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"Why don’t we see the decision instead an affirmation of Lula, an embrace of Brazil, an endorsement of Rio de Janeiro? Because Obama’s critics and fans alike insist on making it about him and us, and they do this even when they are complaining that Obama inserts himself into everything. The problem here is as much our national self-absorption and continental provincialism as it is Obama’s politicking: most people criticizing Obama for this trip could not imagine losing out to the Brazilians, and it is even more unthinkable when the President involves himself."
Aside from the obvious - i.e. for the same reason that Cubs fans don't see the 2009 season as an affirmation of the St. Louis Cardinals (seriously, people, Chris Carpenter!) - it's a point well taken.
Or, you know, there's America's Newsroom, the Drudge Report: WORLD REJECTS OBAMA: CHICAGO OUT IN FIRST ROUND. THE EGO HAS LANDED.