Assigned Reading: Boehner Blasts Barack Obama’s Olympic Move
Let me be clear that I’m not pleased to see the president jetting off to Copenhagen to advocate for Chicago as host of the 2016 Olympic Games when there truly is so much to be done here at home, not the least of which is a decision on whether or not he wants to augment troop levels in Afghanistan.
Of course, it should be noted that, while Barack Obama is across the Atlantic doing his best impression of Mayor Daley, Americans are being hurt and killed across the world out of need for more resources. The underlying self-serving issue at hand with regard to the Olympic bid should also be considered, and the Republicans are doing America a disservice by failing to point out that Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett’s old company, Habitat, stands to gain a whole lot of money should the Games come to the Windy City.
Still, John Boehner and the GOP need to be careful here. First, they need to remember how strenuously the Bush administration and Republicans argued that the president of the United States carries with him the White House wherever he goes, and specifically that George W. Bush was perfectly capable of carrying on America’s business from his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Second, they need to remember that they are winning the debate over health care and cap-and-trade here at home, and any rhetoric about presidential priorities should be used carefully so as not to distract from other winning arguments.