Off Team Obama went to Copenhagen, trying to win the bid for the Olympics in hometown Chicago. Taking two jumbo jets, loaded with assorted spokespeople, the star attractions were Barack and Michelle Obama and their good friend, Oprah Winfrey. Who knew it would explode so quickly and badly?
Off Team Obama went to Copenhagen. Valerie Jarrett was there, cheerleading for the home team. Little goes on that ole Val doesn't have a hand in. First Barack said he wouldn't be going to Copenhagen to make his plea. Then, as last minute jitters set in and thoughts turned to the fact that maybe Michelle really wasn't the best person for "closer", Barack swooped in and was to save the day. How could the international committee possibly say no to his charisma and charm? He's not George W. Bush. He's the good guy.
Off Team Obama went to Copenhagen. The pleas from Michelle and Barack were personal ones, stories of their lives in Chicago. How embarrassing. The Obamas - narcissists supreme - thought the world wanted to hear all about how fun it would be for the Obama family to headquarter themselves in their home in tony Hyde Park and be able to just walk out their front door and head to an event or two. The Obamas thought it would be prudent to hear how much Michelle likes sports and the ones she's played.
Off Team Obama went to Copenhagen. Chicago was bumped out of the running in the first round.
So, the climate change alarmists from the Obama administration took two jumbo jets - did Oprah take her own? - and created a large carbon footprint to and from Copenhagen. The trip was a quick one and we were to told what a sacrifice it was for the Obamas to make it on behalf of Chicago - oh yeah, on behalf of America, too. They were doing it for you, average American, not for payback to the Daley machine to which they are both deeply indebted. Why would you be so cynical as to think such a thing?
The spinning machine began. David Axelrod, super marketer from Chicago, began the rounds of television interviews expressing his disappointment. These things happen, we were told. Senator Roland Burris said it was George W. Bush's fault since he made everyone mad when he was President. Can't have the first big failure on the international stage be owned by President Obama. Burris is still in blame Bush mode, as is the administration. When will it be the Obama administration? We were told about all the other world leaders who went to make bids for their countries, past and present. All fine and good. But Obama was the first American president to make the plea and he failed.
Team Obama let the lead player down. They didn't do the ground work, apparently. It would appear that they are still stuck in the image of Obama as world savior. Just his mere presence will be enough. Obama used up a lot of political capital for selfish reasons. Obama smiled and charmed before the world. The world yawned.
Wake up, Mr. President. It truly isn't all about you.