President Obama’s decision to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark to lobby on behalf of the City of Chicago’s desire to host the Olympics is a curious use of his time and the country’s funds. Using the Pentagon’s estimate hourly cost for flying Air Force 1 and the huge presidential staff, the 14 hour junket cost the taxpayers about $1 million.
The trip was political payback by the President to his Chicago political friends including Mayor Richard Daley. Putting cost aside, was this a good use of the President’s time? With the serious problems the country faces including Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the disintegrating Afghan War, and today’s announced unemployment rate of 9.8%, the answer is “no”. This President’s leadership style continues to be troubled by a lack of focus, spreading his priorities too wide. Read the rest of this entry »