Friday, October 2, 2009

No Go on Chicago: Olympic Committee Denies US 2016 Bid

The New York Times reports that the International Olympic Committee has denied the United States bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Madrid and Rio de Janeiro await the final decision.

See full coverage here: Chicago Loses Bid for 2016 Olympic Games.

The United States bid has received a lot of attention -- mainly because President Obama has put his weight behind his country and his hometown and because conservatives -- contradicting their usual "patriotism" -- have blasted the idea of having the games in Chicago/USA.


Anonymous said...

Darren, I am in Chicago and, frankly, I don't care about the Olympics one way or another. But the Repubs' reaction to this "loss" is remarkable for its immaturity. Anything to stick it to Obama. If he didn't go, they would blame him for the "loss" too.

Wonder if Krauthammer starts calling this silly behavior an Obama Derangement Syndrome any time soon? Oh, wait, he won't.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Agreed! Most of my friends in Chicago did not want the Olympics -- for the same reason I opposed NYC's bid to have the games when I lived there. But conservatives are behaving badly. What happened to their flagpin patriotism?

big_wannabe said...

Disappointing to see such a dishonest depiction of "conservative" criticism. The actual criticism that exists generally breaks down to these two points:

1. Severely misplaced priorities, cronyism. The Olympics should not have been on the president's RADAR considering the incredible array of dire problems confronting him.

2. Lack of gravitas and rank incompetance. If he was going to risk damaging the prestige of the presidency over such a trifling matter, he should have made sure he already had it in the bag.

I have you bookmarked as an intellectually honest "liberal/progressive" (a very rare bird, indeed) who I can go to see the other sides best arguments. I hope I don't have to change that.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Big Wanabe: Oh come on. The Olympics has been on Obama's radar since before the presidency. And the only way that the loss of the Olympics affects the "prestige" of the presidency is if people think it relates to the effectiveness of the president. There are many reasons to hold the Olympics in or outside of the US. The value of the US president is probably not on the list of factors at all. This, in addition to the natural patriotism surrounding the Olympics, is why I find the conservative criticism odd.

Furthermore, I have not "changed" my intellectual outlook. I just don't like conservative "arguments" in this setting.

Finally, I am happy Rio got the Olympics -- but I don't think this has anything to do with Obama. Honestly, I think the negative reaction has largely come from people who just want him to fail at anything. There were Dems who felt the same way about Bush. Partisanship runs deeply on both sides.

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