October 3, 2009 1:21 AM

Obama Olympics failure - end of an ego era?

Obama olympics.jpgOctober 3, 2009

Obama's Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency

Barack Obama fails to make the case for Chicago to the IOC in Copenhagen

There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama's presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence.

Chicago's dismal showing yesterday, after Mr Obama's personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good -- but carries no heft.

It was only the Olympic Games, the White House will argue -- not a high-stakes diplomatic gamble with North Korea. It is always worthwhile when Mr Obama sells America to the rest of the world, David Axelrod, his chief political adviser, said today. But that argument will fall on deaf ears in the US. Americans want their presidents to be winners.

Mr Obama was greeted -- as usual -- like a rock star by the IOC delegates in Copenhagen -- then humiliated by them. Perception is reality. A narrow defeat for Chicago would have been acceptable -- but the sheer scale of the defeat was a bombshell, and is a major blow for Mr Obama at a time when questions are being asked about his style of governance.

Read more at the UK Times.


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I truly believe the President felt his presence would make such a difference in the voting by the IOC that they would not vote against him. What a shock to his ego the results must have been!

Posted by: Linda Long | October 3, 2009 2:37 AM

Looks like the rest of the world is not as smitten with the cult of personality for BHO.

Posted by: A Mac and a Mug O' Joe | October 3, 2009 6:24 AM

What a shame the racketeering scum of the Chicago Machine won’t have this windfall to skim-off of, LOLOL

Aren’t things going great since Valerie Jarret has been running the country?


Posted by: Reaganite Republican | October 3, 2009 2:07 PM

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