Skip to comments.Obama starpower takes hit over Olympic snub: US media
Posted on 10/03/2009 1:13:06 PM PDT by libstripper
US newspapers offered various takes Saturday on Chicago's spectacular Olympic flameout, but when it came to President Barack Obama's last-minute lobbying bid, the message was loud and clear: What was he thinking?
Obama joined his wife Michelle in Copenhagen Thursday just hours before the International Olympic Committee voted out Chicago in the first round, eventually awarding the Games to Rio de Janeiro in a landslide.
The White House was quick to downplay suggestions that the snub was a repudiation of Obama himself, and insisted the presidential dash to the Danish capital was "absolutely" the right decision, despite a host of problems crying out for attention back home.
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It warmed my Heart!
Eric Robert Rudolph.
Yeah..”starpower”. Maybe if we all wear tin-foil hats, drink the Kool-Aid directed at libtards and start seeing unicorns, we probaby would see the “starpower”.
Obama’s problem is that he thinks he can forge a lefty version of a Reagan-like persona while not having the experience or common sense to back it up. He’s learned his lesson and can run out the clock until the next election with a Carter-like persona.
Ever see the movie “The Man Who Would Be King”? Sean Connery was treated as a god until his “bride” scratched his face and drew blood. The IOC just did this to “The One”.
Me, too...ummmm ummmmm ummmm Barack Hussein Obama....Ha, Ha,ha.
The face of that guy on the right is priceless - wonder who he is? Disappointed slumlord?
You can play a great game and still not win....Ohaha said on the loss to Rio. Ohaha was trying to justify his stupid bid for "diversity games," Mrs O's ridiculous "sacrifice trip to Denmark"..........and to appease the two planeloads of cronies that lost a lot of dough when they got dumped in Copenhagen.
OBAMA CRONIES LINED-UP TO PROFIT Obama's cronies have too much influence over the office of the President of the United States. That they can literally compel him to expend millions of tax-payer dollars to use two US govt planes, govt personnel, and other govt resources, to make a personal appeal to the IOC in a faraway country, speaks of a terrible, systemic corruption. Also makes one wonder if Obama was getting a cut of the deals.
This needs to be investigated pronto (but don't hold your breath).
David Axelrod's former PR firm did all the upfront work and was paid millions for the project for years to prepare Chicagos Olympic bid presentation to the IOC (Axelrod is a top WH aide).
Four of the five co-chairs of Obamasinaugural committee continue to have unpaid leadership roles in Chicago Olympics 2016, including Pat Ryan, the chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016; John Rodgers, the treasurer and director of Chicago 2016; Bill Daley, the former Clinton administration commerce secretary and brother of the Chicago mayor; and Penny Pritzker, the Chicago businesswoman and Hyatt hotel heiress who led Obamas meteoric presidential campaign fundraising.
Pritzkers family also owns or manages other hotels named by Chicago 2016 as the accommodations for Olympic workers, press and family members. Ryan and Priztker each contributed $100,000 or more to Chicago 2016.
As did White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, an Obama family friend, who also served on the Chicago committee. It still counts Obama confidant and vacation companion Eric Whitaker among its members.
Obama family insider in the WH, Valerie Jarrett, a slumlord, owns Chicago property she apparently planned to turn into Olympic Villages (and flew to Copenhagen). Jarrett was replaced as Chicago 2016 vice-chair by Martin Nesbitt, the treasurer of Obamas campaign, and another Obama family insider.
ASK Public Strategies, the Chicago-based corporate public relations company founded by Obama political guru David Axelrod and owned and run by some of Obamas top presidential campaign consultants, was paid in the tens of thousands of dollars by Chicago 2016 to do communication management [and] planning, said former Axelrod partner Eric Sedler, who did not work for Obama's campaign, but was in Copenhagen, along with Pritzker and Jarrett.
ASK Public Strategies worked on the bid for three years and for 2/3 of that time our work was pro bono, said Sedler, who would not speculate on whether the company would be in line for more Olympic work if the IOC picked Chicago.
BTW, did you know that Durbin was in Denmark?....... They were so sneaky as to who went. They took two govt planes---so it musta been quite a crowd. Videos aired from Denmark showed a few unfamiliar faces. Oprah was kept under wraps. Mrs Ohaha was shown getting off the plane alone. Only the Ohaha's were supposed to "shine"......er, ah, make that, bomb. LOL.
I think he sold a French rifle cheap—only dropped once
One of the most famous faces of the 20th Century....an anonymous Parisien in tears as the Nazis march into Paris.
Before the vote, the Ohaha's looked like they were gonna
experience connubial bliss under the table as the IOC voted.
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