Monday, September 28, 2009

Obama Flies to Cophehagen to Hawk the Olympics for Chicago: Where's the tipping point on the outrage about how Obama is doing his job as POTUS?

What is this guy's job, again? Evidently it's gettin' stuff for his buddies--going to bat for his homies in the hood. That's the Chicago way.

As the Washington Examiner put it this morning: "Iran smolders, Afghanistan burns and Obama heads for . . . Denmark?" Obama will travel to Copehagen, Denmark to put in a good word for the Chicago hood's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. Lady Michelle is also going as "lead" of the U.S. Olympic delegation. Who else is going? Valerie Jarrett, of course, who along with being Senior Advisor to the President, a job which evidently doesn't keep her busy enough, is also head of the White House Office on Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. The Examiner continues: "And it's not just the president and the first lady. Indeed, a significant part of the Obama administration -- the group includes top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood -- is also heading to Copenhagen to make the pitch for Chicago." Who else is going? Why, Oprah, of course. Game show politics continues in the White House. These people are an embarrassment to our nation.

This is the same guy who hasn't had time to review General McChrystal's Afghanistan report. I am so steamed about this, I'm cross-eyed. So when did Obama change his mind on going to Copenhagen? Because this is what he said on September 16 (13 days ago): "I would make the case in Copenhagen personally, if I weren't so firmly committed to making real the promise of quality affordable health care for every American." So is he no longer "firmly committed" to health care? Or maybe he thinks it's in the bag, so now he can fly off to Copehagen?

Here's a quote from John Bolton, former Ambassador to the U.N. under George Bush: “I think it’s very clear, and has been during last year’s campaign and in the eight months the president has been in office that he just doesn’t regard foreign policy and national security as important as domestic issues….” And the thing that trumps your ordinary, every domestic issues, like JOBS, would be. . . getting great stuff for Obama's Chicago buds.

General McChrystal told CBS News in a 60 Minutes interview televised Sunday night that he has spoken to the President once since taking over in Afghanistan:

"You've talked to him once in 70 days?" asked interviewer David Morton.

"That's correct," Gen. McChrystal said.

Huh. Isn't it a little bit odd (/sarc) that Obama has met with Jay Leno and Letterman more than he's met with his General? For the Love of God--Obama has met with CHAVEZ more than he's met with his General. Is anyone else OUTRAGED? One of the bloggers at HotAir suggested that maybe Obama could find some time to phone General McChrystal on his flight to Copenhagen? Naw, you really don't want to spoil a good time. It's becomeing crystal clear (oops, I guess pun intended) that Afghanistan was just one of Obama's political footballs--just an issue he used to get elected. He doesn't give a flying rip about Afghanistan or our soldiers. It makes me weep to think of ONE MORE AMERICAN SOLDIER getting wounded or killed. My soul is sick with the thought that this buffoon is in charge. This man is well on his way to being the worst mistake ever committed by the American people. He is starting to make Carter look Regan-esque.

Despite an urgent request from General McChrystal, Obama has not set a deadline for determining a new strategy or for committing more troops to the war in Afghanistan, his national security advisor said Saturday. How special. "In his Aug. 30 classified assessment, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. and International Security Assistance Force commander, said he urgently needs more troops within the next year or his mission will 'likely result in failure,'" the Washington Post reported. National Security Advisor General James L. Jones said the challenges Obama faces in the Afghan war are more "complex" and "bigger than the surge" decision President George W. Bush faced in Iraq three years ago.  Right. Everything Obama faces is harder, more complex, more of a disaster than he was told, blah, blah, blah. I guess he thought being POTUS was going to be like playing badminton every day.

So if everything was more of a mess and more difficult that he thought or was told, then why are these items at the top of Obama's list of priorities?:
  • Taking vacations during his vacation.
  • Weekly date nights with Lady Michelle.
  • Hosting Wednesday night parties at the White House.
  • Appearing on Letterman and Leno.
  • Jetting to Copenahgen.
  • Working on that golf game!
  • Daily workouts with his personal trainer to keep those man-boobs in good form.
  • Regular pick-up games with his homies.

    What have I missed?
You gotta love this website: Chicagoans for Rio in 2016. "It would be exciting to host the Olympics here in Chicago," the website says. "But you know what would be even better? Just let Rio host the 2016 Olympics. We don't mind. Honest." Chicago's problems, like a lot of U.S. cities, include finding money for basic transportation, poverty, and education. When Chicago can't pay for this Olympic party, how long will it take for the corrupt Chicago political infrastructure to get the money from "somewhere"--like from a Washington bailout?

A little true/false quiz on the Chicago for Rio website: "True/False: Montreal is still paying off their debt from the 1976 Olympics." Good Lord.

They have another little game: "Match the Olympic Host with its estimated Olympic budget overrun."

Here is Lady Michelle, our very own International Hostess, explaining how international athletes will have a home field advantage in "her" city, international Chicago:

The IOC will vote Oct. 2 to choose the 2016 host among Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.


Maybe the new Olympic theme should be: ABC: Anybody But Chicago.

A website called GOP Counterculture has this question: Where's Barry? Good question.

Then there's this article. I like the first paragraph. Without reading any more of the article, without knowing who wrote or what are his politics, I CAN RELATE:

"I woke up this morning to read that President Obama is joining his wife and Oprah Winfrey in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday to promote Chicago’s Olympics bid. Reading my iPhone in bed, I just about took my pillow and put it back over my head and decided to give up for the day." It's written by Michael Roston, and you can read the rest of the article here. Roston is clearly an Obamabot, but he's also clearly upset. And so he should be. My biggest laugh came when he referred to Copenhagen as Obama's "extracurricular" activity: But what can we do? I guess the foolish decision has already been made for the President to devote one or more of his precious days in office with his party in the majority in both Houses of Congress to something that amounts to an extra-curricular activity. I think he’s going to pay for it; but then again, so will we all. Duh. Do ya think? Hey bud, in case you haven't noticed, we're already paying for this guy being in office, big time.

Update: Jim Geraghty at the NRO (National Review Online) says that it's a done deal: no way would Obama go to Copenhagen unless the Olympics was in the bag for Chicago: "Would the IOC have the nerve to reject the hometown of the president, after every international elite spent the last two years telling Americans to elect this man?"

Here's Robot Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, telling the press why it's so important for Obama to go to Copenhagen. What's the difference between last week (when he said he was too busy to go) and this week (when he's going)? No coherent answer on that one. So they tried again: 

Reporter Question: "How does he see going to Copehagen as part of his core mission as President?"
Robot Gibbs flip, sarcastic answer: "Surely uh, surely it's within the pervue of the President to uh, to root for America, but maybe, uh, I'm wrong.

Is it just me, or does Robot Gibbs play the PC guy in the Mac ads?

Update: They're talking about this on HotAir this morning:

So what are the potential outcomes?

1.The IOC awards the games to Chicago, which makes it look as though Obama got tipped off and set up his trip as a political stunt.
2.The IOC awards the games to another city, and Obama looks like a fool.
3.In either case, everyone wonders why Obama got personally involved at all.

Update #2: Michelle Malkin has the definitive article about this issue posted on her website: "An Illustrated Guide: All the President's Olympic Cronies."

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