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Our Olympic Pitch? “Do It For The Fat Kids!”

Here’s how the White House blog introduces Michele Obama’s words about the 2016 Olympics to Chicago:

First Lady Michelle Obama brought American pride to the Danish capital today …

Really? “American pride?” Does this hit you as a good dose of American pride?

We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent, particularly this time in our nation’s history, where athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity. Funds dry up so it becomes harder for kids to engage in sports, to learn how to swim, to even ride a bike. When we’re seeing rates of childhood obesity increase, it is so important for us to raise up the platform of fitness and competition and fair play; to teach kids to cheer on the victors and empathize with those in defeat, but most importantly, to recognize that all the hard work that is required to do something special.

Funds are drying up so kids can’t engage in sports, learn how to swim or even ride a bike? Funds? Like government funds? My learning to swim certainly had nothing to do with funding and riding a bike? Please. That consisted of a shove from my dad down a small hill.

It is America the poor – we can’t afford to keep our children fit – and America the fat – childhood obesity is increasing. What it isn’t is American pride. I can’t imagine anyone calling it that. And I certainly can’t imagine a representative of this country using that paragraph and believing it really represents “American pride”.



21 Responses to Our Olympic Pitch? “Do It For The Fat Kids!”

  • stupid is as stupid does

  • That is freakin’ embarrassing! Funds drying up? Really?? REALLY??? Seems to me the feds are spending at an ever increasing rate, so where’s the money going?

    • The feds aren’t spending ENOUGH, so it’s a cut. Get it? Gotta understand how those DC people think.

    • There’s a mythology or psychology that this stuff was all fully funded at some golden period in the past. Probably just before republican obstructionism.

      I mean, how else did we get to this point? It had to be the government that got us here. There’s no other explanation.

  • I’m so proud to live in a country where all our children are fat and need the example of foreign atheletes to inspire them to learn to ride bikes, swim, play, and frolic. Oh, and where our government is too broke to give children money to learn to do these things.

    I… I… I’ve never been proud of my country until this moment.

    Thank you, Michelle O, for lending your sculpted biceps and dulcet voice to bring American pride not only to Copenhagen, but also to this poor, downtrodden, Bible-thumping, gun-clinging, racist.

    / sarc

    Good heavens, where did this woman grow up? And in what sort of environment? How does a person who grows up in America come to have this view of our country? I will admit that we’re not a perfect country (though I don’t want to live anywhere else, but I will say that Italy is quite nice), but she makes it sound like we’re a more broke, less joyous version of Airstrip One.

    • Good heavens, where did this woman grow up?

      I can lend some insight. She grew up in the same city as I. In fact, we graduated high school the same year. I was not as fortunate as Michelle though. My parents sent me to a Catholic high school. I’m sure it was tough for them to pay for it, but it was a step up from the publich high school choices. Michelle attended a selective magnet school (which my folks also helped fund). Michelle then attended Princeton. I had the grades for Princeton but couldn’t afford it. Michelle didn’t have to worry about that. So, really, it’s no wonder that Michelle believes that achievement can only come via government largesse.

      And yet she was never proud of her country until her husband was elected. Amazing.

  • Someone tell me this: is it unpatriotic to root against this country getting the 2016 games? If so, then I am unpatriotic. I want to see The Clown™ and Mrs. Clown™ come home with a dark mood and a sneer, sort of the way Americans feel about them and their crooked maladministration right about now.

    • You got it all wrong, James. It’s not unpatriotic to root against *This Country*, that of course is still perfectly acceptable.

      No, no, what is unpatriotic in the extreme is for you to root against Mayor-for-Life Jabba Daly’s chance to loot the gold mine he’s been waiting his entire life for, now THAT is unpatriotic!! And doubly unpatriotic of you to even think of suggesting that Han and Chewbacca are doing this just for some kind of political payoff to a machine that they owe great past debts to.

      Perish the Thought.

  • “There’s a mythology or psychology that this stuff was all fully funded at some golden period in the past.”

    Excellent point.

    Possibly this was actually true before government salaries become 130% that of private sector comparable jobs.

  • I wonder if it took all 22 staff members to come up with that comment or whether it was a DIY job.

  • They cut Federal bicycle funding? AGAIN? Damn those conservatives!
    And swimming hole funding and subsidies for swim trunks and suits? My GOD! IS There NO LIMIT that these conservatives in control of Congress will stoop to!

  • Well, at least she’s finally proud of her country. I guess.

  • I guess it is conservative school boards that are dropping PE and banning kids from running on the play ground playing tag. It might hurt the poor dears self esteem if they get tagged ‘it’ or nailed with a dodgeball because they didn’t dodge.

  • I went satirical, rewriting this quote here.

    But after the satire, I looked at what her quote really means… And this is what I came up with:

    America used to bid on the Games by suggesting that we were the best place to host the Games — you know, from each according to his ability. Now, on the other hand, we bid based on how much the Games will bring to us — to each according to his need.

  • I don’t see the down side of Obama’s Olympic presser. If the IOC awards it to Chicago, it will confirm Obama as the “Shill-in-Chief” and expose the IOC as a baldly political organization. If the IOC turns down Chicago, Obama will be diminished as “the Shill who couldn’t get the job done.” Either way, it a WINRAR!!

  • After the Salt Lake City Olympics, it obvious that Obama had to show up with a truckload of cash to make any difference.

  • This woman is unbelievably tone deaf:
    “As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days,” the first lady told a crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, “so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home.”

  • I’m not rooting against the United States…

    I’m rooting for Rio…

    Wonder how much of their Carnivale spirit will show up in the opening show.