Due to widespread crime in Chicago, where honor roll students are beaten to death by unruly mobs, and criminal landlords refuse to improve living conditions in their state-sponsored slums, the Olympics for 2016 were awarded to Rio instead, where you expect these things to happen, Rio being the largest city in barely third-world Brazil.
If you've been sitting under a rock you may have missed that the United States sent a delegation of Chitown glitterati to include Oprah, Mayor Daley, Michelle Obama (you may know her better as "The First Lady") and the President of Chicago (and the United States, too), Barack H. Obama.
Many (including such smart right-wing observers as myself and Rush Limbaugh) assumed that Obama's presence in the delegation meant it was "in the bag," so to speak. After all, if the top politicos of Chicago-style politics couldn't secure a victory with a group of crooks like the IOC, how did they rise to the top of Chicago's power structure?
As you know, it didn't work too well for the US of A. Despite Barack and Michelle's quite personal please (it's all about THEM, dontcha know?), the IOC was unimpressed and decided to dump Chicago on the first ballot, and eventually, the prize was Rio's.
Do I really care that Chicago missed out? A little. It would be cool and all for the games to return to the states, but, let's face it - this was a way for some Chicago pols who hold worthless land to make a killing at government's expense. Hey, that's the Chicago Way.
However, they ran into a bunch of Eurocrats who have their own way of dealing with graft and dishonesty, and they outmanuevered the Obama team. Obama being played by a bunch of Europeans, imagine that. Get used to it.
Anyway, I am just shocked that the Prez would have engaged in this misadventure without knowing he had it won. Hell, Rahm Emanuel was already distributing the tickets to his friends (and enemies). It leads one to wonder, how many people at which levels in this administration are true believers in the Obama cult-of-personality, and how many are just milking it? Is there anyone in the current White House who is correctly reading the tea leaves on anything?
It just doesn't seem like it, and that, folks, is bad for ALL of us.