Obama fails yet again...

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by brett636, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    Bwhahaha, when will this failure of a President learn he is not as loved as he believes he is. By the time the 2016 Olympics comes along Obama's successor will be campaigning for his or her second term.


    Despite four years, millions of dollars in planning and a last-ditch pitch from President Obama, the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid ultimately fell short.

    The City of Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting, before any host city was selected.

    An expert called it the "biggest shock in IOC history."

    A disappointed USOC President Larry Probst left the venue and refused to comment, saying the Chicago delegation would respond later.

    Supporters gathered in Chicago were equally shocked. Many left the rally in Daley Plaza tears.

    Tokyo was also eliminated in the first round.

    Even the president's star billing wasn't enough to put Chicago over the top in what some experts said was the tightest race for the Games in its history.

    "The President did everything he could to bring the Olympics to our country and we're obviously disappointed that we didn't win them," said White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton.

    In an e-mail from aboard Air Force One, spokesman Robert Gibbs used one word to describe how President Obama took the news of Chicago's loss for the 2016 Olympics: "disappointed."

    The contest lasted four years and endured several stumbling blocks. But many believed that when Obama elected to go to Copenhagen to deliver the closing remarks of Chicago's final presentation, the move would seal the deal to send the games to Chicago.

    But the president's pitch, along with the star power of First Lady Michelle Obama and TV queen Oprah Winfrey, couldn't sway enough votes.

    "We fought a good fight. We had a good plan. I'm very proud of our team. I'm very proud of the support we had for the City of Chicago," said Chicago 2016 CEO Pat Ryan. "I just think that that's the way it goes. Some days you win, some days you don't, and it wasn't our day to win."

    When asked why he thought Chicago was bounced so early, Ryan said, "Obviously, the voters didn't think we should be in the second round."

    When asked to specify what he thought went wrong, he said: "I have no idea. You'd have to ask them."

    Despite the loss, Ryan emphasized that the 2016 Olympic bid put Chicago on the map.

    "We introduced Chicago to the world. Chicago is so much better known today, and appreciated and respected all around the world," Ryan said. "So Chicagoans can hold their heads high. We're sorry we didn't bring home a victory, but theres only one gold medal winner."

    In the short term, CBS 2 Mike Flannery reports that the Chicago defeated leaves Obama politically wounded by taking on a fight that he really didn't have to take.

    The vote is also a stinging defeat for Mayor Daley, who has been used to getting what he wants. Although opponents now no longer have the Olympics, and the potential for cost overruns and mismanagement, as a campaign issue.

    CBS 2 Olympics expert Mike Conklin said the defeat points to the United States' lack of standing within the International Olympic Committee, dating all the way back to the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics.
  2. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    It comes down to Atlanta having the games, not too long ago.
    South America, can't even recall 1 there.

    No big loss, some americans will be happy over it, thinking it would be a waste of money, anyways. (atleast one of them here on BC).

    But, blaming Obama on this ?
    Holy crap.... some blamed him for putting in a good word, now blaming him for not getting it !
    Give him a BREAK !

    And if Chicago would have gotten it, I could see Bretts headline now :
    Something like this :

    Repeat of 1936 Berlin Olympics comming to Chicago soon !
  3. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    A small part of me wanted to see it come to Chicago simply because I live about 4 hours from there. There was even rumors that this would cause the construction of a mag-lev rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago, but its even sweeter to see the world reject Obama, his wife, and Oprah. Its apparent star power has no relevancy with the IOC. Not to mention it was money we really didn't need to spend, but its too bad millions have already been thrown down the drain for this failed attempt at bringing the Olympics back to this country.
  4. unionman

    unionman New Member

    {Post deleted by Cheryl - It is fine to disagree with a different viewpoint, but please limit this to challenging the idea and not make your comments a personal challenge or make derogatory personal comments about individuals, their ideas or their situation. The latter is considered to be a flame and will not be tolerated.}
  5. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    I kind of have to agree with him Brett.
    You are "Schadenfreude"

    Doesn't make sense to be happy to see others suffer, esspecially all of America, too. Just because you want Obama to fail in everything he tries to do.
  6. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    I think there is an underlying message here.

    Billionairess Oprah winfrey thinks she can sway votes simply by showing up.

    Obama's apology tour has really not translated into the world popularity that he thought it would.

    Realistically our committee was either totally out in left field when they thought they had this wrapped up or someone in the IOC slapped them.

    If we are the IOC's biggest financial supporter then it might be a good time to exercise a little cost cutting just to remind them that we don't like being disrespected like this.

    Honestly RIO is a much more interesting place to hold it then chicago.
  7. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Something , I do agree with you, Tie !
    Nice sandy beaches, ocean, etc.
    Worth a trip for many.
    I just hope they have the finances.
  8. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    First, I applaud the President going in person to try to get the Olympics held in the US.

    But I also thought the same as Tie. Those Worldwide Apology Tours got you nothing, Barack. All those screaming, adoring fans, but when it comes right down to it...no-one will help you anyhow.
  9. JimJimmyJames

    JimJimmyJames Big Time Feeder Driver

    I think having the Olympics would ultimately have just been a burden for the taxpayers of Chicago. I know if I lived there I would have been dead set against it.
  10. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    It goes deeper then just wanting Obama to fail. brett clearly says a part of him would have liked to have seen chicago get the olympics.

    This was a test of Obamas world policy. Obama believes he can garner the good will of the world by simply apologizing for past meaness. This was the first real test of that philosophy.

    I would love to think Obama could actually pull his approach off and suddenly have the world fall in love with the US.

    But history shows that those who are nice guys in world politics get walked all over. This example shows that and the fact that Chicago is really not an attractive place to hold the Olympic Venue. Its a big city and has a lot going on. But you have to have so much more to get the Olympics.
  11. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I figured Rio would get it all along. There has never been an Olympics in that part of the world and they are "green". The apology tour didn't help any either, also we as a country have hosted the Games many times.
  12. browndevil

    browndevil Active Member

    Yep , gotta agree with you Scratch. The IOC was heading that direction all along. Hmmm the wifey and I have never been to Brazil:happy2:
  13. knightablaze

    knightablaze Member

    There was a great post on another site that totally called out this behavior before it happened:

  14. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    You need to agree on this one.
    The Olympic Commitee has never placed Politics before the games.
    (maybe behind secret doors, but offically, they won't have nothing to do with politics).
    Why do you think Moscow got it rewarded, or even China (that doesn't obey Human Rights), it basically comes down to location, and the presentation it received from the applications, on the onsite study they do in person.

    And like it was posted, South America never had one.
    Ofcourse, that puts them straight upfront to the favorites.
  15. island1fox

    island1fox Well-Known Member

    :dissapointed:I believe many of us are mising some key issues. As the U.S. swiftly approaches 10% unemployment --the worst in over 30 years-the stimulous is not doing what Obama claimed it would do. We also find ourselves embroiled in a serius heath care reform debate -Obama claimed during the joint session of congress speech that he would present a plan --still have not seen it. Iran is speeding toward a weapons program and laughing at Obama. The General in charge of the "right war" had only spoken to Obama once in ten months --until the runway "photo" shot.
    As the liberals scream about pollution and global warming ----not one but two Air force ones -----Michele and Oprah ----one for Obama ----Obviously they could not fly together --beside pollution --huge amount of tax payers dollars spent.
    Last but not not least --the President --the intelligence or advice he recei:sad-little:ves is in serious question ----He actually believed with everything going against Chicago and the U.S. ---all the reasons peviously mentioned -plus the fact that the Olympics were bound to go to South America sooner or later and secondly --Spain would have been the next choice because of JAS ---the previous head of the IOC .
  16. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    If the Olympic Committee never places politics before the games, THEN WHY DID OBAMA BOTHER TO GO???

    One of the funniest parts of all this is some of Obamas staff complaining afterward that the reason Chicago lost out was because it was "too political". Politicians complaining about things being too political is too funny!
  17. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Obama = Fail

    So far he's batting a thousand !!

    B.O. = Big Oaf !!!!!!!:happy-very:
  18. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Leave Iran up to the Nato or even UN.
    Haven't you learned a lesson, yet ?

    As far as unemployment goes, we are at 8.6% too.
    Thats a worldwide thing.
    Got to find better ways to produce things cheaper.

    I do believe in the green energy technics, Obama had planned.
    Now, thats something to invest in (and create jobs) .
  19. island1fox

    island1fox Well-Known Member

    Once again you have missed my point. The U.S. and the World are facing very serious problems --some of the worst in decades. I do not want my President jerking around with the International Olympic committee and Oprah. "Nero fiddles while Rome Burns"
    Also if you are so concerned about "green" --Set the example -not another example of do as I say not as I do --one plane was more than enough !
  20. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    oh, I am setting an example, not only telling others my opinion, but also in the next election.
    They want to build a first new nuclear plant here.
    Mostly just to provide California with electricity.
    I totally disagree.
    We have sunshine, wind, and enough electricity for ourselves.

    And, I am considering going greener at home too, with solar cells.
    But, need money first. But have looked at the options at retailers.