In a move that makes a mockery of American democracy—but also points to the growing clout of the Occupy movement—the White House has moved the site of the upcoming G-8 economic summit from Chicago to the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland. Chicago’s current mayor, Rahm Emanuel, served as President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, leaving in 2010 to return to electoral politics.
Because it attracts protesters, the G8 has “been increasingly taken away from anywhere we can get near,” Mike Dolan, a principal organizer of protests at the 1999 World Trade Organization conference that spawned The Battle of Seattle, told the New York Times in 2004. That year, the G8 was held on remote Sea Island, Georgia.
From Huffington Post:
It’s an unusually late location change for such a large international summit. The White House gave no immediate reason for the shift, saying only in a statement that Obama is inviting his fellow G-8 leaders to Camp David to “facilitate a free-flowing discussion.”
The G-8 meeting will be held May 18-19. The White House says Obama still plans to host the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21.
The White House announced last summer that Obama would hold both summits in his hometown of Chicago.
See you in Maryland in May?