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Obama Pushes the 2016 Chicago Bid

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So, this week, President Obama is travelling to Denmark to make the case about why Chicago should be the host for the 2016 Olympic Games.  And despite that the ground commanders in Afghanistan are patiently waiting for needed reinforcements to help the effort against the Taliban, this little stop-off is higher on the priority chain.

This is the first time in history that a sitting president has ever joined the delegation to bid for a US city for the Games. And while I’m not opposed to seeing Chicago get it, I question the presence of the President and First Lady in this bid.

1) This is a classic payback play.  As we all know, Obama came out of the Chicago political machine.  What a better payback than to bring the Games to Chicago, flooding the city with billions of new revenue.  I would wonder though, if Barack Obama would provide the same amount of tenacity if the USOC had chosen, say, Phoenix, Arizona as the candidate city?  I grossly doubt it.

2) The way I see it, this is “low hanging fruit”.  Obama has done nothing really in his first 10 months of his presidency of note, which seems to me this would allow him to claim victory for something  since the Dems stand to lose next year in the 2010 elections.

As I write this, I’m listening to Chicago give its presentation, and they are making the case that Chicago is a “city that loves to have fun” and “a playground”.  They’re making the case about how the city will support the IOC, how they will exclusively focus on the effort in the schools and societal programs, how it will leverage companies like Google to revolutionize the technological connection and how it will have a zero carbon footprint.  To me, it sounds like a great big infomercial, but I hope they get it.

Now I grew up in that area of the country and am quite familiar with Chi-town.  There are a lot of cool things in Chicago and as an American, seeing the Games come there would be a great thing.  After all, I bet we could do a whole heck of a lot better than they did in Beijing, with their fabricated fireworks and lip syncing girls.

Michelle Obama is up now, addressing the delegates.  She mentions how honored she is to be there yet just earlier, mentioning how she’s sacrificing for the kids.   She’s making the case about how she was raised in South Chicago, and how her dad inspired her, nearly implicitly singing the song about how we need the Games to make a change that her dad didn’t live to see.

Okay, I’m impressed.  Not really.

Now, President Obama is making his comments, speaking in the way he always done, as campaigner-in-chief.  He recounts the story of how he came to the city and how the city reminds everyone of how great and diverse the city it is.  And yes, it is. 

Well, they’re taking questions now, so I’m going to wrap this one up.  We’ll see tomorrow if the trip that the Obama’s made to Copenhagen made the difference and whether it was worth the shift in priorities.  Maybe the President will now turn his attention and bring in the reinforcements for Afghanistan and win that one.


Written by The Rabid Conservative

October 2, 2009 at 1:01 am

Posted in Political

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