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Chicago Olympics Were a Mistake, Win or Lose

I am not that surprised that the International Olympic Committee turned down Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games. I'm also not that upset. Once upon a time, the Olympic Games might have had something to do with building international good-feeling through sports. But you have to be pretty idealistic, indeed, to ignore the fact that they have devolved into an economically wasteful corporate spectacle riddled with corruption, politics, and cheating. The record includes: Hitler's Games in 1936; the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972; systematic use of steroids by East German athletes throughout the 1970s and 1980s; and -- just so you won't think I'm picking on Germany -- major boycotts of Montreal 1976 (by African nations protesting apartheid), Moscow 1980 (by the U.S. and Western countries protesting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan) and Los Angeles 1984 (by communist countries retaliating for 1980). In Beijing last year, the Olympics helped yet another authoritarian regime launder its global image. And I'm sure we're all looking forward to the 2014 Winter Games in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

The bid for a Chicago Olympics was to put a large American city, and probably the state and federal governments as well, deeply into hock constructing velodromes and the like, in return for the thrill of watching a bunch of steroid consumers try to break ephemeral world records in obscure sports.

Some say President Obama was ill-advised to put his prestige, and that of his country, at risk in a losing effort, especially when he has so many other important issues to worry about. Actually, it was a mistake, win or lose.

By Charles Lane  | October 2, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
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Fail.

Posted by: mike83631 | October 2, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The selection of Chicago with Obama, Mrs Obama & Oprah camping in Copenhagen would have sent all the wrong signals.

IOC has shown grit in cutting Obamas to size. You can't throw your weight around especially in matters like sports that too Olympics.

The question is would Obama meet the same fate in his health care reforms as in the case of his Chicago bid?

Posted by: intelliplus | October 2, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

the president efforts would be better served, had he helped get health care reform passed and help keep the school children of this city safe.

Posted by: ninnafaye | October 2, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow, and I used to think the Olympics were thrilling to watch. Who cares if the Obamas went over to make a pitch. It was something they were passionate about and unfortunately Chicago lost the bid.
I'll still watch the Olympics, and get caught up in all the excitment, despite your negative take.

Posted by: TripleJ1 | October 2, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse


The snarky Lane managed to use this story to bring up Hitler and the holocaust...

a reach plausible to the always and every day holocaust screamers.

And managed to take a poke at Russia, with whom the the zionists want us to fight (see Georgia)

And yes, many of us are looking forward to the Olympics in Russia, Putin's Russia. Only the
zionists stuck in their ugly stew can't look forward, only hate.

Posted by: whistling | October 2, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I know Obama's critics got some ammunition to attack him today. But he did the right thing. He presented a good case. Rio had a better chance in any case. US has sponsored Olympics many times. And after London, Rio was a logical choice. US has to stay connected with the international community, win or lose. Any criticism is ill-advised and only fuels the right-wing gunners to attack Obama as a failed president. I don't watch FOX but I'm sure they must be celebrating.

Posted by: ithinker | October 2, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"The bid for a Chicago Olympics was to put a large American city, and probably the state and federal governments as well, deeply into hock constructing velodromes and the like, in return for the thrill of watching a bunch of steroid consumers try to break ephemeral world records in obscure sports."

Hilarious.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | October 2, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Chicago is like a disfunctional family. It really doesn't need to invite company to dinner until it has its own affairs in order.

Posted by: sdl63 | October 2, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Why shouldn't he have gone? A leader should promote his country, especially if -- had Chicago won -- it would have meant jobs, not only for Chicago, but for America in general. And what's wrong with the Olympics? It's called "tradition", something that ties the rest of the world to the values of Western civilization. I see no problem with this. This article is just more of the same lame nitwittery from a cynical press.

Posted by: davidelder | October 2, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Had Obama not tried to encourage the Olympia committee to select Chicago, these same people would be screaming that he had not stood up for the country. They gave it a good shot, but it didn't work. Tony Blair did the same thing several years ago; other world leaders have also campaign for their countries. Lisati

Posted by: Lisati | October 2, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Very well thought out opinion. I agree and say:

Drat! Oh bummer for Obummer!

Now Obama will have to find another way to steal money for his corrupt Chicago cronies!

Only a few million dollars wasted on flights to Europe, but that's better than a few billion for an Olympic rat-hole.


Posted by: steveb777 | October 2, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

i love this. american mind numbing ignorance at its best... let's all blame the nazis or russians or whatever. fact is chicago had lost before the vote. not because or obama or - surprise to most of the reader of the washington post - because of bush. chicago lost because of the absolutely abyssmal games in atlanta, the "i never cheat games" of salt lake city and the arrogance on the nyc bid for 2012. never ever understood why obama wanted to get into this - to me seems like complete lose-lose situation... he is much better than this - but only if he start realising it...

Posted by: ulrik_bie | October 2, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Chicago unlimbered the biggest gun they could find, and completely missed.

I know it's not polite to laugh at someone when they lose, but ...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mhoust | October 2, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Lane, oh my goodness, I agree with you! Added note to some posters, why is it people that want to say something negative about FOX always add that they don't watch? Sounds moronic to make all those remarks about something you have admitted you know nothing about.

Posted by: patilee | October 2, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Uh-Oh - Obama is going to have to figure out another corrupt way to pay back his cronie Valerie Jarret. I guess his Chicago corruption style took a hit today.

Maybe Chicago and Obama should focus on saving their honor roll students from murderous animals instead of sports.

Posted by: NO-bama | October 2, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

mmm...mmm...mmm.

Posted by: ddlbb | October 2, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Are we equating the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics, as Mr. Lane proposes [referring to the Olympics in Russia]? In that case, what about Salt Lake City's disasterous decision to emulate Nagano, Japan's bid by bribing IOC commission members?

Posted by: jebeasley | October 2, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I love the Olympics! The ideals are all still there. Quit being a bummer. The Olympics are the only two weeks where I don't have to listen to negative crap like this because the world comes together to root on our athletes! I cherish those two weeks.

And I'm bummed that they're not in Chicago. Fat chance I'm bringing my son to Rio to see them.

Posted by: melissa4033 | October 2, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

What a worthless article...so let's just not try to host anything in this country, if we are going to lose no matter what. Why don't we just sit back and blame people for something not happening according to someone's idealogy, rather than actually trying to do something in this country. This was such a lazy editorial...just like politics in this country...pure apathy.

Posted by: jro1 | October 2, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

What a horribly, horribly, horribly bitter man you are, Lane. It's the Olympics! Obama did his best to try to get them here, and I respect him all the more for it. He hasn't lost any pride, any respect, any standing in the world just for trying. In fact, he's gained it. If he didn't go he would've been the only head of state not to in this round of voting. That would have looked awfully Bush-ian on the world stage. As if the Olympics don't matter. Shame!

Posted by: crzytwnman | October 2, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

What was Obama thinking? What is the President of a country doing representing the Olympics (as opposed to a nation)? Why isn't Peter Ueberroth, president of the US Olympic Committee, representing the USA? Since this has nothing to do with official US business, why do taxpayers have to pay for his travel to Denmark? This president needs to get his head screwed on straight as to what he should be focusing on...such as: health-care, Iranian nukes, and oh yeah, maybe the economy and unemployment.

Posted by: tomfin69 | October 2, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

As stated in one comment "It was something they were passionate about etc." No, it seems to be the ONLY thing that Obama is passionate about! If he would have even a 1/4 of the "passion" for his job, maybe he would be better at it! "Mr No Drama Obama" doesn't work so well.

Posted by: mihalick | October 2, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

1) Get over yourselves,

2) Recognize the world does not revolve around the U.S. or its president, and

3) Congratulate Brazil.

Posted by: brickerd | October 2, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Whistling,

I am G**-d***** SICK AND TIRED of your right-wing b**s***!
And that goes for your ideological comrades, including Glenn Beck, Chuck Harder, Alex Jones, Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Linda Muller, The REVEREND Chuck Baldwin, and so on, and so forth ...
GO TO HELL, YOU PIECES OF WHITE TRASH!

Posted by: pweir | October 2, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

If Obama had ignored Chicago's bid for the Games, imagine the ridicule of the Right.

If Chicago had won the Games, and incurred cost overruns, the Right would have howled.

If the Games came to Chicago, and China won the most medals, the Right would have crowed and hooted.

If, in 2016, the US were tied down in a land war in Iran, feared terror disruption of sports events, insists on FBI background clearning and waterboarding of all Games participants, and no nations came to the games in protest or out of fear, the Right would have been happy and chortle: "Well, better that way. We deserve all the medals anyway."

Posted by: jkoch2 | October 2, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Shucks, I was hoping they'd outdo BEJING by repeating the GREAT CHICAGO FIRE and burning this wretched corrupt city to the ground.

Wise move by Olympic Committee; less costly for nations sending people and a nice economic shot in the arm for Brazil.

....although I was looking forward to having OPRAH and BLAGO team up to run the Olympics, chicago style.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | October 2, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

As a Chicagoan of 20 years, I am glad that we were not selected to host the olympics.
The reality is that the Democrat machine in Chicago would have gobbled up billions in taxpayer money and channelled it to their cronies. This awful corruption occurs now of course, but the Olympics would have provided an excuse to hit the taxpayers for even more over the next 10 years - and we already have the highest tax rate of any US city.
Please speak with someone in Chicago for a few minutes about this, and you'll find that almost everyone shares this sentiment to some degree. If they don't, they're probably a recipient of the corruption money, and part of the problem.
Thanks IOC, for slapping down mayor Daley and his Democrat machine.

Posted by: pmic79 | October 2, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry Chicago lost but not sorry that Rio won, which was almost inevitable, and who can really resent it going to a South American city for the first time. I believe it was a mistake for President Obama to make the trip, since he is the president of the USA and all its citizens, and this trip seemed to me a little too partisan. Mrs. Obama and Ms. Winfrey, the the mayor,etc. alone may have been a better choice, without the celebrity pressure of the president. But he's from Chicago and owes a lot to people there for his career, and this was important to them.

Posted by: bobfonow | October 2, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry Chicago lost but not sorry that Rio won, which was almost inevitable, and who can really resent it going to a South American city for the first time. I believe it was a mistake for President Obama to make the trip, since he is the president of the USA and all its citizens, and this trip seemed to me a little too partisan. Mrs. Obama and Ms. Winfrey, the the mayor,etc. alone may have been a better choice, without the celebrity pressure of the president. But he's from Chicago and owes a lot to people there for his career, and this was important to them.

Posted by: bobfonow | October 2, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse


I can get plenty of floor space for people to sleep in metro Rio. Just bring your own blankie and towel. It will be expensive but nowhere near what a hotel will cost.


Posted by: mortified469 | October 2, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

My, you're a bit of a jerk, aren't you Lane?

My 12-year old daughter is in the pool at 5:00 am. She swims 2 hours+ a day. She is a straight-A student. You bet she has Olympic dreams. Thanks for calling her a "steroid user in an obscure sport."

By the way, my 9-year-old daughter is a gymnast who can knock off 50 push-ups without breaking a sweat. I bet she could kick your butt any day of the week.

In a country where we have rampant problems with childhood obesity, we should be encouring our young athletes, not insulting them and belittling their sports.

Posted by: ProudMom | October 2, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Mr. Lane's comments about the Olympics and I'm sure many of the athletes who participate wouldn't either. I personally enjoy watching it and feel a lot of pride when our athletes win.

Now, to the more important issue... Anybody who thinks this isn't a major embarrassment for Pres Obama is operating without a clue. He should never have gotten involved in the bid in such an overt way. The President should never put the prestige of the office on the line like this, especially when the chances of losing the bid were so high. It really makes him look like an idiot. I just can't see it any other way.

Posted by: LtCol-USMC | October 2, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree. What a waste of precious political capital, prestige, and US taxpayer dollars. But fortunately for the taxpayers, we won't have to spend billions of dollars on sports infrastructure.

Posted by: RogerGoldleader | October 2, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

What a depressing, cynical column. The Maybe we should call it the Audacity of Nope. If I was to act like a snarky right winger, maybe I would blame the IOC decision on the toxic political environment here in the US where, instead of being excited at the chance to host the Olympics, conservative pundits like Michelle Malkin think the president's pitch on behalf of Chicago was some political payoff to the Daley Machine. Why would the IOC want to get in the middle of that pie fight.

Posted by: TedFrier | October 2, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

You're kind of a kill-joy, you know that?

Posted by: mikeswagger | October 2, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Had Obama not tried to encourage the Olympia committee to select Chicago, these same people would be screaming that he had not stood up for the country. They gave it a good shot, but it didn't work. Tony Blair did the same thing several years ago; other world leaders have also campaign for their countries. Lisati
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Agreed. I'm sure he would have been labeled as unpatriotic had he done nothing instead.

Like members of any fringe element though, the best solution is to simply ignore them. They will hate on Democrats / Obama no matter what choices they make - the same way that people hated on Bush no matter what he did.

Just smile, nod and continue on your way.

Posted by: legendarypunk | October 2, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Amen, I couldn't have said it better. Oh yeah, Juan Antonio Samarach was a fascist under Franco. That's not all that surprising though as much of the Olympics symbology is in fact, fascist: holding torches aloft, sacred flames, stadiums filled with flags, triumphal music.

Hey everyone, strap on a pair of running shoes and truely enjoy sports, not this spectacle of exageration.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | October 2, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I knew they were going to choose Rio. Not one country in South American has ever hosted the Olympics. So for that reason alone, they had an edge. Congratulations to Brazil!

It would have been nice to have the games here again; it would have been good for our economy, but you can't win everything.

Posted by: jromaniello | October 2, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The Ego has landed!!!! LOL!!!

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | October 2, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The selection of Chicago with Obama, Mrs Obama & Oprah camping in Copenhagen would have sent all the wrong signals.

IOC has shown grit in cutting Obamas to size. You can't throw your weight around especially in matters like sports that too Olympics.

The question is would Obama meet the same fate in his health care reforms as in the case of his Chicago bid?
___________
I guess Oprah throwing her weight around is better than OPRAH STANDING AT THE PODIUM IN CHICAGO Or the National Mall and declare her COMMITTMENT to HEALTHINESS and HEALTH Care. Having talk show host is not the same as COMMITMENT.

Just what does OPRAH bring to the table of Fitness and ATHLETES.
Why not John Riggins, Carl Lewis, and Johnson of 200 fame. Why Not EDWIN MOSES or MARK SPITZ??

Where's the real love other than Tabloid, Elite, BIG Business, Big Government Swagger.

Wow, you mean to tell me We couldn't let Joe Biden, a far more super diplomat and "EXPERIENCED" politician, do this.

Noooo, Oprah just had to have that "personal" inside touch with most likelty a flaked out show coming with interviews of the Obamas. (YAWWWWW!) wake me when the SOS yaking is over.
Enough already!

Posted by: ByRon12 | October 2, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Correct in every way. And, Rio was the only politically-correct choice to make.

Colorado doesn't even bid on the Olympics because it costs too much and keeps too many PAYING tourists off the slopes.

While the Olympics can be exciting, as long as they are only run between the END of the NHL/NBA seasons and BEFORE NFL training camps, they are an expensive waste unless you're hurting so badly for the infrastructure -- or need billions worth of PR -- that it is still viable after the games leave. Remember how devastated Montreal was?

Posted by: NovaMike | October 2, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ddlbb
mmm...mmm...mmm.
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That is funny! LOL!

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | October 2, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Good for Rio. It's past time that the southern hemisphere had some representation in the Olympics.

As far as the Obama trip goes, it was a one day visit that could have potentially netted the U.S. economy a few hundred million (e.g. the biggest benefit of the Olympics being indirect in that host cities tend to increase their international trade -- this seems to happen even for cities that don't win the IOC selection, so Chicago may see some benefits without even having to commit to building in advance of the games).

Pretty bizarre though to invoke the Nazis in connection with the Olympics.

Well, considering this is a Lane commentary, probably not so bizarre.

If Tel Aviv was a viable option, and had won the bid, I have no doubt that Lane would be singing a very different tune about the Olympics.

Posted by: JPRS | October 2, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Your comments about "steroid consumers" is offensive. As a lover of sports and all of the passion that it takes for these athletes in "obscure sports" to do what they do, you're column is assinine. Trying to make this a democrat v. republican issue is ridiculous. Was the Brazilian president wrong for vouching for his nation to receive the greatest international event in the world? I'm sure he has other things to do.

Posted by: dadyjr | October 2, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Some say President Obama was ill-advised to put his prestige..."

People with real prestige don't "put" it anywhere.

Posted by: b24d2u5h | October 2, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

President Obama supporter, however anti-Olympic.
"corporate spectacle riddled with corruption, politics, and cheating"
To the sports obsessed, some see sports as a business with plenty of scandal: steroids, drugs, gender? It's just a business, with all the failings.

Posted by: jama452 | October 2, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Completely wrong-headed and nonsensical. The Olympics would have brought about $22 billion into the regional and created jobs. I can't believe Obama would do like all world leaders these days and try to land business for his country. This author does not deserve to be given a platform to promote such pointless nit-picking.

Posted by: stoplying | October 2, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

By the way, my 9-year-old daughter is a gymnast who can knock off 50 push-ups without breaking a sweat. I bet she could kick your butt any day of the week.

In a country where we have rampant problems with childhood obesity, we should be encouring our young athletes, not insulting them and belittling their sports.

Posted by: ProudMom |
Why are you writing "she could kick your butt" like that's a way to settle a dispute. IMO This aggressive attitude comes from too much sports. It's just a game, I suggest you try something different, music, arts, comedy, nature, anything.

Posted by: jama452 | October 2, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

What is the point you are trying to make Chris Lane? We lost and it is bad press for him whether he went to Denmark or not. There are two ways of spinning it.

1) The way it happened: He went, as America's spokesperson and Chicago native- why not, he's one of the most recognizable figures in our country right now. We lost and it's seen as a waste of money and time. (Fact checking needed: aren't Presidential trips already budgeted? There will not be a tax incease due to this one trip)

-or-

2) He didn't go and we lost. If that happened, Obama would have been at fault for not going. People would speculate that if he had gone and put in the effort, we may have won the bid. He is therefore Anti-American, a terrorist, Barrack HUSSEIN, a failure, unpatriotic, etc.

Truly a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. So again. What's your point?

Posted by: Ski_Tahoe62 | October 2, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Valerie Jarett is the real loser here. She manipulated the whole dog and pony show, insisting that the Obamas fly to Copenhagen, while at the same time knowing full well that she stood to make millions when the property management rights for the slums she operates would be monetized into cold hard cash when those slums were turned into Olympic villages.

Amazing is that she'll get a pass again from the Obama White House. Indeed, Obama was probably fine with the corruption inherent in her request that he attend, but let's see how well he handles the egg on his face now that he's been rebuked by the world he seeks to rule.

Van Jones, the Olympics -- what's next? Is it three strikes you're out, or does Valerie Jarret have nine lives? We will see.

Posted by: ktp70 | October 2, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

why is it people that want to say something negative about FOX always add that they don't watch? Sounds moronic to make all those remarks about something you have admitted you know nothing about.

Posted by: patilee |
Here's a revelation, people can see fox clips in a variety of places and know they want to avoid the obscenity of fox distortion.

Posted by: jama452 | October 2, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about the whole affair? Chicago lost points because they didn't have guaranteed public financing... they relied on private financing. So.... you folks calling this a failure for Obama the socialist can swallow this.... we lost in part because we AREN'T socialist. Hee hee hee. Good luck to Rio.

Posted by: steveboyington | October 2, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I Like Obama, but he shouldn't have gotten involved in this. We all know why he did - he had some IOUs to pay back. It's too bad. I would have just told them that this was beneath the office of the President.

As for Chicago losing, it's all for the best. The city would have lost a bundle on the deal. Everyone else makes out, but the host city takes a bath.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 2, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama was damned if he went and damned if he didn't go. I'm glad he went so that no one can lay the blame on Michelle.

I don't think Chicago should have won and I am very happy with Rio's selection. I agree that choosing Chicago over Rio would have sent so many wrong signals.

Posted by: chelsea10011 | October 2, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I think Michelle O should have gone there (for the Olympic bid) without the BIG "O".

Europeans/IOC may not be that gaga about Oprah Winfrey. After having lived in Europe for a while, I believe that they would welcome a first lady from the USA. But the first lady of the nation with the first lady of day time chit chat on the same mission ??? Not so much"...

Posted by: Rose10 | October 2, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

What a cynical point of view! Yes, they are expensive. Yes, they can involve scandal. Yes, we may not agree with the host country's philosophy/practices. But I still believe that there is something thrilling and inspiring about those 14 days. Hosting them in the US and seeing US athletes perform at their best should should make us all proud to be Americans.

Posted by: pplybon | October 2, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a sane article that tells the truth. Thank you, Charles.

Posted by: tjhall1 | October 2, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

We have elected someone who wastes his political capital by multi-tasking, media overexposure and taxpayers capital by flying all over the world to keep his name before the public. Truly he is the "rock-star" president.

There are only two tasks which should be at the top of the agenda of our national leader at this crucial time in our history: the poor economy and the terrorist threat. These jobs cannot be accomplished without his direct leadership, no matter how many phony "czars" are appointed.

W. Johnson
Silver Spring, MD

Posted by: wjohnson3141verizonnet | October 2, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse


Couldn't they have sent Bill Murray instead of Oprah ?????

Posted by: roadworrier | October 2, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Silver Lining??...The Olympics in Rio will serve as the host to the biggest party------ever!

Posted by: TruthHurts2 | October 2, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing news!!!
there are many new facts in http://cholympics.blogspot.com/

Posted by: sharingntv | October 2, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I am happy that Rio was selected for the Olympics. I am also happy that Chicago was not selected because Obama and the Chicago gangsters seem to corrupt everything they touch. I cannot wait until next year's election!

Posted by: iamafg | October 2, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Whistling,

I am G**-d***** SICK AND TIRED of your right-wing b**s***!
And that goes for your ideological comrades, including Glenn Beck, Chuck Harder, Alex Jones, Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Linda Muller, The REVEREND Chuck Baldwin, and so on, and so forth ...
GO TO HELL, YOU PIECES OF WHITE TRASH!

Posted by: pweir

Awwwww, did some one's feelings get hurt? What are you going to do about it? Obama is a one term and out prez.

Posted by: kitzdakat | October 2, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree.

The idea that the Olympic Games leads to better international cooperation and make the US look better was always ludicrous.

Well, let Rio spent public money on unnecessary construction projects. I don't care.

Posted by: trumeau | October 2, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The President was not involved for the last three years..........is not the Mayor, nor was he on the Chicago Olympic committee. His involvement was fleeting, I think you need to blame the Mayor and the committee for their presentation. It really is time for everyone to stop ranting and grow up.

Posted by: jraepaul | October 2, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Why are you writing "she could kick your butt" like that's a way to settle a dispute. IMO This aggressive attitude comes from too much sports. It's just a game, I suggest you try something different, music, arts, comedy, nature, anything.

Posted by: jama452

Obviously, I was not suggesting that my tiny 9-year-old daughter could or would be encouraged to literally kick someone's butt. I meant it in terms of physical fitness, i.e. it is my opintion that she is probably fitter than Lane, could do more push-ups, etc. I chose a poor phrase to express that.

My children are not allowed to put their hands on each other or other children in a violent or aggresive way. And, why would you assume that because my daughters are athletes, they don't do anything else? They also participate in Girl Scouts, band, the gifted program at school, mathletics, and church activities, to name a few.

Finally, there is a wealth of evidence that participation in sports raises girls' self esteem, academic performance, their awareness of good nutrition, and builds healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

As long as we're making suggestions, I suggest you try to avoid making assumptions about people you have never met based on a single phrase in a comment.

Posted by: ProudMom | October 2, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

It was the right decision. Brazil had the whole country behind hosting the Olympics and spending Brazilian money to make it happen. And plans to make regular people the main beneficiaries of new business and new attention in an emerging "great nation".

Obama had the backing of Oprah, the unions, the Dailey Machine, and the billionare Jewish Families - the Crowns, Klutzniks, and Pritzkers who were Obama's long-time patrons and grantors of the Obama's UofChicago sinecures - who stood to make a mint off their real estate developemnt, hotels getting mega-business, and the "services".

Remember Chicago is more than black thugs braining other blacks with 2X4's.
It is corrupt, parasitical on the Fed Government and the rest of Illinois to fund it, and still has the highest tax rate of any City in America.

So if they got it, you could have been pretty sure that some connected fatcats in Chicago would have made a mint off it, and the rest of Illinois and the rest of the country...and a favor to Windy City Democrats...would have paid for it.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | October 2, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Everyone here seems to be of the mind that Lane is only calling this effort a failure because he hates the President.

Hmmm, maybe there's something to that.

What's that? Eugene Robinson called it an utter failure too?

Oopsies, nutbars. Oopsies.

The world sees that our emperor has no clothes. Iran sees it. Russia sees it Cuba sees it. North Korea sees it. China DEFINITELY sees it.

Now all we have to do is convince the morons who voted for him (and we're getting more and more of them every day).

Posted by: etpietro | October 2, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm naive, but I never use to look at the Olympics as heavily political. Over the recent decades things changed. Obama and friends seem to bring that to a head.
Thank you Olympic Committee for selecting Rio. Now, can we all get back to work and fix our country's problems?

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 2, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Of course Brazil won.
US recently had Lake Placid, LA, and Salt Lake. Spain had Barcelona, and Japan had Sapporo and Tokyo.
Other countries are asserting their "right" to host the Olympics.

Posted by: sedelman0101 | October 2, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama went over there to say nice things about America. Several months ago he went across the sea to say bad things about America. What a empty suit.

Posted by: edson1 | October 2, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Lang, Get a life.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 2, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Time's up mate!
If Americans think they can get anything they want on their terms, sorry. The world has moved on and so must you.
BTW, tell your President to focus his energy on other important issues.

Posted by: k6raman | October 2, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

When Obama was elected I had hope that a new personality and fresh ideas might develop more functional relationships with some of US' enemies abroad. Now, after many moments of embarrassing buffoonery, I am hoping that by the end of Obama's time in office, the US will miraculously have maintained relationships with our allies. Forget our enemies; they are likely basking in the spinelessness of the President of the United States.

Obama's obnoxious bid for the 2016 olympics is an embarrassing demonstration that our current Commander in Chief is an arrogant smooth-talker with the naivety of an inexperienced schoolboy. He belongs in Hollywood, not in the White House.

I'm shocked and embarrassed that Obama's advisers failed to convince him that an effort to get the 2016 Chicago Olympic bid would 1.) do absolutely nothing to help the American people and 2.) provide another platform for Obama to land with his face in the mud in front of the International Community.

Not to mention that the President should be focused on MUCH more pertinent concerns. (The ever-expanding deficit, the 9.8% unemployment rate, the debacle of a health care debate, or how about the fact that Iran is months away from having the capability to obliterate one of our closest allies.)

This entire situation is eerily similar to the High School history texbooks description of Rome before it fell. It's leaders were obsessed with games, stardom, pomp, and parties.

Come on Obama, get your priorities straight. You are no longer a Chicago community planner (a role that would be much more fitting for someone pushing an Olympic bid). You are the President of the United States. The American people need you to act like it.

Posted by: chelseakanyer | October 2, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Very well done and a classic example of this administration thinking they can override common sense in the judgement and decisions. What an embarrassment this administration has become!

Posted by: Templeton62 | October 2, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it's Obama failure as much as its USA fatigue. We've been at the front of everything since WWII and now the world has a chance to make a difference and they did by selecting Rio. It's called "change." Obama needs to step back and quit trying to be in the front lines. It's beginning to backfiring on him not only with the American people but with the international community.

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 2, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Let see: China had her Olympic last year, Russia is 2014, Brazil 2016. Who is left in the BRIC? Ah, India. I can't wait to see India stages her Olympic. (BRIC = Brazil, Russia, India, China).

Posted by: infoshop | October 2, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Joker Faced Poster with the Olympics rings on the bottom, was already out yesterday, making it's visual statements about the NPD Sociopathic dual profile behavior of Obama.

Congress should place him on medical leave and help the poor man, as well as attempt to save their own careers by doing so.

Posted by: dottydo | October 2, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama cannot sell the concept all day long that people who work hard, and make it to the Gold levels, should be torn down, torn apart, and the fruits of their hard labor dispersed, then go to the Olympic spirit and expect applause and accolades.


Obama loathes great rewards for great success about this Country. In Obamaland your hard work in Gold reward is melted down and dispersed, mostly to him, so all have little.

Standing above the many and succeeding is bad in Obamaland.

The Olympic spirit and flame inside of the USA citizen, will outlast this kook dujour occupation of the Oval offices.
The people of the USA will just not empower him anymore.

Posted by: dottydo | October 2, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Just one more dismal failure after another. Guess that's the change we were to anticipate.

Posted by: GordonShumway | October 2, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Two 747's to get the Olympics for Chicago
mmm mmm mmm
The committee picks Rio de Janero!
mmm mmm mmm
Michelle is going to be maddo!!
mmm mmm mmm
What's a guy to do???
mmm mmm mmm

Posted by: thornegp2626 | October 2, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The President could hardly have done less than go to Copenhagen, since his counterparts from the other contending countries were going there. It was clear from the beginning that Rio would probably be the choice since the Games have never been held in South America. So...Obama did his best, and let us find other subjects to discuss that touch more nearly our crisis in international competitiveness.

Posted by: peterbridges | October 2, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The loser party and similar-minded people would have been soiling their Vitter diapers if there was no attempt to reach an agreement for Chicago Olympics. He was damned either way. Now he needs to return to the same city in December for the global warming conference. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | October 2, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Two 747's to get the Olympics for Chicago
mmm mmm mmm
The committee picks Rio de Janero!
mmm mmm mmm
Michelle is going to be maddo!!
mmm mmm mmm
What's a guy to do???
mmm mmm mmm

Posted by: thornegp2626 | October 2, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama was fine in trying to get the Olympics, we need to look forward sometimes.

Not just clean up the horrendous mess left by the last administration.

Although I'll admit, they did leave a ginormous mess.

Time to go clean up again.

Posted by: camasca | October 2, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama mmmmm mmmm mmm

He said we would have the Olympics here but now he is crying in his beer.

Barack Hussein Obama mmmmm mmmm mmm

Posted by: Straightline | October 2, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Go Chicago 2020 !

Posted by: PulSamsara | October 2, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The right wing Obama haters prove themselves enemies of the United States. They hate the president so blindly they would rather the United States lose the Olympics then get just because obama is president.

Posted by: orange3 | October 2, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Barak Hussein Obama mm mm mm
His wife and Oprah chose the man
they thought could cram
Chicago's plan
mm mm mm Barak Hussien Obama

Posted by: noHUCKABEEnoVOTE | October 2, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I totally misjudged Obama. I thought he was going to Denmark because he knew the fix was " ON ". A Windy City lock !!

Turns out he plays political Russian Roulette and rolls the chamber to a live round.

His czar advisors are getting paid too much for this bad advice.

The fix doesn't work beyond Chicago City limits.....except in New Orleans.

Posted by: bandcyuk | October 2, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

See Aesop: Sour grapes.

Posted by: paulmelton | October 2, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Many americans didn't realized yet that the Obama administration is facing the WORST and the MOST challenging scenario we ever had in this country. The Republicans had given us this grotesque situation. Now, the same guys are creating the "Hell Environment" they enjoy. Please LET OUR PRESIDENT do His job! In Copenhagen He was just being present doing what was supposed to do. We have in this country so many ugly-poor-of-spirit people.

Posted by: marcelovideira | October 2, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Pure and simple, the Olympics are becoming to expensive a proposition.

The costs to bring the Olympics is so much, the only return is prestige.

You can't eat prestige!

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 2, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess Chicago won't get to clean up the slums! Obama, the Chosen One, didn't quite pull if off did he? Glad Chicago lost even though I'm from Illinois!

Posted by: neffi1 | October 2, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

OMG! They're trying to pin this on Obama?!?!?

Try pinning it on international anti-american sentiment caused by eight years of Bush Madness!

Obama is good, but nobody is good enough to undo the damage of Bush.

Posted by: kurthunt | October 2, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"

Chicago unlimbered the biggest gun they could find, and completely missed.

I know it's not polite to laugh at someone when they lose, but ...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mhoust | October 2, 2009 1:20 PM

Reading the above and many more negative comments leaves me with a sad, empty feeling. It is so unbelievable to me that there are so many hateful people in the world. Now that I know the two weeks of Olympics are only an international illusion of unity...... I will probably never have the same excitement or interest in them.

BTW... All of you that consider the city of Chicago nothing more than crooked..... have never been or seen true Chicago. The politicians, are a small minority... The citizens of the USA should hold their heads high when talking of Such a wonderful city such as Chicago. Not only is the city a stunning beautiful place..... the people are still Midwestern, warm, friendly people. We welcome all who want to experience our great city with open arms.
Those that speak negatively, have never truly seen or been here...if they have ...
they would feel and remember the warm energy that is in all of us...who live here.

Although, I am hurt by the negative comments written by some... I want to wish Rio the best of luck. I'm sure their Olympics in 2016 will be very colorful and successful.

To the rest of the world I would like to just say this.... No matter how many horrible things you say about our country and our wonderful cities and people....if you needed any help..... WE would still be there for you.... USA = Unity.

Posted by: MsDee1 | October 2, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The truth is we are still hated around the world.
It's going to take several generations before the tragic legacy of the neocon Project for a New American Century fades.
It's hard to forget the deaths of tens of thousands in Iraq, especially when the illegal occupation continues apace.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 2, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The choices were:

Tokyo
Chicago
Rio

If you had to pick one place to go on a trip, would your first choice or last choice be Chicago?

So, why did anyone expect the Olympic committee to choose differently.

Consider something else...Obama believes he can get anything through his oratory skills, intelligence, and charm. And he couldn't even convince an Olympic Committee.

So, how will that considerable skill work with Iran?

Exactly.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 2, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I would say that the push for getting the go green message out there did indeed have a positive effect. The entire U.S. team was inspried by this effort. And workers in unemployeed/uninsured status saw some light on rebuilding america. Our nation did have a dream to host the summer olympics.

Some comments hint that the cost of hosting olympics is not worth the "recognition and prestige." But such a view dishonors the sacrifices of the athletes. Our athletes work hard, and the host city becomes a world-class platform for the games.

I am not surprised by the announcement of Rio as host. Afterall, L.A.(1984) and Atlanta (1996) were recent events. Rio has never hosted the games; and Brazil is rapidly overtaking most economies in South America. It is Rio's turn to shine brightly.

Posted by: rmorris391 | October 2, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Change is possible...

Even if it is only one person...at a time....

Wars decided by the elite politicians....
Do not necessarily represent the hearts,
thoughts, feelings and consciences....of us all... I still have hope in mankind...good over evil.... I still believe ...that anything can be possible.... and I like many grieve with the rest... over any loss of life.
Please do not judge us all the same...because we are not....Thank you for reading.... keep your heart and minds...open....Hope + Progress = Unity.

Posted by: MsDee1 | October 2, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

mmm mmm mm, the anointed one was eaten like chum,

mmm mmm mm, the community organizer was slapped down by the IOC clowns,

mmm mmm mm, Chitcago bum lost his Messiah drum,

mmm mmm mm, hope and change is shown as lame and deranged for all and one.

Posted by: falconflight | October 2, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I am G**-d***** SICK AND TIRED of your right-wing b**s***!
And that goes for your ideological comrades, including Glenn Beck, Chuck Harder, Alex Jones, Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Linda Muller, The REVEREND Chuck Baldwin, and so on, and so forth ...
GO TO HELL, YOU PIECES OF WHITE TRASH!

Posted by: pweir
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Someone needs a strong sedative.

Posted by: capsfan77 | October 2, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

It's time for US jingoists to face reality. This will be the first time Olympic Games have ever been held in South America. The US has hosted these events several times over the years. In today's world of internationalist primacy, how could Rio, Brazil and South America fail to win this international competition? All Americans should cheer the efforts of our President to do his best for all of us in the face of almost certain defeat!

Posted by: gargoyle22 | October 2, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I would have liked to have seen Chicago get the games but I'm concerned about rumors that several people close to Obama stood to gain financially from having the games in Chicago.

If that's true it is damning for Obama.

Posted by: alstl | October 2, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Charles Lane's opinion of the olympics is different from that of the vast majority of Americans and that of most nations that participate. I think it was a good thing for President Obama to go to Denmark to attempt to have the games in Chicago. The selection of Chicago would have been very good for that city, the mid-west, and for our whole country. There is simply no basis to criticize President Obama for his efforts.

Posted by: esch | October 2, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

It is appropriate that Obama failed to bring the Olympics home. In his place, I would not even have made the trip. I would have stayed home and recommended that the Olympics go to a poor country.

The fact that he lost is no big deal. The fact that he went is an embarassment. It is a shameless act of selfishness and a display of grotesque ego. I think and expect more of Obama and his wife.

ps: I voted for him and will again. He'll have more freedom to stand up for the people who invested so much in him the next term, when he won't face elections.

Posted by: jewishmother | October 2, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for Chicago, but it is a rational choice:)

Posted by: panda5 | October 2, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Top go to Copenhagen or not to go. To bring the Olympics to Chicago or not to bring them to Chicago. This is a story of much less importance that some people make of it. And, the people who make it a story would be jabbering negatively if the Olympics had been awarded to Chicago or if President Obama chose not to go to Copenhagen. Such is the way small, negative and hateful minds work.

As for me, I think it was appropriate that the President went to Copenhagen and I think it appropriate the Rio de Janeiro won. Chicago will have another chance.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | October 2, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

"spectacle riddled with corruption, politics, and cheating"

Sounds like the Obama administration.

Posted by: JoeCollins1 | October 2, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Bush administration as well. They both suck. Just because their guy, an abject disaster, is no longer around and his successor stinks, does not give Bush supporters a free pass for their incompetent boob that helped drive the place into the ground.

Posted by: cletus1 | October 3, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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