October 2nd, 2009
02:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Chicago congressman calls Olympic loss 'heartbreaking'

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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. TH - ATL

    Think about it, Rio, Madrid, Chicago? What does Chicago have that makes it enticing for the Olympics? Sounds like Obama was the laughing stock of the IOC meetings.

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

    It is sad because it could have created jobs for thousands. But lets move on and get to work on some other big problems.

    Don't be angry do something that's positive to make a difference where ever you live.

    October 2, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. CHIPS

    All you people worried about how much this trip cost. Congress pay
    $500 a year for health ins. You pay thousands get your priority in order.

    October 2, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    It makes me sad to read the hateful immature responses on this blog. This is the USofA folks, and we're all in this together. President Obama failing would mean all of us failing. Look what happened with the Bush Administration. That certainly wasn't a winner, and look where we are. I don't want our President to fail. I don't want our country to fail. And this middle school mentality of "ha ha Obama is a loser" give me no hope for us as people or a country. This is sad.

    October 2, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Breanna, DE

    Yes, it is heartbreaking, but we gave it a good try. I think the OIC is spoiled and if I were the powers that be, I would not invite them to come here anymore. I also wouldn't let any athletes come to this country to train, and then go back to their own country to compete against us. Let them train in their own country. We are so crazy for letting people walk all over us. They come here, train and sometimes don't leave. We have enough immigrants without addes athletes.

    Katarina Witt is stil here, she never went back. Enough is enough.

    October 2, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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