Obama creates permanent 'White House Olympic Office'
Not that proof was needed but here's showing once again that a government job or office, like 65 million years old dinosaur bones, never, ever disappears: the White House will keep the first ever White House Olympic Office. Kenneth Vogel writing in Politico:
The White House stressed that the office, officially called the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport, is permanent and has purposes other than helping U.S. cities bid on and host the Olympics.
"It was always our intention that this office would continue to exist regardless of the outcome of the 2016 bid," said a White House official, explaining that the office will work to boost youth sports and will coordinate with the State Department and other agencies to facilitate U.S. athletes' participation in the Olympics and Paralympics in other countries.
"We are currently working to support the participation in the London and Vancouver Games," said the official, referring to the 2012 summer and 2010 winter games, respectively.
And just how did U.S. athletes manage to practice, compete and win before government bureaucrats took over? Soon there just might be a government "sports czar," free from the restraints of Congressional approval, setting the rules for sports and competitions, directing which sports should be played when and how and removing whatever spontaneity and joy from competition as sport becomes just another government program to be endured.
Here is a major clue as to why the Olympics office is continuing.
the office has no independent budget, and is instead housed in the White House Office of Public Engagement, headed by Valerie Jarrett, a close Obama friend and senior White House adviser. Obama tapped Jarrett to head the Olympics office and lead the administration's unprecedented effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago.
Jarrett and eight White House staffers worked part-time on the Chicago bid out of the White House Olympics office, said the official, who ignored questions about whether the staffing would be scaled back in light of the demise of Chicago's bid, or whether there were any new U.S. Olympic bids in the works.
Buried in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Valerie Jarrett, dear, long time friend of Obama, White House adviser. No independent budget. Ah, the Chicago Way in action--doing what the president wants with no accountability or reporting to the public, no visible expenses or income--all without leaving a trail. Corrupt local politics on the national level. The potential for unlimited power and unlimited wealth is set in still yet another area of life.