Obama demeans the office of the presidency by traveling to Denmark, where he will reduce himself to the role of Billy Mays pitchman in the U.S. bid to win the 2016 Olympic games for Chicago.
A one day in-and-out trip to Denmark will cost the U.S. taxpayer tens of millions of dollars. In excess of 600 people will travel in advance and with Obama. Numerous military cargo planes will be dispatched to fly in his limos and support equipment. Embassy Staff will be beefed up with support staff from all over Europe and beyond. Air Force One, a back up Air Force One and top secret military aircraft will join the presidential flight operation on the trip over and back. The costs and logistics are immense.
Politically, economically and historically it makes no sense for Obama to travel to Denmark. This is just another example of a White House that is out of touch with the realities and priorities of governing.
Senator Kit Bond has a point when he says “it’s baffling that the president has time to travel to Copenhagen, to be on ‘Letterman’ and every channel except the Food Network, and, yet, he doesn’t have time to talk with and listen to his top general.”
Let’s hope General Stanley McChrystal, the commander in Afghanistan, wasn’t hoping for a meeting tomorrow. That’s when Obama will be busy upstaging Brazil’s soccer star Pele and Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
According to Senator Bond, who is keeping track, it’s been more than two months since Obama had the kind of face time with McChrystal that he’s giving the International Olympic Committee.
Polls show that about half of Chicagoans are wary of the games coming, citing the cost, the traffic, the general hassle felt by all for the attendance of the few well-connected ticket holders.
Maybe this is payback to the Chicago Political Machine and all the developers who will make millions building an Olympic Village at our expense?