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. Angie in PA

    PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT

    Dont you get tired of hating? my god you hate has been going on for 9 months.Look the Obamas tried they tried for the USA. What is so wrong with that? havent you people ever heard Dont Knock someone for trying you people are truly Pathetic!

    October 2, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. J.P.

    Hmm... based on everything the left said about Bush over the previous eight years, about how the world did not like Bush's cowboy "take no prisoners" attitude, maybe it was Michelle Obama's comment about "taking no prisoners" that turned off the IOC.

    See there, it really *IS* Bush's fault, after all. I knew if we twisted the logic long enough and hard enough we could find a way to make this Bush's fault.

    (The IOC is racist, too.)

    October 2, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Fox News RULES

    I just hope the health-care bill gets the same result.

    October 2, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    LMAO. I love the idiots on this blog that thinks this is a defeat for President Obama. Wow you bozo's hate this man so much that losing a bid on the olympics is a victory for you, pathetic ignorant people get a life the President is just that the President of the USA and he ain't going anywhere. LOL

    October 2, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    Linda in Cal......... Pathetic jealous comment. Get a life, you poor soul!

    October 2, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. indy

    wow none of us could even imagine the money these crooked thieving politicians and cronies lost today, its just sad I feel so bad for them. lol I guess the rest of the world isn't drinking the big Os kool aid! this guy can't get anything done overseas! lol hmm hmm hmm barack husien obama hmm hmm hmm!

    October 2, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Rick CT

    Given Alexrod's reaction, it's likely the Cubs will win a World Series before the US gets another Olympics

    October 2, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Lisa, Saugus MA

    I wonder how much it cost to fly to Denmark and back on taxpayer dollars.

    Chicago needs to solve some major problems that have been reported in the news as of late such as gang problems, increase in murders, lack of jobs....

    These are the things the President should stay home and address. No being a good democrat its spend first count the cost second!

    October 2, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Paul, CA

    The only reason anyone is stunned at the loss of the Olympics by Chicago is the overriding belief by Obama supporters that this man has the midas touch. The IOC was no more impressed with BHO than the growing number of Americans. This will not be BHO's last defeat. There is another one coming. "One and Done"

    October 2, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Shibumi

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.
    What a moronic, egotistical, putz..........Michelle, that is. And Bo Bo is just as bad.
    Bring on 2010!!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. PEACE ON EARTH

    Can't we just be happy FOR Rio?

    Why does everyone have to be so hateful (ie Republicans) about another country winning the Olympics. Haven't WE had the Olympics enough?

    It's time to let another country shine.

    Let's just be happy FOR SOMEONE ELSE for once.

    October 2, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. NH Independent

    Obama is not only a liar but a looser...send Michelle and Opra is enough to scare anybody.........

    October 2, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Dont blame me

    Chicago never stood a chance anyway.

    I mean, would you rather go to crime riddled Chicago or to Rio ???

    Be honest now.

    October 2, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Sniffit once and gag. Sniffit twice and get called "sniffit"

    Don't worry. Even now Rahm is contacting his Chicago underworld hitmen. Look for certain IOC officials to be floating face-down in Copenhagen's harbor soon!

    October 2, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Expat American

    Fitz in Texas October 2nd, 2009 3:28 pm ET
    Wonder how long it will be until the left……
    1) Blames this on Bush
    2) Play the race card and call this "racist"
    ----------–
    How is the 2016 Olympics being granted to Rio in any way connected to a bunch of slack jaw poor white trash Palin Republicans sitting around drinking moonshine out of a bathtub in their front yard, hanging effigies while wearing their 'Country First' T-shirts and going muddin '? What does Bush have to do with this? You wasted a good one-line zinger.

    October 2, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. raf

    Fair is Fair –

    Seriously? The leaders of Spain, Brazil, and Tokyo also showed up to push their respective cities.

    How is it that people can make such obviously stupid arguments without noticing?

    October 2, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Well, looks like governmental corruption, drive-by shooting, and lumber street fighting are not going to be olympic sports after all.
    And it looks like the rest of the world is not as in love with the Obamas as they thought.

    TAKE THAT, you mindless Obama Worshippers!! :-)

    October 2, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Brian from NJ

    People are blaming Bush and the Republicans for this!!!! Please... we tried and did not win... NYC tried a couple of years ago and they lost, too, but no one was running around blaming the President, or previous President... besides Chicago has the Cubs, so losing is pretty much accepted in that town...

    October 2, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Mike Syracuse, NY

    “Do or do not... there is no try.”

    Yoda

    October 2, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. deb

    You know it's bad enough that America lost out on a great opportunity for more jobs and more revenue that having the Olympics here would have brought. It's bad enough that Americans have lost another chance to have their pride in their country restored by hosting the 2016 Olympics. What REALLY burns me up though is the ignorant, childish CHEERING by the idiots who are happy that President Obama (in their eyes) failed at his attempt to win this prize for our country. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???!!!! Do you HATE this country or what???!!!! If that's the case, then PLEASE do us all a favor and get the hell out! If you don't, then do your country a favor and GROW UP! I say again, IF OUR PRESIDENT FAILS, OUR COUNTRY FAILS. Learn it . . . understand it.

    October 2, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Gilasevi

    Remember – Brazil is in AMERICA, so the Olympics really are still coming TO America, we in the US OF America are in NORTH America and Rio in SOUTH America – so really they are our fellow Americans.

    October 2, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. diana newman

    Why would anyone want to hold the Olympics in Chicago?
    After the killing of a young man; an honor student at that! I would not trust the city to clean up it's act. There is a huge problem when young people kill their own kind. It shows a hatred that I would not want to be around. It also shows that unemployed, under educated, under utilized human beings are dangerous for the most part. As long as we keep shipping our production to China this will only become worse.

    WHAT ARE WE ALL TO STRIVE TO BECOME CASHIERS???

    October 2, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Keep Your Heads Up!!!

    So sorry to hera that Chicago didn't get the games. I have family there and it has always been a wonderful place to travel. I live in London and truly can not believe how many Americans are against the President and his do good intentions for America. People I know hear would love to have Obama as the President. I don't know if racism is whats causing the problems, but all of the hatred certainly can not be about policy considering your president the last 8 years. He is a man of the people who wants to help the people. Help him whether it be from your support or constructive criticisms. Don't let this opportunity of having a great president go by without embracing who he is. If you think things are bad, they can get a whole lot worse. Give him a chance and keep him safe for the sake of the world!

    October 2, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. eolufemi

    Wow, the country spent the last week disparaging an American city and criticizing the president. Why would you give the US the Olympics when half the people are going to make a point to ruin it for the athletes and visitors.

    Americans are once again show their ugly side.

    October 2, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. jo

    We must unite stead fast behind this president. He actually takes time to think, digest, and tries to make the best decision for this country. I believe he understands that one cannot win conventional wars against rebels as it is not possible to make treaties with rebels. All that can be done in Afghanistan and Iraqi is to support the government and work with the people to give them hope of a better future if they back the peace process.

    October 2, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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