Scarborough: Celebration of Failed Olympic Bid "Just Plain Stupid"

Via AlterNet

A surprising number of conservatives are doing a happy-dance over the fact that the United States will not host the Olympic summer games in 2016. As far as I can tell, their glee is driven entirely by their hatred of President Obama -- Chicago is his hometown, and therefore undeserving.

Joe Scarborough, of all people, is defending the president.

Count me as one conservative who is disappointed that President Obama's hometown will not be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.

Chicago is a beautiful city that would have made a perfect backdrop for the Olympics. The President was right to fly to Copenhagen to try to land the games, not for the sake of his city, but for the good of his country. The fact President Obama failed makes me respect him more for taking the chance, and the fact many right-wing figures opposed the President's mission shows just how narrow-minded partisanship makes us all. [...]

[W]hat we saw from some conservative corners regarding the President's failed Olympics bid was just plain stupid.

I rarely agree with Joe Scarborough this much. When the Weekly Standard's office "erupts" in "cheers" -- as editor John McCormack wrote this afternoon -- it's hard to miss the oddity of watching Americans revel in America's Olympic defeat.

There are obviously far more important international developments than an athletic competition, but I honestly can't think of the last time I've seen so many high-profile Americans root so enthusiastically against their own country. Rachel Slajda has some of the highlights from prominent right-wing voices -- or lowlights, depending on one's perspective -- and it's more than a little depressing.

Former Bush aide advised Republicans to "resist the temptation to pile on about Chicago losing the Olympic bid just because Obama made the pitch," but he was ignored.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) added, "Someone should remind [conservatives] which team they're really on."

I remember a time when conservative Republicans claimed to have the high ground on unimpeachable patriotism. My, how things have changed.


Robert Powell said... / Oct 3, 2009, 10:45:00 AM  

I have to agree with Joe Scarborough as well. It makes me sad to see what we've become.

The Looking Spoon said... / Oct 3, 2009, 8:11:00 PM  

When you tell a lie long enough people start to believe it, and your side has got this guy thinking he can part oceans and walk on water….so its about time he was told no.

I can't speak for all conservatives, who I'm sure many do indeed live under type of knee-jerk political paradigm that Democrats became so adept at from 2000-2008, but I think your analysis about our motivation for this defeat are misunderstood…to put it mildly.

It really is simple why I'm glad Chicago didn't win and it has absolutely nothing to do with rooting against the country and everything to do with Obama needing to learn a lesson about what the president is and is not.

1. The president is viewed as a key, or the key person in setting policy for the government on the federal level.

2. The president is not supposed to be a celebrity or general media whore. Frankly, no president should be spending more time with David Letterman than they will the generals in charge of our wars.

3. The president is a head of state and needs to use that status to advance the agenda of the nation as a whole

4. The president is not supposed to use the cult of personality he shouldn't have built up for himself in the first place to do what must’ve been a favor that was called in because he wouldn’t have even tweeted about it if it was any other city…so this has nothing to do with actual patriotism….but nice try.

The worst part of it was that it all cost well over $1 million taxpayer dollars to do this (NOT counting the fact Michelle flew over there separately, and I just can't wait for the next lecture from them on how I need to reduce MY carbon footprint)

Codester said... / Oct 3, 2009, 9:54:00 PM  

Where are all these rules about Presidential etiquette and decorum again? I must have missed those.

Good thing you weren't around to inform Franklin D. Roosevelt about one of the greatest uses of mass media in history... radio.

Frankly, this president will do things his way whether he has your approval or not.

Not "your way"... .

Try winning the election next time.

Obumba said... / Oct 3, 2009, 11:53:00 PM  

I think the glee on the part of conservatives has to do more with Obama's arrogance and self-importance, and the fact that showing his face doesn't equal instant success. Only so many amorphous speeches and baseless claims one can promulgate.

Obama can't chalk this one up to racism or blame Bush either. I he truly felt the Olympics were critical, he went about trying to capture them the wrong way. This was about him, not about Chicago or the USA.

The Looking Spoon said... / Oct 4, 2009, 3:48:00 AM  

I wouldn't be so fast to rebut anything conservatives say using George W. Bush, the reason his approval was in the 20's when he left was because even conservatives like myself were on to him.

That said, I'm not entirely sure how the picture you linked to makes your point.

I'm also not sure how FDR's fireside chats are even in the same universe as cover stories in In Touch magazine or quips about "being black before the election" on David Letterman.

FDR's use of the media wasn't for entertainment, he was speaking to the country as its president and appraising them of what was going on as far as his policies were concerned (whether they were good or not is another argument for another day).

Finally, I would never be so arrogant as to say I wrote the book on presidential etiquitte, I would say that as a voter I have enough sense to know what should and should not be sensible things to expect from people we elect to do our business.

Codester said... / Oct 4, 2009, 4:14:00 AM  

FDRs fireside chats endeared himself to the public. No different than today. Since you're partisan, you'd have no problem with a conservative yucking it up on late night TV, where, by the way, you neglected to mention all the policy that WAS actually discussed.

America didn't get the 2012 Olympic Games either, but not for lack off effort.

And if YOU had been one of the people actually responsible for "electing", I'd consider your standards of "decorum expectations" as having more significance. As for this voter who did elect... I think he's doing just fine and dandy.

It's good to have an thoughtful, educated, witty and charismatic president for a change.

The Looking Spoon said... / Oct 4, 2009, 6:25:00 AM  

Do you even know what was said in the fireside chats?!?

If you take the actual content and words of the fireside chats and placed them against the gems of wisdom like "I was black before the election" said on late night COMEDY shows any rational person would conclude its not even close to the same thing.

I'm not as partisan as you assume...I'm actually a registered independent and I did not vote for McCain...and even if I did I swear on my life I would be equally (if not more so because we should know better) disgusted if any GOP president whored themself out to the media the way Obama does.

I find it amazing that your standard for my opinion being considered is whether I actually voted for Obama or not. Millions of people who didn't vote for Bush protested his policies and nobody said their opinion was null and where do you get off...?

Its great that you're infatuated with our current president...I wish it had more to do with his policies and less with personality.

Codester said... / Oct 4, 2009, 6:58:00 AM  

The Looking Spoon said... "...I'm not as partisan as you assume..."

Using a phrase like "...whored themself out..." isn't that convincing of your thoughtful, measured, balanced and even critique. Maybe that's just me.

Since you didn't vote for McCain or Obama, lemme guess. You wanted to send a principled message to the two party system to let them know there is an alternative to their partisan games. So, you either stayed home, or voted for the guy who was never gonna garner more than 10% of the electorate.

Since you repeat that "black before" line again, it sounds as though you're one of those folks that despise him so much you won't watch actively... and only saw the soundbite that the MSM decided was the take-away.

You didn't even hear the 90% policy discussion, did you.

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said... / Oct 4, 2009, 7:26:00 AM  

Great site you have here, Cody!

Scarborough is that rarest of rare birds: a Conservative with an IQ higher than that of your half-eaten box of Milk Duds.

Perhaps that's a bit unfair. I would imagine that most Conservatives are thoughtful people. It is the extreme, loony right wing that I refer to. Joe Scarborough is definitely not in that category. I think he's a good guy - if somewhat loopy on a few issues.

Tom Degan

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