President Obama’s decision to travel to Copenhagen to advocate on behalf of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics (which, if Obama is reelected would also be a nice sendoff for him) seemed to catch a number of media outlets by surprise; he is the first U.S. President to do so. Glenn Beck is doing his best to turn it into his latest White House smear campaign. But of course the Olympics have always been political: Jesse Owens in Berlin; the Israeli massacre in Munich in ’72; the boycotting of both the Moscow and Los Angeles Olympics by the U.S. and U.S.S.R., respectively; last year’s opening ceremonies in Beijing.
So the politicizing of the Obama’s trip is really nothing new and actually fairly tame all things considered. Still it’s providing an interesting conundrum for certain quarters: attack the President or support the country? Today Drudge has apparently opted for the latter. Bill O’Reilly is also pro the trip (or at least not against it). Dennis Miller, on the other hand, seems more concerned that the IOC risks being labeled racist if they refuse a U.S. Olympic committee comprised of, among other, the Obamas and Oprah Winfrey.
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