I'll let others abroad of the U.S. speak for me on this issue...
...and...To those Americans viscerally anti-Obama:
You've got more genuine respect in the world than you've had for over a decade. And why? Because your compatriots had the good sense to vote in someone who's not an up-himself-elsewhere sabre rattler.
Someone who at least has some intellect and knows there are other places beyond your shores. You probably couldn't care less, but how America's viewed by the rest of the world matters. Obama knows that.
Notwithstanding the current world financial crisis emanates from the Right wing ideology of not so much a free market, but a naked one, and began its inevitable collapse where you are, you really have to despair over whether some of you lot will ever wake up to yourselves.
How on earth can you justify criticism of Obama when your only alternative has just presided over this whole disaster?
Until you comprehend that you can't bully everyone into accepting your mantra of so-called "freedom", you can't "buy" everything, that other cultures are different because that's just how it is, and that the world outside of the good ol' US of A knows it, barricade yourselves in in the way only you know how. You'll not be missed.
'Nuff said, but I will add this...Does America realise that they do not have automatic title to field the Olympics very 12/16 years when they snap their fingers? There are other continents with the right to a shot. The USA needs to finally get it through its head that the world is not only America and the great dollar. Anyway the music's better in Brazil!!
While I somewhat lean towards the opinion some have that this wasn't necessarily an issue the President needed to lobby for personally, I do think that in our current economic climate it would have been a mistake for him or someone within his Administration not to go. I mean, other countries were sending their figure heads...why not the U.S., too?
Of course, if he hadn't gone I'm sure there would have also been some who would have critizied him anyway for not going. It's one of those issues where you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Either way, somebody would have seen cause to point a finger at him. I give him an "A" for effort, but even I knew Chicago wasn't going to win when up against Rio, Madrid and Tokyo.
Rio, despite all it's faults, is a party place and has alot more to offer in terms of culture, tourism, leisurely activities not to mention everyone wants to go there! I mean, it's Rio!!! When compared to Chicago, how could you not consideration them first?