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11:32 AM, Sep 28, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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A Republican emails this morning:

Is Obama really jetting off to Copenhagen to lobby for a giant 2016 send off party in Chicago just as Iran's testing nuclear missiles? Amazing...

Personally, I don't think I'd mind as much if the beneficiaries of this lobbying campaign by the president were not his cronies in Chicago. If it were any other city that was up for the games -- if there was even the appearance that the president was using his position to the benefit of the country as a whole and not just his hometown and homestate...but then again, it's a six hour flight to Copenhagen, so maybe Obama will have the time to pick up the phone and call his hand-picked commander in Afghanistan and ask him if there's anything he needs, ask him to submit a report requesting those additional resources, and then Obama can read that report the next time he takes a long flight. You know, whenever it's convenient for him to deal with the war that U.S. troops are fighting.