Breaking: Chicago eliminated from Olympics voting — in first round; Update: Total shock in Chi-town; Update: Rio gets the games

posted at 11:31 am on October 2, 2009 by Allahpundit

You’ve got to be kidding. No link yet but stand by for updates.

Update: The president, the first lady, even Oprah — all of them showed up to make the pitch.

And they ended up being the very first city eliminated.

In a stunning development, Chicago was the first city eliminated on Friday in IOC voting to be host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics…

His wife tugged at IOC members’ heart strings by discussing her late father, who had multiple sclerosis. She recounted sitting on his lap, watching Olympians such as Carl Lewis and Nadia Comaneci compete, and how her father “taught me how to throw a ball and a mean right hook.”

“My dad would have been so proud to witness these games in Chicago,” she said.

It’s only right that I eat crap here for having insisted that this was a done deal and that The One wouldn’t dare risk his political capital on a completely needless humiliation. You’re a bigger sucker than I thought, champ.

Update: “Depression and shock” in Chicago.

The Daley Plaza crowd reacted to Chicago’s elimination in silence. Some members of the crowd were crying as they walked away. People blamed negative media attention on the bid and former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan’s lack of participation as reasons for the loss.

“We weren’t unified as a city. We didn’t get behind this enough,” said Rob Fox of Chicago.

“Michael Jordan didn’t show up,” said Margaret Johnson of Chicago. “His city asked him for help and he turned his back on us.”

Is that going to be the White House spin? It’s Michael Jordan’s fault?

Update: As expected, The One didn’t stick around to face the possibility of humiliation.

Throngs watching the voting in downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza gasped in disappointment as the announcement was made.

United States Olympic Committee leaders appeared stunned by the news and had no comment as they left the voting hall. Mr. Obama was flying back to Washington at the time of the vote.

Update: Another potential scapegoat to go along with Michael Jordan: School violence.

Luciano Reyes speculated that Chicago was undone by a negative reputation internationally.

“The violence in the schools became an international issue, and all the corruption, the rest of the world just sees us as Crook Town,” said Reyes, 59, currently unemployed, who bought his first TV two decades ago specifically to watch the Olympics.

Update: There has to be a way to blame this on Bush somehow. Theories welcome in the comments!

Update: Open a browser tab, point it to this Tribune page, and just keep refreshing as reports of the shock over The God That Failed roll in. My favorite quote: “I really don’t know what happened. Maybe the ‘machine’ isn’t working.”

Update: To no one’s surprise, the games end up in Brazil.


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If only he had brought those Greek columns….

Little Boomer on October 2, 2009 at 11:09 PM

President Itsalla Boutme needs to stay in the U.S. and focus on the economy and our troops.

yoda on October 2, 2009 at 7:08 PM

That’s above his pay grade.

tbear44 on October 2, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Another amateur moment by the amateur in chief. Perhaps if he had another decade or two of actually WORKING in politics rather than just getting elected to politics he would have known how to win these types of contests. Mr. “behind the scenes” getting things done he is not.

ray on October 2, 2009 at 11:54 PM

It’s Bush’s fault.

Antagonist on October 3, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Someone has probably already posted this, but I’m late to the party and it’s good enough to repeat:

Chicago aldermen, who voted 49-0 last month in a show of support for the Olympic bid, said they’re “stunned” by today’s swift elimination of the city from the competition to host the 2016 Summer Games.

Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd, whose ward would have included many Olympic facilities, said he was shocked by the decision.

It’s geo-political forces that were beyond our control,” he said, citing a perception that U.S. actions triggered the worldwide recession.

I just wonder if he is shocked they didn’t get it, or shocked that there actually are geopolitical forces beyond Obama’s control.

ace tomato on October 3, 2009 at 12:09 AM

I just wonder if he is shocked they didn’t get it, or shocked that there actually are geopolitical forces beyond Obama’s control.

ace tomato on October 3, 2009 at 12:09 AM

That’s just another way of saying it’s Bush’s fault.

ddrintn on October 3, 2009 at 12:14 AM

loses. Proof that you’re not pro-America, you’re anti-Obama.

Bleeds Blue on October 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

If you are pro-American, then you are then by defination anti-Obama.

1921 C DRUM on October 3, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Obama blew it for us.

Thanks, Prez!

Liam on October 3, 2009 at 12:56 AM

That’s one smart feller right there.

Yup.

Jug-eared Jesus ain’t the king of the world?

Wow!

hillbillyjim on October 3, 2009 at 1:07 AM

Turns out the Obama Hitler comparisons are false; Hitler landed the Olympics for Germany!

Dasher on October 3, 2009 at 1:18 AM

Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd, whose ward would have included many Olympic facilities, said he was shocked by the decision.

“It’s geo-political forces that were beyond our control,” he said, citing a perception that U.S. actions triggered the worldwide recession.

I just wonder if he is shocked they didn’t get it, or shocked that there actually are geopolitical forces beyond Obama’s control.

ace tomato on October 3, 2009 at 12:09 AM

LOL. The truth is that he’s shocked he was able to find a use for the word, “geopolitical”, though he still has no idea what it means.

progressoverpeace on October 3, 2009 at 1:31 AM

It is now clear that the Anointed One can make water (wee wee) but he cannot walk on water.

Dhuka on October 3, 2009 at 2:38 AM

It’s only right that I eat crap here for having insisted that this was a done deal and that The One wouldn’t dare risk his political capital on a completely needless humiliation.

Well, it was either this theory or the theory that, if Obama *didn’t* go and Chicago lost, they’d blame him just like they’re blaming Michael Jordan now, only 1000 times worse.

I went w/the second theory because it I felt it was true no matter whether there was a done deal or not — kind of a permutation of Occam’s Razor.

(Of course I only mention this now, after the vote was published… I could be just making it all up ;-)

RD on October 3, 2009 at 3:19 AM

President Itsalla Boutme needs to stay in the U.S. and focus on the economy and our troops.

yoda on October 2, 2009 at 7:08 PM

And his namesake President Itsallovahjus Bootme needs to… never miiiiind

RD on October 3, 2009 at 3:29 AM

or the theory that, if Obama *didn’t* go and Chicago lost, they’d blame him just like they’re blaming Michael Jordan now, only 1000 times worse.

RD on October 3, 2009 at 3:19 AM

That was never even in the realm of possibility, really, since no US President has ever gone to lobby for the Olympics. For some reason, this fact is forgotten in the wake of The Precedent’s un-American, retarded denigration of the Oval Office in this attempt, by him, to strip even more dignity from the highest office in our land (which is all he really wanted to do, anyway). The fact is that The Precedent’s trip to beg in front of the IOC was unprecedented and un-American and something that no White House has ever done in history before (just like The Precedent’s attempts to warp America and destroy our traditions and the character of our nation in so many other ways).

If he hadn’t gone, he would have been in line with American tradition (whether Chicago won or lost), so I don’t see how anyone could assume he would have been blamed. The fact that people can even assume he might have been blamed for the loss if he didn’t go just shows how much damage he has already done to our nation in 8 short months.

progressoverpeace on October 3, 2009 at 3:59 AM

Am I the only one to notice that Bury pronounces Copen-hay-gen as opposed to Tolly-bon and Pock-ee-ston.

thomasaur on October 2, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Anybody heard him say Lah-teeeeno (very short o) yet?

It’s like living in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 3, 2009 at 5:00 AM

zhiv: I hear that too and it sounds very contrived each time he says it.

ted c on October 3, 2009 at 6:56 AM

I wonder how you would have felt about the bid if it was some red state city. Dave Rywall on October 2, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Your 0bamamessiah would have not staked his dwindling prestige on an “evil red state city” thus that “red state city” (depending on which one it was) would have probably stood a better chance to get the Olympics.

By all the reports trickling out about this it was your 0bamamessiah and his dog (0prah) and pony (The First Clydesdale) show that blew it big time by flying in and acting arrogant, cold, rude and with an inflated sense of entitlement. Before the 0bamamessiah dog and pony show showed up everyone, including the Brazilians, thought Chicago had it in the bag.

Nahanni on October 3, 2009 at 7:01 AM

And his namesake President Itsallovahjus Bootme needs to… never miiiiind…

RD on October 3, 2009 at 3:29 AM

Itsalla Boutme and Isallovajus Bootme….I think we have some good names going here.

yoda on October 3, 2009 at 7:14 AM

cannot say it enough

he cannot bring home the Olympics

and -he- is to handle Iran ?

CWforFreedom on October 3, 2009 at 7:35 AM

Itsalla Boutme and Isallovajus Bootme….I think we have some good names going here.

yoda on October 3, 2009 at 7:14 AM

I think we’re going to see a lot of these two in the next few years. At least until impeachment.

ted c on October 3, 2009 at 8:03 AM

I think we’re going to see a lot of these two in the next few years. At least until impeachment.

ted c on October 3, 2009 at 8:03 AM

Let’s hope so…his arrogance is going to get him….the inflated ego became deflated yesterday and the chin will start to tilt toward the neck now.

yoda on October 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM

I hear ACORN secretly flew a marching band contingent to Copenhagen in time for the “Chicago gets IOC bid” announcement. The song they were to play: “Hail to the Cheat!”

Sweet_Thang on October 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Reggie Jackson step aside, meet the new Mr. October.

diogenes on October 3, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Obambi will be forever associated with those famous words from the late great Jim McKay, who broadcast so many Olympic moments for us:

“. . . and the agony of defeat.”

- ABC’s Wide World of Sports

May he come to truly know those words in 2012.

OneVision on October 3, 2009 at 9:01 AM

The 2008 Detroit Lions had as good a record as Obama. Pitiful.

Jeff from WI on October 3, 2009 at 9:06 AM

I wonder how you would have felt about the bid if it was some red state city. Dave Rywall on October 2, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Your 0bamamessiah would have not staked his dwindling prestige on an “evil red state city” thus that “red state city” (depending on which one it was) would have probably stood a better chance to get the Olympics.

By all the reports trickling out about this it was your 0bamamessiah and his dog (0prah) and pony (The First Clydesdale) show that blew it big time by flying in and acting arrogant, cold, rude and with an inflated sense of entitlement. Before the 0bamamessiah dog and pony show showed up everyone, including the Brazilians, thought Chicago had it in the bag.

Nahanni on October 3, 2009 at 7:01 AM

ROFL…the “First Clydesdale” I’ll think of a team of Michelle & Oprah pulling that Budweiser Beer wagon every time I hear that song. Does the Dalmatian dog ride on her hump?

Jeff from WI on October 3, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Chicago spent $50 million for this? $50 million to lose it? JEEEEZZZZ!

elclynn on October 3, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Thanks to the strong showing by Dear Leader, Chicago came in……(drum roll please)….DEAD LAST! (Rimshot)

Jeff from WI on October 3, 2009 at 9:43 AM

The city with the famous statue of Jesus, beat the President who thinks he’s bigger than Jesus!

Jeff from WI on October 3, 2009 at 9:44 AM

I can only think of three good reasons Pinnochio would jet off to Copenhagen to fail miserably in an endeavor that had a better chance of success had he kept his maw shut and stayed home:

1.) He believes the large majority of the Presstitute whores here in the US that have convinced him of his omnipetence, and ability to move mountains via the mere vocalization of his wonderfull, good for all peoples, wishes!
2.) Someone very close to that cesspool city infesting and embarrassing us fortunate enough to live in the midwest had pictures of a skinny Pinnochio and a skinny blonde all wrapped up and naked and threatened to show them to MamaObama! or
3.) Bill and Hillary told him they had it in the bag! They bought off the committee and all he had to do is show up with the wifey and Okra, (The Three Stooges), make a speech and take the credit.
I think number three is the correct choice, therefore, Pinnochio should immediately go to all 12 network shows currently waiting to give him a tongue bath and pitch his HeathScare takeover some more.

Come on Pinnochio pitch it, Ram it big boy, lets hear your persuasivesness, we can’t get enough of you. Common Dingy Harry Reid wants your input Your Magnificense go on TV interrupt Monday Night Football, Dancin With the Czars, all of em, we need to hear your voice. Just 60 or 70 mmore TV appearances and you’ll have it in the bag, Pinnochio lets roll , put yourself out there and by all means ram it, destroy your party forever Urkel!

dhunter on October 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM

It’s Bush’s fault.

Antagonist on October 3, 2009 at 12:07 AM

…as confirmed by Roland Burris:

Roland Burris: “You know who is to blame for us losing the Olympics? Bush.”

Senator Rowland Burris of Illinois, the Senator who was appointed to fill President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, blames George Bush for Chicago not getting the Olympics in 2016. Burris stated in an interview, shortly after the announcement, that the image of the U. S. has been so tarnished in the last 8 years that, even Barack Obama making an unprecedented pitch for the games could not overcome the hatred the world has for us as a result of George Bush.

ReagansRight on October 3, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Headline: Obama gets PWNED.

fossten on October 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

ROFL…the “First Clydesdale” I’ll think of a team of Michelle & Oprah pulling that Budweiser Beer wagon every time I hear that song. Does the Dalmatian dog ride on her hump? Jeff from WI on October 3, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Well, the jingle would fit seeing as the 0bamamessiah thinks he is “the King” and the “big number one”.

Original Budweiser Clydesdale Commercial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aWzuQ1ufGs

Nahanni on October 3, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Barrack Obama, the Bud Grant of Presidents

Jeff from WI on October 3, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Barrack Obama, the Bud Grant of Presidents

Jeff from WI on October 3, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Good one, from an NFL midwest perspective!!

Here’s one from an MLB northeast perspective:

Barrack Obama, the Bill Buckner of Presidents.

Sweet_Thang on October 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Shot down in flames
Shot down in flames
He ain’t got no shame
So he was shot down in flames

ray on October 3, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Slow posting tonight, I just had to come back and re-live this one more time…

BBBBBWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH!!!

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Obama never should have gone to Copenhagen. It’s unprecedented for a president to present to the IOC. And frankly I don’t think he cares about the rest of the world as much as he claims to care. There have been around 7 or so Olympic games in the past 15 years and we’ve hosted two of them. That’s over 25%. But Brazil has never had one. They are excited about it. It’s a great opportunity to welcome the world to their country and throw a party. I’m really happy for Brazil. I’m glad they won.

tartan on October 3, 2009 at 9:24 PM

1617 !!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 3, 2009 at 11:45 PM

If you are pro-American, then you are then by defination anti-Obama.
1921 C DRUM on October 3, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Ratatatatatatatatatatatat!

Chris_Balsz on October 4, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Barrack Obama, the Bud Grant of Presidents

Jeff from WI on October 3, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Good one, from an NFL midwest perspective!!

Here’s one from an MLB northeast perspective:

Barrack Obama, the Bill Buckner of Presidents.

Sweet_Thang on October 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM

LOLOL

Jeff from WI on October 4, 2009 at 6:27 AM

In the future, all failed presidents will be called the Barack Obama of presidents. Hell, Obama is the Barack Obama of presidents!

csdeven on October 4, 2009 at 10:49 AM

That’s above his pay grade.

tbear44 on October 2, 2009 at 11:30 PM

At first glance, I read:

“That’s above his gay pride.”

I think I need some sleep.

oldleprechaun on October 4, 2009 at 6:20 PM

It’s clear now the Europeans have figured out who Obama is and what kind of respect they owe him. Maybe they were right all along about how stupid Americans are, because there are still ~50% who think he’s wonderful.

cavman on October 5, 2009 at 7:39 AM

As Rush said..Barack Hussein Obama, mmmm,mmm,mmmm……

walker_ro on October 5, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Is this thread length a record?

Khun Joe on October 5, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Barack Hussein Obama
claims “the world loves us more”.
The world’s great appeaser
comes in at number four.
mmmm, mmmm, mmm.

CrockObama, Mrs. Arms and Orca Winbag went to Denmark and all they got were these lousy tee shirts:
http://stores.xpapparel.com/chicago2016/product_info.php?products_id=2628

dthorny on October 5, 2009 at 6:45 PM

This post never gets old!

TheBigOldDog on October 6, 2009 at 1:01 PM

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