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Chicago Olympic Bid Eliminated in First Round

Original post made by Sharon on Oct 2, 2009


THE EGO HAS LANDED
WORLD REJECTS OBAMA: He put a lot of personal capital into the bid for Chicago as the Olympic locale.
Also Daley people have been buying up land near the olympic park in expectation of winning the bid---- oh well

It looks like Rio or Madrid

Comments (24)

Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 2, 2009 at 10:25 am

This seemed like a stupid grandstanding thing to do before the world with a lot of risk and very little upside. Now President Obama and the U.S. look bad. What was this guy thinking at a time like this?


Posted by Ernie, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2009 at 10:40 am

Do you think the Obama has gone a overboard with this publicity stints?

And why does it take 8 airplanes to go to Copenhagen?
747, 757, C37, C37, C17, C17, C17, 747-UAL
26 hungry jet engines and more than 841,000 pound of jet fuel or 122,593 gallons.

EPIC FAIL


Posted by VoxPop, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

You guys sound like anti-Americans to me.


Posted by ten18, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2009 at 11:00 am

Outside of any political ramifications, why would Chicago be any kind of choice for hosting the Summer Olympics? Oppressive Midwest heat and humidity - doesn't sound pleasant for the athletes. Not sure what Rio's climate is at that time of year, but I think it would be better.


Posted by Samuel, a resident of Stanford
on Oct 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm


"Chicago's early exit from finalist balloting represented a personal setback for Obama and a painful defeat Chicago, America's most prominent Midwestern city.

Many people had assumed Chicago would be a finalist.
But International Olympic Committee members eliminated it only hours after Obama and his wife urged them to send the Summer Games there.
Obama had put his personal prestige on the line and his political capital at risk when he decided late in the competition to go to Copenhagen and make a personal appeal".

who paid the millions od dollars for the trip, The City of Chicago or the US taxpayers? What a waste of money and a humiliation for Obama.

He has become the leader who every body likes but no body fears and world leaders are beginning to no longer take him seriuosly.

After obamas speech at the UN the premier of France publically mocked him as naive.




Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

"He has become the leader who every body likes but no body fears and world leaders are beginning to no longer take him seriuosly"

As I have said, many times on this forum, Obama is an empty suit. He is likeable, and articulate (when scripted), but he has no strong convictions, other than to get elected. Both Obama and Reagan knew how to play the PR game, but Reagan backed it up with real convictions. Obama is just fluff.

This Olympic thing is just one more example of what I have been saying. Unfortunately, he has much more serious stuff on his plate, and he is not capable of dealing with it. The French reaction to him at the UN is just one example.


Posted by Ernie, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Umm.... How is it anti-American VoxPop to not want to go deeper into debt?

The Olympics is run by a private NGO that profits heavily from their business?

Where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that I have to support this activity? And for that matter where in the Presidents job description does it call for him to be promoter in chief to spend tax dollars on a private elitist athletic contest? How elitist you ask, the Olympics as a percentage of World population has only 0.0000015% participation. This is not worth the time of the President of the United States.

I want my President to command the two wars that this country is engaged in and to either win them or quit.

And that is what is American.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm



Top 10 Reasons Chicago Didn't Get the Olympics

10. Dead people can't vote at IOC meetings

9. Obama was distracted by 25 min meeting with Gen. McChrystal

8. Who cares if Obama couldn't talk the IOC into Chicago? He'll be able to talk Iran out of nukes.

7. The impediment is that Israel still building settlements.

6. Obviously no president would have been able to accomplish it.

5. We've been quite clear and said all along that we didn't want the Olympics.

4. This isn't about the number of Olympics "lost", it's about the number of Olympics "saved" or "created".

3. Clearly not enough wise Latina judges on the committee

2. Because the IOC is racist, bitter and clinging to something

1. It's George Bush's fault.


Posted by VoxPop, a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Very creative, Sharon. Why didn't you credit the National Review, from whence it came?


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2009 at 5:15 pm


Because the we sent the email to Rich Lowry at NRO this morning and he then published it without credit to us.

Anyway glad you like our incisiveness, how about adding to the list


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2009 at 7:10 pm



Who has to pay for this humiliating fiasco?Is it Chicago or the American Tax Payer?


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Here's an interesting analysis of the IOC.

Web Link

There are two US representatives out of the 108 members of the IOC.

Web Link

P.S. Rio will be in the midst of winter during the summer Olympics.


Posted by maguro_01, a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 3, 2009 at 5:46 am

The best way for Chicago to be instantly rejected was for the US head of state to pitch it to the IOC. And they were right. It would become the norm for heads of state to do it for serious contenders and make the Olympics more of a nationalistic circus than it already is. I don't think that it was an IOC personal rejection for Obama, but it does reflect on his and his staff's judgment. It's likely that if they had gotten any real advice on byzantine IOC politics they wouldn't have done it and it simply isn't a matter for a President anyway.

It's good that this happened with something of no real importance - some of the Chicago staff needs to go. If the ploy had succeeded any positive PR would have been just a blip anyway.

Washington has profound problems that are poisoning the US generally and it's time Obama and others are more frank about it and take advantage of their super majority. Washington's pay to play system is so pervasive that we don't really have a democracy or capitalism and markets and the world knows it. The US can't preach and pass the collection plate at the same time. Why should a company brave the harsh market place when it can buy huge profits cheaply in Washington? The revolving door between Wall Street and government means an identity in world view as well a conflict of interest. These problems are behind so many of the others we now have which are consequences. Washington pay to play is a 200 year old Constitutional birth defect. We have the wonderful Jefferson's Wall between religion and the state but no wall between politicians and money.

Obama should be using his party's super majority and his Bully Pulpit to effect change in the right order. The chronic parts of the operating deficits, trade deficits and undevelopment of the US, and its debts are increasingly compromising our independence and a sign that the US can't fix itself from within. We can't underestimate the danger of economic events of 2008 and shouldn't let the near-catastrophe go to waste. If we do we will have more without the money to dodge them.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2009 at 9:45 am



Financial Times---Problems await Obama after Chicago lossWeb Link


"The fallout from Mr Obama's quixotic trip will overshadow more important White House initiatives, including his attempts to push through universal healthcare, his review of America's role in Afghanistan, and attempts to revive the US economy.
It did not help that Friday's rejection coincided with the announcement of a 263,000 increase in US joblessness......

The episode is also likely to renew focus on Mr Obama's Chicago network.
The president is thought to have been urged to go to Copenhagen by Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser, and former aide to Richard Daley, the mayor of Chicago.
Michelle Obama also worked for Mr Daley."


Posted by Limbaugh talking points, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 3, 2009 at 10:58 am

The US loss of stature in the world IS the fault of George Bush, even though Sharon thinks it is a joke. Two useless wars and a worldwide depression -- who else is responsible?
Sorry I cant add to the list, Sharon, Rush Limbaugh isn't on today so I don't have the talking points. You are using yesterday's.


Posted by You gotta be kidding, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Oct 3, 2009 at 11:38 am

Yes, it is all Bush's fault, everything. Yup. After all, it couldn't possibly be the pro-Marxist/Socialist takeover of the USA, which cuts/snubs all freedom lovers of the world, and all of our former friendly co- democracies/constitutional republics, while yukking it up, bowing to and kissing all Communist dictators from around the world.

And, of course, that evil Bush told BHO to pull the childish stunt of politicizing the IOC choice by, for the first time ever, ( historical, again!!) having a PRESIDENT OF THE USA fly over, with wife and wife's chat buddy, to ask the IOC to favor his buddies' pocket books by throwing the Olympics to "his" city. Bush was so smart, he knew it would make BHO look bad, again...Too bad Chicago didn't get it, it would have been fun to watch Bush laugh while American learned about all the money flowing to BHOs buddies, including Jarret, a couple ACORN buddies, and a couple co-Illinois pols, when their properties sold for millions to be built into Olympic facilities. Yup, that Bush is so smart, but he blew that..now it will stay buried, the corruption that went into deciding to make this trip in the first place.

I wish Bush and all those nasty Republicans would stay out of BHOs way, and out of the way of the Dems who have full power to do anything they want in DC, and stop manipulating them into being so foolish and destructive. Honestly, those Repubs are so smart and evil, they are making the Dems do stuff that is wrong on every level just to embarrass them!


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2009 at 6:15 pm


SNL did a parody of Obamas Olympic pitch last night, what is interesting is that it is the first time SNL has ridiculed obama, tipping point?


Posted by Sharon Moran, a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm

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Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Uberoff, a conservative, ran an honest Olympics in LA in 84, Romney a conservative, ran an honest Winter Olympics in 2002,

Colorado voted 60% against the games there, and the UK is now facing the money involved in their win.

Obama made his big play and came in last, it was a major set back-- a tipping point-- he is the politician everybody likes but no body fears--Iran and NK are learning from his failure-- so is Hillary.


Posted by Sharon Moran, a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2009 at 6:11 am

Sharon continues to ridicule Obama, yet the editors immediately delete any comments that go against her anti-Obama, anti-american, pro-Al Qeida screeds. She compares apples and oranges, by comparing how Olympics that were awarded to the US were run with the failed bid for Chicago. She hints that democrats are dishonest by claiming that the LA and Utah Olympics were honestly run by conservatives (not sure how she knows that Uberothh was a conservative).
Her sole goal is to denigrate Obama, to the detriment of US interests. BTW, Sharon, so you think that anyone in the world feared Bush?


Posted by Ernie, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 5, 2009 at 8:56 am

@ SM (not sure how she knows that Uberothh was a conservative).

Might just be that she can read?

Web Link

Never let the facts get in the way of great spin.


Posted by Sharon Moran, a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2009 at 6:22 am

Ernie--
"@ SM (not sure how she knows that Uberothh was a conservative).
Might just be that she can read?
Web Link
Never let the facts get in the way of great spin."

Uberothh also contributed to Bill Bradley. Clearly he is a republican, but that does not make him a conservative.
Never let the facts get in the way of anti-Obama spin.


Posted by Sharon Moran, a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

For those of you whose life consists of denigrating Obama and hoping for a terrorist attack on the US so that Obama can be blamed:

Web Link

"In fact, Obama's approach has already produced remarkable results. Russia and China, after long opposition, agreed last week to a toughening of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. And in a striking shift, Russia signaled that it may support tougher sanctions against Iran. The Obama administration's decision to cultivate a relationship with both countries, to listen to their concerns, is paying off."


Naturally, since Obama can do no right in your eyes, you will dismiss this. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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