The Obamas Lay an Egg in Copenhagen
This is not about whether the Obamas were smart or dumb to go to Copenhagen, Denmark, and pitch Chicago as the 2016 Olympic site.
No question, they should have gone, joining King Juan Carlos of Spain, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
President Obama was damned by the Republicans for going and mocked by the Republicans for not closing the deal. But he would have been more severely damned and mocked—and blamed—had he not gone and the U.S. lost out.
What’s more, the president was gone for one day, and he is a fair multitasker. Last I heard, Air Force One has a telephone and video conferencing systems onboard, so he didn't have to relinquish the presidency to Joe Biden while he was aloft. In addition, he tended to foreign policy by having a 15-minute meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, chief U.S. honcho in the Afghanistan war.
The real embarrassment was Chicago being eliminated on the first ballot with a pathetic 18 votes out of 94.
I got the clue the following Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
A Sunday Pundit Figured It Out.
Sunday mornings, I go around the dials to see what the talking heads are saying. Here’s the opening exchange between two Georges—Stephanopoulos and Will:
George Stephanopoulos: Was it the right thing to do to put the prestige of the White House on the line. The White House says hey, you never go wrong fighting for your country.
George Will: Well, they were fighting for a city and a city divided on whether or not this would be a good thing to have the Olympics there. What’s alarming is whether it indicates a belief on the part of the president, which is that there is no problem that will not melt before the sunshine of his charm. And this is evidence once again that this is not so.