Obama heads to Copenhagen to lobby for Chicago Olympics State, National, International, posted by The Farmer, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Sep 28, 2009 at 5:55 am
As we face two wars one of which our generals are warning we might lose, have high unemployment, economic meltdown, must have healthcare, etc. our campaigner in chief heads to Copenhagen to lobby for the Olympics to come to Chicago????
Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 28, 2009 at 9:14 am
Even though its years away, getting the olympics is a big deal - both symbolically and financially. Construction, travel, tourism, etc. all benefit. While most of the benefit will focus on the local Chicago economy, I don't think its a waste of his time.
Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Sep 28, 2009 at 10:42 am Parent of Two is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Gotta pay back that Chicago political machine... This trip was planned as soon as he announced his candidacy, because he had to kickback some of the political capital to the cash coming in from the Chicago precincts.
Posted by Long Time Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm
I think this is getting out of hand. We are losing our brave men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq and Obama heads to bid for Olympics 2016. Have we got our priorities backwards? Is Obama planning his own retirement job? Funnel more government dollars to his home state and maybe ACORN would get more funding as well!
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on Sep 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm
Oh, please, "getting out of hand."? Bush took ridiculous amounts of vacation time while "we are (were) losing our brave men and women..." in wars he started, interestingly enough. I guess being a 'war president' was hard work!
Whose priorities are backwards? President Obama is trying to improve the country and the only thing the GOP is good at is standing in the way and ruining it for the rest of us.
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2009 at 2:35 am
"Bush and John McCain ate birthday cake while New Orleans drowned"...
There's enough blame to go around - Lets not forget the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana stood around wringing their hands while 200 buses, that could have been used to evacuated people, drowned. I also seem to recall the Governor turned down an inital offer of federal assistance, then when things got out of hand she, and the Mayor, started pointing fingers in all directions, except their direction(Remember the Mayor's "Get of your asses and help us" remark, as the buses drowned)...
Posted by Judy, a resident of the Bonde Ranch neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2009 at 8:21 am
Obama is doing the only thing he is good at......talking. He is a complete loser and is just a puppet on a string. Anybody see consumer confidence tanked again in September. He gets nothing done and needs to be impeached!!!
Posted by my guess..., a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2009 at 9:43 am
Obama went to Copenhagen only because -- I strongly suspect -- that he's been informed by the Olympic Committee that Chicago will be chosen. Obama wants to take credit for "selling" the Committee on Chicago as host. It would be a terrible "insult" to Obama if he went to Copenhagen and didn't bring home the prize...and he would not want to be placed in this "embarrassing" position.
Posted by Curious, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm
I'll be downtown handing out tinfoil hats if anyone is interested. Sounds like a few on this board, "my guess", "Judy", "LTR", and "PoT" are in need of replacements. They are all entitled to a free hat with a copy of this email.
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on Sep 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm
I'm not saying there wasn't blame to go around, but when the agency that's supposed to be responsible for helping people through natural disasters drops the ball either on purpose or sheer incompetency, it is reasonable to blame Bush since he appointed cronies instead of people right for the job.
Bush turned down aid from foreign countries, and FEMA couldn't even get water in there and turned trucks away. Absolutely it wasn't all Bush's fault he was off partying instead of keeping an eye on things. Even if he was, it's the idea that was off partying while this horrible disaster was going on. He obviously didn't take it seriously. It wasn't his fault either that two perfectly good rescue helicopters sat idle in the background while Bush slapped ole Brownie on the back and proclaimed "great job." during their little photo op. My husband just about died when he saw that.
200 hundred buses getting people out would've been nice, but it also would've been nice if FEMA had not been run by a former horse judge or whatever completed unrelated job he had prior.
Bush also promised to rebuild New Orleans to what it once was. Now it's just a nice land deal for some developers.
Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm Parent of Two is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Why is it that every criticism of Obama is met with "Well, Bush did this-or-that..."?
Bush was an abomination. That has nothing to do with the job that Obama is doing. He was supposedly elected on a platform of change. So far, he's doing political favors for his hometown sponsors, spending like a drunken sailor, and turning his back on the working class.
Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm Parent of Two is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Oh, and as far as New Orleans goes. If you live in a bowl that is below sea-level, and you're surrounded by an outdated system of levees and dams, AND you live in an area with a hurricane SEASON, your elected officials probably should have spent more money on upgrading the levees and improving the dams than drawing tourists.
Sure, the federal bureaucracy reacted slowly and ineffectually, as they usually do. SO WHY WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO RUN HEALTH CARE? And it isn't the President's job to make sure that every neighborhood in the gulf has proper emergency supplies. At some point, the mayors and governor are responsible for emergency preparedness.
Note how the Bay Bridge was retrofitted for improved earthquake safety in case of another big earthquake. They have hurricanes EVERY YEAR and never updated the levees, but boy, that French Quarter sure is a fun place...
Posted by Huh?, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Sep 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm
At the first sign of anyone being critical of Obama the libs either start talking about Bush, scream racism, or for some odd reason attack a southern state. Truly amazing when we live in a state which is a laughingstock.
Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm
At the first sign of Obama doing anything or not doing anything the cons either start talking about communism or socialism or marxism or Hitler or for some odd reason attack his citizenship. Truly amazing when we live in a country that was in a lot of flipping trouble when he took office.
Posted by Julie, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm Julie is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Apparently President Obama is helping to lobby for the Olympics in the USA because it has been found, in recent times, that the head of the country does tend to sway the outcome. I heard on the news that Tony Blair received credit for swinging the votes for England to win in 2012, as well as the Russian President helping to win the bid for Sochi in 2014. It would seem that America paid attention and is following suit. The icing on the cake of course is that President Obama is from Chicago. Thus, his presentation has the potential to be very influential indeed. I don't think we need to make it about more than it is: doing what it takes to win the Olympic bid. Winning said bid is very lucrative for a country and seems especially desirable in this economy. Gee, some people simply bash Obama for everything he does.
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Oct 1, 2009 at 3:21 am
It would be interesting to read what "blame" you feel the local/state officials should share with the Feds. Up until now, you have only blamed Bush and "Brownie"...
I'm not defending the actions of the Feds after they arrived in New Orleans, sure there were screw-ups. What I'm saying is the local/state officials failed their citizens by their in-action when it became evident a catastrophe was in the making, even going so far as turning down an offer of federal assistance(phone converastion between Bush and the Governor). I'd say that was "taking it seriously"...
I could be wrong, but I'm of the impression the initial responsiblity for handling local disasters lies with the local/state officials - then if additional aid is required these same officials turn to the Feds...
It's pretty difficult to aid people in need when some of your own citizens are firing weapons at rescue helicopters and 3/4 of your police force simply walked away. The Governor didn't call in her National Guard for law enforcement until well after the Feds arrived. Two hundred buses getting people out wouldn't have only "been nice" - It would have saved many lives...
What aid from "foreign countries" could possible have helped in this situtation, and, what foreign countries offered this "aid"...
It's sad that you seem to imply that a government agency would "purposely drop the ball" and allow citizens of this country to suffer and lose their lives. I hope I mis-read your statement...
By the way, speaking of Presidents appointing incompetent cronies,do you really want to go there. You have read/heard of recent events surrounding "cronies/incompetency" haven't you???
As to the original post - I could care less if The Prez goes to Copenhagen in pursuit of the Olympics if it will help this country in some way. Then again, I wouldn't be really upset if they don't come...