As is usual for a Democrat, he can’t win. If he’d refused to go lobby personally and Chicago lost out (as was likely given that people here don’t like the idea of paying a bazillion dollars for a party for the rich when the city can’t pay its own workers) then the loss would have been his fault.
Since he went, and Chicago lost out, it’s that he wasn’t persuasive enough or that his presidential penis was too small or something.
Given that it was a lose-lose, why not go and say nice things about where you live when you’re not in the White House? I’ve made no bones about my list of stuff I’d rather the press focused on, especially the local press, but the stupidity of the area TV critters is not his fault.
I also think the shrieking about anti-American sentiment on the IOC is overblown. We just had the Olympics in Salt Lake. Maybe it was just somebody else’s turn. Seriously, are people in Tokyo and all the other places that lost freaking outthis much? You’d think the IOC ran over our dog, backed up, poured gasoline on the corpse and set it on fire. Jesus.