Mays pitchman for the United States to get the Olympics for his home city of Chicago is just not something that presidents do.”
Blakeman said Obama spent more time wooing International Olympic Committee officials than he did in his meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, before returning to Washington.
“His priorities are screwed up and the American people are seeing that this president just doesn’t get the effects and importance of governing,” Blakeman told FOX News.
Instead of making a personal appearance, Blakeman said Obama should have sent a delegation led by the first lady and the mayor of Chicago. – FoxNews