So, the president is going to fly to Copenhagen on Thursday to join Oprah in begging the imperious blowhards at the International Olympic Committee to please, Please, PLEASE! hold the 2016 Olympics in Chicago.
I have some affection for Chicago. I was born there. As a wee lad, I watched my dad accept his doctorate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
But, I have to say that I don't like the idea of my president going and begging ANYONE for ANYTHING. I hated it when George W. Bush, during the 2008 spring of $4.50/gallon gas, went and genuflected before the Saudi royal family to get them to pump more oil and I don't like this any better.
And I don't care if the other contending nations are sending their presidents to Denmark to make the final pitch. We're the United f-ing States for crying out loud! The butt-kickinest, thermonuclearest, superfly TNT bad-ass motherf-ers of the free world!
By comparison, Spain is a European backwater, Japan has been in recession for two decades and Brazil... well, Brazil is in South America - a whole continent that has never hosted an Olympics before. Each one of these sad little countries could use the Olympics more than us. Never mind that it seems like the United States (or Canada, aka "the 51st state") gets to host one every two or three years. Let's give these other basket cases a chance.
But least of all, I don't like my president making a sales pitch to the nattering nabobs at the IOC. If we want the Olympics in Chicago, we should just go ahead and nuke the other three countries back to the Mesozoic era and win by default. (Japan's already been there. They'll bounce back.)
Otherwise, I would prefer President Obama just stay home and spend more time trying to figure out how to use the mighty U.S. arsenal to win a war against a bunch of goat herders in Afghanistan. Or health care. Or something.