No Gold for President Obama

Friday, October 02, 2009

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Despite the global influence of U.S. President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and even megastar Oprah Winfrey, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today rejected Chicago as the site of the 2016 Olympic Games and awarded the event to Rio de Janeiro. This is the first time Brazil’s second largest city will host an Olympic event.

Chicago was considered a frontrunner along with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid but, despite Mr. Obama’s participation in Friday’s final presentation and Michelle Obama lobbying IOC members in favor of her hometown, the Second City suffered a stunning first-round defeat when the votes were tabulated. TV talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, who is based in Chicago, accompanied the president and First Lady to Copenhagen to try and sell Illinois’ largest city as the city of choice for the Olympic games.

Rio de Janeiro’s victory leaves Africa and Antarctica as the only continents that have never hosted an Olympics.

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13 Responses to No Gold for President Obama

  1. Pechanga says:

    Rio de Janeiro — the marvelous city, is an excellent choice for the 2016 games.

    Having traveled to Brazil twice (once for business and once for holiday), I can say unequivocally that the people of Rio was among the warmest and most beautiful on earth. They will be superb hosts to welcome the world’s athletes.

  2. DMason says:

    Blame it on Rio!

  3. libhomo says:

    There was nothing stunning about this. Chicago was deeply divided, and Daley was using the bid to push through corruption just like Bloomberg did with the NYC bid.

    Obama should have been in this country, strong arming Senate Democrats into voting for the public option.

  4. Estacada says:

    I think this was a no-win for Obama.

    If he had not gone to Copenhagen as he said at first and the IOC awarded Rio the Olympics, then he would’ve been criticized for not trying to secure the games. Instead, he travels to Copenhagen and Chicago is passed over and now people are saying the IOC’s decision is an indictment on his influence.

    I must say, I like the idea of Brazil hosting the games and not the USA, or Japan or Europe. I think Rio is exciting and will look great on TV.

  5. nswfm CA says:

    It was South America’s turn. And re the BC Games, Canadians are wonderful people–it’s too bad about the financial situation of the games.

  6. D.R.Scott says:

    I’m not surprised. I think Chicago losing the Olympic games was a consequence of America’s xenophobic “Us vs. Them” ideology during Dubya’s presidency. Is it really surprising that foreigners might feel nervous flying into a country that coined the phrase “freedom fries”?

  7. Rachel says:

    Freedom Fries. If I never hear that stupid, Bush era term again, I will count myself blessed! I can’t believe how idiotic and destructive the Bush years were to this nation, the people and our standing in the world.

  8. Abby Peripatetic says:

    I don’t think the IOC had any intention of awarding the 2016 games to Chicago to begin with.

    More than half of the 35 or 36 votes are from nations not exactly friendly to the U.S. and I think this was a way to bitch slap America for electing George W. Bush to two terms.

    I wish the Olympics weren’t political but they’re intensely political.

  9. Scott Dancer says:

    I think Rio needs the Olympics far more than Chicago.

    Rio de Janeiro is a great city, a thriving metropolis with exotic beauty and legendary beaches but it also suffers from third world poverty.

    Chicago is America’s “Second City,” and while the recession has rocked the local economy, Chicago is in far better condition than Rio.

    Personally, I am looking forward to watching how Rio presents the games. I wish them well.

  10. I wonder if Gov. Sanford and/or his mistress had anything to do with this?

  11. Fran says:

    Every continent should have their turn ~ best wishes to Rio!

    Wonder if the IOC is still reeling from that horrific opening show in Altanta…. with pick up trucks!

    Every other place has done such artful presentations… and Atlanta had circling pick up trucks. Blech!!!!

  12. John Dodrill says:

    While Hannity and Rush cite Obama’s disparaging our nation world-wide, I refute that as being a primary cause of Chicago being rejected by the IOC.
    Just days prior, Chicago youths murdered one of their own, in broad daylight and on camera, which video went viral around the world. The members of the IOC would have been hard pressed to justify awarding the Olympics to Chicago after that.
    As for Rush and Hannity blaming Obama, maybe they have something there but blaming Hannity and Rush is just a bit too far-fetched. Certainly, this article doesn’t mention the “global influence” of Hannity and Rush: only the Obama’s….
    Losing isn’t everything if you’re man enough to stand up and admit it. Constantly blaming Bush, Hannity and Rush for your own failures is not an admirable trait.

  13. rio was a great and natural choice – it was their third bid.

    chicago was never gonna happen – but i am glad obama tried – he was in a no win – he would have been crucified had he not

    and by now he should know he will get crucified if he breathes

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