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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rotten in Denmark

By Cheri Jacobus

President Barack Obama’s trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to lobby on behalf of his hometown, Chicago, to host the 2016 Olympics is raising more questions about Obama’s past Chicago associations. If Chicago is, indeed, chosen over Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, the dark cloud hanging over Obama’s keen (if unpresidential) interest and involvement in the matter will likely become even more ominous.

No other U.S. president has ever personally lobbied for the Olympics to be held in this country. Even President Obama claimed just days ago that he would not go to the Olympics meeting, because he was so “firmly committed to making real the promise of quality, affordable healthcare for every American.”

With the majority of Americans opposed to ObamaCare, and the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan rejection of two amendments for a public option in healthcare, one would assume Obama might feel the need to stick around and fight for his legislative priorities, especially since opponents of his healthcare overhaul might applaud his lackluster effort. However, it now appears there is another, more pressing priority — scoring the 2016 Olympics for Chicago...
 
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Fr. Phillips is the founding pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, the first Anglican Use parish, established on August 15, 1983. Not that there is any confusion, but he is on the left, shown in his younger, less gray-headed days.