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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

I am glad I am not a worker in the White House , that woman is going to play hell if she ever lights there again.


51 posted on 10/02/2009 2:34:12 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: autumnraine

Oh puke. No wonder he came in last. It’s not about him, though.


52 posted on 10/02/2009 2:48:59 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: Steelfish
The New York Slimes published this?!!! Wow!
53 posted on 10/02/2009 2:49:59 PM PDT by kara2008 (The Answer to 1984 is 1776)
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To: Steelfish

Silver or Bronze? Shoot, he couldn’t even muster the Miss Congeniality award or one of those trophies they give the ‘special’ kids just for participating.


54 posted on 10/02/2009 2:51:22 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Stand Watch Listen

#45

They look so happy


55 posted on 10/02/2009 2:51:57 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: silverleaf

LOL! Too bad it’s true.


56 posted on 10/02/2009 2:53:54 PM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Steelfish

“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?”

Hmmm, that the media has been lying about that??? Indeed, the past four or five years Europe has elected primarily conservative pro-Bush leaders...maybe the fact that Europe has figured out that Obama is a buffoon has something to do with the insults he has been given and the slap he has received most recently...maybe???


57 posted on 10/02/2009 2:59:33 PM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yah!


58 posted on 10/02/2009 2:59:59 PM PDT by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: Steelfish

0bama is neither the son nor the favorite of Chicago.


59 posted on 10/02/2009 3:04:26 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: Steelfish
HA, HA!
60 posted on 10/02/2009 3:06:34 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (FUBO)
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To: Coldwater Creek

And what about the carbon footprint of the travel? Michelle went there separately, so that was two planes we sent to Copenhagen. Did the Obamas buy their carbon credits so at least they can feel good about being carbon neutral?


61 posted on 10/02/2009 3:07:38 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: autumnraine

I thought his statement about “one year ago” people gathered at his election victory to be awkward and very irrelevant to what he was trying to accomplish.


62 posted on 10/02/2009 3:08:44 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Hawes

imagine, if you will..

Houston is vying for the Olympics and Bush went to Copenhagen to personally try and sway the vote. Imagine the outrage from the left about all the problems and here he is, off on a boondoggle.

But since it’s Obamalamadingdong, it’s ok..


63 posted on 10/02/2009 3:08:48 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Ain’t it though? ...and to think he only met with the General because it has come out he has only spoke to him once in the past 70 days...


64 posted on 10/02/2009 3:09:26 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (Not supporting a corrupt, Marxist, Socialist President makes me a racist?!? Then a racist I am!!!)
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To: Frantzie

Yep, I thought maybe the IOC thought that the Obamas and Oprah Winfrey going there was too much. It’s as if they thought celebrity alone would get the job done.


65 posted on 10/02/2009 3:10:00 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

at least two planes. Remember, they have special limos, plus a gaggle of secret service, etc. etc..


66 posted on 10/02/2009 3:10:30 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It’s as if they thought celebrity alone would get the job done.

It worked to get him elected..


67 posted on 10/02/2009 3:11:37 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: Steelfish
The IOC must be racist!
68 posted on 10/02/2009 3:17:29 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Steelfish

Obama - First in socialism, First in nonsensical rhetoric, last in common sense ...


69 posted on 10/02/2009 3:32:05 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Steelfish

IOC is racist. Who knew? Probably something to do with the tea parties, Joe Wilson, or rumors of Muslim-ness too. If only we listened to Ass Bumstain and banned fishy speech.


70 posted on 10/02/2009 3:33:13 PM PDT by M203M4 (NEW New Deal: A pot through every window!)
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To: Steelfish

Un-Presidential Poll Results

1. Barack Obama
2. Jimmy Carter
3. Bill Clinton


71 posted on 10/02/2009 3:42:11 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Maybe he just thought they weren’t listening the whole time him & his pig were talking about how terrible a country the USA is...what a stupid piece of sh!t.


72 posted on 10/02/2009 3:42:19 PM PDT by Carlos Martillo II (Guernica was a work of art...and I don't mean the painting.)
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To: Steelfish
Why did he invest so much time, taxpayer money and, perhaps most important, presidential prestige in a losing effort?

It was all about how the Chicago Machine was going to rip off as many people as possible.

Kick backs, graft, theft, etc. Typical Chicago gangland business as usual. That's all it was ever about.

73 posted on 10/02/2009 3:45:05 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Hawes

I read somewhere the other day that he is the first to personally lobby the Olympic committee.


74 posted on 10/02/2009 3:47:26 PM PDT by TheLurkerX (If you want renewable energy, I'm sure the founding fathers are spinning in their graves.)
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To: wilco200

LOL!


75 posted on 10/02/2009 4:09:38 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (Not supporting a corrupt, Marxist, Socialist President makes me a racist?!? Then a racist I am!!!)
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To: Steelfish

Wow, this was in the times! Wait, does this mean that Mobelle is not going to be in the Shot Put event?


76 posted on 10/02/2009 4:14:39 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama will dispatch skittle $hitting unicorns around the world to bring peace and prosperity to all!)
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To: Steelfish

77 posted on 10/02/2009 4:16:17 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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To: Steelfish

Hey, Obama:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAD9ZIxVi6c

Brazil, na na na na na na na!


78 posted on 10/02/2009 4:17:39 PM PDT by BattleHymn
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To: Steelfish

Ha! He got to be present(and humiliated), not vote present—How sweet!


79 posted on 10/02/2009 4:18:29 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: csvset

It was all about how the Chicago Machine was going to rip off as many people as possible.

Kick backs, graft, theft, etc. Typical Chicago gangland business as usual. That’s all it was ever about.
_____________
BINGO!


80 posted on 10/02/2009 4:20:56 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Looks like Michelle just bit the a$$ out of a skunk. Is Obama sleeping?? What Idiots.


81 posted on 10/02/2009 4:23:01 PM PDT by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: Steelfish
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?

President Bush had class and understood protocol. Obama is out of his league on the world stage. Hillary was right... all Obama had is a speech he gave in 2004. And you can't ride that forever.

82 posted on 10/02/2009 4:27:04 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
The way I saw this is, he sent two "ladies of the night" to charm the IOC. Not sure if it was Daley or Zero who played the pimp part.
Those females should have dressed more appropriately and kept their mouths SHUT! Was Mrs zero trying to hypnotize them with her gold dress and hoop earrings? The subliminal message did not work! LOL. Oh and she shouldn't have said "all gloves are off"
And so, the triple O's got zero.
83 posted on 10/02/2009 4:44:52 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: colorado tanker

The Times got bitch slapped by Limbaugh today.


84 posted on 10/02/2009 5:36:11 PM PDT by GVnana (Sarah for America)
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To: Pilsner

LOL!


85 posted on 10/02/2009 5:37:35 PM PDT by GVnana (Sarah for America)
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To: Dallas59
That is picture is right on.

Obamas never roots for the American side.

86 posted on 10/02/2009 5:44:43 PM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Great graphic! May I use it for future fails?


87 posted on 10/02/2009 5:44:53 PM PDT by taraytarah
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
Guess which is is the zero that negated all the others?

Ummmm, all of the above?

88 posted on 10/02/2009 5:47:04 PM PDT by taraytarah
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To: Steelfish

89 posted on 10/02/2009 5:53:57 PM PDT by RasterMaster (The only way to open a LIEberal mind is with a brick!)
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To: Dallas59

awesome pic
LMAO
made my day


90 posted on 10/02/2009 5:54:53 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What a nose-in-the-air, arrogant son of a bitch!

Pardon me, but I do so relish this major smackdown.

20 hours and millions of our bucks to create a global smackdown and only 25 minutes for McChrystal?

Hey -11nobama, can you spell priority?


91 posted on 10/02/2009 6:11:34 PM PDT by upchuck (New sign on my pickup: Are you a "Hope and Change" regretter?)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Michelle always looks like she’s super pissed off about something. Maybe the fact that she’s not Queen yet?


92 posted on 10/02/2009 6:16:59 PM PDT by upchuck (New sign on my pickup: Are you a "Hope and Change" regretter?)
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To: Sacajaweau
Thank you Mr. Sarkozy!!

One more reason to like this guy

93 posted on 10/02/2009 6:31:16 PM PDT by evad (Spending money that we don't have on something that won't work for a problem that doesn't exist)
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To: Steelfish
His decision to become the first president to lobby the Olympic committee in person, just two weeks after saying he was too busy with health care legislation, was a risky gamble from the start. It was predicated on the theory that Mr. Obama’s star power overseas — “the best brand in the world,” as his advisers have put it — was luminescent enough to sway enough committee members to make the difference.

I thought he was lobbying for his next job as leader of the world.

94 posted on 10/02/2009 6:36:10 PM PDT by GVnana (Sarah for America)
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To: GVnana

Poor dillusional Obama....walked unto the virtual stage and got his virtual a** booted.


95 posted on 10/02/2009 6:44:32 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Plus the back up to AF-1 that goes along in case AF-1 has a problem. Remember whenever AF-1 flies so does the back up!
96 posted on 10/02/2009 6:46:42 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Steelfish

Why was FLOTUS even there?

FRAUD, WASTE and ABUSE!


97 posted on 10/02/2009 6:59:55 PM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Steelfish

I am sure Rio deserved to win, yet I am also convinced that much of the “No” vote on Chicago was pure anti-Americanism.
HOWEVER, with Chicago’s handgun ban, no shooting athlete would have been ALLOWED to compete, or even posess his handgun, in Chi-town! Maybe they would have done that in Michigan?


98 posted on 10/02/2009 7:38:27 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: Girlene

Makes me wanna sing some Duran Duran....
Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand...mmmm mmm mmm


99 posted on 10/02/2009 8:31:44 PM PDT by lilycicero (Pinging you to whatever post # that was....Her name is Rio mmmm mmm mmmm)
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To: Steelfish

Test him for cocaine anyway.


100 posted on 10/02/2009 8:35:21 PM PDT by doug from upland (10+ million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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