The unspoken (let us hope) essential agreement between the IOC and the Obama administration is contoured like this: In return for continuing to humble the United States on the world stage, Obama gets a tangible sign of "world approval" for the brave new country that has emerged on his watch.
The "world community" is happy; American exceptionalism has been junked by the erstwhile leader of the free world. Obama is happy; he can "prove" to domestic doubters that his hat-in-hand approach has "changed" the way the world looks at Americans, and provides a much needed "success" on the foreign stage.
As for those pesky Iranians, North Koreans, Taliban and Al Qaeda -- well, never mind.
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