October 2nd, 2009
11:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Chicago eliminated from hosting 2016 Olympics

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) - Chicago, Illinois, has been eliminated from hosting the 2016 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.

The vote came just hours after President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, delivered a personal pleas to the Olympic committee praising the virtues of his adopted home city.


Was it worth the trip? CNN's Mark Preston analyzes the aftermath


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  1. Jason

    Bummer, I think Chicago is a great city and we do a great job with the Olympics as Americans.

    October 2, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Ron

    Rejected!

    Now we as taxpayers need to insist that the Chicago Olympic Committee repay the Govt. for the expenses of sending Govt. officials to Denmark on no-govt. business on the taxpayers dime.

    October 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Bedtime for Obonzo

    I guess the IOC wasn't as impressed with Mr. Obama as Mr. Obama is impressed with Mr. Obama.

    October 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Just Me

    Well..nothing beats a failure. The White house tried, and as an American, we should all be grateful for their effort.

    I was thinking about this thing being 2016. That's a long way off. Only God knows who will be among the living the way this world is today.

    October 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Expat American

    That's too bad...more time to push for the FIFA World Cup in 2014!

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

    That's sad! President Obama, you did your best and deserve an applaud.

    October 2, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. AEK

    It was very naive of the people of America to think that the world would easily forget the last eight years of arrogance and disrespect shown toward them by the previous administration. I'm certain that this decision will provide yet more fodder for the right wing to criticize President and Mrs. Obama. All he did was fly all night, make his pitch for the United States, and then conduct talks with General McCrystal on the way back. More done in twenty-four hours than President Bush could accomplish in a week in Crawford where he spent over two years of his presidency.

    October 2, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. NC

    Doesn't suprise me we were eliminated. The world has been watching since we elected President Obama. The world probably thinks we are all like the angry, bitter, hateful racists at town halls during the summer. The republican mouthpieces we have in the Congress and Senate are also hurting our country as the world watches. What country in their right mind would want their non-white citizens treated the way our President has been treated.

    October 2, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. a real American

    This is a travesty! The IOC didn't feel the tingle up their legs when Obama spoke? Clearly they are nothing but racists!

    October 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. miken

    Thank goodness! The only people who wanted the games in Chicago were the people who stood to make money from it – that is all of obamas friends and cronies. At least in Rio the average person in the street wants the games – in cicago they don't so its a no-brainer.

    October 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Tammy

    Well, now Obama can focus on 9.8% unemployment and providing those 4 million jobs he promised by "the end of summer".

    October 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. DAVE

    I thought everyone would like America after after Obama was elected. Oh well. Good luck Rio.

    October 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Gary

    lulz.... now get back to work helping the country...

    October 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Mike O

    OOPS!
    So much for the unprecedented application of presidential prestige!

    Thank IOC! You saved the Chicago taxpayers (and the American ones when we would have to bail them out) tens of billions in overrun costs.

    October 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Any one other than Rio getting the Olympics would be a travesty. They need to be spread around. Hopefully South America get its this time and for 2020 they should go somewhere in Africa.

    October 2, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. I support the USA!

    Awww........
    I'm sorry we lost the bid.
    Go Rio!
    God Bless America
    Peace to the World!

    October 2, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. single mom

    Before the Obama bashing or whatever starts – Let's remember that most of these voters are European and more likely to NOT vote for an American city, especially after Salt Lake corruption problems and the bombing in Atlanta.
    Let's hope now that it's at least in our hemisphere and goes to Rio. Time zones drive me crazy!

    October 2, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. IndyVoter

    Good. I wish Chicago had won, but they didn't, and I'm relieved that the whole spectacle is over. Now maybe the silliness about this being a 'political gamble' for President Obama will cease. We are all adults. In the REAL, GROWN UP WORLD, people compete, they put forth their best efforts and as the American saying goes "You win some, you lose some" or as the French say, "Que sera, sera"....No one can will everything, all the time. Nice try Pres. and Mrs. Obama. We thoroughly appreciate your efforts. We will likely be one of the countries to dominate in the events anyway. Looking forward to seeing more of Rio de Janiero!

    October 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Mercedes

    This is an embarassment to the United States. Well we can thank all the idiots that created the violence this week and previous cases in Chicago. How could the President and First Lady make a stand with these problems taking place in Chicago? First clean your house and then invite guests! This will just proof Republicans who weak our president is. Please President Obama you must do something right this term or there will be no second term for you. I am proud of you as our president but unfortunately it's not looking good. FIX IT!!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Kamal

    The President, First Lady and the Chicago teams are my hero!!!
    Thank you Mr. President, I love what you did for the nation, we can always try, but we may not always win, that's true life!

    True spirit of heroism is in those that gave their time to try, you were not afraid to step up and sell the American dream, and you did sell it, and i am very proud of you. I stayed all night to listen to you give your speech, it made sense, it always do, I am all the way for you, I am an American.

    October 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    Talk, talk, talk. The Obama's both give such wonderful speeches. Don't they just leave you spell bound. Oh the bliss of just listening to them talk.
    Chicago has been eliminated. Guess, all the wonderful words from the Obama's just could not sell Chicago.
    Now after wasting all that money and time maybe Obama can foucus on some real emergencies like still rising unemployment, just out today it is up to 9.8%. How about a little attention for Afganistan? How about the deficits? New poll today shows that 78% including 74% of independents say the government is spending more than we can afford and 77% say the deficits threaten our future and future generations will be worse off than us becasue of them.

    October 2, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Mercedes

    This is an embarassment to the United States. Well we can thank all the idiots that created the violence this week and previous cases in Chicago. How could the President and First Lady make a stand with these problems taking place in Chicago? First clean your house and then invite guests! This will just proof Republicans how weak our president is. Please President Obama you must do something right this term or there will be no second term for you. I am proud of you as our president but unfortunately it's not looking good. FIX IT!!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. worriedmom

    well this has got to be a blow to Obama. He is not use to being knocked off the pedastal. It would have been nice to have the Olympics in the USA but the Obama's arrogance on things really turned me off on it. Now Mr. President can you concentrate on getting jobs out there, more people have lost their jobs this month! and your gang better face reality we are not out of the recession!!

    October 2, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Angela

    I am completely disgusted by this vote. I for one will not spend one more minute paying attention to the Olympics. This is a slap in the face to Chicago and the USA.

    October 2, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. anita ms

    thank you Mr President for at lease trying to bringing the Olympics to the . You tried and thats all what matter. Fox news is all over this one. JUST IMAGINE IF WE WOULD OF WON, THEY WILL STILL BE TALKING DOWN ON YOU MR PRESIDENT! Fox news is out to destroy you administration and you keep up the good work protecting and looking ou for the American people who elected you in office! Now get Healthcare reform passed without the party of NO! And watch your approval ratings go back up Mr President! You betcha.Obama Biden 2012:) go go go

    October 2, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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