October 2nd, 2009
05:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Chicago come up short in Olympics bid

(CNN)–Michelle Obama gave an impassioned speech before the International Olympics Committee. President Obama traveled overseas - in the middle of debates over health care and Afghanistan - to make his personal pitch to bring the 2016 Olympics to his hometown.

But despite their efforts, the Obamas will come home empty-handed as Chicago's dreams of hosting the Games evaporated in the first round.

The news stunned those awaiting the announcement, many of whom thought the battle was between Chicago, Illinois, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio also beat out Madrid, Spain, and Tokyo, Japan, to host the games.

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  1. TH - ATL

    America will never turn around until there is a Republican in office again. Bush and the GOP haven't ruined anything!! I can create any lie you want to hear to make things appear what you want. Face the facts.. that is President Obama was all talk during his campaign. Now he is failing!

    October 2, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. eolufemi

    You can't really expect to get the Olympics when you have Americans loudly and publicly saying they don't want the Olympics.

    If I was on the committee, I'd be worried some crazy American would show up with a gun asserting their right to carry a weapon anywhere and around anyone. America's in the middle of an all out culture war and you can't expect the rest of the world to want to get caught up in it.

    The sad part about this is that there are a lot of American kids out there that would have had a great time celebrating our country's placement front and center in the Olympics. Hopefully folks think about that when they sit around cheering our loss. The president isn't the only one, who wanted the Olympics.

    October 2, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    This confirms what us on the right already knew, obama is a failure in everything he does. If we had gotten the olympics, the deficit would have gotten larger. It would have only lined the pockets of his cronies in the most corupt city in america. Thanks obama.

    October 2, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. 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 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    I guess the IOC wanted someone with credibility to go and talk to them. Brazil's economy is doing better the America's. The IOC probably thought that Obama will have bankrupted the US economy by then and we would have to "do an Afghanistan" and back out.

    Perhaps Obama will have better luck with the Iranians LOL!

    October 2, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Mario, KS

    I think it's sad that some americans were cheering for america to loose the olympics. These people believe that it's better for this nation to fail with past ideological beliefs than to succeed with this president. How can you gloat and celebrate when it's your nation that lost?????

    October 2, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. ICARE

    Rio has been asking for it for the past 4 years. They have had a headstart in kissing hands. I would love it to be Chicago, but Rio is a beautiful place. I think 2012 should have gone to Rio and then 2016 Chicago. London? What's that?

    October 2, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. ICARE

    And look people, you have to maintain relationships. We havent done that for the past 8 years.

    October 2, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. inofritzn

    Whatever on the Olympics being in Chicago, worth a shot, but I think it's absolutely hilarious how stunned those in the media were when they heard the news. It was like their whole world collapsed pretty funny

    October 2, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. paul from va

    Jesus enough with taxpayers crap. Every person pays taxes. Is this why we dont have the public option cause you nuts dont want to pay for it? So lets go ahead and get raped by the insurance companies. When your state repairs roads, whom do you think forks the bill, for schools? ETC ETC

    I was rooting for Chicago but like another here said. South America never hosted the games. Its their time

    I am sure if Obama didnt go you all would be he is not for america interests. Grow the F up

    October 2, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    Maybe B-ditty should have sent ACORN to rig that vote just like they rigged the general election. IM glad it failed for 2 reasons. 1. obama looks like a friggin idiot. 2. it would have been a financial failure

    October 2, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    I bet Chicago would have gotton the Olympics if Sarah Palin would have gone to Copenhagen

    October 2, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Phillip

    This just proves the old adage that the IOC is still against the USOC and they used this theater to slap them back inline. It was pre-determined before the president showed up. IF you are not willing to bribe you are just simply not going to get what you want from the IOC. I bet this was played out behind closed doors a long time ago.

    October 2, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. mike,iowa

    I think this was a bit of bad timing anyway since the news has been reporting kids being beaten to death in the streets of chicago. Dont think that helped his case much. Using this story to define our relationship with rest if the world is a plain waste of time. Maybe if we didnt have so many people who have to piss moan and argue over every move the president makes things mite get better.

    October 2, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. skg

    If we still had heeeeeres Johnny. we wouldnt have all this hooplah

    October 2, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Shirley

    What went wrong is that since the IOC is not political, I wouldn't have voted for Chacago either.The media got it wrong and everyone who questioned why the President and First Lady would stand up for their state. Who would want to give a bid to a country when its own citizens requested that we not get the olympics. Wolf Blitzer characterized this as a defeat for the President. I characterize it as a defeat for the citizens. This is just one moment in our lives though. This gives Americans who will compete in the olympics a chance to go to Rio and bring back Gold in every category and then let's see who's talking defeat! Shame on everyone who was talking this down before it got off the ground!!!

    October 2, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. ICARE

    I truly believe that 2012 should have gone to Rio and 2016 to Chicago. I dont know how London, a tiny island, the size of GUAM, beat Rio in 2012. Britain's PM must have known a lot of people in there.

    October 2, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Mamixztwo

    sk..I'm sure not as much money that was spent on Bush and his wife's four day vacation to watch the Beijing olympics in 2008....but where were you protesting THAT one and worrying about all of the millions of wasted tax dollars on Bush's vacation to a communist nation who obviously illegally put pre-adolescent girls to compete in gymnastics???!!!!! I'm growing weary of the GOP hypocrisy. It's never-ending. The celebrating and smirking when it's perceived (wrongly) that Obama failed....you guys are embarrassing to this country.

    October 2, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Cali girl

    You know, the US has hosted the Olympics many times, and the decision could have been based on who hasn't had a chance to host them yet. Whose turn it is, geographically speaking, has been a factor in past decisions. The Olympics have never before been held in South America, so perhaps it is time to give Brazil a chance.

    Another limitation might be hotel room capacity, I know that Chicago books up solid when large conventions (35,000 people or so) come into town.

    October 2, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Hadder

    So will Obama go the next time a US city is in the race???? It will be fun to see if he does when it is not his hometown.

    October 2, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Idiot_Pelosi

    Oh yeah, I love John's post blaming President Bush.

    OBOZO's "uh, er, Uh, er, Change" canned Tele-Prompted speeches didn't work. Others find this DONKEY arrogant, that is why they decided to VOTE Chicago OUT FIRST, so he and his "perfect" wife would shut up, get their butts back on a plane, and go home.

    Yep, I guess it's also Bush's fault that this incompentent moron has quadrupled the 8yr Bush Deficit in 8 Months.

    It's BUSH fault that after more DUMocRATic PORK (see Porkulus Bill) that Unemployment has RISEN under the "so called" Great One.

    Yep, you keep praising OBOZO. You just make sure YOU pay his TAX increases because the rest of us are NOT.

    October 2, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Hadder

    "CNN, please explain how OBAMA came up short."

    Because if they his hometown got it it would be all about how He brought it home!!!!

    October 2, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. MikeH

    It's interesting how CNN can continue to let a fecal boli like TCM continue to post here, and post often, but block far more intelligent posts from others.

    It's lumps of scat like TCM that have nearly destroyed America, and continue to try to do so. At least Obama tried to bring in the Olympics. I agree that South America (Brazil) should have their turn.

    I also suspect that there is still some animosity towards the US because of what George Bush did, and that the smelly pustules like TCM are still in power in congress, acting to repulse the IOC folks.

    October 2, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Sean

    It was worth the effort. Too bad we couldn't host it, but good luck to our athletes all the same!

    October 2, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. whhhhhooooooaaa

    Why is this a SHOCK.....?????? I can't believe some people is blaming Bush LOL now that is funny.

    Its about time a South American country is able to host the greatest sporting even on earth!

    October 2, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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