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Monday, March 5, 2012

President Obama comes to his senses

Posted By on 03.05.12 at 05:59 PM

I was right in the middle of yet another masterpiece on the Chicago Public Schools, when Mick called to break the news: President Obama had recalled Rahm Emanuel as mayor.

Just kidding—more like wishful thinking.

No, Mick said that President Obama had moved the G8 summit from Chicago to Camp David.

Yay, whee, woo! I haven't felt this good since I heard that the International Olympic Committee had rejected Chicago's bid for the games.

For the 400th time—thank you, IOC!

And for the first time—thank you, President Obama.

If I didn't know better, I'd say the president was reading the Reader. Especially, the G8/NATO feature Mick and I wrote that basically boiled down to this: What a stupid waste of money!

I followed up that story with a bit asking the President Obama how he ever allowed Mayor Emanuel to talk him into this deal—especially during an election year?

The president never got back to me. Big surprise there.

Truth be told, I'm sure Mick and I weren't the only ones telling the president this was a really, really dumb idea. At least, I hope we weren't the only ones telling him that.

The president's press statement doesn't say why he moved the G8 summit from Chicago. Eventually, I'm sure they'll come up with some explanation that may or may not resemble the truth.

But no matter what face-saving spin they come up with, I'm pretty sure it came down to this. The president decided that the risks of staging the G8 summit in Chicago clearly outweighed the rewards.

Now that I think about it, the president should have also moved the NATO summit to Camp David.

For all I know he might have suggested that. Only to have Mayor Emanuel yell, scream, pound his fists against the desk, turn red in the face and drop a million f-bombs.

You know—like he was talking to a schoolteacher or something.

Until President Obama finally said—OK, I'll let you have NATO.

At this point, the president's probably wondering: Why, oh, why, did I ever think it was a good idea to bring this guy into my life?

For our part, Chicagoans, it's reassuring to know that there's a larger force somewhere in the universe who can protect us from the really, really dumb ideas our all-powerful mayors come up with.

As opposed to just the really dumb ideas—like, just to pick one, cutting our libraries.

Of course, getting the G8 out of town is the least President Obama can do for us. After all, it was his wink-and-nod endorsement that got Mayor Emanuel elected in the first place.

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