On the Criticism of Obama for Going to Copenhagen

I have been surprised at some of the criticism of President Obama for going to Copenhagen to lobby for the Olympics. Few commentators bother noting that, had Obama NOT gone to Copenhagen, many would have been blamed him for Chicago’s losing its bid.

Most of us would have quite reasonably — though erroneously — attributed at least Chicago’s elimination on the first ballot (if not necessarily its defeat) to his not attending.

And some critics might have called him arrogant for just “phoning it in” and assuming that merely sending the First Lady was all that was needed to wow the world.

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