October 2nd, 2009
12:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Axelrod blames Chicago loss on IOC politics

(CNN) – Top White House aide David Axelrod is blaming the city of Chicago's shocking early elimination to host the 2016 Olympics on internal politics within the International Olympic Committee.

"I don't view this as a repudiation of the president or the first lady," Axelrod told CNN. "I think that there are politics everywhere, and there are politics inside that room."

Axelrod's comments came shortly after the IOC announced Chicago was the first city of the four finalists to be eliminated from contention. The early elimination came after in-person appeals from both Obamas on behalf of the city.

"As with any process like this, there are all kinds of crosscurrents in the room," Axelrod added. "There are relationships…the president of the IOC, former president, was heading up the effort for Spain. I'm sure those relationships meant something. I'm not an expert on the internal machinations of the IOC."


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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Wake Up

    Maybe they are racists! Axelrod, you valerie jarret and obama are dem machine failures and hacks. Go away you liar.

    October 2, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Debby

    Baloney Axy, no one wants to come to Thug City where your Entertainer in Chief resides.

    October 2, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. fat man

    Politics! How shocking,

    The arrogance of the Obamas has no bounds.

    October 2, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Dwight Frye

    Now let's play the race card.

    October 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Rudy

    It was probably a racist decision.

    October 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Brian - Trinidad

    What about the "He's black" excuse? Is that getting stale now?

    October 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Proud Member..Party of No

    lolol....man, what a loser Obama and his gigantic wife are.

    October 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. J.P.

    Yes, the IOC are clearly all racists.

    October 2, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. i want my finger back

    ioc is racist.

    October 2, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Angus McDugan

    It's always someone else.

    October 2, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. TH - ATL

    Why do people creat an issue just so Obama does not get blamed for something. This guy needs to be held accountable just as everyone else! Is the fact that the Olympics are not coming to Chicago his fault. No, but him spending hundreds of thousands of dollars from the American tax payers money is his fault.

    October 2, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    Doesn't matter whose at fault. It is what it is. Thank you, President & Mrs. Obama for the work you did to help bring the Olympics to Chicago.

    October 2, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Kyle

    I think this might be my favorite part of the Obama administration so far, when things go bad there are other factors and other factors to blame but when things go well... all hail obama.

    This was first shown when the markets dove in March, it was all bush's economy Obama had no effect on the markets, then in April and May when it started jumping it was because of Obama.

    This olympics example is case in point, once Obama was done wasting our time and money on a failed bid, it was blamed on the IOC, but if he had brought the olympics to Chicago he would have been heralded as the greatest president, the man who single handedly brought the olympics to his home town.

    As long as the administration keeps this up it will be hard for anybody not to see through Obama's empty statements and his inability to take credit for mistakes hes made

    October 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. W. Invalide

    The Spinmeister sings!

    October 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Angus McDugan

    Come on Axelrod, don't you think the recent images of violence in Chicago didn't hurt, or the world did not want to appear to be bowing to Obama.

    October 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. John Gillett

    Jeez, maybe the IOC is racist, like everybody else who disagrees with Obama.

    October 2, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm sorry to hear this. It would have been a job stimulator for Chicago and the surrounding area. But there were so many Chicagoans who didn't want the games, that maybe this is for the best.

    October 2, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Mike

    Just maybe the IOC saw the video of the teen beaten to death on the streets of Chicago and found in more than "chilling" as Obama stated.

    October 2, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    Shut up you sore loser. Just admit it obama failed! He is a failure in whatever he does, since being prez.

    October 2, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Dar

    Way to go Axelrod, stick up for your man who failed again, you sound like a little kid crying that it wasnt his fault he lost. What a dork. Go drink some kool aid and take a nap.
    God Bless All

    October 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I smelled politics in the decision as well. I still think Michael Jordan should've made the pitch. Who is going to deny him?

    October 2, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Tammy

    Why not ask Axelrod to open up about his involvement with Michelle Obama to push the poor from using the emergency room at Michelle's employer?

    October 2, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. redneck

    Obama thinks he's some sort of god. Fortunately the rest of the world has him pegged as a" lightweight" unlike the fawning libs in this country!

    October 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Axelrod = Dim Bulb

    The ultimate irony in sour grapes since the French lost a wine contest in the mid-1970s to California.  What White House has ever indulged in more elbow-throwing for its pet causes than the Obama White House, after all?  Just this week, we heard from a Democratic challenger in the Colorado primary that revealed an attempt to buy him out of the race with a position at USAID.  Complaining about politics from this White House is like the Yankees griping about being put at a disadvantage from the free-agent system.

    And yet, here we have David Axelrod, attempting to recover from the dumbest political gaffe of the administration by blaming the very international politics Barack Obama tried to exploit.

    October 2, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Jim from SoCal

    At least the IOC knows an empty suit when they see one.....

    October 2, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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