OBAMA AND THE IOC.
2016 Olympic Games.
The 2016 Olympic bid was not a fiasco after all, for it did not make news headlines in the United States the day after, although it might probably have done so in Copenhagen, Denmark or Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The general public was not criticizing President Obama's trip either, because he was there not just as president, but also as a representative of Chicago, the city he and his family had called their home before they moved to the White House.
There would have been those who would say that he should not have gone, while others would have said the opposite. All in all, only FOX News (TV) had some comment to make on Mr. Obama's engagement in the voting of the IOC in Copenhagen, but it (comment) was not sterile (lacking the power to function); so not many Americans paid any attention to it.
Also, somehow, it was fruitful, because the president had the chance to meet with Gen. McChrystal on Air Force One to discuss obviously the war in Afghanistan; and the two men got to know each other better, no matter how short the time they spent together was. The president might have assured the general that the United States government was squarely and securely behind the effort to defeat the Taliban; and that he and his advisers were seriously looking into the general's demand for more troops there.
He Gen. McChrystal, the top military general in Afghanistan, was in London for a speech; and he traveled to Copenhagen at the president's request; and with the president being the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces, he took the opportunity to get the facts of the Afghan war "from the horse's mouth", so to speak. The meeting was very "productive" by all accounts, judging from the reports about it.
It was a fairly good trip for the president, with his wife, Michelle, in toe, and in support for the bid to get the 2016 Olympic Games to take place in the Windy City. Oprah Winfrey (of the famous Oprah Winfrey Show) was also there to back him to bring something special to America, once again, that would make everyone proud.
He was never putting his reputation on the line, because he did not do it for himself, but for a city that he and his family really loved, Chicago.
P.S. This blog only does give credit where credit is due. It is no supporter of any person or group, politically or otherwise.
P.P.S The IOC is International Olympic Committee.