It Is Not Chicago! (updated)
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.