Does anyone believe that he would have spent million$$$ of our money on this short, failed jaunt if the bid city had been any other town but Chicago? Tried to pay off his buddies, and failed miserably. Last fucking place, dude.
"..Obama's high-profile failure to win the games for Chicago could feed negative narratives already nipping at his heels - that he is a better talker than deal closer, more celebrity than statesman."
Chicago's loss is a blow to Obama, too
WASHINGTON - OK, so it is only the Olympics. But President Barack Obama's high-profile failure to win the games for Chicago could feed negative narratives already nipping at his heels - that he is a better talker than deal closer, more celebrity than statesman.
And this could hamper his efforts on weightier issues like health care, climate change, war.
Despite Obama's fabled charm and powers of persuasion, his in-person plea
for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer
The defeat could soon be a distant memory, and may never be more than a quixotic-blip trip. But if, for whatever reason, bigger losses start piling up in Obama's corner, his performance in this case could be regarded as emblematic.
Obama tried to put the best face on his trip, saying upon his return to
However, almost every aspect of his involvement this week in the Olympics quest recalls a strain of criticism that has been gaining ground on him.
He is trying to do too much at once
The line is familiar by now: It is crazy for Obama to tackle the dismal economy, the overhaul of two wars, a remaking of the U.S. health care system and climate change all in one year, and with other difficult issues on the agenda as well.
He has achievements to be proud of in less than nine months in office. But with
most of the bigger issues still in the air, voters - even some in Obama's own Democratic Party - are beginning to wonder whether he's someone who tries
a lot but succeeds at little, and whether he has the sense to focus on the most important things. A jaunt across the Atlantic, and an extraordinarily expensive
one at that, doesn't help.