It’s about priorities.
It’s about common sense.
It’s about judgment.
Remember judgment? The senseless Hopium addled tried for years to convince us that Barack Obama had better judgment than Hillary or anyone because once upon a time in order to get the attention and money from a big dollar donor, he gave a speech about Iraq, to a very liberal audience, in a very liberal state, then did nothing ever again about Iraq and the video of the speech disappeared.
Now Americans are witnessing the zero sense displayed on a daily, hourly, basis, by the Big Zero himself.
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As the ugly unemployment numbers were published, Barack Obama was flying on a jet with Michelle Obama. The foolish, like Mika Brezinski, defended Obama flying off to Copenhagen by praising modern telecommunications and the ability to multi-task. But the issue is one of focusing on priorities not the possibilities enabled by technological marvels.
Americans want the government and elected officials to concentrate on job creation in the private sector. “Fix the economy!” shout Americans. But Obama and Dimocrats have other priorities, other interests.
Instead of focusing on the economy Barack Obama and his Dimocratic Party are focused on a game of Chaos Theory. Chaos Theory, dramatized by the Butterfly Effect leads to lack of priorities and non-productive activity. It’s running rapidly in place but going nowhere.
The Butterfly Effect (“The idea that one butterfly could eventually have a far-reaching ripple effect on subsequent historic events seems first to have appeared in a 1952 short story by Ray Bradbury about time travel…”) is a fascinating study. But as a political strategy it is a disaster.
Early this year, during the “stimulus” and the budget debate we touched on the priority issue:
There are many worthy items we all have wish lists about. But right now the economy has a wish list too: a plan for rescue.
Our critique of Obama’s myriad mish-mash “plans”, as opposed to a unified strategy of coherent efforts and initiatives, was that if the United States had tons of money then the Obama waste of dollars would make some sense because “money is like manure” and should be spread around.
But the United States is deeply in debt and every year the budget deficits add to that debt. As an example, if there were millions of acres of fertile land and millions of seeds, it would make sense to just scatter the seeds – Johnny Appleseed style – across the vast landscape. But when you have little land and few seeds you must plant the seeds wisely.
Obama chose to spend trillions on a slush fund for Dimocrats to buy off constituents in the 2010 elections. The United States went further into debt to pay for pork barrel projects, not targeted investments.
Yesterday, the always speeding Obama rush-rush mobile hit a brick wall. Don’t Blame it on Rio. That brick wall is Reality.
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What Obama wanted was a quick trip to Copenhagen, wasting millions of government dollars. Some planes wasted money lugging Michelle Obama and Oprah, other planes lugged the Obama limousine, other planes carried support personnel and equipment. It was a huge waste of money.
Obama timed it so that the “Yes” vote for Chicago would be announced shortly before he would arrive in Washington, D.C., in time to hold a triumphant publicity stunt press conference. Big Media would shower Obama in rose petals, and light incense to this colossus Caesar “while we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves.”
But the International Olympic Committee followed a different script. It is a script we have described and it is the template foreign leaders follow in their dealings with Barack Obama: flatter Obama in public and then slap his face.
This is what we wrote in the sensibly and accurately titled World Leaders And North Korea To Barack Obama: “Sucker”
World leaders sized up Obama and decided he is a celebrity wannabee. So world leaders gave Obama the soul craving celebrity he wants for himself and then smartly picked the pockets of Uncle Sam while Obama grinned.
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Others published sanitized versions of what we have been writing for a long while.
Politico noted Obama’s efforts were aimed at self-aggrandizement – it was more “me, me” from Obama:
Chicago’s backers had sought to wrap their bid in the international goodwill generated by Obama’s presidency after eight years of the globally unpopular Bush administration, and they won unprecedented support from the White House. And Obama himself in his presentation to the IOC Friday morning in Copenhagen presented his pursuit of the Games as a part of his administration’s efforts to re-engage with the international community.
“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 common effort,” he told the committee. “And I ran for president because I believed deeply that at this defining moment, the United States of America has a responsibility to help in that effort, to forge new partnerships with the nations and the peoples of the world.”
The “me me” did not work. New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympics came in 2nd without Obama. With Obama and a stronger Chicago bid, Chicago came in dead last.
The Gamesbids website thought there was another, bigger star:
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil’s empassioned plea to bring the Games to South America for the first time was the highlight of Rio’s 45 minute final bid presentation. With much emotion and conviction, his high-energy remarks in Portuguese topped an overall inspirational Rio presentation that puts the bid in a good position heading into the vote.
The CBS affiliate in Chicago hit Obama on the head with a hammer called reality:
But the president’s pitch, along with the star power of First Lady Michelle Obama and TV queen Oprah Winfrey, couldn’t sway enough votes.
In the short term, CBS 2 Mike Flannery reports that the Chicago defeated leaves Obama politically wounded by taking on a fight that he really didn’t have to take.
It was about priorities. Obama chose to waste time and money when other efforts needed attention.
Let’s also add that the egocentric “speech” via TelePrompter of Michelle Obama did not help, it probably hurt. The Olympic committee wanted to know how the Olympics would be helped by holding the games in Chicago and Michelle Obama stated that she would like to have the games in Chicago because it reminded her of daddy. Obama stated he would like to walk from his Rezko house in Chicago to the games. The egos were flying.
The New York Times labeled it “An Olympian Defeat For Obama”.
One oft-heard argument in favor of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy was that he would help restore the image of America abroad, tarnished as it was by the Bush administration’s unilateralism.
The Times then quotes Pajamas Media:
“He placed the prestige of his presidency directly on the line and failed. That’s the bottom line. He gambled with the one thing no president should ever gamble with unless the stakes are much higher than his hometown getting the Olympic games.”
The Times also quoted Commentary:
Obama received a nasty rebuff and a stern reminder that the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily care what he thinks. Chicago is out of the Olympics bidding process–in the first round. Why did Obama invest so much personal capital and time for this? Well, he simply can’t help himself. It’s the same force of ego that drives him on to those TV talk shows again and again and that imagines that a grand speech with no content and no appeal outside his base will be a game changer on health-care reform.
It’s also another reminder that, apparently, there isn’t anyone influential enough in the White House to keep the president from embarrassing himself. No one to say, “Enough with the talk shows.” No one to explain that presidents should not invest their personal credibility and standing to beg the IOC on behalf of his hometown. No one, unfortunately, to direct him back to the job of making timely, forceful decisions to defend America’s real interests. Not an interest in getting the Olympics, but the interests in defanging Iran, in maintaining robust alliances with friendly democracies, in executing a winning strategy in Afghanistan, and in readjusting domestic policy away from job-killing measures and toward job-creating ones.
Obama didn’t get the Olympics. He did get a slap in the face. Maybe he will learn something about multilateral institutions. At the very least, he may want to consider finding some advisers who will tell him to stop doing such silly things.
The Associated Press calls it a boob job too:
Still, President Barack Obama’s high-profile failure to win the Olympics for Chicago could feed negative narratives already nipping at his heels — that he’s a better talker than closer, more celebrity than statesman.
And this could hamper his efforts on the weightier issues.
Despite Obama’s fabled charm and powers of persuasion, his in-person plea for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Games fell flat. It was a hugely embarrassing defeat. His adopted hometown — considered a front-runner heading into Friday’s voting — didn’t just lose, it took last place, shocking nearly all by getting knocked out in the first round while the remaining three contenders moved on.
The Associated Press adds that the Olympian defeat feeds other perceptions that are growing about Obama: “He’s trying to do too much at once. – He’s trying to do too much at once. – He is a celebrity, for sure, but is that always a good thing? – He’s too casual with the use of his own time. – He’s junior varsity-league, still learning on the job.”
The Wall Street Journal quoted Tony Fratto, a deputy press secretary for George W. Bush. When you have former Bush administration making strong points that is a clue you are in trouble. “Certainly the failed effort in Chicago along with a bad jobs report coming out puts critics in a position to say, ‘Why was he running off to Copenhagen when we have more important issues to deal with?’ This idea that other nations will do something that’s not in their best interests because they like you is just silly.”
The Daily Mail was another publication who joined Big Pink in calling it a “Slap in the face for Obama”:
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge made the announcement in Copenhagen today, to the bitter humiliation of Barack Obama.
The U.S. president was embarrassed on the world stage after the IOC rejected his very personal bid for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held at his home town of Chicago.
The president’s high-profile lobbying for the Windy City crashed early and embarrassingly: Chicago attracted the lowest number of votes in a four-city contest eventually won by Rio de Janeiro.
The stunning first-round ouster gave Obama’s opponents — even those who say they were rooting for the only U.S. city in the running — fodder for a day of questioning the president’s powers of persuasion.
Meanwhile, his supporters were still scratching their heads over his decision to insert himself into an uncertain competition, while debate over his signature health care plan reached fever pitch back home.
Many Dimocrats and Obama apologists are now in full blame mode. These Hopium addled addicts blame the politics of the International Olympic Committee and anti-U.S. bias, and many other reasons. What they don’t explain is why they did not talk about these obstacles before Obama wasted millions flying off to Copenhagen and distracting the nation’s attention from substantive matters. The Obama triumphalists now say it was “fixed” – but these boobs don’t explain why Obama put U.S. prestige on the line with what they now claim was a HOPEless endeavor.
President Obama not only failed to bring home the gold, he could not even muster the silver or bronze.
A dramatic 20-hour mission across the ocean to persuade the International Olympic Committee to give the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago proved such a miscalculation that his adopted hometown finished fourth of four candidate cities.
Rarely has a president put his credibility on the line on the world stage in such a personal way and been slapped down so sharply in real time. While Chicago may have lost to Rio de Janeiro for all sorts of reasons that had nothing to do with Mr. Obama, the fact that he made himself the face of the city’s bid invariably meant it would be taken as a stinging rejection of its favorite son. [snip]
The defeat will be used as a political metaphor and raise painful questions. Why did he invest so much time, taxpayer money and, perhaps most important, presidential prestige in a losing effort? How did he misjudge the potential vote so badly that Chicago evidently was not even in the top tier? What does it say about a leader who may be far more popular abroad than his predecessor yet has trouble converting that esteem into tangible benefits for the United States?
It’s about priorities and judgment – Obama is too inexperienced and unqualified to be the president of the United States.
Barack Obama has Zero Sense. Increasingly, Americans and the World have Zero Confidence in the flim-flam man from the Circus of Corruption called Chicago.