Hope and change you can not use your hands in.
Ok, this is just getting ridiculous now. Soccer popular in the US? This must be Armageddon.
Sunil Gulati announced the USA's intentions to bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup today. In the conference call that followed, he talked about how the election of President Barack Obama would impact the bid and its likeliness to succeed. He suggested that the difference on how America is perceived internationally is palpable. “I don’t think there’s any doubt for any of us that what happened over the last several months and what happened two weeks ago in Washington, D.C., has dramatically changed the view of the United States and its leadership around the world,” said the U.S. Soccer President. “For those of us who travel the world quite a bit, that is noticeable, that is audible and it’s visible.”
According to him, the positive energy from Obama can only improve the chances of America landing sporting events.
"But I am quite sure that given everything that President Obama has said, everything he stands for, everything he’s talked about in terms of reaching out to the world, that trying to bring the global game to the United States and opening our borders up for a festival of 32 countries and hundreds of thousands of people from all corners of the world would be viewed in a very positive way.”
Gulati sees Obama as the sort of national personality that can single-handedly make a difference in the outcome of the USA's bid.
Open our borders for hundreds of thousands of people from all corners of the world?!?! Hmmm.... isn't soccer popular in places like Tora Bora, Yemen, Indonesia and Iran?
The LA Times reported this oddity last year:
"If you took a map of America where Obama is strongest and laid it over a map of where soccer has its biggest appeal, you'd see an incredible overlap," he told me. "The blue states on both coasts are very soccer-friendly as well as huge areas of support for Obama, where as the center of the country is full of people who are the enemies of soccer and Obama -- white, 50-and-over guys who listen to talk radio and only care about football or basketball."