October 2nd, 2009
12:57 PM ET
13 years ago

Axelrod blames Chicago loss on IOC politics

(CNN) - Top White House aide David Axelrod is blaming the city of Chicago's shocking early elimination to host the 2016 Olympics on internal politics within the International Olympic Committee.

"I don't view this as a repudiation of the president or the first lady," Axelrod told CNN. "I think that there are politics everywhere, and there are politics inside that room."

Axelrod's comments came shortly after the IOC announced Chicago was the first city of the four finalists to be eliminated from contention. The early elimination came after in-person appeals from both Obamas on behalf of the city.

"As with any process like this, there are all kinds of crosscurrents in the room," Axelrod added. "There are relationships…the president of the IOC, former president, was heading up the effort for Spain. I'm sure those relationships meant something. I'm not an expert on the internal machinations of the IOC."

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. WrongKindofChange

    I'm thinking Axelrod and Obama are wishing they had an international ACORN on their side when it came to the IOC vote. Looks like the Chicago corrupt and dirty politics doesn't work on the international level.

    October 2, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    Like any one of these Obama haters even watches the Olymipics.

    Everybody is just looking for another reason to hate on Obama. Go away!! at least Obama is trying to do things that benefit this country, while the Republicans, all they want is big business and war.

    October 2, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. the olympic committee has never been all that clean to begin with

    as the mormons about the salt lake city games

    I'm sure the pres of Brazil had some fine prostitues with him when he visited and made sure the committee got the full treatment just before they voted

    October 2, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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