Found this editorial, and as I began reading it I thought, "Wow, The NYT really gets it!" Then I continued reading. My comments in red are mine. I tried exercising a modicum of restraint.
We Like Chicago, Too
Published: October 3, 2009
We would like to congratulate Rio de Janeiro for winning the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. It will be the first time that the Games are held in South America, and it is a fitting tribute to Brazil’s growing stature. That said, we have to ask: What was President Obama thinking when he flew off to Copenhagen to lobby the International Olympic Committee on behalf of Chicago?
Times Topics: Olympic Games (2016)
We don’t doubt Mr. Obama’s devotion to his adopted hometown. Or that Chicago would have been a great place for the Games. Leaders from all the other countries bidding showed up, too. And we don’t buy the posturing by Republicans who said that his trip meant he was neglecting the nation’s business. The “posturing” was not that he was neglecting the nation’s business; it was the obscene carbon footprint left by four—FOUR—planes that he felt he needed to make his pitch for his abysmally corrupt “adopted” hometown. But in the midst of everything Mr. Obama is dealing with, who needs even a minor loss?
Mr. Obama has done important, courageous things to restore America’s standing. What would those things be? After George W. Bush, it feels good — and safer — to know that people around the world feel better about this country and about this president. Um, how many terrorist attacks were perpetrated on the U.S. between 9/11 and the time George Bush left office? Why in the world should we feel safer now? People around the world do not feel better about this president. Look at the polls. One of Mr. Obama’s biggest challenges now is finding ways to fully leverage that good will into strong international leadership. And let’s face it, looking like a winner always helps. I’m sure it does. Unfortunately, the president looks like a loser. Oh, that's right; he is a loser!
As for why Mr. Obama went — especially if he wasn’t sure Chicago would win — here are two possible explanations: One, Mr. Obama, and his White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, another Chicagoan, love a good competition no matter the cost; the other is that they have a tad too much confidence in Mr. Obama’s hortatory powers. Wrong. His “hortatory” powers are nonexistent. St. Paul’s hortatory powers were significant.
We like having an articulate, (reads well) fiercely competitive president, especially one with such a strong moral compass. I can’t even go there. The fact that anyone would consider our president has a strong moral compass raises delusion to a nauseating new height. But guys, if you’re going to roll the dice, next time make sure the stakes are worth it. Next time you roll the dice, do it with your own money.
The New York Times doing what they do best: fawn at the feet of liberalism.