President Barack Obama assured Chicagoans yesterday that he intended no slight against the city by relocating the Group of Eight (G8) summit from Chicago to the White House retreat Camp David, located in Maryland.
"I always have confidence in Chicago being able to handle security issues," Obama said at a White House news conference yesterday.
But Camp David would be better, the President explained, because, "People would enjoy being in a more casual backdrop." Also, "the weather should be good that time of year." Obama also added that he would have more time to spend with new Russian President Vladmir Putin.
The White House made the bombshell announcement Monday that Camp David, not Chicago, would be America's G8 host, but that Chicago would still hold the NATO summit.