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NYT: For Obama, An Unsuccessful Campaign ["He Could Not Even Muster The Silver Or Bronze"]
NYTimes ^ | October 02nd 2009

Posted on 10/02/2009 1:44:08 PM PDT by Steelfish

For Obama, An Unsuccessful Campaign

By PETER BAKER October 2, 2009

COPENHAGEN — President Obama not only failed to bring home the gold, he could not even muster the silver or bronze.

A dramatic 20-hour mission across the ocean to persuade the International Olympic Committee to give the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago proved such a miscalculation that his adopted hometown finished fourth of four candidate cities.

Rarely has a president put his credibility on the line on the world stage in such a personal way and been slapped down so sharply in real time. While Chicago may have lost to Rio de Janeiro for all sorts of reasons that had nothing to do with Mr. Obama, the fact that he made himself the face of the city’s bid invariably meant it would be taken as a stinging rejection of its favorite son.

The defeat will be used as a political metaphor and raise painful questions. Why did he invest so much time, taxpayer money and, perhaps most important, presidential prestige in a losing effort? How did he misjudge the potential vote so badly that Chicago evidently was not even in the top tier? What does it say about a leader who may be far more popular abroad than his predecessor yet has trouble converting that esteem into tangible benefits for the United States?

The rejection of Mr. Obama’s plea for Chicago came at a time when he could have used a feel-good victory. After racking up legislative and policy successes in the early months of his presidency, he has entered a phase where progress is more difficult. He has run into turbulence trying to pass health care, climate change and financial regulation legislation, and his poll ratings have slipped notably since spring.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016olympics; beginningoftheend; blamewhitey; botched; bronze; chicago; choke; deadlast; epicfail; fail; flyinglipstand; loser; losers; nelsonmuntz; nyslimes; obama; olympicfail; olympics; patheticfail; patheticloser; steppedinsomething; theantijesseowens
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To: Steelfish
"For the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of the IOC."


101 posted on 10/02/2009 9:21:02 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: mmichaels1970

saying “the gloves are off” and they would “take no prisoners.”

Stupid words from Stupid People.

Those phrases where translated in every Euron Language and the reaction to them was what would be expected.

Funny how obambi said America was arrogant then launches into a tirade of HomieFromTheHood Speak.

102 posted on 10/02/2009 9:57:55 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: MrB

Chicago - dead last...

Donald Young dead first....the obambi death trail.

103 posted on 10/02/2009 9:59:29 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: autumnraine

from the original article: ““Nearly one year ago, on a clear November night, people from every corner of the world gathered in the city of Chicago or in front of their televisions to watch the results of the U.S. presidential election,” Mr. Obama told the committee. “Their interest wasn’t about me as an individual. Rather, it was rooted in the belief that America’s experiment in democracy still speaks to a set of universal aspirations and ideals.””

America, c’est moi.

104 posted on 10/02/2009 10:20:18 PM PDT by Reverend Wright (Hussein Obama: Senator Vacuous... President Vainglorious)
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To: Dallas59

RE: Hottie in bikini on guy’s shoulders flashing Victory hand-sign in
lower photo:

After I heard all the rationalizations, even on ESPN Radio’s
“Mike and Mike Show” explaining how Chicago was a shoe-in for the
2016 Summer Olympics...
I have to admit I said that was BRAVO SIERRA.

Because I, dare I admit it, was thinking pragmatically.
That is to say, like Bill Clinton.

Summer 2016 in Chicago, IL: oppressive, high-humidity temps by Lake Michigan,
pasty Chicago females still looking for a tan, not to mention the
danger of getting whacked by some of Obama’s ACORN personnel if
you took the wrong off-ramp.


Taking a break from the 2016 Olympic contests to stroll the beaches of
Rio during their moderate season (basically winter) and taking in
the sights (there’s a reason there was a movie titled
“Blame It On Rio”!).

Yeah, there’s crime in Rio. But not patronizing Obama’s Gangsta-ACORN
Nation at the 2016 Olympics...PRICELESS.

105 posted on 10/02/2009 10:35:09 PM PDT by VOA
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To: nj patriot


—Check out 0’s ego trip—

“At a rally in Daley Plaza, Obama drummed up enthusiasm for the bid. He said: ‘In 2016, I’ll be wrapping up my second term as president, so I can’t think of a better way than to be marching into Washington Park alongside Mayor Daley, alongside Rahm Emanuel, alongside Dick Durbin, alongside Valerie Jarrett as President of the United States, and announcing to the world, ‘Let the games begin!’”

Umm, zero - you’re not going to be announcing anything during the 2016 Olympics.

This news really brightened up a crappy day for me.

106 posted on 10/02/2009 10:36:08 PM PDT by indcons
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To: indcons

107 posted on 10/02/2009 10:36:45 PM PDT by indcons
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To: Steelfish
Got a song that so fits the situation...
108 posted on 10/02/2009 11:06:42 PM PDT by
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To: indcons
I can see Olympic Stadium from my house!
109 posted on 10/02/2009 11:45:40 PM PDT by ponygirl ("I can see the Olympic Stadium from my house!" - Barack Obama)
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To: kara2008

sports section of the NYT? give me a break......

110 posted on 10/03/2009 3:43:25 AM PDT by GotMojo
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To: Hawes
has any other president done this? I tried to google to see if any previous presidents have made themselves the pitch guy for a cities bid for the Olympics.

Nope, and the results are why it had never been done previously. This arrogant poseur "lead with his chin", and quite predictably, it got popped for a "knockdown"...

the infowarrior

111 posted on 10/03/2009 4:03:25 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Aria

Maybe The Marxist Onada should stick to midnight basketball.

He was obviously out of his league in Copenhagen.

Everything this guy touches turns in to a loser. Michelle looks angry in the photo posted earlier. She always looks angry.

112 posted on 10/03/2009 5:43:56 AM PDT by dools007
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To: TomasUSMC

mega dittos

I wonder if Mr. & Mrs. Shuck-n-Jive did one of their stupid fist bumps in front of IOC and cameras.

113 posted on 10/03/2009 5:56:30 AM PDT by hyperconservative (Seek and find. Read, verify, and share info. Work and fight.)
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To: Steelfish
And *this* is the clown who's gonna convince the 9th Century pig fornicators in Tehran to dismantle their nuke program.

Frightening! Truly frightening!

114 posted on 10/03/2009 6:41:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: ncfool

This may sound strange, but I’m beginning to wonder if the push to put B Hussein in the White House may have been very closely tied to getting the Olympics in Chicago all along. It is very telling how many of his cronies, I mean advisors, were set to reap immense benefits from getting the Olympics in Chicago.

This is a HUGE blow to many of his supporters (Chicago Political Machine).

115 posted on 10/03/2009 7:04:58 AM PDT by KEmom (Please send viable Conservative candidates to Massachusetts!!)
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To: mmichaels1970
Michelle needs to be a little cautious from now on so as to not become an USA version of Emilia Marcos with here stopping D.C. traffic to run around the corner to by Tuscan Cale (also called lacinato, black, or dinosaur kale), to her latest excursion there in Copenhagen.

Being fair to both of these Chicago and Illinois political heavyweights, but national and international "ultra featherweights", talking a good game or street "trash-talking" is more than just saying "yo mamma."

"Bringing Home the Bacon", means delivering something substantial for everyone, and we see here that their combined mindsets are on buying or paying off Chi-Town politics. With a projected cost of $1B for the proposed Olympic village within eyesight of the Obama's home, could that have increased property values there just a little in their favor? Can we all say, YES IT WILL, Yes It Will, yes it will.

If taxpayers would be on the hook to pay for a Chi-Town slum renovation, why wouldn't we clean up a similar slum at Kibera (Nubian: Forest or Jungle) a neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya? Let the Obamas start helping Mr. "No We Can't" brother living in a dirt floored hut before we start slum-renovation and crony enrichment there in Chicago.

"Drain the swamp" there in D.C. was to rid the city of mosquitoes, not the US Treasury. But who am I to complain about extravagant shopping sprees, fancy dinners in NYC, and a completely jobless recovery, as long as we can have "Change We Can Believe In."

Hey buddy, got a dime? My dollars are worthless.

Old Patriot

116 posted on 10/03/2009 7:05:28 AM PDT by old patriot ((Lived too long.))
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To: KEmom

Jusr look at Axelrod’s response and you can see he was mad about his future money or payback from Chicago. He made Millions from the firm he sold who pitched the program for CHICAGO. His son still works there and the firm also was working for many Democrats and on the Healthcare tv spots earlier this summer.

So yes there needs to be a linkage - Corruption investiagation regarding the CHICAGO connection in the Whitehouse. There I a lot of Dirt there. Will it take Obama down?

Let’s pray for our country!

117 posted on 10/03/2009 7:40:20 AM PDT by ncfool (Cash for Clunkers - A big failure and Obama and rats want us to trust them with our healthcare!)
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To: Steelfish
A sense of stunned bewilderment suffused Air Force One and the White House...

They think they're invincible. What a shock to them to discover they are mere mortals just like the rest of us.

118 posted on 10/03/2009 8:03:28 AM PDT by ContraryMary (New Jersey -- Superfund cleanup capital of the U.S.A.)
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To: Steelfish

The worst president, ever. What a naive fool.

119 posted on 10/03/2009 8:31:08 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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To: Steelfish

Maybe already said but - Zero travels the world telling everyone how terrible this nation is - and then expects the committee to believe him when he tells them Chicago, USA is the place to hold Olympics?

He better get his stories straight.

120 posted on 10/03/2009 8:39:24 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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