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. Bedtime for Obonzo

    And some of you Dems on this forum blame the loss on George W. Bush! Are you serious, or is this satire, or are you simply out of your minds?

    October 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. New Age Democrat

    @Vigla

    I'd even have to admit that your argument is lame. Sure, a temporary increase in jobs may be one of the initial benefits. Some added revenue, sure... But at what cost? Is it worth it to have the city add millions of dollars in debt for cost overruns then need to have more furloughs or layoffs? I doubt you'd be happy with that either.

    October 2, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    What does that have to do with Chicago's Olympic bid? Also, I just wanted to say that Bush is the reason why Chicago isn't hosting the Olympics.

    October 2, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Peter

    Olympic is nothing compared to the world cup! which we gonna get!! so guys relax! let the chicagons clean their mess!

    October 2, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. howie

    Maybe, just maybe, I have saved a few bucks. Thanks IOC Perhaps if it had been in another city, but Chicago, no,no,no.

    October 2, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Joe

    Our hope is dashed! And NO you can't!

    October 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. E

    so what! US has hosted plenty of Olympics. If I had a choice between Rio and Chicago I would far rather go to Rio!

    October 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Bella

    Many of these posts and the Obamas prove just one of the reasons the rest of world hates America – we go thumping over to Denmark, banging our chests as if the deal were DONE. International codes of etiquette don't recognize chest thumping – in fact they find it appalling. When the First Lady uttered "the gloves are off" I'm sure the bubble above the IOC's head said "they certainly are!"

    Our elaborate display was embarrassingly overdone. Most nations have a Minister of Sports and support sports through the government – the US does not. Enough said right there.

    The Olympics have been in the US numerous times. All over Europe and Asia. It's time it went to a South American country.

    October 2, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. essen

    The Obamas and Oprah. The only one missing is Revrerand Wright!

    October 2, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Angie in PA

    Oh well President obama and First lady you tried cant knock someone for trying!

    October 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. The Chicagoan

    Why are so many of you making this about the POTUS? This country is about to rewind about 50 years of progress. Politics in this country has become shameful...not because of policy, but because of bias, misinformation, and pure hatred. We will reap what we sow as a country. Mark my words. This government or any other won't distroy this country, the American people will. The writing is on the wall. Brace yourself America!

    October 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Duane

    In the true spirit of the Olympics it's about time that it should be hosted in South America.

    It's that simple.

    October 2, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Andi

    Way too much cheap and petty sentiment on these pages. The US does not DESERVE to host the Olympics.

    October 2, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Holly

    Whatever. We got plenty on our plates right now.

    October 2, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    Now you Republicans can go back to your cross burnings and mob lynchings. Please continue to enjoy being the party of 21%.

    October 2, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    That's okay... when 2010 rolls around, the RNC will become an asterisk in the history books. Twenty-one percent and dwindling... bye bye.

    October 2, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. m jeff

    Bush was on vacation for eight years.

    October 2, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Susan

    At least they tried..........
    that being said, I am happy that IOC was not unduly influenced by last minute star powers for Chicago.... that would have given a wrong signal to world: that political influences changes the dynamics.
    but it does anyway.

    October 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Dan, TX

    Pride has a fall. He thought that with his big talk/speech he can brign the Olympics to Chicago. It is a thrashing for our President and now for Ameirca. Why should he get involved in sports event and mix politics with it. Americans may have been fooled by him but he cannot fool the world. Barack has to go out of USA to see how people tyink, behave and perform as natural citizens. This guy is a big talk. Empty vessels make too much noise. I am happy that he has been rejected. Time will come American people will dump him, reject him.

    October 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. realUSA

    he fix this country just like he fix south side chicago... even cops dont wanna go there

    October 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    Chicago slums owned by Obama gang will not get uplift. They wanted to use Olympic money for their own purpose. Now Obama has to find some other tricks. It is a disgrace. Messiah has lost and this is the change we have to believe in. Those who were supporting Barack and have their mouths shut by the world. More to come.

    October 2, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Jean from the Prairies, Canada

    Only one city could win....those that didn't weren't being rejected by the IOC. How self-centred of those who only see Chicago's loss and blame it on the Obamas or on politics. South America has never had an Olympics. The US has had several. It was someone else's turn.

    October 2, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. cakediva

    If we would have won the bid, you still would be complaining. Its a shame grown adults are acting like second graders. Taxpayers money is wasted everyday especially on a war we have no business being in. Where is your outrage for that!!!! It is refreshing that we have a pres that can multi-task! I know you repugs are not used to that.

    October 2, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. James Mcgraw

    Wow!!!!! This is my 1st time I actually read any of these blogs and this is so ridiculous. Apparently people are only proud to be Americans when things are going there way and use something as small as losing a bid for the Olympic Games as a way to spread more negativity and hatred. We have problems, no doubt, but do me a favor for every negative comment you place on a blog PLEASE bring a positive solution to the table so we can move forward. I hear tones of bickering but no solutions; fact it Obama is our president for another 3 years at least, if you don't like his policies bring something else to the table so we can move forward and move this country in the right direction.

    May all of you have a blessed Day & May God bless America!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Barry In Las Vegas

    This is a win for the people of Illinois who didn't want this loser even though their elected officials did.

    Now we need to win one for the American people who do not want Obama's Health Care Goverment take over.

    October 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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