Ramesh Ponnuru at NRO has an insight into why Obama is heading to Denmark — it’s because Chicago has already been awarded the 2016 Games:
Some people seem to think that the president is taking time away from more important things to go to Copenhagen to lobby for Chicago to get the 2016 games. They’re wrong. He is taking time away from more important things to go get the credit for bringing the Olympics to Chicago.
Does anyone seriously believe that the president would take a quick trip to Copenhagen with the possibility of coming back empty-handed? If the president is going, it’s because he knows that Chicago has already won.
I ponder these possibilities as an American in a foundering economy who has been told by the president that “shared sacrifice” is the only way to recover, and as somebody who is continually being bashed over the head with “climate change” tripe: If Chicago has already been chosen as the “winner,” why is Obama wasting God-knows how much money to go to Denmark and spewing thousands and thousands of pounds of jet fuel into the atmosphere to get there if it’s a done deal?
If Chicago has already been chosen, and this Denmark “sales trip” is just a credit-whore junket, I have a lower opinion of the trip that I would have if Obama was actually trying to sell the IOC.
I’d take the opposite approach as president. I’d go to Denmark only if I was assured beforehand that we weren’t getting the Games just so I could come home and say, “There, I just saved us a few billion dollars worth of debt and a huge security headache. You’re welcome.”
In any case, to do my part to promote environmental stewardship for a possible Chicago Olympics, I’ve designed an olympic torch that is more environmentally responsible so the Begley-brained eco-loons won’t get the nervous trots over the flame emissions from the old, fossil-fuel burning torch: