President Obama is heading for Copenhagen to personally lobby on Chicago’s behalf to host the 2016 Olympic games. This is rousing a great deal of criticism from among his customary critics.
Not from me, though. I got no problems with it.
There are hints that it’s a done deal — that Obama’s been told that if he shows up and makes the case, the Windy City will bag the games.
I just don’t see the downside here.
Obama isn’t really that busy right now. He’s left the real work on his domestic agenda up to the Democratic leadership in Congress, limiting his involvement to “the big picture” and making public speeches that are infamously lacking in details. Those are left up to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to manage.
On foreign policy, he’s got his special envoys running the most exciting places, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to handle the boring rest of the world. And his overarching philosophy — “piss off our friends and pander to our enemies” lends itself quite nicely to allowing things to just rest on “cruise control” that doesn’t require much hands-on attention.
And he’s blowing off his chosen commanders in Afghanistan, who have had their urgent request for more troops placed on the back burner for the foreseeable future.
So, with his plate pretty clear, why shouldn’t Obama take a day or two to swing by Denmark and do a little favor for his old
cronies buddies in Chi-Town?
After all, if he pulls it off, what has he done? He’s brought the Olympics to Chicago, home of one of the most corrupt political machines in the nation. (Calm down, New Jersey and Louisiana — I said “one of.” I’m not playing favorites.) And the Olympics have proven, time and again, to be ultimately devastating to the economy of the host city. Hell, they nearly destroyed Salt Lake City before they even started, and it was only Mitt Romney’s management that saved those games.
Chicago wants to commit economic suicide by hosting the games? More power to ’em. And Obama wants to help them shove the gun barrel in their mouth? Stand back and give the man some room.
Because while he’s over there sucking up to Europeans, he (and his teleprompter) ain’t back here causing more problems for the nation.
Say, is there any way we could get the Danes to play hard to get for a week or two?