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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D’OH

jake-the-goose on October 2, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Let the games begin

Wade on October 2, 2009 at 11:31 AM

LOL! Tokyo is also elimidated.

Apologetic California on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Fantastic! This shows that the IOC aren’t corrupted.

Mirimichi on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Drudge has it from BBC Sports. Epic fail!

RedRedRice on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Great work Obama!!! Worst president EVER!!!

Lance Murdock on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

AWESOMELY AWESOME…

D2Boston on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Racists!

mjk on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

How’s that smart diplomacy working for you? How about all that fuel etc you burned?

Dingbat63 on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

That. Is. Going. To. Leave. A. Mark.

Branch Rickey on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

It feels like Christmas!

Oh and to the IOC, remember pre-emptive war? I would hit the shelters quick

dc84123 on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

The Olympics are racist.

faraway on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Wow cannot even bring home the bronze

Loser

CWforFreedom on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Awesome! I blame Bush.

changer1701 on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Waterloo Copenhagen

LibTired on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Here’s some links Allah:

Live blog http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/2009/10/02/olympics-2016-decision-day-live-blog/

Live video http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/8283061.stm

GO RIO!!!!!!!!!!!!

battleoflepanto1571 on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

i blame the russian judge.

patriette on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Tokyo out. Go Rio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rocks on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

As Nelson from Simpsons says…

HA HA!

Fox News is showing this huge crowd in a plaza waiting for the announcement and they’re all just… pathetic looking.

It’s simply amazing.

Enoxo on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Wow! Hope and Change, Baby!!!!! Take that Obama!

TXMomof3 on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Boy. It’s a good thing he’s wasting so much time and energy on this and not paying attention to the war he’s losing and the economy he’s running into the crapper.

HOPE AND CHANGE!

Good Lt on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Another historic speech.

LibTired on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Barry failed.

Big Orange on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Tokyo is also OUT!

Knucklehead on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Hey Michelle, now can we talk about sacrifice?

RedRedRice on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Where’s that humpbot?!?!?!?!

Shiny!!

Darksean on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

So now the question is… Did Obama’s speech SINK Chicago’s chances?

Skywise on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Wow! Just wow! Did NOT expect that. And the first round! OUCH!

Weight of Glory on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

YES!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, man I feel the need to go buy a cake or something!

Niere on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

On that note, I cry crocodile tears for The Ones corrupt Cook County cronies.

Lance Murdock on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

!!!THE OLYMPICS MUST BE RACIST!!!!!!!!

battleoflepanto1571 on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Yes WE CANt

stackedeck on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

But…but…..Michelle & Barry SACRIFICED so much!!!

HAAAAAAAA HAAAAAA!!!

portlandon on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Hard to believe Chicago couldn’t buy it.

huckleberryfriend on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Talk about mixed feelings. . . but in the end I’m smiling.

Jason Coleman on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Dealey Plaza—-Preview of DNC headquarters November 2010.

Rocks on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Gosh this is my happy Friday news! Our bho, mo, jarrett, and oprah went under the bus!
L

letget on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Yet another stunning success from Hope-N-Change, Inc.!

Prepare for all blame thrown on conservatives, home grown terrorists, and the Town Hall mob in 3, 2, 1, 0…

IntheNet on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

And he blew presidential prestige for what?

WashingtonsWake on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

consolation czar

faraway on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Understandable. If the citizens of Chicago are lukewarm about the idea while their competitors are ecstatic, why force it on them?

kc8ukw on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

The Olympics are racist.

faraway on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Sez Who, Jimmy Carter?

Wade on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Wait.

I thought you and Geraghty told us that it was “in the bag”, or even worse, “in the bag if Obama will shine his magic smile in Copenhagen”.

I want to see some crow eating.

Chris of Rights on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

we at least we won’t be harming the Earth with that massive footprint the Olympics would leave.

too bad the Prez and his wife left so much carbon in their wake….we are all dead now

CWforFreedom on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

S W E E T!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ohiobabe on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

I voted for Rio!

cntrlfrk on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Da**it….now what to do with all those Grecian columns Ogabe was saving for opening day.

Bishop on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

It just doesn’t get any better than this!!!!!!!

Realist on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

It’s never gone to a country in south america… what did you expect?

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

What does this say for………OPRAH?

Weight of Glory on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Being from Chicago, I wouldnt have minded having them here. That said, I hate the Olympics, and I am no Obama fan. So no big deal.

moc23 on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

I happened to be watching CNN when Chicago was eliminated… the anchor was in shock and questioned if there was some mistake… NO, there was NO mistake! Your messiah lost it! LOL

behiker on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy…

Scott P on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

The United States should not get the games for another 50 years, especially after the awesome crapness that was Atlanta.

bileduct on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Allahpundit, you HAVE to watch Obama’s speech (and michelle’s)

it was SUCH A JOKe

here’s some of the one’s highlights “chicago looks like you! we are diverse!” (seriously!)

“for the family members of the committee, remember, chicago has GREAT SHOPPING, just like NYC!” (seriously)
his speech was aaaaaawwwwwwwwwffffffffuuuuuuuuulllll

battleoflepanto1571 on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

That just made my year.

txag92 on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

it’s official: conservatives hate America.

sesquipedalian on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Boy. It’s a good thing he’s wasting so much time and energy on this and not paying attention to the war he’s losing and the economy he’s running into the crapper.

HOPE AND CHANGE!

Good Lt on October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

That’s exactly what I thought when I heard he schlepped all the way over there. Doesn’t he have better things to do?

mjk on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

You’ve got to be kidding.

LMFAO.
Epic Fail.
Rejection of the Culture of Corruption Committee.
So Effing Funny.

Jaibones on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

It doesn’t get any better. This made my weekend.

ORconservative on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Clearly the IOC is made up of racists. How else could they dis Michelle Obama?

jediwebdude on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Now can we have the $10 million back for your trip over there?

CBP on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

battleofpanto1571

+ 1111!11eleventy!!111

Jason Coleman on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

This is the best news I’ve had in months!

Smackdown to Barry………..Big Time!!!!!!

There is a God.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

thank god.

this is the first thing Obama has done that has actually saved the US money.

Mr. Bingley on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Wow, I really don’t understand why people would celebrate this. Your hatred has blinded you.

Constant Parrhesia on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

In your face, OBAMA!!!

Yes, I am a child.

jennifernaz on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

It’s down to RIO vs MADRID

Which would you choose???

battleoflepanto1571 on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

I think it’s the fault of TOTUS. He’s obviously trying to undermine the “O”‘s standing in the world.

smartsy on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Gee…Obama is now a global loser.

AUINSC on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Obviously, Michelle didn’t sacrifice enough FOR THE CHILDREN.

Good Lt on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

i blame the russian judge.

patriette on October 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

LOL!

Niere on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Cicero43 on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

I feel comfortably satisfied. Go Rio!

mredly on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

More importantly – initial “chatter” before Bambi and his wife headed to Copen. was Tokyo and Madird were 3 and 4…

Wonder how Madrid jumped into round 2???

Additionally – the whole “Obama has restored Americas image around the world” has taken another hit. I wouldnt be surprised if the set-up was intentional – and the WH was played like a fiddle…

Odie1941 on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Obama put everything on the table, just to get eliminated in the first round.

WOW.

He must be PISSED!

therightscoop on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

hahaha I guess they didn’t appreciate The One’s speech that was all about himself.

CityFish on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

HA HA! /Nelson

EPIC FAIL of TEH ONE

journeyscarab on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Maybe,like us, the IOC was turned of the the arrogance of the Obamas.
Just one more failure under Barry’s belt. Has had any successes in his life?

bopbottle on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Obama is such a failure in everything he touches.

Lance Murdock on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

it’s official: conservatives hate America.

sesquipedalian on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Nope, just Chicago.

Rocks on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

RIO vs MADRID

Rio, only because Madrid has gotten plenty of love over the ages.

And Brazilian gals are smoking hot :-)

Good Lt on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

How’s that sacrifice working out, Oprah?

Wade on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

SMART POWER!!!!

Cicero43 on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

You all know this saved American taxpayers Billions & Billions of dollars right?

I imagine there are some really pissed off Slumlords in Chicago….oh, and Mayor Daley WHOA is he pissed.

“We got him into the senate/white house to get us stuff DAMMIT!!!”

portlandon on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

We had it here in 1996 and 2002. No country in South America has ever hosted the Olympic Games. Sure, I think it would be great to have it here, but let’s let Rio have it.

nazo311 on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

That has made my day – made my weekend…

BuckNutty on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

OUT: EPIC FAIL

IN: OLYMPIC FAIL

faraway on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

How’s the State Run Media going to spin this as a success for Obama?

forest on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

it’s official: conservatives hate America.

sesquipedalian on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Wait, I thought we were racists or that dissent was no longer patriotic or something. Man, I can’t keep up with the childish namecalling anymore.

mjk on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Maybe,like us, the IOC was turned of the the arrogance of the Obamas.
Just one more failure under Barry’s belt. Has had any successes in his life?

bopbottle on October 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

\But but, obama’s speech told us that chicago had GREAT SHOPPING and lots of non-whites! (seriously!)

battleoflepanto1571 on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

it’s official: conservatives hate America.

sesquipedalian on October 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

We are trying to save the Earth idiot

CWforFreedom on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Can we have the Congress replaced by the IOC?

Nice to see a legislative body that is not entranced with the “Voice of The One”

TomAnon on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Little Richie Daley is in big trouble. His city is bankrupt, and he has no federal bailout now.

NebCon on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Obama’s Annus Horribilis. ROTFL

hoosiermama on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

I think Spain is more socialists than Brazil. Spain will win.

WashJeff on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Glenn Beck said that this is the first head of State who has gone over to personally made the pitch for the Games, and failed.

Tony Blair went and got the games.

Obama didn’t. And not just Obama, his wife who cried at the podium talking about her father.

Failure. Both of them!

Enoxo on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Two thumbs up!!!
What happened to the ONE?
It must be George Bush’s fault.
I inherited this…….
Oh never mind, my teleprompter and I are going home

Gotcha on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

MSNBC is spinning so fast, smoke came out of my TV

tanvec on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

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