The Obamas' Narcissism on Display

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/10/06/olympic_gold_for_narcissism_98591.html#

    The Obamas' Narcissism on Display
    By George Will

    WASHINGTON -- In the Niagara of words spoken and written about the Obamas' trip to Copenhagen, too few have been devoted to the words they spoke there. Their separate speeches to the International Olympic Committee were so dreadful, and in such a characteristic way, that they might be symptomatic of something that has serious implications for American governance.

    Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about ... themselves. Although the working of the committee's mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago's bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds -- unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.
     
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    George will is not my favorite writer but he hit the proverbial nail on the head with this one.
     
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    Was the IOC all that interested in how great the Obamas deem themselves to bo, or in what Chicago could do for the Olympics?

    Their decision suggests the latter.

    But they did not hear one word about what they really wanted to know.
     
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    The narcissism and arrogance of the Obama's make Bill and Hillary look downright humble!
     
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    Another totally ridiculous post from you. This is the full text of President Obama's speech. Yes, yes said that Chicago was his home. What's so bad about that? You guys are simply going after the president with any far-fetched criticism you can dream up, however pointless.
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    President Obama remarks at IOC meeting
    http://whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/...t-ioc-meeting/

    Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery To the International Olympic Committee

    President Rogge, ladies and gentlemen of the International Olympic Committee:
    I come here today as a passionate supporter of the Olympic and Paralympic Games; as a strong believer in the movement they represent; and a proud Chicagoan. But above all, I come as a faithful representative of the American people, and we look forward to welcoming the world to the shores of Lake Michigan and the heartland of our nation in 2016.

    To host athletes and visitors from every corner of the globe is a high honor and a great responsibility. And America is ready and eager to assume that sacred trust. We are a nation that has always opened its arms to the citizens of the world – including my own father – who have sought something better; who have dreamed of something bigger.
    I know you face a difficult choice among several great cities and nations with impressive bids of their own. So I’ve come here today to urge you to choose Chicago for the same reasons I chose Chicago nearly twenty-five years ago – the reasons I fell in love with the city I still call home. And it’s not only because it’s where I met the woman you just heard from – though after getting to know her this week, I’m sure you’d all agree that she’s a pretty big selling point.

    You see, growing up, my family moved around a lot. And I never really had roots in any one place or culture or ethnic group. Then I came to Chicago. And on those Chicago streets, I worked alongside men and women who were black and white; Latino and Asian; people of every class and nationality and religion. I came to discover that Chicago is that most American of American cities, but one where citizens from more than 130 nations inhabit a rich tapestry of distinctive neighborhoods.

    Each one of those neighborhoods – from Greektown to the Ukrainian Village; from Devon to Pilsen to Washington Park – has its own unique character, history, song, and sometimes language. But each is also a part of our city – one city – a city where I finally found a home.

    Chicago is a place where we strive to celebrate what makes us different just as we celebrate what we have in common. It’s a place where our unity is on colorful display at so many festivals, parades, and especially sporting events, where perfect strangers become fast friends at the sight of the same jersey. It’s a city that works – from its first World’s Fair more than a century ago to the World Cup we hosted in the nineties, we know how to put on big events. And scores of visitors and spectators will tell you that we do it well.

    Chicago is a city where the practical and the inspirational exist in harmony; where visionaries who made no small plans rebuilt after a great fire and taught the world to reach new heights. It’s a bustling metropolis with the warmth of a small town; where the world already comes together every day to live and work and reach for a dream – a dream that no matter who we are or where we’re from; no matter what we look like or what hand life has dealt us, with hard work, and discipline, and dedication, we can make it if we try.

    That’s not just the American Dream. That is the Olympic spirit. That’s why we see so much of ourselves in these Games. And that’s why we want them in Chicago. That’s why we want them in America.

    We stand at a moment in history when the fate of each nation is inextricably linked to the fate of all nations – a time of common challenges that require a common effort. And I ran for President because I believed deeply that at this defining moment, the United States of America has a responsibility to help lead that effort, and to forge new partnerships with the nations and peoples of the world.

    No one expects the Games to solve our collective challenges. But we do believe that in a world where we have too often witnessed the darker aspects of our humanity, peaceful competition between nations represents what is best about our humanity. It brings us together, if only for a few weeks, face to face. It helps us understand one another just a little better. It reminds us that no matter how or where we differ, we all seek our own measure of happiness, and fulfillment, and pride in what we do. And that is a very powerful starting point for progress.

    Nearly one year ago, on a clear November night, people from every corner of the world gathered in the city of Chicago or in front of their televisions to watch the results of the U.S. Presidential election. Their interest wasn’t about me as an individual. Rather, it was rooted in the belief that America’s experiment in democracy still speaks to a set of universal aspirations and ideals. It sprung from the hope that in this ever-shrinking world, our diversity could be a source of strength and cause for celebration; and that with sustained work and determination, we could learn to live and prosper together during the fleeting moment we share on this Earth.

    That work is far from over, but it has begun in earnest. And while we do not know what the next few years will bring, there is nothing I would like more than to step just a few blocks from my family’s home and welcome the world back to our neighborhood.
    At the beginning of this new century, the nation that has been shaped by people from around the world wants a chance to inspire it once more; to ignite the spirit of possibility at the heart of the Olympic and Paralympic movement in a new generation; to offer a stage worthy of the extraordinary talent and dynamism offered by nations joined together – to host games that unite us in noble competition and shared celebration of our limitless potential as a people.

    And so I urge you to choose Chicago. I urge you to choose America. And if you do; if we walk this path together; then I promise you this: the city of Chicago and the United States of America will make the world proud. Thank you.
     
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    Obama used a very unique sales technique - touting the benefits to the salesperson and the product rather than the benefits to the customer.
     
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    Says our resident troll about the speech of our primadonna in chief.
     
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    Do you have a real comment? Why do you waste our time with such inane posts?
     
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    carpro

    donna is feminine, at least in English. "prima" may be Italian for "prime", I don't know! So my question: Is primadonna masculine or feminine?
     
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    How do you support that claim with quotes from his remarks?
     
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    Completely worthless comment and certainly off topic.
     
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    Chicago is a city where the practical and the inspirational exist in harmony; where visionaries who made no small plans rebuilt after a great fire and taught the world to reach new heights. It’s a bustling metropolis with the warmth of a small town; where the world already comes together every day to live and work and reach for a dream – a dream that no matter who we are or where we’re from; no matter what we look like or what hand life has dealt us, with hard work, and discipline, and dedication, we can make it if we try.

    That’s not just the American Dream. That is the Olympic spirit. That’s why we see so much of ourselves in these Games. And that’s why we want them in Chicago. That’s why we want them in America.
     
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    How the IOC could keep from throwing up is beyond me.:BangHead:
     
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    As he doubles the gag factor with his persistent self involvement.

    Michelle was even worse.
     
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    I come here today as a passionate supporter of the Olympic and Paralympic Games; as a strong believer in the movement they represent; and a proud Chicagoan. But above all, I come as a faithful representative of the American people, and we look forward to welcoming the world to the shores of Lake Michigan and the heartland of our nation in 2016.

    Each one of those neighborhoods – from Greektown to the Ukrainian Village; from Devon to Pilsen to Washington Park – has its own unique character, history, song, and sometimes language. But each is also a part of our city – one city – a city where I finally found a home.

    We stand at a moment in history when the fate of each nation is inextricably linked to the fate of all nations – a time of common challenges that require a common effort. And I ran for President because I believed deeply that at this defining moment, the United States of America has a responsibility to help lead that effort, and to forge new partnerships with the nations and peoples of the world.

    Oh brother.
     
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    The WE is Americans not the Obama's. Maybe you don't consider yourself to be an American.
     
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    Alatide, you just don't get it. Most of the world despises us already. Going there and talking about himself, or even how great America is is not appealing.

    I was a salesman for many years, and one thing I know is that when you sell something, you have to tell the potential customer what your product will do for them. They are not interested in what it did for you or anybody else. They want to know how they will benefit.

    But Obama is so arrogant, he really believes these folks will be thrilled just because he came and spoke to them, and they would be privilaged to come to Chicago his home town.

    And honestly, if you gave any person the choice between Chicago or Rio, where would they go? Just because Obama pushed banks to finance thousands of sub-prime loans for homes now forclosed on, that is not really appealing.
     
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    That is why they were ducking their heads? Who would have thought? Hope they had some plastic bags!:smilewinkgrin:
     
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    What is a disappointment to me is that our president will traverse the globe issuing apologies for America's "arrogance, dismissiveness, etc.", yet he speaks of Chicago in glowing terms as of an "El Dorado", the fabled "city of gold", a paradise city on earth, "that most American of American cities".

    What's with this?

    HankD
     
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    Good post.

    alatide is a troll, totally uninterested in the facts or the truth.
     

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