Originally, the Persuasion Party was just going to be Michelle her ownself and a few staff. Then the Chicago natives started getting restless so a little Obama-power will be applied to the mix:
The White House, which earlier had announced that an advance team was heading to Copenhagen to prepare for a possible presidential trip to Copenhagen, confirmed this morning that Obama will travel Thursday night. The IOC meets Friday.
A senior administration official told the Tribune Washington Bureau this morning that Obama will make the trip, returning following the meeting Friday. Chicago is competing with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid.
Mayor Richard Daley and the Chicago 2016 chief executive Pat Ryan immediately issued statements praising Obama’s decision.
“President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama symbolize the hope, opportunity and inspiration that makes Chicago great, and we are honored to have two of our city’s most accomplished residents leading our delegation in Copenhagen,” Daley said.
However, the Swamp says that the Magic Twosome will have competition in Copenhagen:
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, confident in Rio’s bid, will travel to the Danish capital ahead of the IOC’s vote.
“This is a fight,” Silva said on his weekly radio program today. “And if we don’t win, we’ll have to prepare for another one. But I think we’re going to return from Copenhagen with a victory.” Brazil deserves the Olympics, Silva says, because South America has never hosted the games. “For the other nations, it would just be one more Olympics.’’
I agree with Brazil’s president: South America has never hosted the Games. How about sharing? How about sending it to Rio in a gesture of good will?
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Fat chance. The Cook County political machine that put Obama in the Oval Office wants that plum, and Obama has to deliver. There are millions to be made by the COO - Cronies of Obama. Can you say “payback time”? Never mind that Chicago itself will suffer. What else is new?
May the President learn the hard way that the gravitas of his office belongs not to the person currently in power. It belongs to the office itself and as such is not supposed to be used as a bashing tool for provincial purposes. You’re not a state Senator anymore, Mr. President.
Pity the poor Queen. She has to meet with these people:
The American president and first lady also plan to meet with Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness, the Prince Consort. The president also plans a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen.
Oh my. I hope that our First Lady doesn’t happen upon Crown Princess Mary during her visit. We don’t need any more pictures like the one with Mrs. Sarkozy.
I first saw that photo several weeks ago. IMHO, it’s a sad tribute to the power of envy. You can snuggle up to power, but you can’t undo your own nature. Mrs. Obama will never be willowy and lithe, no matter how many trainers she has. And while most of us learn to live with our physical limits, Michelle seems unable to settle for who she is.
Let’s just hope the Princess can avoid the evil eye given Carla Bruni. Maybe she could arrange a quick trip to Australia to visit the family?
Meanwhile, the Danish media are excited at the prospect of Obama’s visit, though I have the sense that this excitement is not a thoroughly trickle-down affair:
The Danish media are chasing suggestions that Obama might get out for a walk-around as well, though the time-frame of the president’s planned overnight trip for meetings and return Friday afternoon don’t leave a lot of room for tourism. They’re hearing that the president’s whole presence there may be limited to five hours.
Soo…five hours of his time to twist some arms. Two separate plane flights for this family. How many security guards and at what cost? Not to mention staff, hairdressers, ladies-in-waiting, and the usual dozens of hangers-on. All of this just so Obama can apply a little Chicago pressure to the Olympic Committee.
I hope the city of Copenhagen will be reimbursed for its costs for being forced to host this vanity trip.
And, as I said before, Send It to Rio!
By the way, take the time to read the variety of comments from that second link, the website “Swamp Politics”. I’ve chosen just one remark; it fits my sentiments were I, like he, an Illinois citizen:
Let’s see Iran is launching missiles, we need an answer on sending more troops before we lose the war in Afghanistan, people are STILL losing their homes, we are suppose to be having a jobless recovery (and direct contradiction in terms) therefore we will still have as many unemployed at the end of this depression, spending is out of control with our government and Obama is taking off the morning to spend more money increase his carbon foot print to get the Olympics.. does anyone know how to say inept leadership all over the place??
Obama, like Gore, has a carbon footprint bigger than Sasquatch could ever leave. Buncha hypocrites.