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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    Thank You Mr. President, First Lady and O.. Thank You for at least trying. We Americans Appreciate all your efforts.

    October 2, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Ed, Iowa

    If any of those making the decision ever had the misfortune to visit OHare Airport, with its legendary delays...the choice was a no-brainer...anywhere BUT Chicago!

    October 2, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Brandon

    Faux News, Teabaggers, and right wing loons are happy about this loss!!! They celebrate that America's unemployment increases and people lose their homes. How SICK ARE THEY? They would intentional ensure that America fails so that they can have the White House in 2012. That is SICK.

    October 2, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Peter E

    Knowing the traffic logistics of Chicago and its stadiums, as well as the crime statistics, the city wasn't a very good choice in the first place. On the other hand I don't think it should have been Rio that beat us. They have an even worse reputation.

    October 2, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. dave

    Let me get this straight.... there's Tokyo, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Chicago. CHICAGO? Are you kidding me? And people were shocked that Chicago got the least amount of votes?! Come one, this one's a no-brainer. Look at it this way, if you were given a free vacation to any one of these cities, which one would YOU choose? I don't know about you, but Chicago would be the at the bottom of my list too. Not that there's anything particularly wrong with Chicago, it just ain't Tokyo OR Madrid and it sure as heck ain't RIO!

    October 2, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Darren

    Leave it to John Boehner to criticize Obama for spending four hours in Copenhagen trying to bring the Olympic Games to the United States. What a hypocrite among a party of hypocrites! I didn't see him or any of the Republican leadership (there's any oxymoron if I ever heard one) complaining when George W. Bush was spending more time on vacation than any president in history. Hey John: the word is called multitasking - you should try it some time.

    October 2, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Dean

    John October 2nd, 2009 5:46 pm ET

    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.

    John just proves that you just can't hide stupid.
    How long are you liberals going to blame Bush for Obama's failures?

    October 2, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Limbaugh is a liberal

    As if Americans care so much about the olympics... Viewer rating was low even when WE hosted the games in Atlanta. And you remember all the scandals that surrounded those events. Our teams will do great, as they always do, but it's not as if Americans themselves have been all that supportive. The only thing most Americans even remember from the last games is Mike Phelps... and lately, not even for how great he is at swimming. So in case we want to host the games, it's not in Coppenhagen we need to promote them. We should have been promoting them here first!

    October 2, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. mike

    To: John@5:46

    I knew a hate filled, left wing fundamentalist progressive would find someway to blame Bush for this.

    October 2, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. b franklin

    Another Obama publicity play.....failure.. You all would have criticized Bush for going to make the pitch for America. "we're at war.", "the economy is in the tanks", "how much is this costing".. Well, what has changed...we are still at war, the economy continues to bleed jobs, exactly how much did this little foray cost us?
    It's time for the Obama team and it's supporters to llok in the mirror and ask exactly what has this guy done for us?
    I find it interesting that Bush is now to blame for Chicago not getting the Olympics. Bush has been out of office for nearly 10 months, when exactly does his clock stop and Obamas clock start?

    October 2, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. DB

    I am sorry the USA did not get the Olympics...but we wont win every time and we shouldnt. As for criticism of the President, it would have happened if he had gone or not gone. Perhaps its obvious to the IOC board that Republicans will do anything to try an underthrow this and any Democratic government....and they didnt want to take a chance on that.

    Congratulations to Brazil for taking the games to South America...I pray that they can make a success of it!!!

    October 2, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Jane/Seattle

    It is not these games that will define a return to the America that does not torture other peoples that wrong-thinking turned into enemies! It is not these others who must take responsibility for how we live, it is each and every one of US. Our reputation will stand on what we do! If we continue to make wars and kill other's family members, then we will remain hated as well we should be! It is my hope that we the citizens of this bankrupt, morally and otherwise, country will Rise Up to say, "...NO, ENOUGH, We are the governed and you act as we say or you are gone now..."! We say, NO MORE WAR, NO More Rampant, unregulated Capitalism, No more Poverty, NO more revisions of Textbooks in Texas for the Propaganda to be inserted to make America right and eveyone else Wrong, No more lying/stealing in all forms to promote your Economic Rape of this World! How do you like this, government hacks? Some of us know your fraudulent names and the big game! No more WMD's held in only YOUR hands for Ultimate Control to prevent the People from speaking their desires. Oh, nevermind, YOU won't hear it anyway. Your FEAR is sooooo Deep, you may never come out of your delusions of Grand Designs! Woe unto you though as your money will never save you from the death we all face. It is the rebirth we ought to be seeking now on Earth. But so many believed the myths your collective liars sold for profits! You folks ain't waiting for Heaven, Are you? Ha!

    October 2, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Carlos

    How long before you libs begin to accept responsibility for your failures and quit blaming everybody else?

    October 2, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. pdixon

    It is a sad day when Americans are happy about something like this. This was not about President Obama. He did the right thing. As someone else pointed out, if George Bush had done it for Dallas, then Republicans would say he is soooo patriotic! Americans are sick and tired of people trying to sabotage the success of our country. If our President is successful, we are all successful. Are we that selfish, ignorant and full of hate that we want to see our country fail just to be able to say Obama failed? This is sad.

    October 2, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. johnnie w

    Yea and the GOP are going to come up SHORT on HEALTH Care REFORM, in the Governors Races in Virginia and New Jersey. What was the President suppose to do NOTHING. We have new Respect around the WORLD ,once again. BUSH was the ABYSS, and CHENNEY was on the LIST as well, We SMART AMERICANS know that. 2012 the GOP is going to called the REAL SHORT Party. GOD bless our President and First Lady. And YES WE STILL WILL......

    October 2, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. unshrub

    I can understand why republicans are upset with Obama spending time working for the Olympics, they are use to having a President who can only do one thing at a time.

    October 2, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Matt, Chico, CA

    Obama and his wife were the only two that made their presentations about them (he, about what a great home Chicago is for HIM. she, how much it would have meant to HER father to have seen the olympics in Chicago).

    With as much corruption as there is in the olympics, why would they award them to the most politcally corrupt city in our country?

    The IOC made the right decision

    October 2, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Foreigner that watches? CA

    TCM October 2nd, 2009 5:50 pm ET

    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...

    You're dead wrong – the world loves Obama, and sees you and your type as the small minded bigots you are.

    Obama is everything that is good about your country – you on the other hand is why the world thinks Americans are bas!ards.

    October 2, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Frances Smith

    If Obama had not taken the trip, the GOP would have been complaining about that too. Considering we (USA and Chicago) lost the Olympic bid, the GOP would have hammered in that he did not show any leadership by not going. Obama cannot win because there's always someone saying he didn't do it right. And if the complaining would get the GOP back into office, there's no telling what they will say next. Frankly, it all makes me even more disappointed than I already was in the process. Political or not. Nevertheless, I believe Obama did the right thing

    October 2, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Bonnie

    TCM, don't hate, don't be mad, you and others with your little mindset, will be just fine, Put your seatbelt on and enjoy the ride, from the backseat.

    October 2, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. Daniel Sacramento

    Do Republicans hate America so much they cheer that the USA lost its bid. Do Republicans hate americans so much they cheer for the loss of jobs that would of been created. No wonder they identify with the Confederate south. They hated America so much they killed American solders and wanted to overthrough the gov. and change the constitution. Lincoln must be rolling in his grave. The GOP stands for everything he was against. How things have changed.

    October 2, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Teacher in SC

    My suspicion is that Chicago lost out because they have a worldwide reputation for inadequate parking and running their city off parking ticket revenue. Even our amorous Governor considered Chicago for his tryst, but decided it would be cheaper to go to South America than to pay for parking tickets in Chicago.

    October 2, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. The Dude

    Exactly, m jeff, it had been decided long before the meeting.

    It doesn't matter what the President does, the right-wing whack-jobs will complain about it.

    October 2, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. 2010 can't get here fast enough

    Ya John, that is what happened, it is Bush's fault.

    Newsflash genius, Obambi won and Bush is no longer President, put down the etch a sketch the grown-ups are talking here.

    You and the progressives have been whining that once Obambi is in the world will love us again and celestial choirs will sing (thanks Hillary) Obambi's praises.

    How is that working out here genius, Poland, France and the Czechs to name just three HATE us NOW because of what your hero did to them.

    Maybe they haven't taught you that in third grade yet?

    October 2, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. suzi

    I think it's about time that South america was welcomed to the world. good for them! Looks like a beautifuil country.

    October 2, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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