House Minority Leader John Boehner blasted President Barack Obama’s much-ballyhooed Olympic bid for Chicago Wednesday, slamming the president for going “off to Copenhagen when we've got serious issues here at home that need to be debated."
"Listen I think it's a great idea to promote Chicago but he's the president of the United States, not the mayor of Chicago," Boehner said. "And the problems we have here at home affect all Americans and that's where his attention ought to be."
Boehner joined other Republican leaders, including RNC leader Michael Steele, in citing the litany of problems – including wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a weak economy, and the controversial healthcare plan – facing the president at home. Where does he have the time to push Olympic bids – the job often taken on by big city mayors, they asked.
The White House first said it was unlikely that Obama would go to Denmark because he thought it important to help push healthcare through Congress, Politico reported. But then the administration said that the health care debate was far enough along that he could escape for the day to lobby the International Olympic Committee's voters to bring the games to his hometown.
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