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Did Obama misread his popularity?

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POSTED October 4, 2009 2:08 a.m.
Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Well, it’s official. Brazil wins. I’m not surprised. To me it has nothing to do with the Obamas, Oprah, et all being there making a pitch for Chicago. After all, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was considered the favorite, along with Madrid, Spain (because of Juan Antonio Samaranch) and I thought that the argument of the former, the winner, that a South American continent country should be chosen because there had never ever been one to “host” the Olympics was very valid. For Brazil, in their view, it was now time and I for one think that they were right.

Did Obama misread his perceived personal popularity in Europe by thinking that it would be the ultimate “silver bullet” that would bring home the “prize” to Chicagoland? It could be, given his reported 70% popularity numbers with Europeans, among others but that is hard to say because the world can be soooo “fickle”.

According to Peter Ueberroth of Los Angeles Olympics fame, all the presentations from the “Final 4” were excellent and well presented and I’ll go with that. Do I have other thoughts about whether it was a waste of the President’s (and our) time, among other things, for him to go to Copenhagen, yes I do, but I don’t want to give in to the temptation here.

I do have a problem though with the commentary by Rowdy Gaines, former Olympian and gold medal winner. While replying to the ESPN interviewer’s question as to why he thought that Chicago had not made the final two. Gaines stated that he thought that “after reading Chicago’s proposal several times, he (Gaines), thought that it was by far the best.” That of course is Gaines’ opinion and I can’t say that he is wrong. I do say that he is misguided when he continued by stating that, the reason could be, “because of what has happened over the last eight years”. That was a clear reference to the Bush presidency, i.e. blame Bush for everything that is possibly wrong with America, a declaration that has been a talking point so popular with most of the politicos on the other side of the aisle.

If that is the case then I guess we should blame Bush for keeping us safe from the harm that those who are evil would like to perpetrate upon you and me too.

Blame it on Rio!!! That is my commentary and I’m sticking to it.

Psssssssst: This just in. The President was actually able to do some of the work of the people because by going to Copenhagen, he was able to link up with General Mac Chrystal on the way back to America and discuss what to do about Afghanistan….. this thanks to info from Obama advisor, David Axelrod.
Lee Almquist
Manteca
Oct. 2, 2009
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