After 24 hours of hand wringing and navel gazing by the epic failure of President Obama’s ‘Dream Team’ to deliver the supposed slam dunk by their awesome presence in front of the IOC, the left has finally decided it was all George Bush’s fault.
Abdon Pallasch writes in the Chicago Sun Times, ‘Chicago officials claimed President Obama could not undo in one year the resentment against America that President Bush and others built up for years.’
Not to be undone, some of the who’s who of Illinois state politicos have jumped on the BDS Express.
“There must be” resentment against America, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, near the stage where he had hoped to give a victory speech in Daley Center Plaza. “The way we [refused to sign] the Kyoto Treaty, we misled the world into Iraq. The world had a very bad taste in its mouth about us.
State Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago) said she saw firsthand the resentment against America five years ago when she was in Rio de Janeiro. “I feel in my gut that this vote today was political and mean-spirited,” she said.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said she was approached by a consul general at the plaza as they waited for word Friday. “He said … he was hearing that there wasn’t enough time for Barack Obama to dispel the old image. … But I don’t know if that’s it.”
Senator Rowland Burris of Illinois, the Senator who was appointed to fill President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, blames George Bush for Chicago not getting the Olympics in 2016. Burris stated in an interview, shortly after the announcement, that the image of the U. S. has been so tarnished in the last 8 years that, even Barack Obama making an unprecedented pitch for the games could not overcome the hatred the world has for us as a result of George Bush.
Having a panel made up of different racial backgrounds from around the world to select the Olympic venues kind of throws a wrench into playing the race card, but I digress. We’re nine months into President Obama’s term, and the Democrats are still bleating the same tired old dead horse refrain that it was Bush’s fault.
In a show of his brand of smart diplomacy, Mr. Obama has traveled around the world apologizing for in his words, the misdeeds, ignorance, and arrogance of the past by the US in an attempt to get everyone to like us. He shows an open hand to our enemies, who will always hate us, and uses a clenched fist on our allies, who in his eyes have blindly and wrongly supported us. It’s a wonder if we have any friends left in the world.
The real shame here is a great story for Rio, and the continent of South America getting their first Olympic games has turned into a story about President Obama. He just couldn’t follow his own advice to stay at home to work on healthcare, because the Campaigner-in-Chief has to inject himself into everything (see Henry Gates). Then again, maybe the rest of the world is starting to get the same hangover Americans have been getting from the human-never-ending-campaign-machine that is Barack Obama with all the appearances on TV, magazines, and radio. By showing up in Copenhagen and saying, ‘I urge you to vote for America,’ made what should have been a simple loss for Chicago had now been turned into a rejection of America.
There’s only one person to blame for that, and it certainly isn’t George W. Bush.