President Obama’s charm and powers of persuasion are legendary among Democrats and the media. But it would seem that he lacks any real ability to sway those who disagree with him.
We are seeing the polling continue to slide downward as the president’s health care plan looses more and more support among the citizens of America.
And now the President has failed to convince the IOC to bring the Olympics to his adopted home town of Chicago, and this after dropping everything back here at home to fly to Copenhagen to make a personal , though presidential plea. He felt that bringing the Olympics to Chicago was important enough to leave health care reform unattended and to leave the decision of whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan as requested by General Mc Chrystal to await his return. And still his fellow European socialist said no . But not just no, America came in last in a race of four. The summer Olympics of 2016 will now be held in Rio de Janeiro, really can you blame the IOC, the sun and sand of Rio as opposed to the crime filled streets of Chicago ?
Granted , it couldn’t have helped that the story of the fifteen year old honor student being beaten to death on the street as he walked home from school broke just at the moment the President announced his intent to fly to Copenhagen. And just as an aside, how come every time the Obamas go to Europe it seems that they take two separate jets, I’m only asking because of the huge carbon foot print that it leaves, but cap and trade will cure that , won’t it?
I am disappointed that the summer games won’t be held in Chicago. I was looking forward to Chicago putting it’s unique flavor on some of the classic events.
I was imagining instead of the same old hundred yard dash , that we might see the hundred yard mugger dash, where the competitor would be required to snatch a purse from the arm of an eighty year old grandmother and beat another athlete dressed as a police officer to the finish line. Of course the mugger gets extra points if they actually knock the grandmother down and break a bone.
The relay race also could have been made over to reflect Chicago’s reputation, the runners would pass the baton as always , but would then be required to beat another competitor to death and still out run those left.
The javelin toss could be replaced with switch blade throwing, and all swimming events could be held at over crowded public pools.
And if any athlete felt that he didn’t get a fair shake from the judges, well we all know that in Chicago almost any Judge can be fixed.
Yes it is a shame that the world will not have the chance to experience the rich history of corruption and crime that Chicago has to offer.
The real story here though may be that the President who thinks he can just show up for five hours and sway the IOC, who is charged with deciding where the oldest sporting event in the world will be held, failed. It may be that his charm has worn thin and his one trick pony act has become boring.