Like many conservatives, The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol seems delighted at the failure of President Barack Obama’s attempt to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.
“You couldn’t help but be amused by it,” Kristol said on Fox News Sunday.
Kristol said that Obama’s liberal world view should have prompted him to campaign against his adopted home town of Chicago, and support Rio de Janeiro’s winning bid.
“By Barack Obama’s view of the world, he should have been rooting for Brazil to get the Olympics. South America’s never gotten them. It’s a rising power. It would help Brazil. We don’t need the Olympics. We’ve had them a million times. Our economy doesn’t need the boost of the Olympics,” said Kristol, who evidently is very good at emulating “liberal” talking points when he wants to be.
Kristol’s publication, The Weekly Standard, reported cheers in their newsroom when it was announced that Chicago lost the Olympic bid. A similar pattern played out at last week’s conservative Defending the American Dream Summit, where a roomful of conference attendees erupted in cheers when news of the Olympic loss broke.
The conference’s attitude “reflected the uneasy and surprising manner with which conservatives have embraced the loss of an event that up to 84 percent of Americans said they wanted in Chicago,” wrote David Weigel at the Washington Independent.
Fox News Sunday drew attention to Illinois Sen. Roland Burris’ comments that the Bush administration’s policies cost Chicago the Olympics by alienating the United States from the rest of the world.
Whether it was due to lack of time or other reasons, none of the Fox pundits disputed that assertion.
Other commentators have suggested that the stringent border entry system devised by the Bush administration, known as US-VISIT, harmed Chicago’s bid by raising concerns about the ability of athletes and spectators to enter the country.
For his part, conservative writer George F. Will told ABC’s This Week that vanity drove the Obamas to fly to Copenhagen and push the Chicago Olympic bid.
“What’s alarming is whether it indicates a belief by the president that there is no problem that will not melt before the sunshine of his charm,” Will told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “The president and the first lady went to Copenhagen and gave little speeches about themselves. … The danger to the president is that “vain” is going to [be the adjective people] attach to him.”
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Oct. 4, 2009.
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This video is from ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, broadcast Oct. 4, 2009 and uploaded to the Web by MediaMatters.