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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  1. Expat American

    If Chicago had been granted the Olympics, the dollar store moonshine patriots would find something else to be up in arms about. Yawn Snore zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Brazil is a beautiful place. I look forward to being in Rio again; this time to cheer on our athletes! Let’s go Team USA!

    October 2, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Hall for Obama

    God is still alive and well if he bring you to it he will carry you though it. Obama will make it. No matter how many out there wish him to fail God will never fail him. You may not like the fact you have a black man as president but you have one so get over it.

    October 2, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Fan of Common Sense

    If Obama and Oprah had stayed home instead of showing the world their arrogance, Chicago would have had a much better chance. This is what an out-of-control ego gets you. If John McCain was president, he would be congratulating the city of Chicago right now on its big catch. Oh well. Elections have consequences.

    October 2, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. JT the concerned College Freshman from MO

    Why are you guys who are living in America cheering that we lost the bid, and insulting the person who tried to make a bid for the United States? At least he tried. History shows that the most successful people often were the people who failed the most, but they succeeded because they never gave up, and tried their best. For example our own 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, a Republican president. If he was brought back to life today, he would not reconize his own party. He would vomit on you guys for making the party of Lincoln look so discusting and cowardly. The majority of you guys insulting the president for trying, ask yourself this question, " What did your mother teach you about the golden rule?" Treat others the way you want to be treated. Remember, the deepest circle of hell is the own hell you made for yourself for being a insecure coward who has nothing better to do but to insult others for trying even though you could not come close to mathcing it yourself. Remember, the deepest and darkest circle of hell is reserved for cowards. As Grayson said, I will apologize to only the dead who died because of injustice not because of what I said. I rest my case. CNN, post this please, and DO NOT censor anyone because of their opinion.

    October 2, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Aaron

    I just can't believe that Amercans are happy that they loose. Are you so diveded?
    Aaron from Switzerland.

    October 2, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. fellow from chicago

    We have a beautiful city and I'm proud of it; the people, our sport teams (especially our Cubbies), but I'm glad we aren't getting the Olympics. The citizens of Cook county, where Chicago is located, pays the highest taxes in America. Don't need more. Chicagoians also weren't looking forward to transportation gridlock over the next couple years in getting to work during the Olympic preparation as well as the actual Olympics. As far as crime in the city that's been in the headlines recently, I believe this city pales in comparison to a place like Rio. It's ok, let others experience the joys (and heartache) of an Olympics.

    October 2, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. John

    This Proves –——— THE WORLD DOES NOT LIKE AMERICA.
    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.
    BUSH and GOP have DOOMED AMERICA’S REPUTATION and MADE MORE ENEMIES THAN FRIENDS.
    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 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Deb,Obama went there with his usual rock star hype, Oprah in tow, and FAILED. Yes, there were only two possible outcomes, success or failure. If he didn't succeed, then by definition he failed. However in the larger sense, if Obama fails in enacting policies that are ultimately harmful to the country, then America succeeds. Don't equate Obama's far left agenda as having anything to do with the success of America. The best thing that can happen is a Republican sweep of at least one house in Congress in 2010 so Obama can't do any more harm, followed by booting his butt back to Chicago in 2012.

    October 2, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Wake Up

    As a Chicagoan, I love the city. This would have hurt the city and its' people. We would be in debt to our corrupt leaders friends and sweeheart deals (including Obama). That is why we don't want it. It's simple.

    October 2, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Abbott

    Look, it was great that Obama made a personal pitch, as did the leaders of all the other candidate countries. But it was apparent from the start to any objective observer that Rio was the obvious choice. Not only is it one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world, but it will already have the infrastructure (due to hosting the world cup in 2012) and there has never been an Olympics in the entire continent of South America.

    It was Rio's time. And, what an awesome locale for 2016!!

    October 2, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Lamont

    No what is heartbreaking, is that you would rather spend millions and millions of dollars on bringing the games here to fatten the pockets of the rich. Instead of investing money in the schools and protection of your citizens. I am glad Chicago lost, God does not ugly and I hope that this truly humbles you guys enough to see that the money is well spent someone else like in the COMMUNITIES.

    October 2, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Lola

    I am not sad that Chicago did not win the Olympic bid...if any of the commentators here are a bit smarter, they would know that most cities that hosted the Olympics had a negative net revenue. Only a handful has actually made monies from hosting the games. Also, I couldn't care less that the President went to rally but it is the fact that he is the first US President to do so and there are too many other and more important things going on in our country...like healthcare reform, the escalating youth violence in (coincidentally) Chicago and the Afghan war. I wonder sometimes where his heart and mind is…From reading these comments, I am ashamed of my fellow conservatives for gloating for our president’s ‘failure’ to sway an international committee. I wouldn’t go that far. But I am also baffled by comments from the left that they would do and say anything to defend Obama. Please people, have some common sense! And as far as the international community still hating Americans….I stopped worrying about that a long time ago. I’ve concluded that other countries indeed hate us for a number of reasons but the most apparent to me is the fact that they envy us. Yes, they envy us and they would do anything to bring America down. So now my fellow Americans, isn’t that enough to make us work together to make this country even better? Think about it.

    October 2, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. SlowGun

    @phoenix86 October 2nd, 2009 3:17 pm ET

    At least Michelle and Barack got another trip out it, I mean, what else should Obama be doing?
    -------------------------

    How about clearing brush at his ranch?

    Just wondering...all of you that are so happy America lost this bid...will you be rooting against our athletes too?

    "Country First"...yea right...far right!

    October 2, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. jm for sc

    JT the concerned College Freshman from MO:

    What a wonderful observation for a young person like yourself. Electing the first black president has place some people in america back in the 60's. If President Obama presents an idea that would save millions of lives, some people would rather live through the painful death of countless love ones than see our president prosper.

    It is really a shame.

    The event would have produced many jobs for the people in Chicago and possible other states where things would be ordered to complete the mission. We are surround with ignorance.

    I am glad of one thing, as long as God remains on the side of our president, no weapon that forms against him will prosper.

    October 2, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Steve

    If politics was an Olympic sport, President Obama would certainly be the world's greatest athlete. His enthusianm, energy and stamina is exactly what this country needs in our top ambassador. It demonstrates to the world that depsite all the problems we have in America, we don't forget that there is so much our great country can offer to the world and there is so much we have to be thankful for at home. Kudos to the President for the inspiration he provides to millions of Americans!

    October 2, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Shibumi

    @ JT..... You sound like a freshman. You fail to realize that Bo Bo is shafting the young people of this country with the billion dollar bailouts and giveaways to the "needy" that he currently promotes
    Check back in after you graduate and put about 5 years into the labor force. When you see the amount of your paycheck being taken by SS, Fed, State, County, City taxes, then, and only then, should you start spouting liberal jibberish. Afterall, you're paying for it.
    And if failure defines success, Stinkle Barry will be on Mount Rushmore.

    October 2, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Johnny

    Yes we are very divided here. As freedom erodes there are those loyal to the government in full control and those loyal to the Declaration of independence and the constitution. It's going to get ugly .

    October 2, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Debby

    Roland Martin will be calling the IOC racist in his next commentary.

    October 2, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. John

    I think countries that haven't had the opportunity to represent the Olympic games are more entitled to host than countries that have done so in the past.

    October 2, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Wake Up

    Obama = corrup failure. Now the world knows, when will america wake up to this incompetant tyrant.

    October 2, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. would have been good for that region of the country

    even Detroit probably would have benefited... what a shame

    like Brazil needs as bad as we do...

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

    @ John..... I knew there was at LEAST one Libutard that would find a way to blame Bush.
    Bring on 2010!!!!

    October 2, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. single mom

    That's what our President is 'heartbroken' about?
    What about the kids in Chicago killed as they try to go to school? What about the nearly 10% unemployment rate?
    What about the Commanding General of the troops in Afghanistan he has met with twice in over two months?
    How about the billions of dollars in deficit he has burdened our children and grandchildren with?

    October 2, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Idiot_Pelosi

    Obummer's ARROGANCE made Chicago the FIRST one out.

    It's one thing to not win, but come in dead last.

    Way to go OBUMMER.

    October 2, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. JES

    How much did this trip cost the tax payers for nothing in return

    Same old story spend, spend, and more tax dollars wasted.

    October 2, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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