How weak are you when you go to little old Copenhagen and get bitched slapped by the Olympic Committee? How weak are you when the French are lecturing you on being too soft on Iran? Weak as Rooster soup. But this is more than just getting cuffed around on the Olympics or dissed by French President Sarkozy. Barack is weakening America across the board and is looking increasingly like a taller, more handsome and more incompetent version of Jimmy Carter.

The cluelessness of the Obama team is astonishing. Obama’s boys–Axelrod, Emmanuel and Gibbs–spin the happy talk and recklessly spend Obama’s credibility, apparently convinced he can repeatedly fail and it means nothing. But the repeated failures, small and large, take a toll, particularly in the You Tube age.

Take a look at how CNN reacted with complete disbelief that the rest of the world did not recognize the brilliance and power of Barry “The Barack” Obama:

By day’s end (Friday) we will have multiple videos of the pre-announcement hype portraying Barack and Michelle as “rock stars” who cannot fail. The Olympics was a “done deal.” Yessiree, good old Barack was going to bring home the five gold ring bacon to America. The deal was sealed. Here’s one:


Killer presentation Michelle! You really convinced those judges. Can’t wait to see what you can do for healthcare and the economy.

But, despite “stealing” the show, Michelle’s impassioned plea left the IOC cold. They said, “No,” “Nyet,” Nein,” and “Nao.”

It would be one thing if the Obama White House had the basic political sense to downplay expectations and describe the uphill battle they faced trying to surmount IOC politics. But they did not. They did the opposite. They portrayed the Boy Wonder as the miracle worker who was going to deliver the Olympics to Chicago.

Let’s face it. Barack Obama is looking more like NERO and less like a HERO. He is fiddling in Copenhagen why the economy worsens, unemployment mounts and Afghanistan slides further into chaos.

You want to know how bad it is? How completely clueless and feckless these bozos are? Check out this photo:


Here’s what a professional political team would and should do–put the President, the Sec Def and the the Sec State front and center. Make them the focus, especially the President. But what did Obama’s team of buffoons do? You can see David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs and Rahm Emmanuel in the middle of the picture. Those nitwits should have been kept out of sight. The fact that they don’t even understand such a basic point is alarming.

Then they go to talks on Iran with France and Germany and the French end up complaining that the U.S. is too soft. THE FRENCH? We’re being dissed as soft by the so-called cheese eating, wine snifting Surrender Monkeys? Oy Vey!!

And then Obama starts backing away, via unnamed senior advisors, to his supposed firm commitment to the “war of necessity” in Afghanistan. Today’s Washington Post article included these ominous, nameless quotes:

White House officials are resisting McChrystal’s call for urgent U.S. action on Afghanistan, which he underscored Thursday during a speech in London. Officials also are questioning important elements of the general’s assessment, which calls for a vast expansion of an increasingly unpopular war. One senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting, said, “A lot of assumptions — and I don’t want to say myths, but a lot of assumptions — were exposed to the light of day.”

Among them, according to three senior administration officials who attended Wednesday’s meeting at the White House, is McChrystal’s contention that the Taliban and al-Qaeda share the same strategic interests and that the return to power of the Taliban would automatically mean a new sanctuary for al-Qaeda.

The hapless Obama announced in March a “new” strategy after two years of promising to make Afghanistan a top priority with troops and resources denied to it by the Bush Administration. And now? Not following thru on your promise to give the military commanders what they need? If that is not a “Surrender Monkey” I don’t know what is.

And now, the icing on the cake. Danny Kaye on Copenhagen. Maybe Barack should have invited Danny Kaye instead of Oprah.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
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  • ritamary

    Air America host Nichole Sandler was commenting a few days ago that Chicago winning the vote was not necessarily inevitable. (Air America is no longer all Obot all the time.) As she pointed, where would you yourself like to go on vacation – Tokyo, Madrid, Rio or the South Side of Chicago?

    And another point, Rio was promoted with something along the lines of how South America has been discriminated against since it never hosted the Olympics before. Perhaps they took a page from the Obama campaign playbook. Poor little Obots won’t even be able to scream racism. Brazil has a large population of African descent.

    Anyone remember the Rezko-Obama South Side mansion purchase? Too bad Rezko and Obama’s plan isn’t going to work out to turn Obama’s side yard into a parking lot for Olympics visitors. Does anyone besides me wonder why we never hear anything about Tony Rezko anymore? Or are we relying on Blago to spill the Obama corruption beans?

  • Sassy

    Good comments Lisa and docelder!
    One noble purpose of Olympic competition is to promote better inter-actions around the world.
    Remember the joy on the faces of young athletes, who had virtually no chance of winning, and were cheered on as under-dogs!
    I hope that Rio gains esteem and self-confidence, and that their country continues to advance!

  • Lisa

    We have a hard time recognizing other countries because we take everything too personal. Other countries are making great strides forward yet our national news tells us very little if anything about what goes on outside of our own nation. I think it is about time we give accolade to other countries for their achievements. I’m glad that Rio got the Olympics. That is the first time a South American country is going to host the Olympics. I thought that China did a fantastic job when they hosted the Olympics. There were some that could not give the Chinese credit because of jelousy and sometimes narrow mindedness.

    • Docelder

      Exactly, Rio deserves this and Chicago did not. Look how far Rio has come starting with so little in the way of capitalism and yet see how little Chicago has done given everything. We see now we can have a first world performance from a third world city and conversely, we can have a third world performance from a first world city. It is great to see this go to a city that worked for it and deserved it, instead of to a city that felt entitled. It is also great to see that the poison of race baiting shrouded in “multiculturalism” doesn’t carry any weight outside of our own country. Chicago thought this bid could be sold the same way Obama was sold. They tried it and were spanked by an industrious third world city. Good for them.

  • mountainaires

    This might have come back to haunt the Chicago 2016 bid:

    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said that President Bush should boycott the opening Olympic ceremonies if the Chinese do not take steps to stop the genocide in Darfur and respect the human rights of Tibetan people. ~ Apr 9, 2008 news report

  • Clara

    If the Olympics were in the U.S., I’d have to wonder if there would be an tourists from around the world. It’s hard as hell to get a visa to visit the U.S. The 1996 Atlanta games were pre-9-11. Times are different now. Seriously.

  • creeper

    Notable by his presence at the actual vote was Brazil’s president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

    Notable for having dropped in for a few hours in order to collect an Olympics for their buddies in Chicago but not bothering to stay for the final vote were Barack and Michelle Obama.

    I think this was a huge miscalculation on Obama’s part…that he believed all he had to do was show up, feel the love and claim the votes. Obama may have the voters in the US fooled but the rest of the world isn’t impressed.

  • getfitnow

    I was surprised Chicago was eliminated in the first round. The rumor Thurs. night was that Chicago and Rio were neck and neck. This was a resounding defeat. Chicago only received 18 votes out of 94.

    John at Liberal Rapture has a great article posted.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Hey that bartender named SPAM Filter through me out after 14 shots of Petu. It wan’t even closing time.

    Just one more example that BO CAN’T close the deal.

  • socalannie

    It feels like he’s already into the “lame duck” part of his presidency.

  • wbboei

    The Copenhagen affair illustrates two things: i) first, the degree of control which the Chicago Machine can exert over Mr. Obama, and ii) second, the need for a fall guy who is willing to take the heat for this public relations disaster.

    1. Chicago Machine Control: Obama has always been the teflon man. Time and again he has avoided taking positions when it could adversely affect his standing. For example, he voted present 130 times as a state senator. Also, he has maintained plausible deniability when he played the race card against opponents. Thus there is no way he would voluntarily put his reputation on the line as he did and run the risk that he would be rebuffed as he was in a failed attempt to win the Olympics for Chicago in 2016.

    Clearly, the reason he assumed the risk of doing so was to pay back the Chicago Machine. And for that he dropped important matters of state and ventured to Copenhagen to plead the case of Chicago, which is entirely different from the case of the United States. The Daley Machine for their part saw this as a golden opportunity to cash in the Chicago Way.

    To lose is one thing but to be eliminated in the first round is clear evidence that he has no clout among world leaders. If he had clout, they would have let him down lightly by putting Chicago in the final round. Instead, they dropped Chicago like a hot potato and all the celebrity status he has built up were cashed and bought nothing. It may even be that there was monkey business and this was the payback.

    2. The Need For A Fall Guy: it is axiomatic that Messiahs do not fail, therefore if this is to be regarded as the failure it was, then he will need to have a fall guy. Soros, Immelt and the string pullers in Chicago will have to line some poor sucker up to take the fall. The parallel was when Daley’s “patronage chief” Robert Sorich went to prison recently, while Hissshonor escaped free. Once again Soros is having a nice crisis since he is heavily invested in Brazil. But this time the disaster comes at the expense of is puppet Mr Obama.

    • socalannie

      Interesting points.

  • Chicago

    Chicago lost the Olympic bid. All I can say is WOOOO HOOOO!

    don’t want the Olympics in Chicago, not because I hate the Olympics but because I hate what it’s turned Chicago into.

    Chicago had always been a high expense city but bidding for the Olympics has turned Chicago into a city of fees and taxes at every turn….BUT, I won’t hold my breath for Daley and the Democrat Machine to rollback every increase in fees and taxes that they imposed these past couple of years. no way their giving that back to the taxpayers but at least there’s no reason for them to keep raising everything now.

  • One thing we’ve learned since the Obama Circus came to town is Obama is keen on winning the popularity contest. Well, you win some, you lose some. But all contests aren’t worth entering. This was one.

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  • Sassy

    Good form, original presentation, and a perfect landing!

  • Katmoon

    Also we are being what is called “Unpatriotic” (note to self place in file box with cu*t, bitch, racist, tea-bagger, red-neck, uneducated, bible thumping, gun toting)..well you get the idea. NEXT!

  • Docelder

    Well, it’s officially on Bush. The “last eight years” were so bad even Barack couldn’t overcome it. Roland Burris said so. It is on Bush.

    • Ferd Berfle

      And when Roland Burris speaks…

      people stifle a guffaw.

      • ces

        I reach for a sick bag…

  • oowawa

    I think it is unfortunate that Thee One did not emphasize what Chicago is best known for–“toddling.” He should also have mentioned how in Chicago “they do things they don’t do on Broadway,” and how in Chicago a man is free to dance with his wife. Moreover, although Chicago is the northern blues capital of the USA, you can “bet your bottom dollar” that you can lose them there also. I think O could have tried harder to convince the Olympic voters that they would have the time of their lives in Chicago, and that Billy Sunday’s sanctimonious influence would not throw a wet blanket on their festivities in that toddlin’ town.

    • Five Thirty

      And that Dr. Hartley lives in Chicago.

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  • jbjd

    I just watched one of the videos on Drudge. The broadcaster was saying, losing the Olympics points to the fact, BO still has a long way to go to convince the world, the US is no longer a ‘me first’ kind of country, but an equal member of the world stage. I thought to myself, how ironic, BO preached the ‘lesser is better’ for the US but, when he wanted the Olympics in Chicago, he pulled out all the stops. ‘The US should get the Olympics, in Chicago, because I want it there.’ Make up your mind, equal or superior.

    (Larry, I admit, when I read the title to this article, I had to look up the term to verify, you were not being intentionally provocative.)