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. cgillette369

    it's a racist plot.
    that's what he has to be.

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

    Olympics is never a good deal! world cup ( soccer) is everything!

    October 2, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Sure, it's heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking for officials in Madrid and Tokyo as well.

    The world should be happy for Rio De Janeiro. This is really a day for rejoicing. Let's move on to the 2020 Summer Olympics!

    October 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. IndyVoter

    Chicago is the President's home town. If he didn't speak out on behalf of his home town Republicans would have criticized him for not being patriotic enough. We lost. Get over it. We apparently lost every other time the Olympics wasn't in the US too. Thank you to all of the people who lobbied hard and fought for Chicago, but If we can't stand to get beat by a stiff competitor then we have no business in the competition to begin with.....Rio, we wish you good success with the Games!

    October 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Rita

    Anyone who criticizes the president's pitch for the Olympics should please take a moment and think about why President Obama wanted the Olympics in a Midwestern city in the United States. He is thinking about the economy. He is thinking about the best interests of workers in Illinois, a city that supported him thoughout his political career. Any Republican criticizing his move I question your motive.

    October 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Robin

    Let me guess, the whole world is racist?

    I guess the new motto is "No, We Can't."

    October 2, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. NOTFromChicago

    This is the greatest thing that's happened in some time! Really made my day! So Denmark said no to Chicago croneyism and its Thug In Chief. Gosh, why WOULDN'T they want Chicago? Could it be the terrorist threat that any American city would risk for such an endeavor? Could it be the woefully inefficient infrastructure that Chicago currently has? Oh, I get it!! More payback to the unions, right? Billions in new construction, right? And those billions are coming from....oh, it doesn't matter where they come from – the stimulus will take care it, right? AHAHAHA!!! So, Michelle, are ya glad you insulted the president of Brazil with your "I'm going after you" talk? Take no prisoners, huh? Oh, this is SO sa-WEET!!

    October 2, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Tasha in tally

    It always the ppl who are sooo patriotic but really are just Fu$*ing idiots it make the rest of us look bad. The Olympic's mean money for the US period. There is no other way to slice it. This is not a lose for president Obama it's a lose for the US in revenue. Think about the job that would have been created. The right wingers don't care if the "taxpayers" recoup or not their blind hatred will undo us all.

    October 2, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Matt

    live in Europe and Europeans think Americans are stupid. Many believe this because on the eve of the olympic bidding, CNN International was airing Chicago's dirty laundry to the world! It's not as if Rio is safer than Chicago, it is infact dangerous and poorer than Chicago. Have you seen Rio's shanty towns? Rio makes Chicago look like a walk in the park. Many Europeans can't still comprehend why on the eve of this important Olympic bid that Anderson Cooper had a bunch of guys damaging Chicago's bid to the world on CNN international. What is so sad is, you have Richard Quest and some portuguese guy laughing the heck because America lost the bid on CNN International; on American tv. CNN is a sellout!!!

    October 2, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. independent Jim

    "Take no prisoners" = "get no Olympics". Should have stayed home and taken care of business back here.

    October 2, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Flash in the Pan

    Anything that humbles Obama is good for our country!

    It's only when he can manage to get his enourmous ego out of the way that we will start to move the right direction!

    October 2, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. DAVE

    boo hoo..... have the corrupt mayor console you... you guys in Chicago don't deserve the Olympics and pretty sure didn't have enough money to bribe the Olympic committee...

    October 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Tom

    Please stop wasting time with this and get back to work. Heartbreaking is that unemployment is almost 10% despite assurances by the goverment the recession is ending. Heartbreaking is the fact that there are 6 unemployed workers for every job oppening. Hearbreaking is that over 6 million Americans have been unemployed over 6 months. Stop wasting time on distractions and get to the business of solving our problems. FORGET about a 2 week event 7 years away. You guys probably won't even be in office in 2016.

    October 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. frank

    the "o's" failed miserably!
    Chicaga was a poor choice...thanks to politicians like Obama and his clan

    October 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Gerald

    I suppose this will get blamed on Bush also

    October 2, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. lovethesow

    it's racist!!!!

    how dare the resident not get his way.

    October 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. arch

    Sure seems like Obama and his buddies are starting to fall apart with anything they attempt to push on the people of America. I am sure Obama will make it look like this wasn't that big of a deal. The problem he has is, anything he attempts winds up with the same results – failure.

    October 2, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Ken Pluhar

    Having lived in the Chicago environs before BHO, I have this to ask of all the "mourners" of Chicago's loss of the 2016 Olympics: After traveling the word apologizing for America's "arrogance," did you really believe Obama's presence would suddenly enhance the negative imagine he created? Come on people. The One has suddenly become the It.

    October 2, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Obozo the Great !

    My heart is broken too. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!

    October 2, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Karen - Missouri

    I'd hardly call the loss heartbreaking. I'm proud of the Obamas for taking a 'hands-on" interest and involvement. But other cities lost too. I'm sure the media will try to "spin" this into something it isn't.

    congratulations Rio and take heart Chicago...Chicago is a really cool big city. Ok...the vote is over so let's move on media...don't be a drama queen about this.

    October 2, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. kris

    once again, obama's salesmanship lacks substance. perhaps good talking is not the same as good experience after-all. how embarassing that in the same week when a young honor student in chicago was beaten to death (one more brilliant young student lost to violence), obama , an chicagoans opted instead to win favors from the world stage instead of attending to crutial domestic affairs. Karma is a funny thing.

    October 2, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. demwit

    Heartbreaking!? Come on..., it was just a few million more tax dollars.

    October 2, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Sherry

    I think Chicago has enough crime issues without having the potential security nightmare the Olympics would have added. If they don't have the capabilities of stopping the out of control crimes that are making the news more and more, they certainly would NOT be able to deal with the issues something as big as the Olympics would have brought to the city. That aside, I figured it was a given that Rio would be selected since they had never hosted the Olympics before, plus there was too much media hype, that I feel helped the Olympic committee make the decision it did.

    I am surprised at all the nasty Obama comments on here in regard to the Olympics. If he tries to promote the USA for something, he is not attending to "more important business in our country." If he doesn't do anything to make better relations in the USA with other countries, then he "isn't doing his job." I have come to the conclusion that no matter what the President's actions are on any given matter, it will be wrong and critiqued beyond the norm.

    October 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Alicia

    At least they tried....or should he go hit the butts of volleyball players like Bush did?

    All the other world leaders went, why should not ours go?

    October 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Chris

    Put yourself in the shoes of the selection committee and try selecting Chicago over Rio de Janerio -– easy choice wasn't it?

    October 2, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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