Did the IOC recognise a weak horse? UPDATES

Okay, so Chicago did not get the Olympics.

I was certain Obama was going to Copenhagen because it was a done deal, and he’d get a little glory for bringing the Games to his home city, and show everyone how much the world loved him.

I was wrong.

But this is a big story -and a bit of an embarrassment for the president- for one reason, and one reason only: the excessive, slobbering press created gigantic expectation. Listening to CNN this morning, you thought this was a “done” deal, the IOC was “mobbing” the Obamas and their “rock star” gloriousness.

So, for me, anyway, there is some entertainment value in this, if only to watch the press struggle to understand how it could possibly be that their narrative…did not fly:

Listen to that anchor trying to process what seems unthinkable to him: “Chicago is OUT? Wait a minute…Chicago is OUT”? In the press’ minds, this is not possible. Obama is supposed to be omnipotent.

I don’t think it helped much for Michelle Obama to go there and talk about how traveling to Copenhagen, staying in luxury accomodations and being feted by Europeans was a “sacrifice” for her, and her overly sentimental “I can dream…” presentation may well have insulted people who did not wish to be subjected to emotional manipulation. Victor Davis Hanson has more on that. And Michelle Malkin calls Michelle Obama’s presentation not sentimental, but weird.

Still, this is the press’ black eye, more than Obama’s. The besotted Obamamedia does not know how to calm itself down about this man, and so they routinely oversell him, setting him (and the nation) up for failure.

But – having said that – I cannot help but wonder if Chicago lost the games for another reason, too.

Did the IOC look at Obama -who treats his nations’ traditional allies rather dismissively, and her enemies with too much deference- and see “weakness”?

I’ll never forget what Osama bin Laden said about the decision to attack the US on her own soil, that he saw the United States, throughout the 1990′s as “the weak horse.”

Beyond all the media madness concerning these Olympic Games, Obama’s losing a bid for Chicago may well be sending another sort of message altogether to the wrong people: America is weak.

If that is the sentiment being projected, then our own media have a hand in creating the impression of weakness. Yes, it’s worrisome.

On the other hand, it cannot really be a bad thing for the overpraised Obama, personally, to hear the word “no.” It may get him to buckle down, stop the endless campaign, and start -finally- to govern. I hope he’ll consider putting a moratorium on government spending and maybe following Germany’s and Sweden’s lead in getting serious about job creation. Please.

UPDATED:
Instapundit: “I think he overestimated the power of his personality.” Always my first stop for reactions.
Eugene Robinson: Obama “invited a comeuppance.”
Victor Davis Hanson: This is a PR Nightmare for Obama
Byron York: Axelrod says “Politics sank Obama’s effort. Perhaps the Obama’s should not have treated this like a political campaign. I still think Michelle Obama’s manipulative schmaltz hurt the effort.
UK Telegraph: this creates doubt about Obama?
Fausta: a quick roundup
Okie: another roundup
Rich Lowry: Top 10 Reasons why Obama lost Olympics
Bookworm: Had a crystal ball
Althouse: sees a backlash against “all that glamorous traveling”
Flopping Aces: Blames Obama’s speech
Rick Moran: Obama risked prestige and will pay for it
Baseball Crank: What a waste

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  • Bender

    It’s Bush’s fault.

    Not only did Chicago not get the Olympics — Chicago got THE LEAST NUMBER OF VOTES. This was a body-slam of the One by the world.

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  • dry valleys

    “The besotted Obamamedia does not know how to calm itself down about this man, and so they routinely oversell him, setting him (and the nation) up for failure.”

    You are totally 100% right, do you know that? ;)

    The hope & change brigade left everything in the leader’s hands, but they’re not going to get anything unless they work for it, because otherwise the other side’s lobbyists will get Obama’s ear.

    It would be awful (for liberals) if them as fought to get Obama elected just said “Well, we’ve done it. Let’s not bother with politics any further, there’s a like-minded man in the Whitehouse”.

    I offer a link I have posted before- We Have Forgotten How Real Political Change Happens (see the second half).

    The author is a good pal of mine & is strong on secularism, which means he opposes Islamism & condemns those on the left who are “tolerant” towards it. (He even supported the invasion of Iraw at one stage, but turned against it).

    I would certainly say that lefists, being more pro-government & perhaps less keen on self-agency than conservatives, are more likely to engage in this sort of ting. But no one should do it.

  • Madeline

    I would like to believe that the IOC realized that Rio was more deserving of the honor. It is the first South American country to be a host city. That is awesome. It is also a Catholic city. Double awesome. Love your site.

  • dry valleys

    Perhaps they prefer Clinton to Obama- what with an Olympics happening in the USA on his watch.

    Larison on about the Olympics.

    I hail Larison on a reg’lar basis, even though I’m far from a paleocon.

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  • NanB

    Chicago is NOT ready for the olympics. Thank goodness the committee realized this.

  • SjB

    Right or wrong. I saw a purposeful slap to Team Obama in the first round.

    When I add things up: Obama’s indifference to Indonesia, Sarkosky’s statements, Obama abandoning long-term allies, the hint that Obama not being there could hurt U.S. chances… I see the free world letting Obama know what they think of him.

    I hope this is not an offensive opinion, but I never did bite on the lie that God is dead.

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  • kelleybee

    I expect we will see an angry backlash from team O. Damaged Egos can be very dangerous.

  • kelleybee

    Since team O need a win, expect to see total healthcare (public option and abortion) rammed thru Congress and signed-soonest.

  • SKay

    “Since team O need a win, expect to see total healthcare (public option and abortion) rammed thru Congress and signed-soonest.”

    I agree–2010 can’t come soon enough.

    Chicago was all about paying off the Chicago thugs — Obama and Michelle did this to themselves.

  • http://lowlytuber.blogspot.com tim maguire

    I don’t much care for the Olympics, I opposed it in my city in 2012 (thankfully, it won’t be coming) and I have no opinion on where it should be in 2016 (beyond that it shouldn’t be in my city). Nevertheless, this was a quintissential Obama screw up.

    What savvy politician publicly asks for votes BEFORE privately counting them to make sure he already has enough? To go in blind and just depend on his innate wonderfullness–strictly bush league.

    As for the “free world”, they lobbied so hard for Obama they have a lot of nerve jumping ship so early. We’re stuck with him, and they’re stuck with him too.

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  • SjB

    For some reason, the race card is not being played this time… it’s the Bush card!

    I just read:

    Senator Rowland Burris of Illinois, the Senator who was appointed to fill President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, blames George Bush…

  • Spotted Reptile

    The Obamas tried to show the IOC that they were bigger than the Olympics. The IOC quickly corrected them.

  • http://getonthe.blogspot.com Omnibus Driv

    While I am no fan of the Obamas, I can’t lay this at their feet. In fact, from everything I’ve read, aside from the “sacrifice” comment, Michelle Obama did an outstanding job of lobbying. So, I’ll give her props where props are due.

    The problem was and is that Chicago could not financially afford the games, and our mayor has a track record of biting off far more than he can chew. Millennium Park alone was years behind schedule and over budget.

    Another problem, from my perspective, was Oprah’s participation. She took the spotlight completely off the athletes and the games, and drew it squarely onto her over-hyped and ego-driven self.

    Much as I would have loved to attend the games here, better they go to South America for now.

    Chicago will continue to be a world-class city, regardless of whether or not we get the games.

  • marybel

    The best thing about the Olympics being in Rio is what the Brazilians refer to as “Corcovado”…that enormous, emblematic lighted statue of Jesus that overlooks the entire city.

    It’s almost impossible to take a picture of Rio without including the impressive beloved Corcovado!

  • Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired

    Sounds like the CNN mouthpiece got a rude awakening. Or a severe smack upside the head.
    If I were able to afford tickets to any Olympic event, I would not go to Chicago. Been there. Resembles a land fill that people live in. To compare it to an Indian Reservation would be an insult to the Indians on the Rez.

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  • Bob Devine

    I am disappointed Chicago missed out. What with Obama`s background in crooked Chicago politics and the Olympic people`s reputation for accepting bribes and other shenanigans we could have witnessed the most corrupt Olympics in history.

  • http://eclecticmeanderings.blogspot.com/ Hank

    When I heard he was going to Copenhagen I figured the olympics bid was near dead, and his old Chicago allies called him in as a last ditch effrort.

  • dry valleys

    Bizarre Reactions

    Worra superb blogger this man is.

  • jreynolds

    If you were the IOC would you want to punish yourself by working with the arrogant, bulldozing Obama group for the next
    seven years? Please!!

  • dry valleys

    Interesting comment there jreynolds- “the next seven years”- do you admit that Obama is going to win in 2012 then? :)

    Or maybe he’s going to abolish elections & become a dictator for life.

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  • http://www.BrideOfRove.com BoR

    WTH was that all about anyway? His country is in full melt down, the war in Afghanistan is coming apart, unemployment is climbing, the world is working frantically to replace the dollar with something – anything – else and he jets off to Copenhagen on whim leaving his General cooling his heels waiting for an answer or a different plan. Is he some bon bon munching mistress retreating to the mall for some retail therapy where the clerks treat you oh so very nice? There is something deeply wrong in this man’s head. He acts like he never expected to actually win the election and, now that he has, he’s all the H over the place doing everything and anything all at once. Insanity.

    This move did indeed make us look weak and it’s all on him. He made a big deal out of it, hyped the expedition and set us up for a colossal fall. Thank you very much Mr. President. Feel free to beat us down some more.

  • http://beverlylynn.jeremyweber.com Beverly Lynn

    Ironically, people are still blaming Bush. Who else could be at fault for Obama’s troubles?

    “President Obama could not undo in one year the resentment against America that President Bush and others built up for years, they said.”

    [Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't Chicago's bid to be considered ACCEPTED while Bush was president? -admin]

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