We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Obama committed a colossal error in trying to get Chicago the Olympics -- though the citizens of that place may in years to come thank him for not saddling them with a vast debt -- because he failed to understand that Olympics are given to cities, not countries.
His job requires him to represent more than just one city, though perhaps his friends called in a favor or two and he just had to go.
Whatever was going on in his mind, it was a silly mistake. Now he looks more like a fool than before.