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  • Obama’s Olympic Audience

    Today, President Obama flies to Copenhagen to lobby the International Olympic Committee to award the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago. So we know that President Obama wants the Olympics.

    But do the Olympics want the United States? The IOC’s history of the Games, titled “Athens to Athens,” was written by British journalist David Miller and published in 2003. Here is the IOC’s official statement, on page 345, on 9/11 and the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. It sheds light on what the IOC thinks of the US:

    [Y]et again every foreigner was either embarrassed or irritated by the rampant American media chauvinism. George W. Bush breached protocol when declaring the Games open ‘on behalf of a proud, determined and grateful nation.’ In the space of five months the American people seemed wholly to have forgotten what they had temporarily begun to acknowledge on September 11: that while the immense achievements of the nation over two centuries are regarded with admiration and not a little envy, there are many who find US triumphalism unacceptable.

    The IOC’s implication is that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were launched by a few of the “many” offended by unacceptable American triumphalism, that the initial American response to the attacks was justified contrition for American arrogance, but that, regrettably, Americans are too mindlessly patriotic to recognize in any enduring way their own culpability in causing the attacks.

    So how do you feel about President Obama going to Copenhagen to lobby the IOC now?

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    4 Responses to Obama’s Olympic Audience

    1. Matthew, Kentucky says:

      No lobbyists in THIS cabinet, I'm sure (wink-wink, nod-nod). The President would do well to stick to his oath of office as defender of the Constitution and Commander-In-Chief of our struggling Afghan forces, and leave the playing of these propagandistic games to lesser officials. Barack Obama makes Bill Clinton look like a piker when it comes to dereliction of duty.

    2. Bill San Antonio TX says:

      No worries mate!

      We'll just apologize and everything will be ok.

    3. Space Bisbee,Az says:

      And the worst part is we have to pay for him and his wife to go there. How many planes to take them there? How much in fuel? The list goes on, and that's not even considering Chicago's crime rate. I hope the IOC realizes how ridiculous this would be, Chicago can't provide police protection for its own citizens, no way they can cover this.

    4. Spiritof76 says:

      US is a banana republic with Comrade Obama in charge. Communists and fascists always hold Olympics and other atheletic events in high regard, sort of a show case for their muscular prowess.

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