That was an “Obama initiative” in about the same way that Dunkirk was a Churchill initiative.
He began showing some promise in 2003, taking fifth place at race known as the Four Days of Dunkirk in May of that year.
The scene of a remarkable, though ignominious, retreat by the British army in World War II. Dunkirk, a town on the northern coast of France, was the last refuge of the British during the fall of France, and several hundred naval and civilian vessels took the troops back to England in shifts over three days.
Note: The term Dunkirk is sometimes used to signify a desperate retreat.