Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Obama Olympic Legacy?

Conventional GOP political wisdom seems to be that the chosen one, otherwise known as Barack Obama isn't the messiah that all of us left of center are perceived to think he is. (can an Atheist have a messiah?) The latest example being used is his unsuccessful trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to try to bring the 2016 Olympics to his adopted home town of Mombasa Chicago. Of course his trip couldn't get Chicago more than last place finish and will likely provide political fodder for the Glenn Beck crowd for months.

While some are quick to jump on the blame Obama bandwagon, a couple other reasons for Chicago's losing bid seems to be a bit more plausible for those of us not laying awake at night suffering from Obama paranoia.

First on the list could be the rightwing's own campaign to politicize the recent murder of a 17 year old Chicago teen. You know the one that Michelle Malkin recently used as another backhanded attempt at ripping Obama while tying it to Chicago's Olympic bid at the same time.
Community organizing has not stopped Chicago’s teen violence epidemic. The Olympics will not solve this long-festering problem, either.

This type of rhetoric does nothing to downplay Chicago's already less than stellar reputation of a being a rough town and these kind of reminders certainly didn't help their cause.

Even more damning I would suspect would have made it hard for any US city to win an Olympic bid as things stand now. Have you tried flying into the US from foreign countries lately? Well some I.O.C. members have and it wasn't a pleasant experience.
Among the toughest questions posed to the Chicago bid team this week in Copenhagen was one that raised the issue of what kind of welcome foreigners would get from airport officials when they arrived in this country to attend the Games. Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, in the question-and-answer session following Chicago’s official presentation, pointed out that entering the United States can be “a rather harrowing experience.”

Of course, when most of these I.O.C. members' countries begin living under the constant threat of attack from religious extremists, maybe they can then talk of the trials of airport security. But I can say with certainty that the TSA experience is probably not used in any tourism literature found in foreign travel agencies and was likely another negative factor in the final decision.

So short of Obama actually being the messiah which would have allowed to him to just impose his will, Chicago probably never had a real shot with or without his help but feel free to blame him anyway. Everything else is his fault so what is one more thing.

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