I’m surprised it took this long. Via Chicago Sun-Times:
Some Chicago officials say anti-American resentment likely played a role in Chicago’s Olympic bid dying in the first round Friday.
President Obama could not undo in one year the resentment against America that President Bush and others built up for years, they said.
“There must be” resentment against America, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, near the stage where he had hoped to give a victory speech in Daley Center Plaza. “The way we [refused to sign] the Kyoto Treaty, we misled the world into Iraq. The world had a very bad taste in its mouth about us. But there was such a turnaround after last November. The world now feels better about America and about Americans. That’s why I thought the president’s going was the deal-maker.”
State Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago) said she saw firsthand the resentment against America five years ago when she was in Rio de Janeiro. “I feel in my gut that this vote today was political and mean-spirited,” she said.
Note to Chicago – maybe the rest of the world isn’t as enamoured with “The One” as you are – just maybe the murders of children in your street had something to do with the decision – maybe the reputation/history of Chicago corruption had something to do with it – maybe you just lost. Personally I am seeing a bunch of poor sports, ironic isn’t it.
What a predicament this has put the Obama Administration in – they can’t say that the world hates America because all they’ve been preaching is how much the world loves Obama – especially since the G-20 meeting was so recent.
Presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs rejected the notion that the vote was influenced by the United States’ standing: “No, I think you saw both at the U.N. General Assembly, you saw at the G20 last week … I think virtually every measure of our standing in the world is different than it was just this time last year. So I don’t read too much of that into this.”
They don’t dare utter that the world doesn’t like the US – because that would imply that the world doesn’t love Obama and that just couldn’t be…………………..