Axelrod: We got robbed on Olympics because of “politics”

posted at 12:44 pm on October 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The ultimate irony in sour grapes since the French lost a wine contest in the mid-1970s to California.  What White House has ever indulged in more elbow-throwing for its pet causes than the Obama White House, after all?  Just this week, we heard from a Democratic challenger in the Colorado primary that revealed an attempt to buy him out of the race with a position at USAID.  Complaining about politics from this White House is like the Yankees griping about being put at a disadvantage from the free-agent system.

And yet, here we have David Axelrod, attempting to recover from the dumbest political gaffe of the administration by blaming the very international politics Barack Obama tried to exploit:

Top White House adviser David Axelrod says “politics” played a key role in the International Olympic Committee’s decision to reject President Obama’s appeal in support of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

In an interview moments ago on CNN, Axelrod said, “I don’t view this as a repudiation of the president or the first lady. I think that there are politics everywhere, and there were politics inside that room.” Axelrod said that a former head of the IOC was leading Madrid’s effort for the games, and others involved in other Olympic bids also had connections with the IOC. “As with any process like this, there are all kinds of crosscurrents in the room, there are relationships,” Axelrod said.

Asked for details, Axelrod said, “I’m not suggesting anything nefarious…I’m not suggesting anything untoward happened. There are politics around every process, and there were here as well…There were relationships that paid off for some of the other cities.”

Why did Obama go to Copenhagen in the first place?  He and his staff thought that he could use his supposedly tremendous international popularity to bully the IOC into picking Chicago.  Now they’re complaining that the IOC had other politics to consider, and that somehow that was unfair.

Boo fricking hoo.

Why did the White House put the prestige of the American presidency on the line for the 2016 Olympiads in the first place?  Even Al Gore seemed taken aback by that earlier this week, and warned that Obama had better not come back empty-handed, lest he look like a fool.  They seem to have an inordinately high opinion of their own influence on world leaders and organizations, and Obama apparently has no one to whisper Sic transit gloria in his ear when he embarks on these triumphs.

In short, this debacle closely resembles Greek warnings about the crippling nature of hubris.  What an embarrassment.

Update (AP): Here’s more spin this afternoon from Axelrod, mindlessly droning, as he must, that of course The One would needlessly stake his international political celebrity on this humiliating clusterfark all over again if he had to.

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This crashing defeat of Obama is the worlds repudiation of his destruction of America

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 1:22 PM

He should have sent Palin.

bloggless on October 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Axelrod said, “I don’t view this as a repudiation of the president or the first lady.”

So there, he admits to the prevailing scuttlebutt. Why else would Chicago be the first to be eliminated, other than a repudiation of the Bamster’s arrogant bullying?

Obama personalized the OIC vote, and then he lost it.

petefrt on October 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Rio de Janeiro is to host the first Olympic Games in South America.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge made the announcement in Copenhagen today, to the bitter humiliation of Barack Obama.
The U.S. president was embarrassed on the world stage after the IOC rejected his very personal bid for the 2016 Olympic Games to be hosted in his home town of Chicago.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Had Chicago won the bid, the Obama’s and cronies would over-shadow the games.

TN Mom on October 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

It’s true. And the recent murder of the teen in Chicago getting international attention didn’t help out either.

RepubChica on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

To those on this thread that think this is bad for America & have mentioned how they don’t like how the rest of the world views us:
1. Why do we care what the rest of world thinks of us?
2. Why is this bad for America? The olympics IMHO are nothing but a joke.
If I wanna watch sports, I’ll watch professional competitions.

Badger40 on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Maybe it was because of all the youth killings in Chicago over the last month. Maybe the IOC decided that if Chicago can’t protect it’s own citizens, how the hell would they protect the athletes of the world.

This whole thing is just priceless.

PappaMac on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Top White House adviser cry baby, David Axelrod says “politics” played a key role in the International Olympic Committee’s decision to reject President Obama’s appeal

Cry baby! Now, get back to work finding JOBS for the American People!

TN Mom on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Matthews was right,

scalleywag on October 2, 2009 at 1:15 PM

I know you mean Chris Wallace, but it did make me do a double take.

csdeven on October 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Yea, my bad. I can promise that I’ll never type those words and actually mean them. Thanks.

scalleywag on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

David Axelrod says “politics” played a key role in the International Olympic Committee’s decision to reject President Obama’s appeal in support of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics

No sh*t, EXLAX!!!!

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Rio de Janeiro is to host the first Olympic Games in South America.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Let’s keep our ears open when all of the kidnappings & murders begin.
This is why I like to vacation in America.
Plenty to see & do & much safer than places like Rio.

Badger40 on October 2, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Brazil was very aggressive? Did they send their president, first lady, and the richest woman in Brazil to Copenhagen?

csdeven on October 2, 2009 at 1:26 PM

I share all t he glee expressed on this board at Barky’s embarrassment, but on a more serious note:

This is the first unequivocal failure for Barky. Despite Axelrod’s whining, this can only be interpreted as a defeat for the First Citizen of The World at the hands of non Americans. What worries me is how he will react to this defeat, and to the string of defeats to come on both the domestic and foreign fronts. Pray for America.

Filecchio on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

csdeven on October 2, 2009 at 1:26 PM

They just sent that girl whose ass Obama was staring at during the g7 meetings. That won it for Rio.

lorien1973 on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

To be fair to Obama, Chicago probably lost the bid to something like this.

Blame it on bad timing if you want, but that’s how the cookie crumbles.

Or as Jon Stewart would say:

You failed… now fix the economy.

Chaz706 on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

What a bonehead. What does he think he was trying to do other than playing politics

rjoco1 on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Jobless numbers up. Obama loses Olympic bid. Letterman porking his staff. Health care bill going nowhere.

….. expect libs to declare total victory.

fogw on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Because it is an un-American move and it denigrates the office. That was the bulk of his intention, and he was highly successful at it. He wanted nothing more than to make the US a joke and humiliate the US Presidency and that is exactly what he did.

People don’t really understand that The Precedent is very happy with the result. This was his dream. He doesn’t care about the personal humiliation – as we have all seen ample evidence that the moron is totally impervious to personal humiliation. All he wanted was to hurt the US, go against the traditional structure of the US, and bring shame to the White House. He was superb at achieving all of that.

This is how The Precedent thinks. I keep trying to explain this to allah.

progressoverpeace on October 2, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I commend your analysis to all. Best explanation of all for why Hussein made the trip.

Why did Chi lose? I suspect the delegation smelled so bad even the corrupt IOC couldn’t abide it, and adding Barry and his bovines didn’t help.

Arrogance…there is always some kind of payback for it. Hussein’s time in the barrel is just starting.

Harry Schell on October 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

FOX interrupted Red Eye early this morning for the Obama/IOC Olympic info~mercial. What little I listebed to (The Mute Button is a GOOD thing!) re-inforced my opinion that Obama had yet again brought a knife to a gun~fight.

Couldn’t be happier!!!

Jack.

Jack Deth on October 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

We’ve been spared a $20billion, or so, bailout of Chicago following their gross underestimate of the costs involved. Also, the level of corruption that would have ensued would have been a national embarrassment. Couldn’t we have picked a reputable city for our pitch?

orlandocajun on October 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Why did the White House put the prestige of the American presidency on the line for the 2016 Olympiads in the first place?

Because Daley wanted him to, and Daley has enough goods on Obama to make him do it. (HT: El Rushbo)

petefrt on October 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Al Gore…warned that Obama had better not come back empty-handed, lest he look like a fool.

Mission accomplished.

FlameWarrior on October 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

I think that there are politics RACISTS everywhere, and there were politics WAS RACISM inside that room.

Obligatory…

mankai on October 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

It’s because of all those RAAAAAACIST Republicans that sit on the IOC!! And Michael Jordan. And stuff.

crazy_legs on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

This is like christmas, my birthday and me getting lucky!
sargentj on October 2, 2009

I don’t get it….two things that happen every year and one that’s yet to come?

Goodeye_Closed on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

He should have sent Palin.

bloggless on October 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Olympics in Juno in 2020!

Christian Conservative on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

This post deserves a Comedy Gold headline. Axelhead is such a scumbag, I don’t have words.

Jaibones on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

They just sent that girl whose ass Obama was staring at during the g7 meetings. That won it for Rio.

lorien1973 on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

And we sent Oprah and Michelle.

seven on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Arrogance and incompetency is a danerous combination. It is disastrous in an Administration.

kingsjester on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

When will Barry compensate U.S. taxpayers for the money wasted on his little excursion to Copenhagen?

corona on October 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Maybe the committee took a look at the violence on the streets of Chicago and the lack of same on the beaches in Rio… mind you flipping that around to the streets of Rio and the beaches of Chicago gets you to the same place…

ajacksonian on October 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

danerous=dangerous
need more medication.

kingsjester on October 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

They send the President and then decry “politics”. It’s simply not possible to be this tone deaf.

Jaibones on October 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Cry baby! Now, get back to work finding JOBS for the American People! Illegal Aliens

Fify!

Bulldogger on October 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Are David Axelrod and Dabney Coleman one and the same? I’ve never seen the two of them together.

Percy_Peabody on October 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Dudes, it wasn’t even close! Chicago along with the O, Michelle, & Oprah was dumped in under an hour no ifs, ands, or buts. Sweet!

mozalf on October 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Mmmmmmmmmmm

The schadenfreude will be deliciously ripe and particularly tasty this weekend. Stock up, pile it on, and pass it around. It’s practically free and there’s plenty for everyone!

SilverStar830 on October 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM
It’s these treats that keep us going until the 2010 banquet

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM

**Ties on napkin, TV tray all ready…**

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

They just sent that girl whose ass Obama was staring at during the g7 meetings. That won it for Rio.

lorien1973 on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

And we sent Oprah and Michelle.

seven on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

And they blocked out the sun.

fogw on October 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

The prestige loss is in the power of the American Presidency. That took a huge blow today.

Chris of Rights on October 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM

No, that happened in November of 2008. And again in January of 2009.

Del Dolemonte on October 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Parody: “International Committee Rejects Obama’s Personal Pitch that His Large Ego Be Site of 2016 Olympics” http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/10/obamas-personal-pitch-that-his-ego-be.html

Mervis Winter on October 2, 2009 at 1:32 PM

It’s true. And the recent murder of the teen in Chicago getting international attention didn’t help out either.

RepubChica on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I look for the obama’s to boycott the games in Rio…

TN Mom on October 2, 2009 at 1:33 PM

They just sent that girl whose ass Obama was staring at during the g7 meetings. That won it for Rio.

lorien1973 on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

If we had sent Michael Jordan, our only chitown connection that is relevant.

seven on October 2, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Mmmmmmmmmmm

The schadenfreude will be deliciously ripe and particularly tasty this weekend. Stock up, pile it on, and pass it around. It’s practically free and there’s plenty for everyone!

SilverStar830 on October 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM
It’s these treats that keep us going until the 2010 banquet

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM

**Ties on napkin, TV tray all ready…**

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

LOLOL

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

We all know the Olympic committee is racist!

MCGIRV on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM


And Bush? Heh – can’t blame him – he was a world away!! So watch the libbies spin this one! It’ll be hilarious!….

HondaV65 on October 2, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Of course they can blame Bush, and they already are! I flipped on PMSNBC just to watch them flip out, and they had a guy on the ground in Chicago who suggested the fault of losing may lie in the hangover of the politics of the “last eight years”!

IOW, blame Boooosh!

Morons.

ornery_independent on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Clearly Jimmy Carter’s pronouncement of the rampant racism bubbling and churning in this country and made the IOC realize that this country is an unsafe and unworthy venue for sports competitors from around the world…or maybe it was the YouTube video of the murder of an honor student last week…or the 45% of Chicagoans who didn’t want the Games there…or

Nope:
It was the hate-filled right wingers who caused this

in_awe on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Cry baby! Now, get back to work finding JOBS for the American People! Illegal Aliens
Fify!

Bulldogger on October 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Paging Joe Wilson!!!!!!

TN Mom on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Of COURSE politics had a lot to do with it; no other head of state made the trek to Copenhagen.

steveegg on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

So the city known for a statue of Jesus, beats the guy who thinks he’s bigger than Jesus.

Nice!

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 1:35 PM

A big F-You from Iran and now one from the IOC. OH MY, this won’t be good.

Jvette on October 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM

So he went to Denmark and flew home, but didn’t stop to visit troops in Afghanistan since he was nearby? What a tard.

lorien1973 on October 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM

He has his priorities after all, can’t expect him to think of our fighting men/women…(Suppose he didn’t want the world to remember their SACRIFICE–as opposed to Meechelle”s…)

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM

But we all share the loss of prestige on the international stage.

Chris of Rights on October 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM

No, this is all on Obambi’s shoulders–I am still proud of our country–I don’t need accolades from other countries….

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

This is like christmas, my birthday and me getting lucky!
sargentj on October 2, 2009
I don’t get it….two things that happen every year and one that’s yet to come?

Goodeye_Closed on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

LMFAO!! I nearly trew up in my mouf…

WordsMatter on October 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Stock up, pile it on, and pass it around. It’s practically free and there’s plenty for everyone!

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

I’ll have mine with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

csdeven on October 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

No, this is all on Obambi’s shoulders–I am still proud of our country–I don’t need accolades from other countries….

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

This is the first time in my adult life that I’ve been proud of the IOC.

WordsMatter on October 2, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Who’s bright idea was it to put a woman in a hijab talking about how great Chicago is in the video presentation? I don’t recall ever seeing a woman competing in a burka at the Olympics? Beside the fact they are not even mentioned in the koran, and therefore not part of canon (see Harry Potter fanfic), did Valerie Jarrett forget France is currently trying to ban the burka? With French and English the recognized languages of the Olympic games, was this a dig by Obama at Sarkozy?

FeFe on October 2, 2009 at 1:40 PM

To be fair to Obama, Chicago probably lost the bid to something like this.

Chaz706 on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

That’s why they chose the only city that has a higher crime rate? Sorry, this was a message to Obama.

John Deaux on October 2, 2009 at 1:41 PM

…perhaps we can find a US city with less corruption, less crime and a more favorable geographic situation to host the 2020 Games.

MrScribbler on October 2, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Thee’s a great city in Alaska…
http://www.adn.com/3437/story/873959.html

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Couldn’t we have picked a reputable city for our pitch?

orlandocajun on October 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

How about a reputable person?

csdeven on October 2, 2009 at 1:42 PM

They just sent that girl whose ass Obama was staring at during the g7 meetings. That won it for Rio.

lorien1973 on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

She would’ve got my vote for damn sure.

TXUS on October 2, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Like a fine cigar and a cold beer after a hard day’s work… please let this moment linger…

WordsMatter on October 2, 2009 at 1:43 PM

No doubt that even the IOC is aware of the colossal and unprecedented level of political corruption and incompetence that is Chicago and the Daley Machine…

Fuzzlenutter on October 2, 2009 at 1:46 PM

The spin is absolutely nauseating, I feel like I just stepped off a centrifuge.

silenced majority on October 2, 2009 at 1:47 PM

He didn’t “blame” politics. He acknowledged politics and that the delegates had other things to consider besides the Prez. It was a pretty straightforward statement, and very unwhiny.

Bleeds Blue on October 2, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Don’t rain on my parade!!

NJ Red on October 2, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Dear Team Obama – The RNC would like to thank you guys for saving us a lot of money during the next election cycle. You just handed us the best advertising money can buy. Can’t wait to see what else you have for us. Fondly, The Other Side

redwhiteblue on October 2, 2009 at 1:48 PM

If Dallas were vying to get the games (they would never be that stupid) would Obama have gone to Copenhagen on their behalf? I know, silly question.

echosyst on October 2, 2009 at 1:48 PM

So the city known for a statue of Jesus, beats the guy who thinks he’s bigger than Jesus.

Nice!

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Ed, tell Allah that God has a sense of humor!

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 1:49 PM

He should have sent Palin.

bloggless on October 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Olympics in Juno Juneau in 2020!

Christian Conservative on October 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

FIFY, old chum.

VoyskaPVO on October 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM

I’m surprised he didn’t say this was the product of the “teabaggers” or the “vast right-wing racist conspiracy”

Anyway this is funny!

gophergirl on October 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM

I guess he was axel-robbed.

Mangy Scot on October 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Saul Alinski, sitting in a lake of fire, is looking at this presidency and shaking his head in disbelief. This Alinsky’s legacy. Obama is single-handedly destroying the radical movement.

See, he can do something positive.

Mallard T. Drake on October 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM

You know someone on the left is going to try to float out the theme that there are too many crazy rightwingers out there right now, and the political climate was too poisonous with these teabaggers…so the IOC had to say no, as much as they loved the Obama’s presentation.

stldave on October 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM

To those on this thread that think this is bad for America & have mentioned how they don’t like how the rest of the world views us:
1. Why do we care what the rest of world thinks of us?
2. Why is this bad for America? The olympics IMHO are nothing but a joke.
If I wanna watch sports, I’ll watch professional competitions.

Badger40 on October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Absolutely right Badger. I ran a festival site for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and the corruption was rampant. I got screwed, the local businesses got screwed, and the people of Atlanta got screwed. Then there was that bomb thing which happened not far from my location. The cops came and arrested the pay phones across the street (but that’s another story…)

The Summer Olympics are nothing but an overblown track meet, and we can well do without it. Besides, Hussein is nauseating enough by himself…we don’t need to erect monuments in his honor to stroke his helium ego, which is what Chi-town 2016 would have turned into.

This is good for America in the long run.

ornery_independent on October 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM

He didn’t “blame” politics. He acknowledged politics and that the delegates had other things to consider besides the Prez. It was a pretty straightforward statement, and very unwhiny.

Bleeds Blue on October 2, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Spin..spin..spin like a whirling dervish.

What.A.Sap.

VoyskaPVO on October 2, 2009 at 1:52 PM

I saw a post on MarketWatch that the crime problem in Chicago is overblown… since most of the Chicago criminals are now in Washington DC.

Dasher on October 2, 2009 at 1:52 PM

The One went for the gold and failed.

The race card will be played in 5… 4… 3…

http://nomayo.mu.nu/going_for_the_gold

Stephen Macklin on October 2, 2009 at 1:54 PM

The IOC is RAAACCIISSST!!!

Sorry for the outburst folks. Dang it, my co-workers played a joke on me and lined my hat with tinfoil.

All kidding aside, it’s only moments before some kneejerk limousine libtard dead-seriously states that the IOC is racist.

Counting down, 4…3…2…1…

I can’t wait for 2012 to vote NO against our Bolsehvik Buffoon In Chief. Once he’s voted out, he won’t be able to impose a USA boycott against the 2016 Rio Games.

CatchAll on October 2, 2009 at 1:56 PM

FLASH! This just in.

A story out of IOC Headquarters reveals that the unspoken reason that Chicago was tossed on the first ballot was NOT the presence of the President and the First Squeeze.

Rather, it was the presence of the strange, man-sized block of concrete which the Chicago Olympic Committee brought to the presentation and placed near the podium. Scuttlebutt is that it was Jimmy Hoffa.

Despite Hoffa’s interest in the presentation, it was considered in poor taste in that it could have been interpreted as a veiled threat to the Olympic Committee members.

IndieDogg on October 2, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Somebody’s got to say it. This is it – America’s lost years, we are stuck in staging pattern, until the next Presidential Election. Put a Fork in this Turkey it’s done.

Dr Evil on October 2, 2009 at 2:01 PM

well doggone it, I thought the whirled was supposed to all love us now? What’s Stuart Smalley going to do about it?

kirkill on October 2, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Axelrod: We got robbed on Olympics because of “politics” “Racism”

I’m sure that’s been done, just don’t have time to read a trillion comments…

kirkill on October 2, 2009 at 2:03 PM

So the city known for a statue of Jesus, beats the guy who thinks he’s bigger than Jesus.

Nice!

Jeff from WI on October 2, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I was telling my husband after the announcement that the statue of Jesus will be seen over and over throughout the world. What a great thing.

Jvette on October 2, 2009 at 2:04 PM

October 2, 2009
Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency

There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence.

Chicago’s dismal showing today, after Mr Obama’s personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good — but carries no heft.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6859031.ece

elduende on October 2, 2009 at 2:04 PM

So he went to Denmark and flew home, but didn’t stop to visit troops in Afghanistan since he was nearby? What a tard.

lorien1973 on October 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Good point. If he’d had any sense, he would have followed up Copenhagen with extended visits to Iraq and Afghanistan. Guess he was just too devastated to think straight.

petefrt on October 2, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Chicago, USA: favorite for 2016 Olympics.
Carter complains about racism in US, Chicago slips to 2nd.
Video of mobs and murder in streets of Chicago, Chicago 3rd.
Obama speaks of benefits to his children/family: 4th and last place Chicago, USA. Nice job all around!

jerseyman on October 2, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Send in the O Clowns: Complaining of ‘being robbed’ while they rob the American taxpayer to prop up GM and the Unions and hold secret back-room deals with big Pharma…

TN Mom on October 2, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I saw a post on MarketWatch that the crime problem in Chicago is overblown… since most of the Chicago criminals are now in Washington DC.

Dasher on October 2, 2009 at 1:52 PM

+++++

lovingmyUSA on October 2, 2009 at 2:07 PM

If Obama pitched Chicago as a chance to affirm America he can still claim that the rejection was of America, not himself. Of course, everybody knows that Obama and Chicago are one and the same. Only Chicago could come up with an Obama. This is a rejection of both in FAVOR of what the rest of America has always been. This is the vote of those allies of America that have just been dumped by Obama – but not the American people – in favor of Ahmadinejad, Putin, Chavez, and Castro.

justincase on October 2, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Another pitch: Obama didn’t really go over there to achieve victory. That would embarrass others.

justincase on October 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Whoo boy! Rush is on a tear about this. I love it! No chance for all the Chicago and Washington thug/crooks to screw the taxpayers and the people of Chicago with their dirty tricks!

silvernana on October 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM

It’s all Bush’s Fault.

/sarc

JP1986UM on October 2, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Every time I see that man on TV I’m reminded of a rat in a Chicago alley chewing on a dead man’s arm. If it looks like a rat, walks like a rat, talks like a rat…hmmm

bradley11 on October 2, 2009 at 2:23 PM

The real meaning behind this failure and how it bodes for Obama’s future is:

If something like trying to convince the IOC to bring the olympics to Chicago…with all the effort he put into it and no other world leader doing the same fails….how are we the American people supposed to have faith he can do all this great diplomacy he is supposed to be so great at?

It’s practically the reason he was elected and he failed so miserably and on such a large scale in something really insignificant.

He made nutjobaminhad look like a world class statesmen. Obama might as well wear a clown suit to their next bargaining table session.

Goodeye_Closed on October 2, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Agreeing with those folks saying that the Obama’s may have been the reason we lost the Olympics. Might have been better if they had just stayed out of it. It’s more than a little arrogant to assume that you can influence decisions by showing up in person. I really hope I’m wrong, but it points to a too large ego and some kind of WH mystigue that O can sell anything to anybody. They all need to get over that…they are too entrenched in their own hype.

jeanie on October 2, 2009 at 2:26 PM

To steal a favorite phrase from Obama, “Let me be clear”. Obama’s bid for the 2016 IOC selection did not only not WIN, he came in FOURTH OUT OF FOUR. Thus he not only lost to Brazil, he also lost to Spain and Japan. He came in dead last!

MikeA on October 2, 2009 at 2:27 PM

When will Barry compensate U.S. taxpayers for the money wasted on his little excursion to Copenhagen?

corona on October 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

There may be an upside to this, for the American people. After the cold shoulder he just got in Copenhagen over the Olympics, EgObama might be afraid to go back there to fight “global warming”.

Let him finish his waffle, and his wheeze Danish.

Steve Z on October 2, 2009 at 2:28 PM

The IOC used the Copenhagen chapter of ACORN, ehhh ….

tarpon on October 2, 2009 at 2:30 PM

The IOC is RAAACCIISSST!!!

CatchAll on October 2, 2009 at 1:56 PM

But are they racist-racist?

agmartin on October 2, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Hmmmmmm….How can we blame George Bush for this?

Caper29 on October 2, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Obama + Michelle x Oprah = ZERO!!

Eat it you Axelrod you TURD! I’m so happy right now!!!!

Flyboy on October 2, 2009 at 2:33 PM

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