October 2nd, 2009
02:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Chicago congressman calls Olympic loss 'heartbreaking'

Chicago congressman calls Olympic loss 'heartbreaking'.
Chicago congressman calls Olympic loss 'heartbreaking'.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, a Democrat whose district includes part of Chicago, called the Windy City's failed bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games "heartbreaking."

Davis was in the middle of telling CNN's Ed Henry on Friday why he believed Chicago would be the best location for the Olympics when the news broke that his city had been the first one eliminated. Above audible gasps around the studio, Henry asked Davis for his immediate reaction.

Listen: Davis hears the news from CNN's Ed Henry


"Well, it's kind of heartbreaking in a sense," Davis said. "It's obviously a downer for us, because a tremendous amount of effort has been put into trying to win the bid, but of course Chicago is the city of the big shoulders. We pick ourselves up and keep on moving and look for the next horizon."

Davis said he didn't think it was wrong for President Obama to visit Copehagen to personally push for Chicago's bid, and said that he was aiming to get an international opportunity and to show leadership. Davis also said that because Obama is from Chicago, he was expected to put up the extra effort to try to help his hometown.


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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Jean 2

    CNN MSNBC insisted that polls showed that the citizens of Chicago were divided about the games. Reporter’s politicians and commentators questioned the involvement of the president over and over again. Crimes on the streets were played over and over without solutions.
    In the effort to report we have painted an undesirable picture of Chicago. The beauty of Chicago was not talked about.
    I truly believe that the media in it's effort to be the best has once again set the stage for defeat. Our influence and the effectiveness in all things can be destroyed from within our own systems.
    Given these reporting’s, who would want to vote in favor of such a place?
    Instead of reflecting and searching for truth and responsibility the president is attached once again.
    I love this county and I believe in what is possible in the USA. For me this realization is extremely sad.

    October 2, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Fenarkleman

    Well, that's it. Obama is out as president now. Yep, bring on the loads of far right wing extremist comments. Their plan is right! Let's toss Obama out, let's ignore health care, the economy, etc., and concentrate on discriminating against those who do not believe in the far right wing extremism masked as "conservative." In fact, let's dig up Sen. Joseph McCarthy's bones, plant his corpse into the chair behind the Oval Office desk and get some real American governing going. And when we have singled out all those who do not agree with this extremism, then we'll have a real America. Just like they had in the good 'ol Soviet Union. And all because of the Olympics. The rest of the world. Ha! Forget 'em!

    October 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Cathy

    They tried....

    October 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Dan Hartmann

    Anyone who is "stunned" or feels "heart broken" that Chicago did not get the 2016 Olymipics needs a reality check.

    October 2, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. tate

    God if we could just keep obama from coming back then it would be a win for people who work! The rest of the world has given Nobama the finger at everything he has done. Jimmy Carter JR. Guess the IOC and employers are racist.

    October 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. yuri

    Nobody shoulda pinned hopes in Chicago. It was bound to lose, anyway, no matter what the Prez. did. The IOC ain't gonna take no lessons from the most powerful man in the world, 'cos US, we think, gets snubbed at every conceivable opportunity by the
    so called " under dogs " and other " dark horses ".

    October 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. this balck liberal hates Obama

    Like I give a rats ass what Danny "the scary" Davis has to say. Looks like the Obama magic is now Disappearing!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    October 2, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. J.P.

    Bush's fault.
    And the IOC is racist.
    All of them.
    Even the black members.

    October 2, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Chicago mourns, but Illinois and US taxpayers rejoice. Sure, there would have been a huge redistribution to traditional democratic constituencies (and lots of Obama pals, to be sure), but at whose expense? Think all that money is gonna come from european and asian tourists? Think again.

    October 2, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Virginia

    I am glad that President Obama made an effort. The repubs would have had another reason to shaft him if he hadn't gone. That said, I am glad Chicago didn't get the Olympics. A city that doesn't mind if people are beaten to death in the street doesn't deserve the Olympics. How safe would visitors be with those thugs waiting on the edges to mug, rape and kill them? All in all, the outcome works for me.

    October 2, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Brad

    I think that it is both petty and partisan to the point of silliness to criticize the President for personally supporting Chicago's application to host the Olympics. Given the fact that the Olympics had never been held in South America, any other city outside of South America was a long shot anyway. It was South America's time. The President of Brazil personally attended and supported Rio's application. If President Obama hadn't gone, those same people who criticize him today would be criticizing him for not going and supporting the candidacy of a U.S. city.

    Supporting the application of a U.S. city to host the Olympics used to be seen as a patriotic effort that crossed partisan political lines. I guess that conservatives don't love their country so much after all...at least not as much as trying to gain political power. This is a perfect example of their rooting for America under the leadership of the Obama Administration to fail...even at the expense of getting a chance to host the Olympics. Do you really think that they would have criticized a Republican President who personally supported the Olympic bid of a U.S. city? Of course not! In any event, conservatives have been exposed to be a hateful, opportunistic and anti-American bunch whenever it suits their political agenda. That's why I have no use for them...and I never will. For them, patriotism is only a convenient political prop...just like religion and support of the troops.

    Congrats to Rio de Janerio and to Brazil.. Rio de Janerio is a beautiful city and I am sure that they will have an outstanding Olympics.

    October 2, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Maybe... just maybe... the voting members of the IOC found it extremely arrogant on the president's part to think that they would kow-tow to his whims because he showed up in Copenhagen for 4 hours. I know I would.

    October 2, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. panem et circenses, but CNN won't post

    Yeah, heartbreaking for Valerie Jarrett who will still have the Grove Parc slums hanging around for ariel views of the roofs falling in. They were supposed to be knocked down to make way for the Olympic Village...

    NOW – Let's talk about Jennings (School Safety Czar) and his respect and admiration for the man who headed NAMBLA and soooooo inspired him. Or his writing the forward for the book "Queering Elementery Education"...

    October 2, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Steph

    A very classy response from Rep. Davis.

    October 2, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Just Me

    Obviously, he was looking to cash in since he's in the political system there and well connected. Too bad.

    October 2, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Carl from MI

    The Olympics could have brought thousands and thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to Chicago... but since Chicago isn't a Republican town, Republicans don't care about either of those and that's why they trash-talked the President over taking a 24 trip to try and bring the Olympics to Chicago.

    Where were these 'concerned' Republicans when Dubya spent FOUR days in China while we were in the middle of two wars and our economy was tanking?? Dubya was a Republican and that made it OK!! Hypocrites...

    October 2, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    Heartbreaking or Embarassing for Mr Obama and Mr Dailey?

    October 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Phil

    I'm happy for Brazil. It isn't fair that we have held the Olympic games here numerous times in the past 25 years, but South America never has. They end up being a money pit anyways, so with our economy the way it is, the last thing we need is more money being thrown away.

    October 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Michael

    No surprise. Countries still have disdain for the U.S. after 8 years of arrogant leadership, G.W.Bush. Thank you George. We may never recover from you.

    October 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Nat Turner

    This is great because:
    1. Brazil's "City of God" slums will be put on the world stage.
    2. The Brazilian Police's Death Squads have 7 years to rid the streets of
    homeless children
    3. Caucasian males from the U.S. will quickly have to finish up their
    filthy exploitation of Brazilian women before the mass media comes to Rio.

    October 2, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. clifford in New York

    I guess the world knows about the Obamas and corrupt Chicago politics also!

    October 2, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Susan L.

    I'm sorry Chicago didn't get it. But what has been the MOST disheartening is watching Republicans and right wingers in general in this country CHEERING that America lost because they think it reflect badly on President Obama. I suppose that if Chicago had gotten it, they'd boycott the Olympics because it was "tainted" with the Democrats.

    Republicans and so-called Conservatives, you are WAY beyond the pale and totally off the reservation. You are so screwed up in your way of thinking that you desperately want America to lose so that you can point and laugh at our democratically elected President. This is thanks to Fox News and Hate Radio. Thankfully, these Republican nut cases are a minority, but this display of gleeful hatred of America is disgusting. They are very much like the Arabs who were shown on TV celebrating after 9/11. Only they are supposedly Americans, cheering when America loses. Disgusting.

    October 2, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Obama failed! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Lil Jimmy

    The loss was "heartbreaking"? What about the youth of Chicago killing each other? Would that be equally " heartbreaking"? Fix the city before you want to showcase it. Politicians are so out of touch.

    October 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. ColonelA

    Glad to see that not just us in the U.S. think that our President is full of it. Does anybody really believe all that crap he has been spewing for two years now. Sounds great, does little. A shame because I thought he could be good for country. He has shown himself on this health care issue. Doesnt listen to the people but wants to fullfill his own agenda. Again, a shame and a waste of itellect. Go figure.

    October 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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