The President who can’t do anything right lost the Olympics for the United States. Chicago was eliminated in the first round, baby — the First Freaking Round!:
COPENHAGEN – The race for the 2016 Olympics has came down to just Rio de Janeiro and Madrid, with the International Olympic Committee eliminating Chicago in a stunning first round of voting.
Tokyo was knocked out in the second round.
That left just Rio and Madrid still in the mix. The IOC voted again to separate the two and elect a winner, which will be announced by IOC president Jacques Rogge later Friday.
Madrid’s surprising success in reaching the final round came after former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch made an unusual appeal for the Spanish capital, reminding the IOC members as he asked for their vote that, at age 89, “I am very near the end of my time.”
Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid made final pitches to the International Olympic Committee to be selected later Friday as host of the 2016 Olympics, with President Barack Obama and Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pitting their star power against each other in emotional pushes for their cities.Rio and Chicago’s presentations were particularly impassioned. Obama and his wife Michelle both talked about their childhood, while Rio urged the IOC’s members to be bold by taking the games to South America for the first time.
Tokyo presented itself as the best city for the athletes, safe and environmentally pioneering.
Chicago presented first, with videos and speeches — capped by Obama’s plea. Obama used his stature as a statesman and his own life story for impact, recounting how he was moved around as a child and “never really had roots” but in Chicago, “I finally found a home.”
Obama held out the enticing prospect of a Chicago games helping to reconnect the United States with the world after the presidency of George W. Bush, pledging that the “full force of the White House” would be applied so “visitors from all around the world feel welcome and will come away with a sense of the incredible diversity of the American people.”
“Over the last several years, sometimes that fundamental truth about the United States has been lost,” Obama said. “One of the legacies, I think, of this Olympic Games in Chicago would be a restoration of that understanding of what the United States is all about and the United States’ recognition of how we are linked to the world.”
Rio played up the wow factor of its fabulous scenery, with computer-generated bird’s eye images of how venues would be spread across the city, with sailing in the shadow of Sugar Loaf mountain and volleyball on Copacabana beach. But Rio’s hardest sell was that the IOC could ignore South America no longer.
“It is a time to address this imbalance,” Silva said. “It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country.”
I think ultimately this may be a blessing in disguise for Chicago, as most countries that host the Olympics end up Billions of dollars in the hole after the games are done. China’s debt alone was nearly $25 Billion; Greece’s was $10 billion.
However, I don’t think that Mayor Daley will feel that way; especially after his Chicago Machine stooge President Narcissist fumbled this ball so badly.
Still, Chicago *IS* home to both the Bears and the Cubs. Mayor Richie ought to be used to it by now.
Expecting fireworks in three, two, one . . .
The Redoubtable Don Lemon of CNN Can’t believe it — and melts down on the air:
Why is this guy still on the air? (Because Fox News got all the SMART, Professional Anchors.)