hmmm 1 October 2009Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Standing in front of a backdrop of the Chicago skyline, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is introduced by television host Oprah Winfrey before speaking at a dinner in Copenhagen in support of Chicago hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics. (AP)
His turn is today, to sell Chicago vs Rio, Madrid and Tokyo… for the Olympics… This was her preview with reporters on Monday.
Full text, Lynn Sweet, Sun-Times:
WASHINGTON–First Lady Michelle Obama, off to Copenhagen on Tuesday night to lobby for Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid, said the rash of crime in Chicago won’t hurt the city when the International Olympic Committee votes on Friday.
In a session with reporters on Monday, Mrs. Obama said,
“You know, there are a number of big cities that are bidding. And when you live in a big city there are issues that are unique to urban settings. Chicago isn’t unique in that way. But that’s one of the things that I can talk about personally. I mean, you know, most of these Games are taking place blocks away from my house. There’s good security by my house these days. And while Chicago is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, it is — people don’t live in fear. The downtown area is completely accessible.
“But more importantly, the character of Chicago shines through. We’re Midwestern folks, and there’s a bit of southern hospitality that comes along with that place. We know how to treat our visitors with respect and with open arms. And I think that’s the character that will shine through, in addition to the fact that it’s such an international city.
“Then you think about the countries that are going to be represented and you think of the 77 different community areas in Chicago, it’s almost a little U.N. There are significant communities that would support these athletes from across the globe. And it’s important for people to understand that Chicago isn’t just a U.S. place, it’s an international place. And people will be able to go into communities and shop and find food that they get back home. They’ll be able to hear their music. They’ll be able to see people like them.
“I know Mayor Daley, and he’s going to make sure that these Games go off without a hitch because that’s the kind of mayor he is. It’s not called the “City That Works” for nothing. It really works. And it’s not always perfect, but it’s really, really good.”
Well, that should work… right? The unspoken “promise” is they will flood the zone with Secret Service (and whatever else).
In Copenhagen, in a speech to Chicago supporters she said the influx and sports activities would – somehow or other! – help the poor children of Chicago.
No really, that got offered up.
And, perhaps in a pre-cursor to Friday’s formal pitch before the IOC, Mrs. Obama talked about what hosting the Olympics in Chicago might mean for local children living in poverty.
“I just think, wouldn’t it be great if that kind of spirit was happening right down the street in our community? Just think of that. Kids and communities across the city, in Austin, kids who grew up in Cabrini, kids who live so far from the city. Now just imagine if all of that was happening right in their own backyard. That’s what I think about.”
“It does something to a kid when they can feel that energy and power up close and personal. And for some kids in our communities and our city, around the nation, around the world, they can never dream of being that close to such power and opportunity. So that’s what excites me most about bringing the Games to Chicago.”
For all I know, the FL of Brazil and Queen Sofia of Spain are offering up the same PR slop.
As I was wandering the Chicago papers I read about the killing of the school boy the other day, the one that was captured on video… and shown, probably, around the world. And it involves Altgeld Gardens projects, where ‘Obama the community organiser’ plied his talents.
AND it involves Arne Duncan, as school children long at odds have been smushed together at Fenger, the school in question, following another school, Carver, becoming a “selective” military school.
Not the first time I have read under various changes, many related to NCLB, of schools closing and long time rivals pushed together.
Cynicism tells me it’s a PLAN:
[T]here’s a natural disadvantage for the Altgeld kids. They’re behind enemy lines, traversing unfamiliar streets in unfriendly territory. But they’re hardly running scared. They engage just as fiercely in the violence, students said.
Violence is not new to Fenger. Kids pass in and out of the school doors in packs, counting on strength in numbers. Some pass up nearby bus routes so they aren’t sitting targets at stops blocks from school. Few students sport backpacks, which make them susceptible to robbery and weigh them down, in case they need to run.
“(Both sides will) fight you anywhere, for anything,” said Glenn Fulton, 18, a senior at Fenger who travels with friends to a bus stop a few blocks from school. “You can’t avoid it. It’s impossible. If they get you by yourself, they can easily take you out.”
Altgeld students began to increase in numbers at Fenger in 2004, when Carver High School became a selective military school. A new grade was added each year until, in 2007, Carver had fully transformed into a military academy. That meant most Altgeld students had to go to Fenger, increasing the likelihood of tensions.
The district has tried to change the school’s culture. . . . .
Where there is a will there is a way. Stick to the high road. Stay the course. Stand up straight. Sit still. Be civil. Vote.
Oh yes, how could I forget? Eat your organic roughage.
Doesn’t have much bearing on their actual lives does it?