All that sacrifice made by the First Lady. All for nothing.
Well, I guess the International Olympic Committee is just full of hateful racists who cannot come to grips with a black man being president of the United States. Barack Obama came to Copenhagen and pitched his hometown as host of the 2016 Olympic Games, and the IOC said “no, you cannot.”
Sure, there may have been other reasons. Sure, there might have been other, concrete extrinsic concerns. But forget about them — just like Maureen Dowd heard South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson say “you lie, boy,” I could have sworn that the IOC members were all wearing selections from Sen. Robert Byrd’s collection of white hoods. And if they weren’t they surely wanted to, deep down inside. It doesn’t matter that the United States hosted the Atlanta Games in 1996 and the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 and that, other than in Sydney in 2000, the Olympic Games have never been hosted south of the Equator. It doesn’t matter that the IOC could be legitimately concerned about corruption in Chicago. What matters is that the committee said “no.” To Barack Obama. They must have done so–they only could have done so–because he is black.
See how ridiculous that sounds, inserting race where it doesn’t belong?
Call me a heartless right-wing conspirator, but I’m actually smiling today because of this news. But let me be clear — it’s not that I didn’t want the Olympic Games hosted by the United States of America. I love my country, and it is an honor to host the world. It’s that we had a president who along with his wife went to Copenhagen not on behalf of America, but on behalf of their own egos and their own political friends in Chicago. Consider their arguments from this morning:
MICHELLE OBAMA: Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad’s lap, cheering on Olga and Nadia, Carl Lewis, and others for their brilliance and perfection. Like so many young people, I was inspired. I found myself dreaming that maybe, just maybe, if I worked hard enough, I, too, could achieve something great.
But I never dreamed that the Olympic flame might one day light up lives in my neighborhood. But today, I can dream, and I am dreaming of an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Chicago that will light up lives in neighborhoods all across America and all across the world; that will expose all our neighborhoods to new sports and new role models; that will show every child that regardless of wealth, or gender, or race, or physical ability, there is a sport and a place for them, too.
That’s why I’m here today. I’m asking you to choose Chicago. I’m asking you to choose America.
And I’m not asking just as the First Lady of the United States, who is eager to welcome the world to our shores. And not just as a Chicagoan, who is proud and excited to show the world what my city can do. Not just as a mother raising two beautiful young women to embrace athleticism and pursue their full potential.
I’m also asking as a daughter.
See, my dad would have been so proud to witness these Games in Chicago. And I know they would have meant something much more to him, too.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Nearly one year ago, on a clear November night, people from every corner of the world gathered in the city of Chicago or in front of their televisions to watch the results of the U.S. Presidential election. Their interest wasn’t about me as an individual. Rather, it was rooted in the belief that America’s experiment in democracy still speaks to a set of universal aspirations and ideals. Their interest sprung from the hope that in this ever-shrinking world, our diversity could be a source of strength, a cause for celebration; and that with sustained work and determination, we could learn to live and prosper together during the fleeting moment we share on this Earth.
Now, that work is far from over, but it has begun in earnest. And while we do not know what the next few years will bring, there is nothing I would like more than to step just a few blocks from my family’s home, with Michelle and our two girls, and welcome the world back into our neighborhood.
Here’s a man and woman who purport to be law-trained (yet curiously know nothing of and hold disdain for our Constitution), and who were taught exactly how to construct a persuasive argument. If Barack and Michelle Obama had truly petitioned the IOC on behalf of America, they would have spent more time highlighting America’s contribution to the world and what Chicago could bring to the Olympic Games. To their credit, they paid lip service to Chicago’s ethnic diversity, but even in doing that they did so to the extent in which it seemed unnatural and undesirable to actually be an American in the Windy City’s many neighborhoods. And while the diversity of Chicago is an admirable trait of a fantastic town, the Obamas failed to properly discuss America’s contribution to the world, both athletically and otherwise. Instead, they spent far too much time speaking about themselves, their personal need for the Olympic Games to come to Chicago, their desire to step out of their front door and welcome the world to their neighborhood. And, at the end of the day, the Olympic committee held that it wasn’t about them.
Is it any wonder that the IOC rejected Chicago even before it rejected the candidacy of Tokyo, and the Japanese officials’ ridiculous argument that their city was the best choice because global warming would make the 2016 Games the last ever? Barack Obama has spent nine months now traveling the world and disparaging America every chance that he gets. Michelle Obama only became proud of America when a starstruck and shallow segment of the American people began to embrace her husband as a presidential candidate. And now they wanted to sell America as host of the 2016 Games? A nation they both believe to be oppressive, arrogant and deeply flawed?
That’s the equivalent of a bloody Vince Shlomi showing how a material defect in the Slap-Chop could result in the accidental amputation of fingers, and then turning around and begging for $19.95 plus shipping and handling. It just doesn’t work.
In truth, I’m sad for America because it would have been an honor to once again host the Olympic Games, because thousands of jobs could have been created for the purpose of designing and building the infrastructure needed for such an event. But at the same time I’m happy for America because this was a victory against political corruption, this was a vote against hypocrisy and superficiality, and this was a global referendum on the president of the United States and his enormous ego.
By receiving the least amount of votes in the first round, mere hours after the president and his wife passionately made their flawed arguments, this was the world telling Barack and Michelle Obama that no, they are not bigger than the United States of America, and that he is not the President of the World.
I think it will be easy for liberals and supporters of this president to look at the reaction among conservatives today as somehow un-American. I see where they can see it. However, if they look deeper, if they detach emotion and look at the reasons why the president was there in the first place, they can see that we were not cheering against America today, but rather for her.