Skip to comments.NYT: For Obama, An Unsuccessful Campaign ["He Could Not Even Muster The Silver Or Bronze"]
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 citys 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. Obamas 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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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.
Chicago - dead last...
Donald Young dead first....the obambi death trail.
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 wasnt about me as an individual. Rather, it was rooted in the belief that Americas experiment in democracy still speaks to a set of universal aspirations and ideals.
America, c’est moi.
RE: Hottie in bikini on guy’s shoulders flashing Victory hand-sign in
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.
—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.
sports section of the NYT? give me a break......
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"...
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.
I wonder if Mr. & Mrs. Shuck-n-Jive did one of their stupid fist bumps in front of IOC and cameras.
Frightening! Truly frightening!
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).
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.
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!
They think they're invincible. What a shock to them to discover they are mere mortals just like the rest of us.
The worst president, ever. What a naive fool.
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.
Given that Mr. Obama flew overnight and made his presentation about 3 a.m. Washington time, Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said it consumed few regular work hours that would have gone to other priorities.
Mr. Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Ms. Jarrett worked the phones in recent weeks without coming away with a sense of how behind Chicago really was.
The whole damn bunch were playing Dialing for Dullards.
That's your Chicago-style First Lady.
Can you imgine Laura Bush, or for that matter, any other First Lady, speaking that way ~ "the gloves are off" ?
Bwaaa haahaa !
Things that make you go hmmmm....
As another famous Democrat said, "all politics is local".
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus
THis is the only way the NYT is going to detach itself from Obama-—over small issues, one at a time,piecemeal.
Did he really say that last line?
What has this goofball ever accomplished on his own?
He got elected to the US Senate by getting his competitor disqualified. His college was paid for by someone else. His media got him elected. He can’t convince the US taxpayer to go along with any of his plans, so he has to include force. He is using unelected and unaccountable czars to get his way, again with the force. He is using the force of the US government to rule, not to govern because he is incapable of actually selling anything. Empty suit big time.
Gee, he was out of leauge with a bunch of olympic organizers. How will he handle himself with a real adversary? I already know the answer to that.
“the trip probably cost taxpayers upwards of 20 mil. “
Does anyone really know what this waste of taxpayers’ money cost? I haven’t seen any estimates. Gotta’ be a lot . . . a lot more than when he and his muslim cronies went on that “scare” flight over Manhattan.
It’s simple. His ego is such and his sycophants fawning enough to convince him that his almighty presence in Copenhagen would seal the deal. But I think he rolled the dice because he figured a win, which of course would surely happen once he blessed Danish soil with his footfall, would help him get his death care reform program (”Hail Obama, He is the One we’ve been waiting for! He brought home the Gold! Let us follow Him in all things! Hail!”) and maybe even more mileage for other stuff he wants, and would cap off the end of the second term he’s probably sure is in the bag, too (just like the Olympics, lol).
Good gawd. Ostammer’s windbaggery alone would be enough to lose the gig for whatever city he was hustling for.
Michelle looks like her usual bitter, snarling, victimized, angry, insulting self in that photo. Yeesh, what a foul kisser she’s got.
Ostammer looks like he’s asleep. Maybe he’s got a mirror hidden down in his jacket cuff and he’s looking at himself.
Well, he basically bragged about what a great effort they gave it, “Sometimes you lose no matter how well you play the game”. Uh, okay. Right. Sure. Great job. Or maybe dissing the U.S. and bragging about me me me me I I I I I isn’t always the sure thing you think it is.
I think if ostammer had just loaded up those styrofoam Greek columns onto Air Force One and then placed them in the chamber where the meeting took place and stood in front of them as he spoke, that would have cinched it for them.
Wonder if the FBI tipped the IOC off to some impending arrests in Chicago...IIRC there have been over forty under Daley's command all ready this year.
Wonder if the FBI tipped the IOC off to some impending arrests in Chicago...IIRC there have been over forty under Daley’s command all ready this year.
I hope so. Chicago is a cesspool of crime and corruption. There is no amount of money that could pay me to live there. I spent a month there one winter, saw the sun maybe twice, most depressing month of my life. My car was filthy all the time from the pollution. I’m glad they didn’t get the Olympics. Thrilled they didn’t! They don’t deserve it and it was a way for their thug in chief in the WH to funnel billions of our tax dollars into the coffers of the thugs.
Everyone already knew and were dancing in the streets everywhere but Chicago. One reaps what one sows!
Pwnd Pwesident Peter Pwinciple ~ ~
~ ~ The EGO has landed ~ ~
And what? There are dozens of murders up there in Cook county. Think they are going to ignore that?
I still say that bus needs blood stains and was probably rented from Bubba Clintoon if it has a roof window with old Stinger scars from the Vince Foster( and etc) murders.
How many “I” “me” ‘my” did Ohaha and Mabelle use in their speaches....?
Jumping in at the 11th hour doesn’t usually work.