White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod on Friday dismissed suggestions that Chicago's unsuccessful 2016 Olympics bid is evidence that the president should not have traveled to Copenhagen in the first place.
"We move on," Axelrod stressed in an interview with MSNBC. "I'm not worried about the politics of it. Any time you go and make the case for the United States of America, you're doing the right thing."
Friday's vote is a bit of a political defeat for Obama, who traveled to Copenhagen to stump for Chicago despite growing Republican criticisms that he stay home and focus more on domestic priorities.
“I think that this trip, while nice, is not necessary for the president,” Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele said on Wednesday. “I think the first lady should have been the lead here, to let her go and sell Chicago. But the goal should be creating not job opportunities seven years from now, but today.”
But Axelrod on Friday sought to preempt further political fallout, reiterating that Obama's trip did not impede on more official business.
"This president is going to go anywhere he can to promote this country, to try to bring good things back to this country," the adviser said.
"The fact is, he left at 7 p.m. last night and he'll be back in an hour or two. So isn't exactly like he's been gone for very long," he added, calling the investment "well worth" the time.