Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chicago Chicago

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Barack Obama, along with wife Michelle and close personal friend Oprah Winfrey, is traveling to Copenhagen to make a pitch for Chicago to be the home of the 2016 Olympics. Unfortunately, international visitors may want no part of the city where a high school student's horrific murder by gang members was caught on videotape.

Then again, it's not like Chicago is the home of mobsters like Al Capone, bloodbaths like the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, or serial killers like John Wayne Gacy or anything. Oh wait...yes it is!


stereoroid said...

So? In 2012 the Olympics will be held in London - specifically, the East End of London, which has an even longer history of violent crime. Well, I suppose that's one way to subsidize gentrification, eh?

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Stereoroid, you make a good point. Very few venues for the Olympics are really safe (at least, not until thousands of armed police sweep the streets). So truth be told, Hope n' Change's real problem here isn't with Chicago. (A city we actually love, outside of the politicians it produces.)

The real problem is with Obama's priorities...and this whole Chicago/Olympics episode makes a perfect metaphor. See, he's going to sell something which desperately needs to be fixed...instead of actually fixing it. He's substituting salesmanship for solutions... not just here, but in healthcare, national defense, the economy, racial matters, and every other critical issue facing this country.

Obama was elected Commander in Chief, yet he ignores Afghanistan while acting like he's nothing more than the head of Chicago's Chamber of Commerce. His inability (or more likely, unwillingness) to prioritize and concentrate on the most difficult and important tasks is inexcusable... and increasingly dangerous for our country.

Philip said...

Like Polanski, the Bammy past won't go away...

L.A. Times still conceals Obama terror video


Philip said...

Just want to share a good news: Public Option Goes Down :


Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Philip, call me a pessimist, but I'm still betting that the Dems will use reconciliation to push through a bill which includes the public option.

Philip said...

No, Stilt. You're not a pessimist. You're right to be careful. Maybe I'm wrong, but I tend to think that we've probably avoided the worst.

By the way, Copenhagen was a HUGE sacrifice for Michelle.

My Gosh, these folks are shameless.

Michelle Obama: I know people say it was a sacrifice for me and Oprah to go to Copenhagen


Windy Wilson said...

Considering that President Obama used political good will to try to bring the Olympics to a city that, for decades, anyone around the world (no matter how small a village they lived in)upon hearing the word "Chicago" responded with, "Al Capone, Bang Bang", rebuffed in favor of "City of Roving Death Squads" Rio, and he got nothing but ridicule, it truly was a sacrifice.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Windy, you're right...and it was probably more of a sacrifice than he was counting on!