slapped down in copenhagen
Last night we were talking about the Olympic bid, and thinking through the calculus of Obama making the trip to Copenhagen for the final presentation... I was obviously naive in thinking that this had to be a bit like Bill Clinton heading to North Korea -- for someone of his stature to get on a plane, the deal had to already be in the bag.
Obviously not. As Peter Baker puts it so succinctly in his New York Times piece...
Rarely has a president put his credibility on the line on the world stage in such a personal way and been slapped down so sharply in real time.