It is nice that he wants to bring the Olympics to the states, but there are plenty of other issues that are more important to this country.
And the Olympics will do a lot of good for America as well as Chicago.
Without simply using my question as a partisan issue launch pad, what exactly is it that you think Obama is failing to do by promoting the United States?
I was under the impression that the Heads of State of the other three host cities in the running went to the IOC to lobby for it. If that's the case, I have no issue with Obama doing it. There are methods of ettiqutte expected in the diplomatic and world wide political stage that are present and this would seem one of them. The olympics are a world wide event that generates revenue, exposure, and prestige for its host countries.
And lets be realistic here. At most its going to be a few days jaunt to do this. During that time President Obama is unlikely to be away from some form of communication, most likely a high speed internet connection. Almost any briefing he could get at the white house he could still get while doing this. Almost any decisions he needed to make could still be made. Almost any discussion or meeting could be done through video conferencing. The guy isn't in a cave for gods sakes.
Its one of the things I hated when people bitch about this with Bush going down to Texas. Its like suddenly he went down there and obviously he must've bunked down in a cave like ****ing OBL, sans electricity, internet, pens and paper, or a phone.
Yeah, If Obama was literally going over there for an out and out vacation surrounding his pitch to the IOC then I could understand having issue with it. Just like I could understand having issue if/when Bush took actual VACATION instead of just "time away from the white house". But I don't think its the case in this.
When you have some of the advanced communication methods available to you like the POTUS its not too hard to do a lot of your job without actually being "In the office".
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
The guy can multitask give him credit. Its not like hes eating pretzels and watching the big game