“Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our choices and our actions. Anyone can do that. Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demands more.” — Barack Obama
Very poignant statement by Barack Obama, but as witnessed by his leadership style and penchant for blaming Bush on a weekly basis for something he can’t control, he left it incomplete. If a sudden onset of honesty overcame Obama while reading his teleprompter, he would have ended the statement with “unless the blame can be placed on George Bush.”
Chicago did not get the 2016 Olympics. The aggregate of Barack Obama, his wife, and Oprah was not able to secure the bid. Not only did Chicago not get the bid, it was the first city eliminated. The “why” of this situation has developed into a fiercely discussed subject. Could it be as simple as South America has never hosted the Olympics? Brazil’s president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, made a compelling argument as to why his country should receive the bid. Did the IOC award it to Rio de Janeiro for compassionate and philosophical reasons tempered with logic? Not as long as the finger can be pointed at George Bush.
Could Chicago have lost the bid because each attending country would have to be appointed a NATO peacekeeping envoy to ensure their safety?
Could Chicago’s not getting the bid have anything to do with Barack Obama and his wife, for the past two years, informing the world how deplorable the United States is?
Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that, according to the mainstream media and Democratic politicians, approximately 65% of the citizens of America are racists?
Could it have anything to do with the fact that the President and his wife hate this America, until they can bring fundamental change to it?
Could it have anything to do with the bizarre speeches Obama and his wife gave to the IOC? Michelle Obama stated, “Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad’s lap, cheering on Olga and Nadia, Carl Lewis, and others for their brilliance and perfection.” Could it have anything to do with the fact that she lied and the IOC knew it? Michelle Obama was born in 1964. Carl Lewis and Nadia Comaneci were born in 1961. They were three years older than Michelle Obama at the 1984 Olympics. The tearful vision she conjured up of sitting on her dad’s lap at the age of 20 probably didn’t connect with the committee as much as she hoped.
Could it possibly have anything to do with Barack Obama and his wife going in front of the IOC to talk about themselves, while the president of Brazil talked about his country, that he apparently loves and is proud of? According to George Will’s count, Barack and Michelle Obama’s speeches were, as has become customary, impregnated with first-person singular pronouns. Michelle Obama used “I” and “me” 34 times in sixteen paragraphs. Barack Obama used these words 23 times in thirteen paragraphs. According to businessandmedia.com, Obama, in 41 speeches this year alone, has talked about himself 1,200 times. (He said “I” 1,121 times and “me” 77 times.)
Maybe, just maybe, the IOC wanted to hear a reason America should host the Olympics. Maybe the IOC will just wait until Barack Obama can get this country straightened out before consideration.
Excuses abound as to why America did not get the 2016 Olympics, and was the first country bounced.
The honorable and esteemed Roland Burris, the senator who voted against de-funding ACORN after their child prostitution advisory division was brought to light, the senator who, on tape, appeared to be making a financial offer to purchase his senate seat from disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich, and followed that up with, under questioning, Chicago-style prevarications about how he was appointed, has made the following statement regarding why Obama, his wife, and Oprah failed to win the 2016 Olympic bid for Chicago: “The image of the U. S. has been so tarnished in the last 8 years that, even Barack Obama making an unprecedented pitch for the games could not overcome the hatred the world has for us as a result of George Bush.”
Never one to miss an opportunity to blame a white person for capital gain and profit, Jesse Jackson gave his opinion of the situation: “There must be resentment against America. The way we refused to sign the Kyoto Treaty, we misled the world into Iraq. The world had a very bad taste in its mouth about us. But there was such a turnaround after last November. The world now feels better about America and about Americans. That’s why I thought the president’s going was the deal-maker.”
State Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago) said she saw firsthand the resentment against America five years ago when she was in Rio de Janeiro, stating, “I feel in my gut that this vote today was political and mean-spirited.”
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said she was approached by a consul general at the plaza as they waited for word Friday. “He said … he was hearing that there wasn’t enough time for Barack Obama to dispel the old image. … But I don’t know if that’s it.”
Michael Froomkin, a Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, is certain that Chicago did not get the 2016 Olympics because of Bush’s bizarre insistence on keeping terrorists out of this country post 9/11. Considering that all 19 of the 9/11 hijackers were officially “visitors” in the U.S., his assessment does make some sense; in his words, it is the “same stupid anti-visitor policy that is destroying American higher education.” But Froomkin never broached the subject that Obama has been in office for over 200 days and could have changed the visa policy day one. But it is still Bush’s fault.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), another Chicago democrat, lauded President Obama’s two hours of work in trying to secure the 2016 Olympics for Chicago. He laments how Obama’s couple of hours of work was for naught. But not from Obama’s lack of trying; he never had a chance because of George Bush. Rush’s assessment of the situation: “I believe that Friday’s action is just the latest example of the cultural breach that still exists between the United States and several leaders of the global community of nations. Friday’s vote by the IOC members reflects the tattered relationships that remain after eight years of the catastrophic reign of the Bush administration. It will obviously take some time for the Obama administration to continue its important work to repair that breach.”
Perhaps Rush can now turn his attention to the internationally publicized beatings and murders taking place against Chicago’s youth, an item that was apparently much farther down the list of his to-do’s than acquiring the Olympics. Of course, the violence can be attributed to George Bush.
So there you have it, folks. There is nothing George Bush cannot destroy or tarnish post retirement. To make it simple: if you embark on a venture and it is successful, give the credit to Obama; if it fails, give the credit to Bush.