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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 07:30 AM
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8. Boooosh & The USOC...
In the Q & A, a delegate from an Arabic country asked President Obama about specific the problems many foreigners have in obtaining Visas and then getting harassed by customs and TSA when trying to enter the country. Just the other day there was "breaking news" about a plane that was diverted at LAX when a passenger got out of hand. The fact he spoke Arabic made this a big deal. Travelling is bad enough for American citizens domestically.

President Obama either ignored the real question or muffed it by talking about security of the Games, not the matter of profiling and other regressive hoops many foreigners (especially those with brown skin) deal with in getting into this country. No doubt memories of the boooosh regime had a factor here as this country lost so much respect around the world with his "cowboy" diplomacy. I'm sure it didn't help with he showed up and made a fool of himself at last year's Olympics. President Obama was called in as a Hail Mary.

The other factor was anger with the USOC, who like booosh, decided to go their own way and do their own thing. What appears to have been one of the major deal killers was the USOC's plan to set up its own cable channel without IOC blessing.

While many want to look at the President's involvement as having an effect here, many analyists here in Chicago believe the deal was sealed long ago. Rio worked the inside game and had history and geography on their side. But in our 24/7 cable teevee world, any political football that can get kicked the better.
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