October 2nd, 2009
05:45 PM ET
11 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. John

    This Proves –——— The World does not like America.

    IOC Members Voted – We did not get enough votes. It was not politics, but a fair secret ballot voting. Let us accept defeat in true Sportsmanship.

    BUSH and GOP have Ruined America's Reputation and Made more Enemies than Friends.

    CHICAGO lost because of the failed foreign policies of the past 8 years.

    Go OBAMA Go – Please Rebuild our Lost Reputation, which has been Ruined by Bush and GOP. 😐

    October 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Idiot_Pelosi

    Can we hear the story about how great Michelle Obama's speech was, especially since it helped CHICAGO to be voted out FIRST.

    October 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. sk

    Nice work – the President tries and fails to get the Olympics to Chicago, a city that the polling shows DOESN'T want the games. How much taxpayer money was wasted on this boondoggle?

    October 2, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Nate, Oly WA

    CNN, please explain how OBAMA came up short.

    October 2, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. TCM

    Excellent! American atheletes will do well regardless of the country; we just don't need more undeserving credit awarded to Obama. The world sees him for the incompetent boob that he is, and ignored his manipulative techniques that work on so many ignorant liberals.....haha...and he totes Oprah along like she's somebody....without being black, ACORN, and affirmative action, none of them would have "succeeded," all received preferential treatment.....face it, Obama, the world doesn't like you

    October 2, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. TCM

    John – Obama rebuild our reputation? haha...a corrupt, inexperienced, highly questionable waffle...and you're buying into that hope and change, huh?

    October 2, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Davon

    You got some "Americans" happy Chicago lost it's bid for the 2016 to rub it in the nose of Obama. Is this what this country has came down to? It's getting ridiculous.

    Go Obama, try doing what you can for this country!!!!

    October 2, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. imagine if he hadn't gone... he take flack for that as well

    better to follow what you think is the best course of judgement

    those that would criticism are sitting in the cheap seats and have nothing to do but monday morning sniper

    the pres of Brazil went, we needed to go all in as well

    would have been good for Chicago and Detroit, it is disappointing

    October 2, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. m jeff

    It was going to Brazil all along, no one should be shocked. South America has never held the Olympics, they were due.

    October 2, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    It is time to stand up and make America great.

    Step 1. Vote the republicans out of office.

    Step 2. See step 1.

    October 2, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. nola

    If Chicago had been selected as the site for the 2016 Games – millions of Americans would have had the opportunity to obtain employment. I found it to be so silly for the Repub to be cheering the lost. These are some mixed up folks.

    October 2, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Jo-Ann


    October 2, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Wade

    Dan, John, please explain how this was the Republicans fault?
    Oh that's right... whenever Obama fails at something it's the Republicans fault.

    How selfish and arrogant have we become to think that the US deserves this over any other country that put in a bid.

    Congrats to Brazil.
    It's about time South America got the opportunity.

    October 2, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Maureen - NC

    I don't think it matters if you label this as an Obama thing or not. I think what matters is that according to googke searches, each country has lost money on the Olympics and with the less than stellar coverage Chicago has gotten recently due to the murder of the honor student, I am not suprised that Chicago was the #4 choice of 4.

    October 2, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Jon Krieger

    I LOVE IT!Now the whole world is waking up from all this Obummer worship!

    October 2, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Ray

    Nice framing, CNN. Have you been infiltrated by the boobs over at FOX? There's no other excuse for claiming Obama a failure because we didn't get the Olympics. South America had it all along...it was high time they got it!

    October 2, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. NC

    We ned to restore our reputation left by the Bush legacy. We are no longer Number 1 in anything other than hate and starting wars. Congrats to Rio. Remember Americans the world is always watching us and lately with all of the hate some of you have shown toward fellow Americans and our President I don't blame The IOC. Some of you looked like barbarians at the town halls during the summer including the politicans. Because of the hate our country is experiencing toward those that are different than we are we will continue to detoriate as a world leader.

    October 2, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. mjm

    John......Is there anything you won't blame on Bush?

    We got dead last, which means we were never in the running. Chicago spent millions on this. The US spent millions flying Obama over there to get dead last.

    Before the results, CNN said Obama's took them by storm. Anyone that heard the speech by the Obama's heard them talk about themselves over and over agian.

    They blew it because A) We were never in the running, so why waste the money or B) Nobody wanted to hear the Obama's tell everyone how great they are.

    Obama spent the last nine months sucking up to the world and we get dead last to show for it. WAY TO GO.

    October 2, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Peter

    Chicago was not the only city bidding for the olympics! yet Japanese are not all over the media critizing their government!. Politically people should grow up especially the media! with useless journalist mith mega micro!. This is what the media has become "HE DID, HE SAID" WHAT DO YOU THINK JANE/ WHAT DO YOU THINK BOB?". I will borrow words from goggle " you can make money without being evil" That is you can sell news without unfounded rumour mongering! and still make profits!.

    October 2, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. ???

    To TCM:

    You do your job as a hater very well!!! You must get paid overtime for all the hate you spew everyday. So, hate on, HATER!!!!!

    They don't want the Olympics in the United States because we have too many problems in the USA and people like TCM don't help our cause at all.

    October 2, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. Nate, Oly WA

    TCM...you sir, are an idiot.

    October 2, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. jack

    he went for his own MASSIVE ego alone, oh and to return favors to his mobstyle buddies in chicago.... you know, the dirty backdoor deals that got him the nomination in the first place. not once did he think about what the Americans struggling in HIS economy might think of his gallavanting on this nonsense trip. he is in love with himself and its not just a summer thing!

    October 2, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Frances

    The republicans were elated just because Obama could not bring the Olympics to the U.S. They really don't like him. This is not about Obama. Once again, the republicans are proving to be unpatriotic rooting for Obama to fail. When Obama fails, America fails, so the republicans love it when America fails? I cannot believe the pick party over country. Ronald Reagan would probably leave his own party because they have lost their way. What happened to the party of Reagan? He never put anyone down personally or rooted for someone to fail. He was a true American. Where is the real republican party? It is the party of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity. It is the unrepublican party that is unAmerican. God Bless America!!

    October 2, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. mjm

    Dan, TX..........Great idea! Democracts are doing so great that maybe we can get to 12% unemployment if we vote out Republicans!

    Texas is doing well under Republican control...Don't blow it like Obama and the olympics.

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

    Obambi can't razzle dazzle IOC. When you live in VIRTUAL WORLD like Obambi, reality will always slap you like an unwanted person. The world is not enamored with Obambi, only in USA his koolaid drinkers has the notion he walks on water' while the rest of America and the world thinks Obambi is DOOFUS EXTRAORDINAIRE.

    The EGO has landed flat on its ARSE! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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