“Official word from the White House is that First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to Copenhagen next month to support Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics. The president himself is busy with health-care reform and can’t commit ‘at this time,’ according to his staff.

“Busy with health-care reform? That’s the excuse? Is he afraid that House Republicans would launch a surprise attack on Medicare on Oct. 2 while he’s in Copenhagen?

“That sounds pretty flimsy.”

Chicago Tribune editorial board, 9/15/09