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Rio may have gotten the Olympics regardless of President Obama’s ill-advised junket to Copenhagen to lobby for Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Chicago did not even make the first round and it was Barack Obama himself along with Mayor Daley’s Chicago machine that caused the stinging humiliation.

Kai Holm, a former Olympics committee member, told the newspaper (translated): “The fact that Barack Obama came, could not do it. I think we lacked emotion, it seemed too empty and business-like. So when Tony Blair promoted London he was around three days to lobby and talk to people. You can not just come with the train one day and try to affect everything. People have felt that it was a lack of respect for the Olympics and sport in general. I think people felt it was too business-like to get into the way we have now seen it many times, and you would have feelings back.”

Obama came across as the classic ugly American who arrogantly swept in thinking he and Chicago were entitled to take the prize simply on Obama’s mystical powers of persuasion. Obama wrongfully thought that jetting in on Air Force One giving a speech then quickly jetting out would be enough to woo the IOC into submission. Was he ever wrong.

This inexperienced President missed the first rule of negotiations. Never send the the President to seal a deal unless you know beforehand it’s a done deal. Since Obama has never run anykind of organization he and his staff were unaware of this basic tenant or too arrogant to think about it.

The Olympics does not reach the level of negotiating with Iran or North Korea on nuclear weapons but you can bet these countries are encouraged by the real or perceived weakness of Barack Obama and thus the President’s humiliating failure has severely damaged the prestige and credibility of the United States.

Advise to IOC members, watch your kneecaps.

The Buck Stops Here, Barack Obama, Harry Truman, blame, inherit

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Updated: Breaking Mousavi Arrested: Rafsanjani Resigns, Iranian Police Fleeing from Demonstrators

This post is currently on the DailyKos recommended Diaries. Thought you should know, there is a coup happening in Iran.

Update V: I’ve lost my translator (Payman) for the night. He promised a birthday dinner to a Bosnian friend. We’ll be back at it very early tomorrow. People are finding ‘other’ ways to get the news out, so we hope to have more news by morning.

Update IV:

Link: A committee of respected Ayatollahs (the spiritual fighters) have requested that the election be invalidated for the purpose of restoring the people’s trust in the Islamic Republic. “We request the people to stay calm and not to provoke the government agents.”

Pyknet: Mousavi has been place under house arrest. He was arrested on his way to Khamenei’s house. All communication has been shut off. Khamenei has issued a statement claiming that HE that he is leading this coup to SAVE the Islamic Government (Nezam)

Update: Sianat az ara (Protectors of Votes) Iran’ Election Commission, have called the result fraud and are calling for new election. They pointed to the suspension of text messaging Thursday night and the disruption of phone service for the campaigns and pthers, and ballot shortages. Sianat az ara is a group of election monitors chosen by the four candidates. Ahmadinejad campaign is rejecting the claim of fraud and dismissed the committee as pro-Mousavi.

It is almost 9:30pm in Iran. In the north (rich part) of Tehran, the curfew is being ignored.

Photos here. Mo’ pix here. is reporting; Translation –

Rafsanjani has resigned all duties in protest to Supreme Leader Khamenei’s endorsement of Ahmadinejad as winner of yesterday’s election.

This article from Forbes on Thursday provides recent background on Rafsanjani’s case.

Rafsanjani, known in many circles as the Godfather, responded in kind with an open letter to the supreme leader demanding punishment for the aggression. That was perhaps the fuel on the fire for the streets. The anti-Ahmadinejad protesters felt more secure and confident after the division among the ruling elite became public and the streets went wild with human chains and slogans demanding Ahmadinejad’s resignation.

****** First Diary from this morning ***** Just uploaded to YouTube, this video shows Iranian police and Revolutionary Guards (Bassiji) CLEARLY running away from the protesters. From a video from a popular independent Iranian website

Cliff here reporting for famous (around here :)) Iranian exile and writer Payman here in Salt Lake City. The title of the video is “Demonstrators Election Announcement.”

The guy in the white shirt in the center of the frame at 7 seconds in is ‘plain clothes guard.’

We will continue to post video from ‘the inside’ as they come up.

American news outlets such as NBC are reporting that the police are keeping things under control, but we are hearing and seeing otherwise. Iranians expect Khamenei will begin rounding up the more visible activist but also current public officials who did not support Ahmadinejad.

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