The other G20 news: Obama Olympics, White House honey
Olympics intrigue broke out in the middle of all the U.N., G20, world leader stuff with the rumor that perhaps President Barack Obama might go to Copenhagen after all to pitch his hometown Chicago as the site for the 2016 Summer Games.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs fanned the flames further when asked whether it was possible Obama may go. “Absolutely,” he told reporters on Air Force One headed to Pittsburgh for the G20.
In Washington speak that’s about as close to saying he’s going without announcing he’s going.
“I think it would be a very quick trip, yes,” Gibbs said.
So what happened since the announcement that First Lady Michelle Obama would be the one going to Copenhagen next week to push for Chicago against the competition: Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo?
We’re thinking perhaps the Chicago set at the White House — Michelle Obama, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod — did a little pushing of their own….
It might also mean that healthcare legislation is moving at such a snail’s pace that there’s no need for the president to forego the trip.
The other breaking news is that one of the gifts for foreign dignitaries in Pittsburgh was actually made by some very buzzzy workers at the White House.
We discovered this nugget while reading this very important summit document: “The G20 Pittsburgh Summit Spousal Program Addendum.” Among the gifts to visiting G20 dignitaries was White House honey produced from the first-ever beehive on White House property, located near the first lady’s vegetable garden.
Photo credit: Reuters/Ruben Sprich (International Olympic Committee president in June), Reuters/Toru Hanai (bee collecting pollen from flower in Tokyo)