Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Really? This is the most urgent item of the people's business?

Unemployment still pushing 10 percent? Check.

Iran still developing nuclear weapons, and North Korea restarting its own nuclear program? Check.

Major terror plot uncovered in New York and Denver? Check.

How does a President choose which competing priority to tackle next?

Maybe he just punts.

Barack Obama has been pictured playing with a lightsaber on the lawn of the White House.

Watched by his wife, Michelle, Mr Obama used a Star Wars lightsaber to "attack" Tim Morehouse, the American Olympic fencer who won a silver medal in men's sabre fencing in Beijing.

Mr Obama's "lunge" took place on the South Lawn during an event supporting Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

The President said that the whole of America was rooting for his hometown of Chicago in its efforts to host the 2016 Summer Games.

Well, at least he's doing something good: he's sending Michelle Obama away for a little while.
The International Olympic Committee will choose a host city during an Oct 2 meeting in Copenhagen. Mr Obama will not attend the meetings, instead sending first Lady Michelle Obama to lead the US delegation.

Chicago is in a tough competition with Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo. In recent years, national leaders have travelled to the IOC meetings to help seal the deal – such as Tony Blair for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and Vladimir Putin for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

"I would make the case in Copenhagen personally," Mr Obama said, noting he's busy seeking a health care overhaul. "But the good news is I'm sending a more compelling superstar to represent the city and country we love, and that is our first lady, Michelle Obama."

Mrs Obama joked: "You should have seen the President in there fencing," she said to laughter as Mr Obama stuck out his arm in a mock fencing move. "It was pathetic. But he passed the baton really well."

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