No matter where the 2016 Summer Olympics end up being held, they might go down in history as having the most environmentally unfriendly, not to mention expensive, lobbying effort ever:
The White House confirmed Monday that President Obama will fly on Thursday to Copenhagen, Denmark, where the International Olympic Committee will be reviewing bids from several countries on Friday. It will be the first time that an American president has lobbied the IOC in this manner.
Mrs. Obama arrives in Copenhagen on Wednesday with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and other top aides.
The separate flights thing isn’t uncommon. Earlier this year, the Obamas travelled to Paris… separately. Is Air Force One not big enough to fit both of their egos or something? I won’t even bother to ask about how much more it’s costing taxpayers for the Obamas to travel separately, because does anybody really keep track of expense anymore? Fiscal responsibility is so early 1900’s.
About the trip, the First Lady said, “It’s a battle — we’re going to win — take no prisoners.” If only that attitude could spill over to her husband as it concerns Afghanistan and the war on terror — er, I mean, “Overseas contingency operations intended to thwart man-caused disasters.”
News from Chicago like this hitting the front pages just as the Obamas get to Denmark can’t help the effort, but some already believe that the Chicago fix is already in and the IOC decision is a done deal.