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Americans for Prosperity Conservatives Revel In Obama’s Olympic Bid Failure

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Thank You, Mr. President by ‘Morning Joe‘ Scarbourough

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Joe Scarborough, Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, former member of Congress

Joe Scarborough, Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, former member of Congress

I could not have been more surprised when I read this article. Normally, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and I don’t agree on much. With his article, Thank You, Mr. President, he and I are on exactly the same page. It was fantastic to see the President so committed to winning the 2016 Olympics for Chicago and the entire country. It was refreshing to see him go to the mat for America, just like all the other foreign Presidents do for their countries. President Obama being the first POTUS to go there personally was not a negative, but a positive sign that we will no longer be viewed as an arrogant nation who puts itself above the rest of the world. Even though we lost the bid, I was proud to see the President behave so graciously towards Brazil in defeat. Some times the best way to judge a person (or in this case a countries) character is by how they behave in defeat. Morning Joe must feel the same way, which is probably why he is chastising his fellow conservatives. They are an object lesson in how not to be a good loser. If they ever intend to win another National election, they should heed his words. Nobody wants to vote for a sore loser.

Count me as one conservative who is disappointed that President Obama’s hometown will not be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.

Chicago is a beautiful city that would have made a perfect backdrop for the Olympics. The President was right to fly to Copenhagen to try to land the games, not for the sake of his city, but for the good of his country. The fact President Obama failed makes me respect him more for taking the chance, and the fact many right-wing figures opposed the President’s mission shows just how narrow-minded partisanship makes us all.

For the better part of 20 years, a bitterness has infected our politics that has weakened our country.

We Republicans spent eight years trying to delegitimize Bill Clinton.

Democrats spent the next eight years doing the same to George W. Bush.

Now that a Democrat is in the Oval Office again, it is the GOP who is trying to delegitimize a sitting president.

When I try to talk to Republicans about the need to break this cycle of viciousness, some cite the chapter and verse of every hateful left wing attack against George W. Bush.

Whenever I attempt to have a conversation with some Democrats about the need for us respect our president– whether he be an Obama or a Bush– I am told that Bush deserved whatever he got because he was a lying war criminal who hated the Constitution and loved torturing people.

Fortunately, there are a growing number of Americans who believe we cannot continue going on this way.

You and I may disagree on how the CIA handled terror suspects. But that does not mean that you are soft on terrorism anymore than it means that I hate the Constitution.

You and I may have a different approach to Afghanistan. But just because you want to stay there another five years doesn’t mean you are an imperialist. And if I believe a decade in that forsaken land is more than enough, that doesn’t mean I’m soft on al Qaeda or the Taliban.

It just means that we view the world differently.

That creative tension–that intense give and take–has been what has kept America strong since Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton fought like hell in George Washington’s White House.

Hamilton wanted a strong centralized government while Jefferson believed that the government that governed least governed best.

Both men were frustrated by the checks and balances that stood in the way of their agendas, but that debate shaped America for years to come.

But something has gone terribly wrong.

Today on Morning Joe, NBC News Legend Tom Brokaw remarked to Pat Buchanan about how the level of partisanship is even more intense today than during the depths of the Watergate crisis. Brokaw was commenting on Congressman Grayson’s comments, but he could have easily
been talking about Joe Wilson or death panels or the bizarre claim that the President “hates all white people.”

Some of the rhetoric is dangerous. But what we saw from some conservative corners regarding the President’s failed Olympics bid was just plain stupid.

I’m happy for Rio and think it is past time that South America got a chance to host the Olympic Games. But put me down as one conservative who is glad my president flew across the ocean to try to bring the 2016 Games to America.

Nice try, President Obama. And thanks for taking time away from your young girls for the sake of your hometown and your country, Michelle. I know that’s never an easy thing to do.~~Joe Scarbourough

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MSNBC’s Ed Schultz , Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and MSNBC Contributor Jim Warren discuss why the Republican Party’s has a anti-Obama’s agenda from the Olympics to health care reform.

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Rachel Maddow is joined by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) to try and make some sense of conservatives celebrating the news that the International Olympic Committee decided the summer Olympic games won’t be held in Chicago in 2016.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, E.J. Dionne, and NYT conservative Columnist David Brooks comment on Sunday’s Meet the Press.

Joe Scarborough discusses the Republicans cheering for the failure of America getting the 2016 Olympics

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Obama Meets with Afghanistan Commander in Denmark

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This photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, aboard Air Force One in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, aboard Air Force One in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Associated Press/Julie Pace & Lara Jakes—At a pivotal point in the administration’s Afghanistan strategy, President Barack Obama and his top Afghan war commander met privately aboard Air Force One Friday for a talk the White House described as productive.

The 25-minute meeting with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, aboard Air Force One as it waited to carry the president home from Denmark, gave Obama a chance to step outside the circle of advisers he has convened to study the problem of Afghanistan. His war council has been sharing differing opinions on whether the U.S. should send thousands more troops to tamp down the Taliban, or shift to a narrower focus on al-Qaida in neighboring Pakistan.

The Copenhagen meeting was an extension of those war council sessions “as we reassess and re-evaluate moving forward in Afghanistan,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters afterward.

He said Obama and McChrystal “both agree that this is a helpful process.” No decisions were made at their meeting, Gibbs said.

Mtg on Air Force One with Gen. McChrystal

Mtg on Air Force One with Gen. McChrystal

Obama was in the Danish capital to pitch Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic games, and McChrystal was summoned there from London, where he gave a speech on Thursday warning that insurgents are gaining strength in Afghanistan and the U.S. needs to increase its efforts there.

Hours after Obama and McChrystal met, the Pentagon said that the general’s official request for more troops for the war will not be sent to the White House until next week at the earliest.

At issue is Obama’s looming decision to stick with the current mission in Afghanistan – which could require adding as many as 40,000 additional U.S. troops – or scale back the military option and expand operations targeting terrorists in Pakistan.

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Rio de Janeiro Wins 2016 Olympics Vote + Conservatives Revel In Obama’s Olympic Bid Failure

Party Time in Rio

Party Time in Rio

Rio wins 2016 Olympic Games in landslide over Madrid

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as predictable as the sun rising in the east….
**44-Update** “Conservatives Revel In Obama’s Failure”

conservatives-olympics-1002-cropped-proto-custom_1Just minutes after the news broke, RedState’s Erick Erickson took glee in Chicago – and, by extension, Obama’s – rejection.
“Hahahahaha,” he wrote. “I thought the world would love us more now that Bush was gone. I thought if we whored ourselves out to our enemies, great things would happen. Apparently not. So Obama’s pimped us to every two bit thug and dictator in the world, made promises to half the Olympic committee, and they did not even kiss him.”
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, meanwhile, wrote that the news effectively ended the Obama campaign motto of “Yes We Can” by dawning in a new slogan: “No, You Can’t.”
“This is a big win and a massive relief for taxpayers,” she wrote. “But Chicago cronies are not going to take this well. Gird your loins.”
The National Review Online called the episode an “embarrassment for Obama,” before adding the predictable conservative ribbing: “If he can’t work his personal magic with the Olympians, why does he expect it to work with the Iranians?”
The Drudge Report — topping them all — blared the headline: “THE EGO HAS LANDED
WORLD REJECTS OBAMA: CHICAGO OUT IN FIRST ROUND.”

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**44-Update**
COPENHAGEN DENMARK–

Shock in CHI-Town

Shock in CHI-Town

The City of Chicago was dropped from consideration on the first ballot by the Olympic organizing committee… full story here

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White House Calls Out Fox News and Glenn Beck By Name For Lying

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glenn-beck-tin-foil-hat-thumbTPM—In a new post on the official White House blog, an administration official specifically names Fox News for lying about the administration’s push to bring the Olympics to Chicago.

“Last night Fox News continued its disregard for the facts,” the post begins, “in an attempt to smear the Administration’s efforts to win the Olympics for the United States.”

The author, White House online programs director Jesse Lee, goes on to point out several quotes from Glenn Beck, which it says are lies, and the truth behind them. (“Rhetoric: Beck said Vancouver lost $1 billion when it ‘had the Olympics.’ … Reality: Vancouver’s Olympics Will Not Take Place Until 2010.”)

“In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride and unity for the country, but once again Fox News’ Glenn Beck program has shown that nothing is worthy of respect if it can be used as part of a partisan attack to boost ratings,” Lee writes.

The post ends with a link to Politifact, “for even more Fox lies.”

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Gibbs: Is Steele Rooting For Brazil To Get Olympic Games?

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

Huffington Post—Pushing back against criticism that the President is too busy to stop in Copenhagen to pitch Chicago as a host site for the 2016 Olympics, the White House played the patriotism card on Tuesday.

Asked about remarks by RNC chairman Michael Steele accusing Obama of leaving Congress directionless on health care by making the trip, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs shot back by suggesting that Steele was rooting for Brazil to win the Olympic bid

“Who is he rooting for?” Gibbs asked. “Is he hoping to hop a plane to Brazil and catch the Olympics in Rio? Maybe it’s Madrid?”

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Related Story: Dems: Boehner, Who Criticized Obama Olympics Bid, Took World Tour In August

Boehner went to Mongolia as part of an August trip around the world, and point to a report claiming Boehner didn’t hold any traditional health care town-halls this summer.

“It’s the height of hypocrisy for Boehner to criticize President Obama for his brief overseas trip to support the United States’ 2016 bid, when Boehner took a two week trip around the world while refusing to hold a single health care event the entire month of August,” DCCC spokesman Ryan Rudominer emails. Read more: The Plum LineGreg Sargent’s blog

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Olympics Plea: Obama’s Risks, Possible Reward

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Chicago Olympics 2016

Chicago Olympics 2016


Associated Press/Julie Pace—President Barack Obama’s decision to fly to Denmark to support Chicago’s Olympics bid elevates the Games to an issue of national importance – and exposes him to political risks as well as rewards at a critical point in his presidency.

Obama’s presentation in Copenhagen on Friday will be the first time a U.S. president has appeared before the International Olympic Committee to lobby for an Olympics. Obama initially had said he couldn’t make the trip because he needed to tend to the health care debate at home.

As the White House announced the change of heart on Monday, there seemed to be increasing confidence that the votes could be stacking up Chicago’s way to host the 2016 Summer Games. If Chicago does come away the victor in the four-way race – Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are the other contenders – Obama could get a political boost for helping to deliver the Games to his adopted hometown and for handing the U.S. a fresh source of national pride.

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This is the President’s plea on November 21, 2008

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