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Chicago Booted From Olympic Running

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Posted on Oct 2, 2009
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U.S. Presswire / Jerry Lai

Chicago denizens show their dismay after their city was swiftly eliminated from the competition to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The 2016 Summer Olympics will not find their home in the Windy City: Chicago was eliminated Friday in the competition to host the Games and the honor was given to Rio de Janeiro, marking the first time the Olympics will take place in South America.

Reuters:

COPENHAGEN, Oct 2 - Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics after winning a landslide victory over Madrid in the final round of voting among International Olympic Committee members on Friday.

... In the final round of voting, Rio polled 66 votes to 32 for Madrid.

... In an astonishing start to the voting, Chicago, the odds-on favourite, went out in the first round, despite receiving unprecedented support from United States President Barack Obama and the first lady.

Obama had become the first sitting U.S. president to address an IOC session.

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By Jonathan5052, October 3, 2009 at 11:14 pm Link to this comment

Congratulations, Brazil and Rio!  It’s about time the International Olympics starts running towards the *international* in its pursuit of venues for athletes worldwide.  South America, like Africa, has been treated like the naive and backwards stepchild of the Western world for decades and was the stage for capitalist expansion and imperialism for several centuries.  South America is fast becoming a hip continent and worldwide smorgasbord of cultures uniquely its own, despite the rapidly-disappearing rainforests, increasing pollution and meltdown of river systems (think “Amazon River Basin” for one), unhealthy urban sprawl and corporate encroachments, just to name a few.  In many ways, South Americans are no less savvy and technologically advanced than their neighbors to the north; the time has come for us to stop treating this resource-rich continent as a land for greed and exploitation. The Rio Olympics is an excellent step in that direction.

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By christian96, October 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment

RobertinWestbury—-I just re-read your comments.
I don’t know why I said what I did.  I must have
misinterpreted your comments.  I am sorry.  My
mistake.

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By hopeychangey, October 3, 2009 at 9:19 am Link to this comment

Were it only funny..naiveté has been the calling card of liberal idealogues from time immorial.  It’s not as though these people are necessarily ignorant, but more likely that the thought process stems from the belief that government involvement is necessary to individual sustenance and success.  No doubt the 47% of people in the country who pay no income tax would agree. Why would the concept of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility cloud the thought process of these individuals when the goverment proposes additional entitlement programs that are sure to bankrupt future generations?

Ignorance becomes naiveté when such people offer perspectives rooted in idealogy rather than facts and data.  But it sounds good when polished politicians spout populist slogans without any effort to understand the basis in logic and empirical support that proves their position untenable. And the ignorant, uneducated or lazy will remain in awe of such displays long after Obama is gone.  When it finally becomes obvious that the country’s continued long slow decline is accelerated under such policies as are being contemplated under this administration, today’s apologists will soften their tone and the more insincere of them will profess to have voted for the other guy.

But humor does lie in listenitng to or reading the Obama apologists who either 1) refuse to admit buyer remorse in the face of clear evidence that the man should be a college professor instead of POTUS or, even worse 2) actually believe in the tripe being fed to us by his administration.  So at least there’s humor.

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By grumpynyker, October 3, 2009 at 9:09 am Link to this comment
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Pity Rio got the Olympics.  Guess that means the elites
can finally get rid of the favelas and its denizens
(not unlike New Orleans and its poor/working class
blacks).  Didn’t hear you hypocrites whining about
little Mikey Bloomberg trying to get the Olympics to
come to NYC.

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By Chris, October 3, 2009 at 8:14 am Link to this comment
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World to USA: “We’re just not that into you anymore”.

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By Ouroborus, October 3, 2009 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

johannes, October 3 at 10:04 am #

Well, maybe the world will wake up to yet another
scam/sham/lie/shell game or whatever one/the world
wants to call it.

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By johannes, October 3, 2009 at 7:04 am Link to this comment

Do you know that this will cost about 30 billion $, so the people can stay and live in their cartboard houses for ever, and they like it, do they have no brains at all.

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By RobertinWestbury, October 3, 2009 at 6:13 am Link to this comment

Christian96 said:

“Robert….Unless you have been sleeping for the last several decades you must be aware of the covert operations of the CIA to destroy governments and set up governments conducive to the greedy demands of American corporations.  You must be aware of the deceptive TV programs and movies corrupting the morals and buying habits of people, especially children, around the world.  Why do you think other nations hate us and refer to us as the great satan?”

Christian, I have not been asleep and agree with everything you said.  Not sure why the question was aimed at me (unless you were agreeing with my earlier sentiments).  Iran, Iraq, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Nicaragua…. all countries that had democratically elected leaders we did not like and replaced with right wing dictators who would protect our corporate interests.  Lately, we have that dimwit genius Romney bashing Obama because we don’t support the military coup that grabbed power in Hondurus.  A republican administration would have.  Obama is right to support the man who won the election, not the ones the US thinks are better for our own interests…

C.Curtis.Dillon - I agree with you 100%.  I guess we’re naive… LOL..

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By Ouroborus, October 3, 2009 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

I’m just thrilled that South America got the Olympics.
Welcome to the world of very expensive sports, just
kidding; they should be the ones to get the games and
Africa should be next. As an aside; it’s interesting
that Obama’s light might be dimming. Might be a time
for some serious introspection, no?

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By johannes, October 3, 2009 at 3:07 am Link to this comment

Most of the Europeên people mis trust black people, its nothing to do with race, but just only by experience, they bring every where problems, don’t like to work, are criminal, fuck every woman but don’t form famelies, they don’t know their own kids, look to Obamas papa, they are praying on their own race, but are very quick thinking they are the half god’s, every second word is that they are descedants from the slaves, we have lots of them in the Netherlands and if you can make it easy their you can make it easy every where, but no they don’t even give it a try.

Slowly we are turning our back to Obama, he is a very good showman, but don’t delivers wat he did promess, and to come to Kopenhagen was stupid, for somebody of his caliber, he is not the mayor of Chigago, but president of the USA, who is fighting te whole world.

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, October 3, 2009 at 1:53 am Link to this comment

Oh Lord ... only in America can people get all up in vapors because the president took 18 hours to fly to Copenhagen for the voting.  Get over it.  America has had the Olympics quite enough lately and South America put on an excellent presentation.  They deserve a shot at hosting the games.  But to think that there was anything political in this vote is stupid and just bluster on your part.  But to see all you loyal, dedicated American patriots cheering because Chicago lost is the really sad part.  I’m wondering when you will take just a second to look at the hypocrisy of that behavior and realize that you insulted your country ... the one you profess to love soooooo much.

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By christian96, October 2, 2009 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment

RobertinWestbury—-My guess is you are part of the
crowd benefiting from American corporations
imperialistic bullying other countries.  Unless
you have been sleeping for the last several decades
you must be aware of the covert operations of the
CIA to destroy governments and set up governments
conducive to the greedy demands of American
corporations.  You must be aware of the deceptive
TV programs and movies corrupting the morals and
buying habits of people, especially children, around
the world.  Why do you think other nations hate us
and refer to us as the great satan?  Don’t get the
idea I hate America.  I love America.  As the song
says, “this is the land where my father died.” I
hate the lies and deceptions killing our sons and
daughters in wars our lying leaders say is in the
name of peace.  I hate the lies and deceptions
killing millions of men, women, and children in other
nations all in the deceptive name of peace when the real reason is the pursuit of filthy lucre.

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By Steve E, October 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment
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Excellent points tropicgirl and hopeychangey. Obama needs a strong dose of
reality. I refuse to listen to anymore of his speeches. The American People deserve
much better after what they have been through during the Bush years. So many
including myself were given hope by Obama only to realize he is in it for himself.
If he had just spearheaded a much deserved positive outcome with healthcare and
at least showed some desire to regulate the banking industry after all that has
happened. Instead he thinks he can follow Emanuel’s lead and pathetic advice and
fool us into believing he will bring us out of the darkness. Instead Obama is
following in Bush’s footsteps regarding the rape of the Constitution and people’s
rights. His pathetic saber rattling concerning Iran and his watered down rhetoric
towards Israel while he muddles with the pointless war in Afghanistan. Have you
seen the list of Trilateral Commission members that Barrack has appointed to top
level and key positions in his administration? Shocking.

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By Casy, October 2, 2009 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment

President Obama really had no choice but to go to Copenhagen. His critics would have been screamed louder if Chicago lost it’s bid and he didn’t even try. There was really no good outcome for him save that of Chicago winning the bid. For President Obama, he would criticized whether he was present or not.

I think Chicago put on a wonderful presentation. Perhaps now is just not our time to host once again. The United States’ reputation was severely battered by the previous administration; and is only of late making a resurgence. New York didn’t get the 2012 games, and now Chicago lost the 2016 games.

There is also one more thing I haven’t really heard played up in the news. I believe the last time we hosted the olympics was Salt Lake City winter games in 2002. I believe the SLOC bribed the IOC to win that bid. If I were a current IOC member, that would make me take pause.

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By samosamo, October 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment

And it has all of everything to do with the rest of the world being sick and tired of the un-united states of america and I don’t blame them, but not to worry much, we still have the same terrorists in wall street and the same big majority of corporation lapdogs in congress and that is worth much much more than putting the olympics in chitcago by one who is being found out as ‘all hat and no cattle’ or is it that ‘all talk and no action’ or ‘couldn’t sell a junkie a hundred pounds of cocaine for $100.00’.

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By hopeychangey, October 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

I underdtand why people would want to put a positive spin on this outcome but that is naïve. He made a fool of himself.

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By RobertinWestbury, October 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

As I suspected you’d believe.  Didn’t think you’d say it, but knew you believed it. 

It proves my point..

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By hopeychangey, October 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

No. That is not possible.

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By RobertinWestbury, October 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

Hopeychangey, your conclusions are entirely speculative.  Granted you used the word ‘probably,’ but it’s an opinion I’ve heard a lot today from those who are anti-Obama.  You obviously do not like Obama, incorrectly assuming he went there to ‘make it about him,’ describing his efforts as ‘swooping in,’ and referring to him as ‘narcissistic.’ 

Okay, that tells us your attitude about him.  Again, damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.  All of the problems you itemized he has dealt with, and deals with every single day – whether he is in the White House, at Yellowstone Park, or in Europe.  It doesn’t matter where he is; he has full contact with his administration at all times in all places.  That particular argument is about as weak as they come. 

And I doubt the Brazilians or Spaniards consider their president and King as ‘pissants’ compared to Obama.  In fact, that typical type of ‘we’re superior’ attitude is, well… arrogant (to use your term).  It’s a large reason so many people in the world don’t like us. 

Here’s a different speculative conclusion:  Rio put together a good package, and those deciders in the IOC decided it would be historic to award the games, for the first time, to a South American nation.  Not a smack.  Nothing to do with Obama or Chicago at all.  Just a desire to have the games on a continent they’ve never been held at before.  Do you think THAT is possible?

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By hopeychangey, October 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment

He was arrogant to believe that his personal presence in Denmark for a couple of hours would positively sway the impressions of the voting committee.  In his speeech he once more made it about him - citing the joy he would feel to stand with his wife and daughters in his CHicago home and watch the proceedings begin mere steps form his front door. 

In fact, he probably harmed the situation by presumtuously swooping in to save the day.  The other leaders had invested multiple days of personal time in Copenhagen to make their case in a more personal and sincere manner.  Obama was simply doing what he does in his narcissistic way.  No one would have criticised him for hanging back and dealing with healthcare, Afghanistan, 9.8% unemployment, trillion $$ deficit, etc.  In fact he initially said he WAS staying home to deal with much more obviously critical priorities for the country. 

Also bear in mind that the King of Spain and President of Brazil will always be pissants compared to any POTUS and they have much more to gain by winning the Olympics than soes the U.S. 

It was the wrong thing to do and it just confirmed his increasingly out-of-touch approach to leadership of the country.  And the smack that Chicago received from the IOC by placing dead last among the final four sites probably represents the personal insult they took from the ‘special’ appearance of Obama.

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By RobertinWestbury, October 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment

Good grief, he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.  If he hadn’t gone, people would be bitching that he didn’t do enough. 

The president of Brazil also made a presentation, as did the King of Spain.  I suppose they must think they’re ‘rock stars’ too??? 

Air Force One is fully capable technologically that Obama can go bid for the Olympics, and still hold cabinet meetings, war meetings with the Generals, and any other communications he needs/wants.  This idea that he can’t go anywhere or do anything until all our problems are solved is silly.  He has an entire administration that is working on the goals he laid out in his agenda.  He’s perfectly capable to go make a pitch for the Olympics, and was right to do so.

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By mike112769, October 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

Until we fix the mess we have here right now, we don’t need the Olympics anyway. Obama should have his ass over here keeping the promises he made to get elected.

I believe that Tropicgirl is right about the Olympics bringing out the heavy security forces. If we had won the games, we would have seen the National Guard, or maybe even private security firms fresh from the ME, on the streets of Chicago to keep the trash (American public) from interfering.

Some people seem to think that the IOC should have been so honored to get a visit from a sitting president, they should have given us the Games out of sheer awe. Obama seemed to think that his being there insured Chicago’s victory. Interesting.

I didn’t think our president was supposed to act like a rock star or actor. He seems to like attention more than he likes producing results; of course, since he has the same old insider crowd around him, he won’t be allowed to produce any results anyway.

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By Commune115, October 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

This is another wake up call to America that this is becoming a multipolar world. Did the White House seriously believe the world cares about what Oprah has to say?

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By tropicgirl, October 2, 2009 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

I like the comment by Rahm that made everyone want to hurl, “the GOP critics
will get good seats…” Is the Obama gang on one perpetual party? It would
seem that celebrity and perks are the main goal.

A commentator on Democracy Now (Amy Goodman) mentioned a good point.
Many people are saying that the town would get rich. That is not true. Most
people could not afford the tickets and only certain people would make money.
And corruption is usually present. In Chicago, it would be like adding gasoline
to the corruption fire that already exists. Perhaps never undone. They certainly
don’t need that right now.

But the point that stood out to me is that the Olympics are becoming more and
more violent as protests attack the imperialistic nature of the games and other
objectional things related to the Olympics. Remember the torch?

The police in Chicago would not only have a monumental task but this would
open the door to quasi-military action in Chicago and more potential violence
that the city does not need.

This is why people think Obama’s decision-making capabilities range from
stupid to dangerous. I wish it were not so.

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By hopeychangey, October 2, 2009 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

What a smackdown for His Arrogance.  Didn’t even make it to the finals.  Must have been jetlagged from the long flight.

Maybe he should spend a little more time hanging out with General McCrystal learning about the issues in Afganistan and less time seeking out ego-fulfilling opportunities to read a teleprompter in front of a crowd.  Oooops….. that didn’t work out so well.

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By christian96, October 2, 2009 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

Imperialistic America has made the rest of the
world hate us.  Did Obama really think they would
choose Chicago?  If so he is missing more marbles
than I thought.

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