The International Olympic Committee delivered a stunning blow to Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, knocking it out of the voting in the first round Friday, leaving Rio de Janeiro and Madrid waiting for the announcement of which city will host the Games. Tokyo was eliminated in the second round.Good decision by the IOC who obviously were not impressed by Barry's rock star status here in the U.S. Plus, what with its ever-increasing crime rate and notoriously corrupt (and mostly Democrat) politicians, Chicago had no business even being considered for an Olympic bid in the first place. Word is out there too that many Chicago residents weren't as excited about the Olympics being in their backyard as the Liar-in-Chief was--maybe they realize that Chi-town has more pressing concerns to handle than hosting an event that appeals moreso internationally than to Americans anyway.
I.O.C. president Jacques Rogge made the announcement as the first round concluded, a surprisingly early exit, especially because of President Barack Obama’s whirlwind trip to boost the bid of his adopted city. Mr. Obama was the first American president to make an in-person appeal for a bid city and first lady Michelle Obama had also come earlier this week to lobby I.O.C. members for votes. Chicago’s bid leaders had worked for nearly four years and spent close to $50 million to bring the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time in 20 years. Chicago had been considered among Olympic insiders as a favorite to win the Games, along with Rio.
Throngs watching the voting in downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza gasped in disappointment as the announcement was made. It was the second straight time an American city fared poorly in the I.O.C. voting. New York’s bid was eliminated in the second round of voting for the 2012 Olympics.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.
Finally, what shouldn't be overlooked were the efforts of Glenn Beck, who recently pointed out that Barry and his advisor Valerie Jarrett stood to make a lot of personal gain (i.e. $$$) from having the Games hosted in Chicago. The White House was so upset at Beck's accusation that they felt the need to respond via blog, of all things--more reason to suspect that something was indeed fishy about Barry so badly wanting the Olympics in his hometown from the get-go. Must be a huge blow to Barry's inflated ego that he lost this one.