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It Is Not Chicago! (updated)

Wow.

The city didn’t even make it into the final round of voting to host the 2016 summer Olympics.  Tokyo went down in the second round of voting – another surprise as that city was deemed to have the worst chance of getting the games.

There was speculation that this was a done deal or President Obama wouldn’t have put his presidential prestige on the line as he has.  However, to be fair, heads of state have been part of the winning delegation for a number of the past Olympic games and it has almost become expected they attend if they’re in the final 4 cities.

I think, however, the biggest surprise is Chicago didn’t even make it through the first round of voting.

I’d like to see Rio get it, but my money is on Madrid (because of Spain’s Juan Antonio Samaranch, former head of he IOC – or as we in Atlanta derisively called him “Juan Antonio Hamsandwich” (what a putz) – a reward from the IOC for service – just watch).

UPDATE: It’s Rio!  Good (same time zone – no delayed broadcasts).

UPDATE II: It’s the “conservatives” fault.  Well hey, they have to blame someone, and since Bush is no longer available, “conservatives” will do.  You can’t help but appreciate the irony of Think Progress lecturing anyone about “root[ing] against America” though.

~McQ

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93 Responses to It Is Not Chicago! (updated)

  • Obama wins the gold medal for FAIL

  • One final thought – is the IOC racist? Is this the GOP’s fault also?

  • 2016 Olympics=Raaacist!

  • It’s Bush’s fault.

  • Joy!!!! Drudge had the best headline: “THE EGO HAS LANDED”
    Ahhh….Barry and Mechelle….how are we ever going to get those fats kids to exercise now?

    • I love how Michelle’s argument was basically “We’re too poor/cheap to pay for stuff that will make our fat children exercise, so we need this to motivate them…”

      • We’re fatter here because food and cars are a much lower percentage of our expendable income.

  • I realize that people are going to claim that this was a lose/lose proposition for Obama, that if he hadn’t shown up and Chicago had been booted in the first round, he’d be criticized for not pushing a sure thing.

    But he had a good reason for not going, that being that he’s got so much on his plate right now that it would’ve been irresponsible to go to Copenhagen. He has no excuses to hide behind now. What a slap in the face. I’d love to be a fly on the wall to hear the off-the-record remarks after this came down.

  • Reminds me of a old saying among teenagers and their cars. The ultimate put-down: “All show, no go.”

  • Two words:

    Hah. Hah.

    I suppose that I shouldn’t be enjoying this delicious, yummy, scrumptious piece of schadenfreude right now, but I can’t help it.

    First, the odious TAO has failed – and failed spectacularly – in a way that doesn’t especially hurt the United States (for a change).

    Second, the corrupt Chicago machine that has been instrumental in saddling us with TAO and his collection of stooges, thugs, and idiots won’t be getting its grubby paws on the billions that would have to be spent to prepare the city for the games.

    Third, the games will hopefully go to a city that ISN’T a crime-infested, corrupt sh*thole.

    Forth, the libs are getting a small reality check: this is an example of the effects of reduced US power and prestige that they’ve been pining for. The IOC just gave our country the big raspberry. How do libs like it? I’m guessing: not so much.

    Finally, the myth of Obama as President of the World, the most-loved figure EVER, has been seriously damaged. MiniTru has constantly assured us that everybody in the world (except for bitter, Bible-thumping, gun-clinging, health care-opposing, racist wingnuts) just LOVES The Annointed One and hence just loves America now. Yes indeedy, when Bush left office, America retook her rightful place as the Bestest Country in the Whole Wide World. Or… not.

    I should note that libs are already into full blame-game mode:

    The Daley Plaza crowd reacted to Chicago’s elimination in silence. Some members of the crowd were crying as they walked away. People blamed negative media attention on the bid and former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan’s lack of participation as reasons for the loss. [emphasis mine - dj505]

    via Hot Air

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/10/02/breaking-chicago-eliminated-from-olympics-voting-in-first-round/

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/10/people-begin-gathering-at-daley-plaza.html

    AH-HAH! It’s the MEDIA’S FAULT!!! No doubt there will be several Two Minute Hates today dedicated to trashing Rush, Beck, and Fox News for costing Chi-town their chance to score some serious, Olympic Gold Medal graft.

    • > Third, the games will hopefully go to a city that ISN’T a crime-infested, corrupt sh*thole.

      Unfortunately, Rio De Janeiro wrote the book on crime-infested, corrupt sh*tholes. Rent the movie “City of God” and you will see what goes on there. Chicago looks Pleasantville by comparison.

      • I have to agree CR – obviously one of the criteria for picking the city wasn’t “can’t be a crime-infested, corrupt sh*thole”.

        That said, I’m still glad they got it – its the first time for South America and frankly, it’s about time. A little South American latin flavor to the games is long overdue.

      • Thanks for the correction.

  • Jon Henke made a great comment on twitter that was half-right.

    “If Illinois Democrats weren’t so corrupt, Chicago would have had a better shot at the 2016 Olympics.”

    He’s half right. If they were less corrupt, or more competent, Chicago would have had a better chance.

    But now Obama gets to come home and enjoy yet more failure.

    At least, I hope he enjoys it… God knows it’s about all he’s getting to experience lately…

  • To some degree, the US sees things as returning friendly gestures and aggression in kind. The rest of the world bows to aggressive behavior and walks on submissive behavior.

    Obama pushing an apologetic and weaker US has not garnered anymore cooperation at all. He shouldn’t be surprised he was shot down.

  • I was shocked by the news.

    I’m figuring Obama doesn’t put on this show to travel to Copenhagen, put the prestige of his presidency on the line, unless the outcome is assured in advance.

    I just assumed that it was a done deal, and that Obama was showing up to reap the glory and burnish his image.

    Was there a double-cross?

    • The others have it
      Republicans did it.
      Racists did it.
      It’s Bush’s fault!
      The Teabaggers did it.
      The world is afraid of a smart black man in the White House.
      RACISTS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!

      Has to be, because you can’t, uh, just disagree with the man, ya know?
      Another victory for President Spam.

  • NOW – the world loves us. NOW – the world can step on us and laugh out loud at our discomfort. Hope & Change – NOW!

    What a joke!

    The one thing that would make this better? A Double-Cross!

  • Michelle Obama reacts to the IOC’s decison:

  • Congrats to Rio!

  • Barack Hussein Obama!
    Mmmmm-mmmmmm-mmmmm!

  • Just another example of how the US is in decline because of Bush.

    /Erb

  • So the US didn’t get the Olympics… And this is being treated as a victory for you guys!?

    Nevermind your opinion of Obama, wouldn’t it have been better had the US won the bid?

    I remember all the talk about how the left wanted the US to fail because they hated GWB. Now it seems, the shoe is on the other foot.

    Class act, people.

    • Who guys? I thought it was a very fair post.

      • It was. But the comments… Turns my stomach a little.

        • I remember all the talk about how the left wanted the US to fail because they hated GWB. Now it seems, the shoe is on the other foot.

          On the other hand, the stakes were perhaps just a smidgen higher in Iraq.

    • Not a victory Pogue, I know the difference. It’s a loss for His Arrogance, it’s loss of prestige, it’s a loss of face. When Obama is using his political capital to forward at least two agenda items I STRONGLY disagree with, Cap and Trade, and National Health, I view any loss of political capitol as useful in stopping progress on items I don’t want passed.

      As to Chicago getting the Olympics, I’m indifferent to that.

      And let’s face it, they didn’t decide this based on how much every body loves Barack Obama, or whether or not we like Barack Obama, or even if we hate Barack Obama. That just feeds into the personality cult that’s formed around the man.
      The issue for me is he, or the press, or both of them together, assumed his touch was gold, and it isn’t. I don’t mind seeing him taken down a peg and I’ll freely admit it.

    • Nevermind your opinion of Obama, wouldn’t it have been better had the US won the bid?

      I’d stay that’s an unproven hypothesis. After-the-fact studies on the impact of Olympic events are decidely mixed. (Studies done before the event always seem to forecast wonderful economic results.)

      But your main point is reasonable. There are now people who want to see Obama publicly fail, and in this case, the cost to the US of him failing is neglible.

      I confess to being one of them. I regard anything that prevents Obama from having the influence to pass his socialist healthcare and cap-and-trade programs as positive, because I think those programs would be bad for the country. I don’t want him to fail in areas that really help us; I’d love to see positive results from his Iranian strategy, for example, though I’m not expecting that. But I don’t care if some of his buddies in Chicago get some new sources of graft, so I’m happy to see him brought down in this case.

      • I’d stay that’s an unproven hypothesis.

        Maybe, but I’m guessing that there are more than a few small businesses in the Chicago area that would disagree with you.
        I can hear them now… “Okay boys, we didn’t get it… Take down the help wanted sign and cancel the order on all of that extra inventory.”
        I guess they might not have heard about your “unproven hypothesis.”

        But your main point is reasonable. There are now people who want to see Obama publicly fail, and in this case, the cost to the US of him failing is neglible.

        Great.
        And…

        I confess to being one of them.

        Well congratulations, Billy!! Break out the party favors, you are celebrating a loss for the United States.

        How proud you must feel.

        • Pogue: Quit your friggin’ whining!

          A simple rule I was always taught – Never bet what you cannot afford to lose.

          Obama put the prestige of his office up against a bet that he could bring home Olympic gold. And he lost! HE Lost – not any monetary gain that may have occurred. Not any jobs or any economic surge that could have occurred. But the real loss was in what it took out of the prestige of his office. And THAT is the real loss for the country. You want to direct some anger at this situation, I have a target for you and it is not the commenters on these pages. The cause was not anybody here hoping it would happen – the loss was because of Obama’s arrogance and hubris – pure and simple.

        • Maybe, but I’m guessing that there are more than a few small businesses in the Chicago area that would disagree with you.

          ***

          And they’d be wrong as well.

          As with any really large event/project, the ones who benefit most will be the corrupt politicians – in this case, ALL of Chicago political scene. Mom and pop wouldn’t have a crack at the olympic village- Nike and Reebook and all the other logo companies stake that out.

          You want help Chicago? Lower taxes so people can start businesses there.

          • And they’d be wrong as well.

            And you know this for sure?
            At best, it’s debatable that the Olympics don’t aid the local economy. And the fact that cities claw at the chance to host the Olympics means little to you, no doubt.
            Don’t forget, what about the local businesses? Do you think that they would deny the Olympics coming to town? Hardly.

            Mom and pop wouldn’t have a crack at the olympic village- Nike and Reebook and all the other logo companies stake that out.

            Bullsh!t.
            Everybody benefits. Rising tides, and all that jazz.
            But it is interesting that you think that the big corporate profits don’t help the local economy.

            You want help Chicago? Lower taxes so people can start businesses there.

            Yes, I “want help Chicago.”
            I would lower their taxes and try to get a huge world sporting event to come to town.

        • >>>Maybe, but I’m guessing that there are more than a few small businesses in the Chicago area that would disagree with you.

          Those small businesses would be in a lot better shape WITHOUT Obama’s business killing proposals of heath care and cap and trade.

        • Well congratulations, Billy!! Break out the party favors, you are celebrating a loss for the United States.

          No, I’m not, and it doesn’t matter how many times you use Erb-style “I decree it” argument by assertion.

          The economic benefits of these events are very much disputed, so claiming it’s “good for everybody” is again argument by assertion. As I said, the studies vary a lot, even when fairly generous assumptions are made. I also had the personal experience of living in Knoxville, Tennessee during the 1982 Worlds Fair, and it was an unmitigated disaster that caused failure among many small businesses. Not to mention that it sucked being a resident and having to put up with traffic and parking nightmares.

          Given Chicago’s record of corruption, an Olympics there would be subject to significant risk, and a quite definite possibility of seeing only the politically well-connected do very well. So I would oppose the bid on the risk alone, no matter *who* the president happened to be.

          But in this case, the failure to get the bid had what I regard as a significant fringe benefit, in showing Obama to be “all show, no go”. I don’t see why you seem to think that’s a horrible thing to say. I oppose the man’s programs with all my heart because I believe they would usher in an era of big-government collectivism that would have bad effects for decades or even centuries.

          Equating this to the left wanting us to fail in Iraq is moral equivalence of the worst sort. Such an assertion a prime example of how unserious the left has become in debate.

        • I can hear them now… “Okay boys, we didn’t get it… Take down the help wanted sign and cancel the order on all of that extra inventory.”

          Get over yourself. The Olympics were to be in 2016, 7 years from now. I seriously doubt any merchants in Chicago would be hiring and ordering inventory this far in advance.

    • “And this is being treated as a victory for you guys!?”

      It is by me. Let some other suckers pay for it. As much as I love Olympic curling and dressage, it ain’t worth the costs, financial and other.

  • Following this story and the reaction to it the past few hours, I still don’t see how Obama walks into this thing with his confident aplomb and gets a pie in the face.

    I don’t believe he goes there if he thinks he can lose.

    So, did he expect his sheer world messiahness to deliver him?

    Or, in the Chicago way, was he assured that it was a done deal?

    Some of the lead-ups on the Obama networks seemed to suggest that they certainly believed a sure thing was in motion.

    I’ve got to think that a double-deal went down, and that the Chicago crowd got out-muscled. I don’t buy that the IOC people are simply puritanical elitists who didn’t like too much American snoot up in their faces. I think they like the right kind of American snoot, and Obama is right up that alley. So my conclusion, a guess, is that they got another offer, an offer they couldn’t refuse.

    Alas, we’ll never know

  • Gee, I hope the GOP acts like they are happy Chicago didn’t get it. The Democratic response could be “Other heads of government joined Obama in advocating for their country. Only one could get it. It’s too bad that Republicans are so happy the US didn’t get the Olympics that they oppose what’s good for their country if it gives them a chance to attack the President.” So, please, GOP, use this to attack Obama…publicly, loudly!

    Rio is the right choice, I was pulling for Rio or Madrid.

    • The damage to Obama was done the moment the IOC rejected Chicago. He had put his “citizen of the world” prestige on the line, and he got bitch slapped. It was the kind of move you might expect from Rod Blagojevich. But if you want a silver lining, maybe it will drown out the unemployment numbers.

    • Want the prediction that any of us can make?
      Whether any mainstream conservative element is foolish enough to officially mumble they are happy at Chicago’s failure, the left will gin that up to be – the GOP and the right wing is glad that Obama failed and furthermore that they CAUSED the failure.

      Because it couldn’t ever possibly BE that anyone could just simply NOT be persuaded by the golden one when he’s put on his persuading shoes, right?

      If they have an ounce of sense they’ll stay away from the idea that’s already started in UK papers about this being a slam for the President (though, he certainly contributed to it by dashing off to Denmark when he had bigger fish to fry here, like, say, Afghanistan).

      Since it’s just unthinkable for the golden one to fail, they’re already starting to try and find someone to BLAME for God’s sake, as if it can’t be anything but some kind of nefarious VRWC plot against Obama.

    • As opposed to Iraq under Bush…..right Erb?

    • ” So, please, GOP, use this to attack Obama…publicly, loudly”{

      LOL
      More of that unbiased, pragmatic, non-idealogical BS, eh?

  • Think Progess….Jebuss people – the conservatives killed it? All the Chicago committee lobbying for years and etc, and it was conservatives in the last week the did it in? Good God.

    You’d have thought with that kind of power at their disposal, and without the help of the MSM, it would have been John McCain going to pitch the Olympics, not Barack Obama.
    How can such a POWERFUL force as the conservatives ever be stopped? Without majorities in the House or Senate, they have killed Health Care for months, Cap and Trade, and NOW, they have completely destroyed Chicago’s Olympic bid?

    And is it just me, or is the lamenting about 300,000 lost possible jobs in 2016 (okay, I’ll be generous and assume the jobs will start appearing in earnest in 2013). Isn’t that, a, bit, uh, yeah, like not gonna worry me much TODAY, you know, in 2009!

    2016 – the distance between here and there during the Bush years – let’s see, another terrorist attack on the world trade center, 2 wars, a booming/busted economy? 7 years! Good Lord.

    Is there really ANY reality in the reality based community? They do understand this time thing, right?

  • UPDATE II: It’s the “conservatives” fault. Well hey, they have to blame someone, and since Bush is no longer available, “conservatives” will do. You can’t help but appreciate the irony of Think Progress lecturing anyone about “root[ing] against America” though.

    Yeah, and the irony is doubly appreciated.

    To add to TP’s “rooting against America” list:

    Mal Gusto: “Joy!!”
    Billy Hollis: “All show, no go.”
    Scott Jacobs: “But now Obama gets to come home and enjoy yet more failure.”
    docjim505: “Two words. Hah. Hah.”

    For all of these idiots, who no doubt once chastised the left for “rooting against America”, you wallow in your own filth.

    It’s just disgusting. “Yay!! America lost.”

    You have become, if you already were not, a mirror image of that you hate.

    • Again Pogue- that you can put the Olympics and Iraq on the same level speaks very ill of you.

    • Well, lets see….

      He failed at getting tghe Olympics in Chicago (a fact that has most of Illinois thrilled, as we don’t want it, can’t afford it, and are sick of paying through the nose so Chicago can have nice things we will never see a benefit of), he’s got cap and trade slowly dying, and Health Insurance Reform that has been crashing and burning for months… He has “the good war” that he’s pretty much unwilling to support with more troops, and his administration keeps making ignorant screw-ups (NEA, a “school saftey” czar that apparently had no issues with a 15 year old having sex with an adult, etc).

      I certainly hope he enjoys failure, otherwise he’s hating life.

  • It’s early to say whether this will be a meme for all of MiniTru, but Newsweek is trying to cast this as a GOOD thing for TAO:

    … ultimately, it’s a good thing for him. As I wrote on Monday, the Olympics are notorious for running massively over budget. The organizing committees are always rife with infighting and power games as all manner of colorful cronies badger members to get their paws on some of those coveted Olympics dollars. Public support for the Olympics in Chicago itself was already lukewarm. Residents would have been facing seven years of disruptive construction and roadwork as their city raced to prepare itself. It’s a recipe for serious disgruntlement.

    Obama would have been inextricably tied to all of this—the budget overruns, the construction hiccups, the predictable corruption.

    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/10/02/losing-the-olympics-bid-is-good-for-obama.aspx

    • Hey Pogue – those damn Chicagoans were rooting against America!

      “Public support for the Olympics in Chicago itself was already lukewarm. Residents would have been facing seven years of disruptive construction and roadwork as their city raced to prepare itself. It’s a recipe for serious disgruntlement.”

  • Rooting against America getting an Olympics is a major crime, as compared to rooting against America winning a war for the past 8 years…

    • Not to mention that Obama himself continuously derided the war on his road to the Democratic nomination.

      Boy, it’s really just so sad that he is being laughed at for not bringing the Olympics to Chicago for his cronies.

    • You rationalize.

      No matter how you slice it, it’s still rooting against America.

      I don’t care if it’s wishing that America fails in military operations overseas, or if it’s wishing that the Americans don’t kick China’s butt in ladies beach volleyball, it’s still wanting Americans to lose.

      And you, IMO, are a POS for doing so.

      • 1) I never really cared 1 whit if Chicago got the Olympics. I’m in New York and I never watch any Olympic event (except for Women’s beach volleyball. Growllll!)

        2) I’m getting a good hard laugh that Pres. Ego got a pie in the face, yes.

        3) If you want to show we were “rooting against America” – please show the quotes from us BEFORE today that were along the lines of “Boy, I sure hope America doesn’t get the Olympics!”

        4) Again- that you can lump war and death with synchronized swimming only shows what scum you are.

        • I never really cared 1 whit if Chicago got the Olympics. I’m in New York and I never watch any Olympic event…

          You don’t really care about the economic well-being of your fellow Americans? You don’t think that Chicago trades with NY?
          Out of sight, out of mind? F*ck that. Out of sight, who really gives a sh!t?

          I’m getting a good hard laugh that Pres. Ego got a pie in the face, yes.

          Well, bully for you. I’m sure all of the Chicago businesses that potentially lost millions of dollars are comforted by that.

          If you want to show we were “rooting against America” – please show the quotes from us BEFORE today that were along the lines of “Boy, I sure hope America doesn’t get the Olympics!”

          Why should I be made to limit quotes BEFORE today?
          In fact, I had a little bit more faith that the QandO commenters had a bit more class than to openly cheer that America lost the Olympic bid. I was proven wrong.

          Again- that you can lump war and death with synchronized swimming only shows what scum you are.

          It’s not about synchronized swimming, or beach volleyball, or anything of the like. It’s about the economic well-being of the American citizen. Not to mention the chance to showcase to a world-wide audience America’s greatness.

          One of the many differences between you and I, shark, is that I didn’t want America to lose the war in Iraq, and I didn’t want America to lose the bid for the Olympic games.
          You… Not so much. You weren’t only comfortable with Americans losing, you are obviously happy about it.

          • You don’t really care about the economic well-being of your fellow Americans? You don’t think that Chicago trades with NY?
            Out of sight, out of mind? F*ck that. Out of sight, who really gives a sh!t?

            >>> I do care about the economic well-being of my fellow citizens. That’s why I oppose Obama’s policies. If you mean to ask, “do I care about the economic well-being of Chicago corrupt politicians?” – The answer is no.

            Well, bully for you. I’m sure all of the Chicago businesses that potentially lost millions of dollars are comforted by that.

            >>> I potentially lost millions when my pick 6 didn’t hit yesterday. Can I have some sympathy also?

            Why should I be made to limit quotes BEFORE today?
            In fact, I had a little bit more faith that the QandO commenters had a bit more class than to openly cheer that America lost the Olympic bid. I was proven wrong.

            >>> Because you’re saying we were rooting against America. You should kinda back that claim up.

            It’s not about synchronized swimming, or beach volleyball, or anything of the like. It’s about the economic well-being of the American citizen. Not to mention the chance to showcase to a world-wide audience America’s greatness.

            >>> I see you’re once again making equals of war casualties and shotput.

            One of the many differences between you and I, shark, is that I didn’t want America to lose the war in Iraq, and I didn’t want America to lose the bid for the Olympic games.
            You… Not so much. You weren’t only comfortable with Americans losing, you are obviously happy about it.

            >>> Please prove to me that I WANTED America to lose the bid for the Oympics? Again, you make a charge you can’t back up. Once again, because you insist on riding the short bus: I. DIDN’T. CARE. ONE. WHIT. ABOUT. THE. OLYMPICS. And I still don’t care we lost the Olympics. It means nothing to me. I care more about my local baseball team (they’re the bad one sorry to say) than I care about the Olympics.

            If you’re so concerned about Chicago’s economic health (and you really aren’t but it’s a convenient club to beat us with, right?) you should oppose Obama’s economic policies, and policies like cap and trade, etc.

            That is, if you’re REALLY concerned.

            But how can you be? You put the 5×5 hurdles and Fallujah in the same equivilancy.

          • In fairness the Japanese and Brazilians also had their Chief of State present in Copenhagen.

            Any ‘failure’ on Obama’s part is purely a matter of viewpoint. After all, by that measure, two of the three ‘failed’ and the fourth didn’t even show up to play.

            If it weren’t for the fact that there is a personality cult on one side, and a repugnance to such a cult on the other, this wouldn’t be such a big deal.

          • As I noted in the post, that has become pretty much expected of the final four cities over the years.

      • No, Pogue. Rooting against Chicago getting the Olympics was actually rooting FOR the state of IL. We can not afford to buy Chicago whatever it wants anymore, despite what Daley says.

      • Pogue – what about the people of Chicago who didn’t want it? Were they rooting against America?

        • That’s just the false consciousness of the proletariat! The Left knows better! They always do!

  • Next up: Obama pitches the Iranians in the nuclear weapons Olympics.

    Tel Aviv gets the games.

  • Seriously, you have to be suffering from significant long-term brain damage to compare a little schadenfreude over an Olympics that will take place in the final year of a provisional second Obama term, to the complete scum who rooted against America in a shooting war. It’s beneath contempt to try.

  • “I don’t care if it’s wishing that America fails in military operations overseas, or if it’s wishing that the Americans don’t kick China’s butt in ladies beach volleyball, it’s still wanting Americans to lose.”

    And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen: all the proof you need that Pogue’s moral compass is as dependable as Harvey Weinstein’s.

  • How can Pogue take some after-the-fact snickering about the “kick to the leg” Obama got and postulate that we were hoping Chicago wouldn’t get picked?

    If he can show us examples of people here saying “I hope Chicago doesn’t get picked” he should get cracking and make his case.

    Get cracking Pogue.

    NOW.

    • I’ll ask it here straight out- did anyone care 1 bit WHO got the Olympics?

      • I certainly didn’t care.

        I thought it was fatuous that by gracing the IOC with his munificence that they would deign to let him have it. “Oh President Obama, please let us give it to you.”

        Personally I thought this was a huge ego play. Therefore whenever a braggart takes a pratfall, who doesn’t have a good snicker.

    • Well, I will freely admit that I did not want Chicago to get it. There is no way the state could have afforded to buy Daley whatever his corrupt little heart wants anymore.

      I’m sick of Chicago getting everything in this state while the rest of us make do with locally funded projects and the occasional Highway project.

      • agreed – to paraphrase Wilde, you’d have to have a heart of stone to see this spectacle and not laugh!

  • Hey! Show of hands! Who knew the IOC put so much stock in what American Conservative talk show hosts, ‘right wing’ blogs and/or Fox News had to say?

    Wow! Incredible! Awesome! Clearly we need to get them to focus now on turning world opinion solidly against Iran or North Korea.

  • Hey Pogue, come on, let’s just go ahead and all admit the painful truth:

    The IOC is racist.

  • For the edification of anyone who thinks the Olympics is a definite economic boon:

    The economic benefits of the Olympics for host cities are at best mixed, and the opening bravado often descends into recrimination and regret. Of course, there are obvious benefits for an Olympic host city — primarily the opportunity to showcase itself in front of a global TV audience numbering in the billions. Indeed, many view the Olympics as the ultimate infomercial to help attract business and foreign direct investment (FDI).

    But that has to be balanced with the danger of runaway costs, which seem almost guaranteed when it comes to the Olympics. Brad Humphreys, professor of the Economics of Gaming at the University of Alberta, keeps count on Olympic budgets. His tally is a tale of excess: Athens budgeted $1.6 billion for the 2004 Games but wound up spending $16 billion. Four years later, Beijing budgeted the same amount, $1.6 billion, for the 2008 Summer Games yet spent an enormous $40 billion. London originally planned to spend $8 billion for the 2012 Games; the current estimate is $19 billion and rising. “Once the Games leave town, there often isn’t much to celebrate,” says Humphreys, noting that host countries nearly always experience a drop in GDP growth in the year after the Games.

    In terms of sheer financial disaster, however, it would be hard to match Montreal’s 1976 Games. It has taken the city more than 30 years to pay off its extravaganza, the cost of which is still not entirely known, according to Humphreys. The Olympic stadium was a particular disaster; originally budgeted for C$156 million, it ended up costing the city C$2 billion, including numerous fixes to the roof and years of interest payments. The Quebec government had to introduce a special tobacco tax to help pay down its Olympic investment.

    Vancouver, which will host the Winter Olympics in 2010, has already had its debt rating downgraded because its Olympic Village has turned into a money pit that could end up costing taxpayers as much as $1 billion. As for the total price tag for Vancouver’s Games, estimates vary from $1.6 billion to $5.5 billion.

    The Atlanta Games were reportedly successful, but they were also almost entirely funded through private concerns. Any guesses as to how a Chicago games would have been funded?

    • For the edification of anyone who thinks the Olympics is a definite economic boon:

      Even if one were to believe that the Olympic games were to be an economic bust, wouldn’t you concede that it would be a significant difference from having those concerns vs. just being happy to lose the bid because one wants to see a politician that one disagrees with to be embarrassed?

      The latter being what I saw in this comment thread.

      • I’ll say it again: I’m thrilled we lost the bid. Overjoyed, even.

        We. Couldn’t. Have. Afforded. It.

        • The Olympics would have need a billion dollar graft opportunity for the Daley Org and thier slimy slugs.

          Better not to have been there

      • Even if one were to believe that the Olympic games were to be an economic bust, wouldn’t you concede that it would be a significant difference from having those concerns vs. just being happy to lose the bid because one wants to see a politician that one disagrees with to be embarrassed?

        You must have those goalposts on wheels.

        First, it was bad that Chicago wasn’t awarded the Olympics because of the great economic boon it would have meant. Your own words here claimed that local businesses would see millions of dollars in extra sales. And because of that, you claimed the people here were rooting against America, on the same moral footing as rooting against America in a war.

        Now, you’re just whining because people are glad Obama has some egg on his face. Well, tough. The fact is, America hasn’t sustained so much as a bruise because of losing the Olympics bid. And Obama, who willingly risked his own prestige on this, slipped on a banana peel. Sometimes, someone slipping on a banana peel if funny.

        But keep changing the frequency of your whine broadcast, it’s becoming humorous.

      • Boo hoo, some people are happy to see Obama get egg on his face!

        THE HORROR……..THE HORROR.

  • Ace clarifies things a bit:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/293136.php

  • I’ve seen the light!

    I will never root against America again!

    So, the next time we get in a trade war with another country, I’ll be rootin’ for AMERICA even if we started it. Honduras? P*ss on them! They’re not America! The next time that the Mafia gets into a shooting match with the Colombian cartels or the Russian mob, I’m gonna be rootin’ for AMERICAN criminals! The next time a GI is accused of committing a crime against some furriner, I’ll be rootin’ for the AMERICAN, and to hell with the evidence or rule of law! Because if you root against AN American*, you’re rooting against AMERICA! And that’s just wrong.

    MY COUNTRY RIGHT OR WRONG!!!!

    —–

    (*) Unless it’s George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Carrie Prejean, David Petraeus, anybody who ever worked for AIG, Rep. Joe Wilson, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, etc, etc, etc.

    / sarc

  • For Erb and Pogue

    Enjoy

  • Obama said Chicago is the epitome of the “American dream”. My ass. It is the most corrupt American city outside the state of Louisiana. I would have thought that’d work in Chicago’s favor with the IOC, though.

    • You evidently haven’t been to New Jersey, Detroit, New York, Phoenix, St. Louis….

  • I am glad the US didn’t get the Olympics for reasons I have already stated. Seeing a political hack with egg on his face is just a bonus. I feel the same every time an attempt to publicly finance a stadium fails.

  • I think the story of Obama talking to McChrystal only once before Copenhagen, despite time for talk shows, and the “sacrafice” quote sort of made a lot of people semi-root against Chicago. There is context here.

    Plus, the Olympics are expensive and lose money. Beijing is tearing down their stadiums.

    Besides, root for the athletes, not the location where its held is probably more important. You don’t get gold medals in “Olympic Lobbying”