In the category of "intentional misunderstandings" about the political fiasco over the 2016 Summer Olympics, liberals win the gold medal. Cheers and laughs broke out in conservative offices and radio studios on the morning of Oct. 2 when Chicago's bid came in dead last. This was not an exercise in behavior so flagrantly unpatriotic that it's almost like a flag-burning indoors. It was rejoicing over a come-uppance for the massive, media-enabled egomania of the Obamas and their team of so-called political geniuses inside the White House.
As the Drudge Report and Rush Limbaugh put it: "The Ego Has Landed."
Let's not kid ourselves: The embarrassment over Chicago finishing dead last in Copenhagen was also felt by the multitude of Obama promoters in the media that almost unanimously jumped to the supine conclusion that victory for Chicago was assured once the president announced his plan to bless the International Olympic Committee with his presence.
The reports of the president's trip led the nightly news on ABC, as anchor Charlie Gibson breathlessly announced that "no president has ever made such an appeal," but "the president decides to travel thousands of miles for a last-minute personal pitch." CBS substitute anchor Harry Smith oozed: "The Olympic motto is 'swifter, higher, stronger.' Apparently, President Obama is taking that to heart."
Over video of their hero Obama fencing, NBC reporter Savannah Guthrie gushed: "From his candidate days to earlier this month on the White House lawn, where he picked up some pointers on fencing, the president has established himself as a kind of Olympics super-fan." The buzz in Chicago was Obama's trip, she said. Everyone there was thrilled. "Sending our top guy over there to make the pitch is the right thing to do," said one woman. "Much more optimistic. I already felt pretty optimistic about it, but I think now more than ever we have a very good chance of getting the games," said a man. NBC is the network for Obama "super-fans."
From there, the gush only grew in intensity and sweetness. CBS anchor Katie Couric said the Obamas and Oprah Winfrey were leading "Chicago's Olympic Dream Team." NBC morning anchor Natalie Morales exclaimed, "It doesn't get any better in terms of PR blitzes than this."