Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency

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  1. Revmitchell

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    There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence.

    Chicago’s dismal showing today, after Mr Obama’s personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good — but carries no heft.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6859031.ece
     
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    This was meant to be "RHETORICAL", was it not??:thumbs::smilewinkgrin:

    Then again, some sheeple may try to find "the wisdom :)tongue3:???:tongue3:) of the '0' "in this decision.
     
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    All Americans who love their country are disappointed that the United States did not win the bid to host these games.
     
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    uh huh.........You have no idea how Americans who love their country feel about this.
     
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    I can't imagine an American who loves this country not being disappointed by this decision.

    I love the United States and I am disappointed. Of course, I don't allow my feelings toward any politician to color how I feel about my country. If anyone does so, I feel sorry for them.
     
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    Maybe........... but we have other pressing matters to deal with right now. We do not have time for such trivial matters that cost so much.
     
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    As long as private money is involved, then I have no problem with it. Also, I would love to see these construction jobs in the United States - anywhere in the United States.
     
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    Sorry there is no provision in the olympics.
     
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    Sorry, I don't understand what you mean.
     
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    My guess is that the Asian nations voted as a block vote and part of the reason that Chicago was voted against has nothing to do with Obama. Rather it was a reaction against the big bully tactics employed in recent years by the US. We became an extremely unpopular country 1992-98 and I believe many looked at this as a method of embarrassing the US.

    Got my hard hat on so .......................... :tonofbricks:
     
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    Of course, those very nations will come crying to us when they need something...
     
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    I talked to many, many people today of both political parties who had very little interest in where the '16 games are held. They're too busy trying to figure out health care, jobs, retirement, college for their kids, etc. So I dispute the notion that Patriotic Americans are disappointed all over the country right now.

    Obama did not send the games to Rio. He didn't help Chicago, but the IOC needs to give the games a boost. Having never gone to South America and on the heels of the World Cup being there, this is a perfect time and perfect scenario for Rio to get them. But this is indeed an upset, and the fact that the Obamas cannot sway this hurts him in that he needed something right now to bolster his sagging numbers. He can't catch a break right now.
     
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    Balderdash. We've hosted enough Olympics. It's never been held in South America. This is simplky another excuse for you to bash the President. On the other hand, you really don't need an excuse.
     
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    "All Americans who love their country are disappointed that the United States did not win the bid to host these games."

    Many words came to mind, the one I can post is hogwash! I love this country as millions of others do and could care less if the Olympics came to Chicago or not. Your broad brush is truly back! :thumbsup:
     
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    The political version of the KJO belief.:sleep::sleep:
     
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    Joe the VPOTUS should have been sent.

    As much as I dislike many (maybe most) of the presidents policies and ambivalence, it is not good for America for him to be receiving all this bad press.

    But then again he is new at this and somewhat of a political novice.

    In this case he could have easily deflected the humilty by sending the vice president.

    Perhaps he was just a bit too confident (or maybe he just wanted see his hometown again).

    HankD
     
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    I dunno...knowing uncle Joe, he would have started an international incident (with his propensity to "mis-speak.")
     
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    Is it possible that comittee members felt that there was conflict of interest with Obama being so heavily invested in Chicago and trying to get the olympic games played there? Maybe they thought he was simply looking to fatten his pockets and the pockets of his Chicago-based supporters.

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    Narcissist in Chief went to Copenhagen, made a speech about himself and badmouthed America again and then was the first one disqualified. He is a disgrace to the US. Of course I see the admins talking points blaming Bush is on board here. If it isn't Bushes fault it is the racists fault. Obama needs to man up and move on.
     
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    I understand the disappointment of the american people.

    I never really understood how the Olympic comitee decides, and honestly, it isn't because Chicago was " under " Rio, that it wasn't chosen.

    Two things come to my mind :
    1) USA got the games two times, maybe they decided a third would be too much for now compared to those who applied many times but never got these.

    2) Lobbyism. Even after the decision, everybody agreed that Paris was the best candidate for 2012 Olympic games, that the presentation, infrastructures, all was better than its concurrents. London got the games ... being the best candidate, even approved among other, isn't enough to get the games.
     

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