Congratulations to Rio.
It will be the first Olympics in South America and that's a good thing.
We feel bad for Chicago, a great city but a lousy local government.
The big loser here is Pres BO.
Why did he put the prestige of the presidency on the line? We think that it would been better to have sent Mrs Obama and a Chicago delegation.
This is what they are saying in the UK:
"There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence.
Chicago’s dismal showing today, after Mr Obama’s personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President.
It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good — but carries no heft." (Reid)
Starting in July, Pres BO has been on a downward slide.
His speeches are not turning around public opinion.
The Dems in Congress are not gun-ho about BO-Care.
The Dems are suddenly not so crazy about closing GITMO, specially now that they have to explain it to constituents:Closing Gitmo: Democrats' Next Dispute by Massimo Calabresi, Time
The Dems are not so crazy about sending more troops to Afghanistan!
Today's unemployment rate is very bad news: UNEMPLOYMENT 9.8%: WORST SINCE JUNE 1983 ... -263,000 LOST JOBS...
Overall, a very bad day, a very bad week, a very bad month and a very bad summer and early days of fall for Pres BO.
As we posted last week, this is not going to be the presidency that a lot of people voted for.
Let's hope that Pres BO has the internal toughness to handle the adversity that lies ahead!