Obviously I was wrong in my Wednesday prediction. Perhaps the President's friendships with people who stood to gain from a Chicago Olympics was the real motivation for the unprecedented presidential supplication.
But I think what's really going on was this: There's a narcissism issue in the Obama White House. They really thought that the Obama charm and charisma -- double-dosed with both the President and the First Lady appearing -- would be all it took to change longstanding world jealousies and rivalries and secure them whatever prize they wanted.
Correction: The issue is one of both narcissism and naivete. Just ask the Iranians. They aren't being swayed by the Obama charisma, either.