Schadenfreude: satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.

The story…

U.S. President Barack Obama’s politically risky Olympics gamble failed to bring home the gold on Friday, with the Olympics committee’s refusal to grant the 2016 Summer Games to his hometown Chicago.


The story…

Chicago was knocked out in the first round — in one of the most shocking defeats ever handed down by the International Olympic Committee. President Barack Obama’s last-minute hop to Denmark didn’t swing the games Chicago’s way. He came, saw, charmed but did not conquer.

 The story…

And even as the president and First Lady Michelle Obama were leaving Copenhagen this morning following their appeal to the International Olympic Committee, the Republican National Committee was circulating an email complaining of the White House’s “wrong priorities” (see that below the fold.) The RNC chairman today, chiding the president for “verbal gymnastics” in Copenhagen, noted the newest numbers on rising unemployment back home (see below as well.)

Rahm Emanuel, the Chicagoan who is chief of staff for Obama, has an answer: “You know, we’ll make sure they get some good seats once Chicago does host the games.”


The story…

With First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey now in Copenhagen, CBS anchor Katie Couric on Wednesday night declared “the ‘Dream Team’ pushing Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic summer games is nearly complete” and is now just awaiting “the team captain” — that would be President Barack Obama,who “arrives Friday ahead of the final vote.”


The story…

Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, who has long been based in Chicago, said he was surprised by the city’s loss.

“I’m shocked and saddened. We were emotionally prepared for it,” he said, noting that the United States had sent its “A team” of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to push for the Chicago bid.


The story…

And I’m not asking just as the First Lady of the United States, who is eager to welcome the world to our shores.  And not just as a Chicagoan, who is proud and excited to show the world what my city can do.  Not just as a mother raising two beautiful young women to embrace athleticism and pursue their full potential.

I’m also asking as a daughter.

See, my dad would have been so proud to witness these Games in Chicago. And I know they would have meant something much more to him, too.

You see, in my dad’s early thirties, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. And as he got sicker, it became harder for him to walk, let alone play his favorite sports.  But my dad was determined that sports continue to be a vital lifeline — not just to the rest of the world, but to me and my brother.

And even as we watched my dad struggle to hold himself up on crutches, he never stopped playing with us.  And he refused to let us take our abilities for granted. He believed that his little girl should be taught no less than his son. 

 The story…

David Letterman told the audience of his late night talk show that he had sexual relationships with female members of his staff, adding that he’d forked over a bogus $2 million check as part of an extortion plot on the matter.


My in depth commentary and analysis…


Apparently, according to some, I am “anti-American” and “unpatriotic” because I wasn’t praying for/to Dear Leader to bring home the Olympics for the City of Chicago.

Honestly, I couldn’t care less about the Olympics.  Scatch beneath the kumbaya, “we are the world” bullshit, and you will find an event run by crooks, filled with one dimensional athletes who cheat, and autocrats who use it as an opportunity to grandstand and propagandize.

I haven’t watched more than 10 minutes of Olympic coverage since 1992.  The Dream Team sucked me in and I enjoyed watching them blow out other countries by 50 points a game.  (Ugly Americans at its finest. Thank you Charles Barkley.) I remember watching Mary Lou Retton as a little kid at the 1984 games as well. 

The tape delays, self indulgent commentary, “heart rending” biographies, and silly facade of the noble amateur athlete don’t do much for me. Call me a curmudgeon, but I’d feel the same way if Ronald Reagan were president and Denver had a chance at the games. 

The fact that all of Obama’s cronies( like Valerie Jarrett), won’t be able to personally profit, doesn’t make me shed a tear either. This is typical of the Olympics. Cities pile up a mountain of debt that only benefits a select few. As it turns out, half the City of Chicago understands this.

I have to say, I am surprised that Obama, schooled in Alinsky/Chicago politics wasn’t able to pull this off. Looks like the crooks in the IOC could see Obama working from a mile away.  Takes one to know one I guess.

Perhaps Obama should have taken a lesson from Chris Darden of O.J. Simpson fame.  You remember him?  He is the dopey prosecutor who made O.J. try on the bloody glove.  “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”  Never commit yourself, at least openly, if you don’t know the outcome.

It isn’t only Obama’s failure that has me filled with joy today, but the reaction of  his worshiping sycophants in the media.  They are working overtime to try and spin his blunder. 

Obama is a one trick pony.  For two years that trick has worked wonders.  Hope and change rhetoric delivered in ubiquitous speeches aided by a teleprompter.  All campaign mode, all the time.  Seeing it fail is satisfying. 

The Obama Administration, along with its lapdog media ,can spin ( and will continue to do so) the economy, Afghanistan, cash for clunkers, healthcare, and all the rest.  The day of reckoning never comes, well, at least until the next election. 

This is different.  Obama clearly stated his goal.  He went about achieving it by giving a campaign style “touchy feely” teleprompter speech. Like always, he tried to use the force of his personality to get the job done.  And. He. Failed. Miserably.  In a matter of days.  With the entire world watching.  Tough to spin that.

I present a video (Hat tip: Ace of Spades)

One more question…

Did the entitled, affirmative action attitude, so exemplified by our dear 1st lady, help or hurt the vital cause of bringing the Olympics to Chicago in 7 years?


Filed under media, obama, politics

7 responses to “Schadenfreude

  1. Bert

    It’s unbelievable how much both Michelle My Belle and Barry O talk about themselves in their speeches. I’ve never heard a president use ‘I’ more in a speech. They truly believe the world revolves around them. As for Michelle’s sense of entitlement, I predict she will be the gift that keeps on giving. The longer she remains in the Presidential bubble, surrounded by yes-men and white gloved butlers along with all the other Presidential trappings, the more out of touch she will become and the more her sense of entitlement will grow. This could be fun to watch (if it weren’t so sad for the country)

    • Hi Bert,

      Good points. The way she used her father’s physical condition in her pitch to the committee was telling. Such narcissism. Like there isn’t some old crippled dude in Rio or Madrid that would love to see the Olympics too.

      The way the media trys to shove her down everyones throat is tiresome as well. I think there will be a backlash.

      The bottom line is Michelle Obama is not likeable. At. All. I don’t even need to discuss her physical appearance. She’s mean, entitled, spoiled, and selfish.

      Despite everything America has given her she still looks at it with contempt. Underneath her affirmative action Princeton roots she’s got the attitude of an inner city welfare queen.

      I think you are correct in stating that she is going to have a few moments where the mask slips and her true nature is revealed.

  2. Talleyrand

    It’s entertaining with Michelle: The toxic garden, the failure with the IOC committee. I suspect she’s a gaffe a day, but the MSM media protects her from turning into Dan Quayle.

    Rio had it in the bag from the Beijing Olympics and the O man should have known that from Chicago politics.

    He’s been handing out lollipops and the Europeans have been telling him how much they love him, and it turns out its the same kind of “love” a woman has for the nice beta boy that does everything she wants, its all one way.

  3. I loved this story. Real Presidents would not have made the trip without a pre-negotiated arangement in place.

    Either he had one, and the IOC played him, or it was just one more example of Amateur hour at the White House.

    • Hi Hale,

      Yup. I’d say the latter. Amateur hour caused by an oversized ego I suppose. You would think an advisor could have talked him out of such a bone headed decision. It looks like Rahmbo was all for it though to give just one example.

  4. ray

    So the Mom In Chief and Orca didn’t Get Their Way for once, eh? No doubt they’ll be filing grievances promptly and that nasty Old Boys Club olympic committee will be dismantled and replaced by a Sports Equality Commission.

    Guess the grrls will haveta console themselves with continued harvesting of baby boy foreskins to vendor through Orca’s “skin cream” business interests.

    Meanwhile Der Hilderbeest and Matriarchy International, Inc., have been pushing mandatory circumcision in Africa — to save Our Precious Females from AIDS infections, is the femprop on this one.

    Whatta coincidence, the CDC just floated mandatory circumcision for all U.S. boys.

    Here in Recessionland (for males only) we can be comforted that the Skin Cream Business will remain fiscally healthy, a few billion screaming boys notwithstanding.

    Thank Goddess that 50 y.o. western females will have yet another “product” to employ in deceiving themselves that they’re 15 again.

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