Video: World’s biggest celebrity wonders where it all went wrong

posted at 4:15 pm on October 2, 2009 by Allahpundit

A gracious/politic statement, which was followed by a few minutes of spin (not seen here) about the new unemployment numbers and, er, no question-and-answer period. I guess we’ll have to wait for the next ObamaCare “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” singalong primetime presser for his thoughts on what happened in Copenhagen.

The British press isn’t waiting around, though. Tough stuff:

It was only the Olympic Games, the White House will argue — not a high-stakes diplomatic gamble with North Korea. It is always worthwhile when Mr Obama sells America to the rest of the world, David Axelrod, his chief political adviser, said today. But that argument will fall on deaf ears in the US. Americans want their presidents to be winners.

Mr Obama was greeted — as usual — like a rock star by the IOC delegates in Copenhagen — then humiliated by them. Perception is reality. A narrow defeat for Chicago would have been acceptable — but the sheer scale of the defeat was a bombshell, and is a major blow for Mr Obama at a time when questions are being asked about his style of governance…

This has all added to the perception that Mr Obama’s soaring rhetoric — which captured the imagination during last year’s election — is simply not enough when it comes to confronting the myriad challenges of the presidency. His spectacular Olympic failure will only add to that.

Elsewhere, the boss has a little fun by jokingly playing the race card on Obama’s defenders. Exit quotation from former Olympian “Rowdy” Gaines: “Maybe there is some hangover from politics, from the last eight years.”

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Nelson peddling by on his bike: HA HA

elderberry on October 2, 2009 at 6:35 PM

No gold, silver or bronze for Mr & Mrs Won. Is there a prize for 4th place? Didn’t think so.

Kissmygrits on October 2, 2009 at 6:36 PM

He’s a whiner not a winner! Duh!!!

chickasaw42 on October 2, 2009 at 6:38 PM

You know the music at the end of every episode of The Incredible Hulk? That’s what he hears in his head now all the time.

Jim Treacher on October 2, 2009 at 6:40 PM

What this proves more than anything is that Obama is a political neophyte. A savvy president never would have put himself in a position to be humiliated like this, especially over something as relatively unimportant as the Olympics.

Obama obviously continues to believe his own hype about his ability to sway people with his soaring rhetoric, even though it’s becoming obvious that this belief isn’t surviving contact with the real world.

rsrobinson on October 2, 2009 at 6:40 PM

rsrobinson on October 2, 2009 at 6:40 PM

+1

No socialist really survives contact with the real world on any front.

Now at last, olympic justice.

Mojave Mark on October 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM

but the sheer scale of the defeat was a bombshell, and is a major blow for Mr Obama at a time when questions are being asked about his style of governance…

Governance? Governance? Obama is trying to govern?????

MeAlice on October 2, 2009 at 7:28 PM

I couldn’t watch the video, I can’t bear to hear his cadences.

If I’m gloating, it’s 1) over Chicago and the corruptocrats getting the shaft, and I’m very pleased for the taxpayers of Chicago – especially the ones who were so vocally against it. They must have peed themselves with amazement and delight over being bumped in the first round. 18 votes they got, wasn’t it? Out of 95? I wonder which countries voted for Chicago.

Oh, and 2) yeah, Barry, suck it up. It’s called defeat, and it’s one of those lessons that come in life. Welcome to the club of most Americans who have experienced it and learned from it.

If you learn from it.

disa on October 2, 2009 at 9:08 PM

It would be nice if the effort put into the BID, was offered to our troops in Afghanistan.

nwpammy on October 2, 2009 at 11:54 PM

“I believe it’s always a worth while endeavor to promote and boost the United States of America..”

Umm….EXSQUEEZE me?! Since when?

unwashed minion on October 3, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Boooooooooosh

bigjack on October 3, 2009 at 2:01 AM

Stolen shamelessly from the other Olympic post here…

Top 10 Reasons Chicago Didn’t Get the Olympics [Rich Lowry]

4. This isn’t about the number of Olympics “lost”, it’s about the number of Olympics “saved” or “created”.

http://tinyurl.com/ygjwrr6

gekkobear on October 3, 2009 at 5:41 AM

Isn’t there a song out there where they repace the words to a popular refrain with “It’s all about me”?

davod on October 3, 2009 at 6:02 AM

If you like your Olympics, you can keep your Olympics.

Lincoln Cadillac on October 3, 2009 at 8:58 AM

I just looked up the definition of rhetoric and according to the Collins Essential English Dictionary, the definition that most fits BHO’s entire ouvre is “2. artificial or exaggerated language: ‘there’s been no shortage of soaring rhetoric at this summit…'” Kudos to the BBC for getting it almost 100 percent correct.

boqueronman on October 3, 2009 at 3:21 PM

… bumped in the first round. 18 votes they got, wasn’t it? Out of 95? I wonder which countries voted for Chicago.

disa on October 2, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Actually, what surprised me was how large the # was, given that it was the low score. With 95 votes and a low score of 18, the highest total in the first round could’ve only been 39 votes (95 – 18 – 19 – 19 = 39).

And that’s if the other two did almost as poorly as Chicago. I don’t know the actual vote spread, but if one got 23 or 24 and the other one got 27 or 28, the winning bid could have been… 27. Wait a minute, that scenario doesn’t even work. The scores had to be even tighter than that.

RD on October 4, 2009 at 3:17 AM

Perhaps the biggest looser in this debacle was Oprah. She is now firmly associated with the Obama administration. Therefore, anything the administration does will have have and impact on Oprah. The public will start having fun asking what does Oprah know and when did she know it, or what does the fine print say on those terms of accepting her gracious hand outs?

These are just the tip of the iceberg that is melting faster than the Global Warming crowd could ever imagine, and guess what, the sea level is not raising appreciably because the ice is simply displacing the water that already exists. Remember, your glass does not overflow when all the ice cubes melt does it?

MSGTAS on October 4, 2009 at 10:34 AM