George Will has written some pretty jerky things in the time we've been reading him–usually straw men or just plain lies. This time he gets really personal with Obama. Here's a taste:
Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about . . . themselves. Although the working of the committee's mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago's bid for the 2016 Games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.
In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns "I" or "me" 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences conveyed the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago's case compelling.
I actually found myself downtown for the announcement: lots of emblematic scenes of Chicago 2016 signs on the ground or in the trash. Then of course the strange cheering from people that the Olympics were not awarded to Chicago–such is their dislike of Obama.
Imagine for a moment "Crawford Texas 2016." I think you'd hear a little autobiography from our former President–even though he didn't grow up there and he doesn't live there anymore. So Chicago, my adopted home town, is a great place, even if I still root for the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings.
The President, who still lives here, sort of, and the First Lady, is was born and raised here, are naturally going to make a personal pitch. I don't think, considering their relationship to this place, there was really any other choice.