Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey were among the delegation that traveled to Copenhagen (in two separate jumbo jets) to pitch Chicago as the host of the 2016 Olympics.
Obama doesn’t have time to talk to General McKiernan in Afghanistan (his own appointee) regarding his request for more troops, economic and political aid but he can drop everything to fly 4000 miles to participate in a 45 minute presentation. (Watch Obama’s presentation on HotAir here.)
Did Obama really think he could trump the last 9 months of his “Apologizing for America World Tour” by making a 45 minute appeal to grant an Olympics bid to a city that’s so “great” it’s called Second City? Even in his attempt, he couldn’t keep himself from telling the IOC that America basically needed the Olympics to restore its good name. In response to a question, he actually said:
“Over the last several years sometimes that fundamental truth about the United States has been lost. One of the legacies of this Olympic Games would be the restoration of that understanding of what the United States is all about and a recognition of how we are linked to the world.”
In short, help us get our groove back, IOC!
In this particular scenario, Michelle Obama is the worse of the two offenders. You’ve seen the audacious quote from her speech to the Chicago 2016 bid team (bold italics, mine):
“As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days, so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home.”
Michelle Obama says participating in this presentation is a “sacrifice” but doesn’t exactly explain what’s so sacrificial about packing designer clothes, flying on a private jumbo jet or getting away for a few days with Oprah Winfrey on the taxpayer’s dime. I would call that an extraordinary get-away unlike any I’d ever experienced! “Sacrificial” wouldn’t even make the list of 1,000,000 adjectives!
Michelle Obama wouldn’t know “sacrifice” if it looked her in the face, wearing fatigues, waving an American flag, surrounded by little boys and girls going without their Mommy and Daddy while they fight in an ongoing war in two countries.
If she thinks this trip is a sacrifice then she is out of touch with the American people. So much, in fact, it’s almost painful. Is she ignorant of the climbing unemployment rate? Is she callous to the situation of our military families? Does she know the sacrifices made every day by everyday Americans to put food on the table, to send their kids to school, to make ends meet while she and her husband spend, spend, spend? She should just get it over with and say to the deployed military personnel, military families, unemployed Americans and the fiscally strained, “Let them eat cake.”
HotAir grabbed CNN’s shock and dismay as the IOC makes the announcement. As the anchor grasps for words, I find myself hoping the jaw-dropping is repeated in newsrooms around American in 2010 when the out-of-touch Democrats get booted from Washington.
As @Doc_O said on Twitter, “Cheer up, Axelrod! Obama failed to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016, but he’ll bring the Republicans to Washington in 2010.” I sure hope so, as long as they’re conservative Republicans and not RINOs in the form of McCain, Graham or Snowe.
What can we learn from this?
Obama will spend, spend, spend. Michelle will go on lavish overseas trips and spend, spend, spend. The taxpayers will continue to pay for the spending sprees. What we’ll receive in return: Zero. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
Wait, that’s not exactly right. We’ll “get” something all right: a huge deficit unlike any we’ve ever seen coupled with skyrocketing inflation. Yes, Bush ran up the deficit in 8 years. It only took Obama 8 months to triple it.
As Obama flies back to America I hope he’s thinking about his next two losses: government-run health care and the hoax of cap-and-tax.
In the meantime, someone hand Valerie Jarrett a Kleenex.