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Olympics Decision Stuns Obama’s Media

From an apoplectic Associated Press:

Chicago 2016 supporters react during the announcement from the 121st International Olympic Committee on the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.

Olympics decision stuns Chicago crowd

By Deanna Bellandi, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO – Thousands of people stood in bewildered silence in downtown Chicago on Friday after the International Olympic Committee surprised everyone by dumping the city from the race for 2016 Summer Olympics in the first round of voting.

The vote in Copenhagen was carried on huge television screens set up in the Daley Center to carry what many had hoped would be approval of Chicago as host. It had seemed so likely to many in a city still basking in the blow [sic] of hometown Sen. Barack Obama’s election as president.

Instead, Chicago was bounced in the first round, bringing an audible gasp from the crowd. The elimination came so quickly that some would-be revelers weren’t sure what had happened and they asked bystanders if they had heard what they thought they heard.

Many stood for a few minutes, staring at the screens, and at least one flung his hands into the air in a crude gesture toward the TVs. Within seconds, people began filing out of the plaza.

"I’ve never really had a disappointment like this," said Ken Rudd, a 33-year-old salesman from Evergreen Park. "This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen." …

Bounced in the first round. Isn’t irony ironic?

Alas, all of Mr. and Mrs. Obama’s sacrifices have been in vain.

Still, this is what comes of negotiating without preconditions.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

54 Responses to “Olympics Decision Stuns Obama’s Media”

  1. NickB says:

    The Daley Machine must be stunned that their lapdog and his wife couldn’t bring home the money they would surely grift. Boo Hoo.

  2. Right of the People says:

    They will pay for this! How dare the Olympic committee humiliate the Chosen One.

    Psst Barry, not everybody loves you, get a clue.

  3. ilzito guacamolito says:

    ~ “I’ve never really had a disappointment like this,” said Ken Rudd, a 33-year-old salesman from Evergreen Park. “This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen.” ~

    What a sheltered life this man must lead if this is one of the saddest things he has ever seen.

    ~ Still, this is what comes of negotiating without preconditions. ~


    • NickB says:

      Sheltered life? Nah, Mr. Rudd is just one many bonafide morons running around thinking The One is some kind of Messiah who’ll bring them riches, handouts, freebies, and make everything all right.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    New Obama slogan: “Yes we can’t”

    After a kind of bad week listening and readnig all that the libs have done so far…I’m very happy to see this.

    Hope the trend continues.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    I’ll bet most of Oblammy’s cronies in Chi Town had that money spent already….and now they are sending messages about those pesky “paybacks” “the One” promised in return for their overwhelming support. Pouring over graves records isnt an easy job for early voter registration you know….so now He who is a piss poor leader will have to come up with another scheme that they can look forward to. I cant wait.

    Who put the “ha” in the ” ha ha ha ha ha”…….

  6. proreason says:

    Heck, I’M stunned.

    I’ve been giving the Moron too much credit.

    He’s far dumber than I thought.

  7. P. Aaron says:

    Does the IOC’s vote against Obama mean that they’re racist?

  8. BigOil says:

    So the IOC decided to pass on taking a first hand look at Barry’s community agitation handiwork. Gang violence, murder, and inner city blight.

    It seems brilliant teleprompter reading is not as powerful as a couple YouTube videos.

  9. bill says:

    Naive, is the one?

    It’s a sports game, not something important like Iran nuking up or Afghanistan fail — or something.

    But I guess having to tell all your ‘cult of personality’ investors they are now on their own unloading their Chicago shanty town property, that’s going to leave a mark.

  10. Oracle says:

    Bwahahahahaaha! Oh ho ho ho ho!

    Went to push for ol chi town
    But the IOC treated him like a clown
    Barack Hussein Obama
    Mmmmm Mmmm Mmmm

    Now he will get on to the real matters of state. Another visit to Letterman, a campaign speech in front of his admirers, Michelle will make a special trip to the vegatable garden. Maybe even an appeal for the public option on the Oprah show.

    Anything but deal with Afghanistan and terrorism, Iran and Nuclear armament, unemployment and the wasted stimulus package.

    C’mon 2012. Cannot be here too soon.

  11. greasywrench says:

    There’s gonna be a few broken legs in Chitown tonight because of this. I thought yuze guys had it paid off and sewn up. The spirit of Capone lives on.

  12. NotStuckOnStupid says:

    From my “wish I’d thought of these” tweet snark file…

    “Just In: Maureen Dowd reports she clearly heard the word “Boy” after the Olympic Committee’s vote ruling out Chicago”

    “First time Daley & co have lost a rigged election.”

  13. conant says:

    Affirmative action runs into reality

  14. NickB says:

    Rio De Janeiro just won to host the games. Definitely a far better venue for many reasons. I mean, what did Chicago have to offer? Political grifters and criminals, teen violence and murder, huge cost overruns and mismanagement, ACORN weaseling their way through the cracks….etc. :P

  15. Steve says:

    From Newsweek:

    Losing the Olympics Bid Is Good for Obama

    By Katie Connolly
    Friday, October 02, 2009

    Chicago has been eliminated in the first round of IOC voting. Wow—I did not see that coming. The way I figured it, this White House is far too protective of the president’s strategically crafted image to allow him to travel thousands of miles only to fail on the world stage. I thought it was a done deal—who’s better at vote-counting than the Obama people? I would have bet money that Rahm and Axelrod knew they had the numbers in the bag before they let him step on Air Force One. I was so very wrong. Not only did they fail, they failed in the first round! It’s a bad look for the president, especially coming on the heels of this morning’s depressing unemployment figures.

    This is pretty embarrassing for the White House. (Especially letting Obama having to fail in front of his wife—ouch!) But ultimately, it’s a good thing for him. As I wrote on Monday, the Olympics are notorious for running massively over budget. The organizing committees are always rife with infighting and power games as all manner of colorful cronies badger members to get their paws on some of those coveted Olympics dollars. Public support for the Olympics in Chicago itself was already lukewarm. Residents would have been facing seven years of disruptive construction and roadwork as their city raced to prepare itself. It’s a recipe for serious disgruntlement.

    Obama would have been inextricably tied to all of this—the budget overruns, the construction hiccups, the predictable corruption. By going to Copenhagen, he became the public face of the effort. Already, some of his closest supporters and friends were on the bid committee: his campaign’s national finance chair Penny Pritzker and a co-chair of his inaugural committee, Patrick Ryan, both had key roles. Senior adviser David Axelrod’s communications firm, AKPD Media, was one of the contractors for the committee, and Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett had been involved in supporting the bid. When problems would start to arise in the planning of this mammoth event—and they invariably would have—Obama would be implicated, regardless of his actual involvement.

    Olympics-related screw-ups may have no concrete bearing on Obama’s capacity to govern, but they do make easy campaign ads. It’s not hard to imagine attack ads tying whatever planning ineptitude that was making news back to the White House. And while most voters outside of Chicago wouldn’t care all that much, such issues provide an unwanted distraction for the White House. They can dominate news cycles and pull advisers, and possibly even the president, into debates that divert attention from more critical politics. Think about how ACORN sidetracked political debates on health-care reform.

    This is a tad humiliating for the president, but his embarrassment will be short-lived, especially if he demonstrates some good humor about it. Republicans will probably criticize him for skipping the country for a day instead of focusing on Iran or Afghanistan, but those attacks won’t stick. He wasn’t even gone 24 hours, and General McChrystal joined him on Air Force One. This will be fodder for late-night comedians and talk-back radio for a day or two. But winning the Olympics could have bogged down his entire presidency…


    • proreason says:

      If I thought the Moron had a single redeeming quality, or if I thought the country had any hope other than getting him off his throne as quickly as possible, I would say this would be good for him as well.

      That is, if this failure could open his eyes to see that the nations of the world aren’t his Affirmative Action committee, like the US electorate was. Putin, Akmahnutjob, Gadaffyduck, all of them…..they could care less about his immense ego. They are playing him for a fool.

      But of course, when you are so full of yourself that you do a buzz-over of NYC on Air Force One, the chances of opening your eyes are about the same as the Moron’s chances of writing another brilliant Hagiography in a sealed glass room.

  16. caligirl9 says:

    The AP article in my local paper had the following telling remarks:

    Former IOC member Kai Holm said that the brevity of his appearance may have counted against him.
    The short stopover was “too business-like,” Holm said. “It can be that some IOC members see it as a lack of respect.”

    Senior Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper surmised that Asian voters may have banded together for Tokyo in the first round, at Chicago’s expense.
    “I’m shocked,” Gosper said. “The whole thing doesn’t make sense other than there has been a stupid bloc vote.”
    He worried that the shock exit could do “untold damage” to the already testy relations between the IOC and the U.S. Olympic Committee. They had recent flare-ups over revenue sharing and a USOC TV network.
    “To have the president of the United States and his wife personally appear, then this should happen in the first round is awful and totally undeserving,” Gosper said.

    Obama had held out the enticing prospect of a Chicago games helping to reconnect the United States with the world after the presidency of George W. Bush. He told the IOC earlier Friday that the “full force of the White House” would be applied so “visitors from all around the world feel welcome and will come away with a sense of the incredible diversity of the American people.”

    Of course this will be spun as a positive thing. It is … for Rio! I am glad the IOC had the nuts to do this!

  17. CGardner says:

    As a former Chicagoan, I’ve been following this story for awhile. Parts of it never made national media attention, like how Richie Daley pledged that the City of Chicago would be responsible for any $ losses from the Olympics. If you follow Dick Durbin, you’ll see that the costs of the Games in Chicago were to be subsidized by federal dollars.

    Anyway, if you’d like to see some spontaneous reactions to Chicago’s “loss,” check out the comments on Second City Cop, which is a police-friendly blog:


  18. Liberals Demise says:

    Still batting .500 as the stupidest president we have E-V-E-R had and possibly ever will have. Trunk monkey!

  19. Chuckk says:

    If only Obama had apologized to the IOC Chicago would have gotten the games.

  20. Steve says:

    Notice that the IOC were so determined not to give in to Obama, they put the Summer Olympics in a place where they will be having winter.

  21. P. Aaron says:

    The funniest part was watching the video of the stunned crowd looking like: “…but we were supposed to win it! HE went there for us!”

    Obama’s a guy who likes being president, but doesn’t want THE JOB of President.

    • Right of the People says:

      I used to say the same thing about Slick Willy. He loved all the trappings of power but he didn’t particularly want to do the job. If you remember the first few days of Obah-blah in the White House, he made a comment to the effect of “It seems I’ve got an airplane I can take anywhere I want to go. That’s cool.” like he didn’t realize the Air Force One was available. It’s all about the bling.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Style over substance, absolutely no doubt about it. And, you may remember Bill-Jeff shutting down all traffic at LAX while getting a haircut aboard AF1. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/21/us/haircut-grounded-clinton-while-the-price-took-off.html

  22. catie says:

    I’m sorry but I have been laughing ever since this news came out. I couldn’t believe (although why I was shocked, I really don’t know) what those two were saying. It’s always about them isn’t it? Those two are the most narcissistic people I know, they make the Clinton’s look like amateurs.

  23. proreason says:

    What about JUDGEMENT.

    Sure, Obamy didn’t have any experience at anything, but with that sonorous baritone voice, it was so obvious he had JUDGEMENT.

    Well, where is the judgement when the Moron spends a few million of our hard earned dollars and throws his illustrious prestige, not just on a lost cause, but a cause for which the formerly most powerful country in the world finished dead last.

    Fortunately, we can be assured that when the fate of our country is on the line, like with Death Care, or Afghanistan or CIA Witch Hunts, he will be applying his GOOD judgement, not his pre-pubescent whack-off judgement.

  24. Moonspinner says:

    The decision did not surprise me. I had a gut feeling Rio would get it. Why I don’t know, but my gut was right.

    I think the funniest video I have seen is the CNN anchor who was incredulous when the announcement was made. I had to watch it twice. It is priceless!

  25. Consilience says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer messiah, his nasty wife and, of course, The Oprah! Chicago is a criminal enterprise so adept the IOC bubbas knew they couldn’t wring a plug nickel out of them. I agree with an earlier poster—the slum-lords had the money spent—-Madoff may have company yet!

  26. Colonel1961 says:

    Schadenfreude. Sweet, sweet schadenfreude…

  27. Rusty Shackleford says:

    As we here can see the Obama arrogance, and although the state-run media refuses to acknowledge or display it, it is plainly clear to the IOC. American arrogance is already something they are sensitive to and Narcissus II, the president, made the classic, juvenile, sophomoric and reprehensible mistake. I saw it all the time as a GI in Europe. That “American” “let me show ’em how it’s done” attitude and the open criticism of everything from how they live to the kinds of food they eat.

    To the IOC, the stormtroopers arrival in the form of Mitch-hell, D’OHprah and the whole hee-haw-ain’t-we-sumpin’ crowd was one of the rudest, most obnoxious displays they ever saw. They were not merely offended by it but I suspect they were appalled.

    Additionally, their minds were most likely made up long before the Obama posse’ even set foot on Danish soil. Additionally, the Danes are not ostentatious people. Socialists, sure…but reserved and quite polite. They consider themselves quite civilized and certainly no rude rube from the colonies is going to push them around.

    They admire and respect real, genuine humility. You can see the problem here.

    Much can be said about what’s currently wrong with Europe. But, I do have to say….that although much of their system is misaligned, they generally are more savvy and more intelligent than, say….a self-important young president who is so used to getting his way that he cannot see the mud he tracks in on the neighbor’s carpet. Or doesn’t care.

    Nope, we had classes on this in the military. Things not to say…do….and why it’s impolite to point…or how to remain silent, even. Clearly, the boy simply viewed Denmark as eastern New Jersey or something and figured they would all go ga-ga at this magazine cover of a president.

    A real true Homer moment. What’s especially delicious to me is that he has no idea what he did wrong. Nor does Mitch-hell…although D’OHprah may have a slight inkling but another slice of cake will make that go away and she’ll dismiss it. She’ll call Tom Cruise on the phone and he’ll tell her she should have “done something special, like jump up and down on a couch”.

    But, the Obamatons are the ones who have pink flamingos on their lawn and actually think they are “classic”. Same for velvet paintings and leopard-pattern skin tight outfits. Europeans see us ALL as tacky and uncivilized. But some especially so.

  28. Steve says:

    Well, at least this is one Hitler/Obama comparison that doesn’t work.

    Hitler was able to get the Olympics for his town.

  29. canary says:

    AP:CHICAGO – So much for Da Games.
    By DEANNA BELLANDI Oct 2, 2009

    “I was shocked. I was disappointed. I couldn’t believe it,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley, who didn’t even have time to get to the voting ceremony in Copenhagen before the IOC bounced Chicago en route to picking Rio de Janeiro.

    Daley had said the Olympics would lead to new construction and jobs, while drawing in federal money to help fix a mass transit system in need of an estimated $10 billion overhaul.

    …said Vince Monaco, an unemployed 35-year-old in the city. “Since we went out in the first round,

    I think someone in the IOC has a chip on their shoulder against the U.S.”

    huge television screens set up in Daley Plaza, named for the mayor’s father.

    The Chicago bid had plenty of homegrown firepower, from Oprah Winfrey to the first lady, South Side native Michelle Obama, both of whom spent two days in Copenhagen charming and chatting up members of the IOC.

    President Obama joined them Friday and the first couple were part of Chicago’s presentation to the IOC,

    though Air Force One left for the U.S. before the voting began.

    With Chicago well-known for public corruption and problems with public services, opponents had serious concerns about Olympics-sized hassles and bills, despite assurances by Daley and bid organizers that taxpayers wouldn’t owe a dime.

    “Maybe it’s possible we overwhelmed them with all our celebrity power,” offered Jennifer Bruch, a 33-year-old Chicagoan.

    AP National Writer Nancy Armour in Copenhagen and AP Writer Don Babwin in Chicago contributed to this report.


    So, it was Air Force 1 and not 2 jumbo jets? And Obama did stay with his wife and not leave after only 5 hours because of the health bill waiting (not noting soldiers dying. Obama still plans for bullet speed hub in Chicago.
    Chicago did not qualify, the President and Daly were stupid for not reading up on the rules, and they are an embarrassment for Amercia ;) America.

    • canary says:

      Pretty brazen for a Obama to think he could stronghold and pressure IOC into bending the regs. He’s not full bloomed Hitler, yet.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “Maybe it’s possible we overwhelmed them with all our celebrity power,”

      YEAH….yeah…THAT’s the ticket.

  30. caligirl9 says:

    Here’s the NY Times take on this travesty of justice (tee hee hee!)

    Rio Wins 2016 Olympics in a First for South America

    …Rio and Chicago had gone into the day considered the favorites, ahead of Tokyo and Madrid. But by the time Rio was chosen by the International Olympic Committee to become the first South American city to host the Olympics, the Chicago delegation and its star-studded supporters were nowhere in sight.

    They had already left the building.

    …Some pointed to the regional bloc voting in the treacherous first round. Others said some voters, assuming Chicago was a lock to advance because of the presence of Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, might have taken their early votes elsewhere. Many also blamed the rocky relationship between the United States Olympic Committee and the I.O.C.

    Others said there was no explaining it.

    “Everybody was shocked at that result,” said Rene Fasel, an I.O.C. member from Switzerland, regarding Chicago’s first-round ouster. “Everybody expected Chicago and Rio, everybody. It was really strange, and I feel really sorry. If it would have been Chicago and Rio in the end, it would have been much closer.”

    Anita DeFrantz, one of two I.O.C. members from the United States, said she could not believe how the vote unfolded, particularly after the Obamas’ visit. “I hate the fact that these elegant people were here and then our country got treated that way,” she said.

    Beyond showing an apparent indifference to the United States’ star power, the I.O.C. vote was interpreted as a repudiation of the U.S.O.C., which has been in upheaval over the past year and has struggled to gain a favorable standing within the I.O.C.


    Elegant people? Oh God, please make me stop laughing!

  31. canary says:

    5 U.S. Soldiers Die, while Obama & Obombies makes Olympics priorty

    2 U.S. Special Forces soldiers from Chicago and Oklahoma killed by Al-Qaida bombing. God Bless America’s best.

    Chicago News: Markham Soldier Killed By Bomb In Philippines OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Christopher Shaw U.S. Army
    A suburban Chicago man has been identified as one of two soldiers who were killed in a bomb attack in the Philippines that has been blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants.

    The Defense Department announced Thursday that Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Shaw of Markham, Ill., and 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III of Bethany, Okla. died Tuesday on Jolo Island.

    Officials said earlier this week the men were part of a military convoy carrying American troops that rolled over a bomb buried under the road.

    …soldiers were part of a task force deployed to help quell militants in the southern Philippines.

    Martin and Shaw were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, in Fort Lewis, Wash.

    3 U.S. British Soldiers killed in Afganistan
    WashintonTV:Four Western soldiers killed in Afghanistan Oct 2, 2009
    —Four Western soldiers…killed in Afghanistan, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said on Friday.

    Two US soldiers were killed in separate incidents “as a result of enemy activity in southern and eastern Afghanistan in the last 24 hours,” the alliance said in a statement, according to AFP.

    Another American soldier died following a grenade attack in eastern Afghanistan.

    A British soldier was killed by an explosion while on patrol in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, reports AFP.

    A NATO press officer later told Reuters that two US soldiers were killed after a suicide bomber struck a convoy of US forces in southern Afghanistan today.
    Violence across the country has reached its worst levels since the start of the war in October 2001.
    Sources: Agence France-Presse, Reuters
    © WashingtonTV 2009. All rights reserved.

    Obama,You got mud on your face
    Obama, You’re a big disgrace
    Obama, You got blood all over the place
    America, America will survive you.
    America, America will survive you.

  32. BillK says:

    The best part of this is that Jesse of course blames America, and by reference, Bush.

    Oh, I’m sure there must be (anti-American sentiment) with what we did with the Kyoto Treaty, the way we misled the world into Iraq,” Jackson said. “Many people in the world had a very bad taste in their mouth about us. But there was such a turnaround after last November. The world now feels better about America. That’s why I thought the president going was the deal-maker.


  33. Paulajay says:

    When I heard this news break yesterday, it was ALMOST as wonderful a moment as when our Soldiers captured Sadam Hussein. It proves two things beyond a doubt — 1. There IS a GOD. and 2. His name is NOT Obama.

  34. whorlando says:

    “Thousands of people stood in bewildered silence in downtown Chicago on Friday after the International Olympic Committee surprised everyone by dumping the city from the race for 2016 Summer Olympics in the first round of voting.”

    Reality of such a catastrophic event in Copenhagen for this President and his Democratic Party; Hold that pose of disbelief, because it is a definite sign of defeat, which is waiting for this entire bunch, first in 2010 and then 2012.


  35. canary says:

    Obama just keeps the rest of the world laughing at America. heh heh heh

  36. VMAN says:

    MMM MMM MMM Barrak Insane Obooby!!! I really have to stop calling him a “boob”. My wife says it’s an offense to women everywhere.

  37. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    So, had Chi Town won the bid, how were they going to disguise all those bad, run down HUD projects? Maybe ‘Dick’ (emphasis mine) Daley would’ve had his goons, knee breakers, etc. rough up or cap anyone who got too close to what they shouldn’t see. The Chicago Cabal has had it’s first kick in the cajones and it’s hurting them like hell.

  38. Tater Salad says:

    Of course Barack and Michelle Obama failed in Copenhagen. Their strategy could not possibly succeed. In their academic arrogance, they thought they could sell a product they clearly do not believe in (the United States) and moreover, they could do so by stressing the benefits to the seller (Chicago) and not the buyer (the IOC). And to top it off, they committed the faux pas of talking too much about the sales force (themselves) and not about the product or the buyer.

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