Friday, October 2, 2009

Chicago Loses Olympic Bid

From the New York Times:

The International Olympic Committee delivered a stunning blow to Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, knocking it out of the voting in the first round Friday, leaving Rio de Janeiro and Madrid waiting for the announcement of which city will host the Games. Tokyo was eliminated in the second round.

I.O.C. president Jacques Rogge made the announcement as the first round concluded, a surprisingly early exit, especially because of President Barack Obama’s whirlwind trip to boost the bid of his adopted city. Mr. Obama was the first American president to make an in-person appeal for a bid city and first lady Michelle Obama had also come earlier this week to lobby I.O.C. members for votes. Chicago’s bid leaders had worked for nearly four years and spent close to $50 million to bring the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time in 20 years. Chicago had been considered among Olympic insiders as a favorite to win the Games, along with Rio.

CLW e-mailed me, “You can be sure Rush and Beck will be gloating like heck over this “major defeat” for Obama. Sheesh… ” True; I’m sure Fox and friends will call it that. But then, look at it this way: if President Obama hadn’t gone to make the pitch and Chicago lost, then they would be all over him for not supporting America’s bid for Olympic glory and honor or something. So either way, they would have turned it to another win for their side. Sic semper nutsery.