October 2nd, 2009
12:57 PM ET
9 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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  1. Dally

    The anger of people shown on Town meeting & lack of
    respect of people in congress shown all over the world to the President was more than scary to be in Chicago or any part of America. Vicious people seems to be on peoples mind. It does not look safe to be in America. What ever happened to American people is a question that people in all part of the world is asking? If your people in congress will behave civilize like most people in other part of the world to their president, people in other parts of the world would not feel in danger to be in America.

    October 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Shadysider

    Chicago didn't stand a chance next to Rio. Can anyone say they wouldn't rather see an olympics there?

    October 2, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Justin

    As much as I like to see Chicago to get the 2016 Olympic, I think Rio deserves it because there should be one in a South American city (none so far). The spirit of the Olympic lives on.....

    October 2, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Fitz in Texas

    Blame blame blame. Never your fault..... right Democrats.

    October 2, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Veronica in DC

    It makes sense that Rio de Janeiro won the IOC bid for the 2016 Olympics. Despite what from all accounts was a very touching personal appeal by Mrs. Obama, Brazil had arguably the most compelling argument in that if chosen it would be the first country to hold the games in the South American continent. The games are meant to be all-inclusive and to reflect the global sporting community. We should congratulate Brazil and share in their excitement for what their victory means on an international level. Then we should encourage our American athletes to get training to bring home the gold, no matter whose turf we compete on!

    October 2, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Fox News RULES

    "Shocked"? I'm not shocked. Please stop saying shocked. It is sooo Not shocking. Our arrogant, non-leader president has made us all look stupid and arrogant.

    This result was all too predictable.

    October 2, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Victim of conservative ignorance..Texas..

    Axlerod said he isn't an 'expert'. So why are ya'll quoting him?

    On another note. I am glad the Prez went, way better than just hiding out in the oval office doing nothing, and then going on another 'working' vacation in Crawford. At least he was out there making us look good, and trying to get some work for the folks involved in preparing for a Chicago olympics.

    Now I want to see how Brazil handles the slums of Rio. Maybe this is a blessing for the homeless orphans that are sleeping on the sidewalks there.

    October 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. kaleto

    I guess Rio's bribe to the IOC was bigger than Chicago's.

    October 2, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. indy

    lol what a clown, but I guess he would be the resident expert on shaft politics, this guy is as filthy as they come.

    October 2, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. John


    IOC Members Voted – WE DID NOT GET ENOUGH VOTES.- It was not politics, but a fair secret ballot voting. Let us accept defeat in true Sportsmanship.


    CHICAGO lost because of the failed foreign policies of the past 8 years.

    GO OBAMA GO – Please Rebuild our Lost Reputation, which has been Ruined by Bush and GOP. 😐

    October 2, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Marshall

    Tap Dancing at its finest

    October 2, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Carlos

    Would you like some cheese with your wine and excuses?

    October 2, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Alex in Atlanta

    No way!!!!! Mr. Axelrod, I truly believe it was the “right wing conspiracy” or, just you said many times before “Bush’s fault”


    October 2, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Alice

    Oh, please!

    There has never been an Olympics in the entire continent of South America.

    It was simply Rio's time.

    October 2, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Maybe it wasn't the best city on the list for that event. Just a thought...

    October 2, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. M Nixon

    Obama's arrogance and the media hyping the Chicago 'Dream' team being a sure thing killed this for Chicago.

    Reports that most Chicagoans didn't want the Olympics there anyways because they knew the city couldn't afford it got buried till after the loss was announced.

    Shouldn't Barry be more concerned about the troops getting killed in Afghanistan because of his inablility to make decisions? Shouldn't he be more focused on fixing rising unemployment and the economy?

    No, he just wanted to grease the palms in Chicago of the people who got him elected.

    The IOC, like the rest of the world doesn't see Obama as the savior, just a sucker which they haven't had since Jimmy Carter.

    October 2, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Albo58

    WOW, David Axelrod blaming failure on politics! This parasite owes his existance to politics. Strangely though, he allowed this President to go to Copenhagan without having this IOC selection in the bag. Guess his loyalty is slightly higher for his company than his President!

    October 2, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. New Era

    We need to address Chicago true issues.

    October 2, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Lola

    And the city and state down by almost $100 million for its effort to bid....can anyone explain? Who paid for it? Oprah? Valerie Jarrett? Ah, the taxpayers!

    October 2, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. 2010 can't get here fast enough

    Axelfraud and sniffit are one in the same, it is always someone else's fault.

    MMMMMM, MMMMMMM Obama, boy this Kool-aid is good today.

    For the first time in my adult life I am proud of the mean old Olympic committee who didn't see the shared sacrifice that MEchelle, Barry and Okrah made "for the childen".

    Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one, MMMM, MMM happy.

    October 2, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Stu

    Quit sourgraping already. The U.S. has hosted more Olympics than any other country. Do the Obama thing and spread the wealth around. Things work better when we do! Obama said so.

    October 2, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Carioca

    Considering that Brazil never hosted the Olympics, consider we lost our bid for 2012, consider the USA have hosted Olympics ... the IOC does not base its selection on presidential popularity, should this have been the case, president Lula would not have won the bid for Rio de Janeiro as he is not very popular with his people. Mr Axelrod is incorrect on his statement because it was already known both in south america and europe that Rio had the best shot at it ! .. just in the USA the buzz was Chicago.

    October 2, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Idiot_Pelosi

    Axlerod is a big, corrupt idiot.

    OBUMMER is arrogant and the US paid the price.

    Make all the excuses you want Axlerod, you came in DEAD LAST.

    October 2, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. WrongKindofChange

    What Axelrod meant to say was that the "Corrupt Chicago Politics" didn't seem to mean squat on the international level. Looks like Chicago's dirty politics couldn't reach the IOC.

    October 2, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Tucklady

    Oh give me a break and quit whining.

    At least the Obamas tried to get the Olympics back to the U.S. Give the President some respect- we put up with Bush talking and acting like an idiot for 8 years. Barack has only been president for 9 months- he can't fix it all quickly- no one can.

    So what if you don't like him and didn't vote for him. Get over it. You can always run Palin in 2012!

    October 2, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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