WowBB Forums Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
WowBB Forums > Sports And Wrestling > Sports Talk > Obama Fails Again; Olympics Not Coming to Chitown

 Moderated by: Ron, brodiescomics, beejmi Page:    1  2  Next Page Last Page  
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
Obama Fails Again; Olympics Not Coming to Chitown  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 06:15 pm
  PM Quote Reply
1st Post
srossi

 

Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: New York USA
Posts: 52703
Status: 
Offline
At this point if Obama volunteered to help me negotiate my next raise, I think I'd say, "Uh thanks, but I got this one." 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/oly_obama_olympics

Gibbs: Obama 'disappointed' at losing Olympics

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – President Barack Obama is "disappointed" Chicago missed getting the 20016 Olympic Games but doesn't regret putting so much on the line to argue for it, his chief spokesman said Friday.

Talking to reporters aboard Air Force One as Obama and his wife Michelle flew back to Washington, Robert Gibbs said Obama "feels obviously proud of his wife for the presentation that she made." Mrs. Obama had gone to Copenhagen ahead of her husband and had lobbied hard for the Summer Games to be brought to her hometown and his adopted hometown.

"Absolutely," Gibbs replied, when asked whether Obama was glad he'd made such a large commitment to lobbying for the Games. He said the president "would never shy away from traveling anywhere, talking to anyone about this country."

Gibbs said that Obama got the news while watching TV alone in his quarters on the presidential jet.

Chicago's early exit from finalist balloting represented a personal setback for Obama and a painful defeat Chicago, America's most prominent Midwestern city.

Many people had assumed Chicago would be a finalist. But International Olympic Committee members eliminated it only hours after Obama and his wife urged them to send the Summer Games there. Obama had put his personal prestige on the line and his political capital at risk when he decided late in the competition to go to Copenhagen and make a personal appeal.

Rio de Janeiro won the intense competition for the Games.

Chicago had seemed to pick up momentum in the last few days, with many IOC members seemingly charmed by Mrs. Obama, who came to Copenhagen ahead of her husband. But when IOC president Jacques Rogge announced the first vote's results, while the Obamas were flying home on Air Force One, Chicago was out.

In making his pitch, the president had said that a nation shaped by the people of the world "wants a chance to inspire it once more." Never before had a U.S. president made such an in-person appeal, and Obama's critics will doubtlessly see the vote as a sign of his political shortcomings.

"I urge you to choose Chicago," Obama told members of the International Olympic Committee, many of whom he later mingled with as some snapped photos of him on their cell phones.

"And if you do — if we walk this path together — then I promise you this: The city of Chicago and the United States of America will make the world proud," the president said.

The president's whirlwind trip put him in the Danish capital for less than five hours Friday, with Chicago-backers hoping that would be sufficient to give Obama's adopted home town the advantage it needed to win the close, four-way race to become the host city of the 2016 Summer Games.

But the compressed time frame did not shield Obama from Republican criticism that he shouldn't be hopscotching to Europe in Air Force One when there were so many pressing issues to deal with at home.

Asked by a reporter how he thought his pitch went, Obama gave a thumbs up — and he said the video montage of Chicago during the U.S. presentation made him miss home.

"Obviously now it's up to the IOC members, but we are just grateful for the incredible hospitality," Obama said.

He joked that only one part upset him: "They arranged for me to follow Michelle — that's always bad."

Both Obamas spoke on deeply personal terms about Chicago, the city at the center of the world's spotlight so many times, including in November when the former Illinois senator won the White House. The president described Chicago as a city of diversity and warmth, a place where he finally found a home.

"It's a city that works, from its first World's Fair more than a century ago to the World Cup we hosted in the nineties," Obama said. "We know how to put on big events."
For all the anticipation surrounding Obama's appearance in Copenhagen, his arrival at the IOC meeting was decidedly subdued.


The 100-plus committee members, who had already been warned not show bias during the presentations, sat silently as the Obamas walked into the Bella Center with the rest of 12-member Chicago delegation.


Mrs. Obama gave a passionate account of what the games would mean to her father, who taught her as a girl how to throw punches better than the boys. She spoke fondly of growing up on the South Side of Chicago, sitting on her father's lap and cheering on Olympic athletes.


She noted that her late father had multiple sclerosis, so she knows something about athletes who compete against tough odds.


"Chicago's vision for the Olympic and Paralympic movement is about so much more than what we can offer the games," she said. "It's about what the games can offer all of us — it's about inspiring this generation and building a lasting legacy for the next."


The president anchored the U.S. charm offensive.


He referenced his own election as a moment when people from around the world gathered in Chicago to see the results last November and celebrate that "our diversity could be a source of strength."


"There is nothing I would like more than to step just a few blocks from my family's home and with Michelle and our two girls welcome the world back to our neighborhood," Obama said. "At the beginning of this new century, the nation that has been shaped by people from around the world wants a chance to inspire it once more."

Last edited on Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 06:16 pm by srossi



____________________
This thread was great before AA ruined it.
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 07:18 pm
  PM Quote Reply
2nd Post
beejmi
THE BIG KAHUNA


Joined: Sat Oct 13th, 2007
Location: Philly
Posts: 43340
Status: 
Offline
At this point if Obama volunteered to help me negotiate my next raise, I think I'd say, "Uh thanks, but I got this one." 

Nobody is getting a raise in this economy either. Double fail.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 09:04 pm
  PM Quote Reply
3rd Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44485
Status: 
Offline
Good to see that not everything Doprah touches turns to gold.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 09:26 pm
  PM Quote Reply
4th Post
CampCornetteNWA

 

Joined: 
Location:  
Posts: 
Status: 
Offline
beejmi wrote: At this point if Obama volunteered to help me negotiate my next raise, I think I'd say, "Uh thanks, but I got this one." 

Nobody is getting a raise in this economy either. Double fail.


And his health care plan is all the rage. Triple fail.

Last edited on Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 09:29 pm by

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 09:49 pm
  PM Quote Reply
5th Post
khawk
Hall Of Famer


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 16391
Status: 
Online
Why would Chicago or any other sane city want the fucking Olympics anyways?

 

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 09:56 pm
  PM Quote Reply
6th Post
srossi

 

Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: New York USA
Posts: 52703
Status: 
Offline
khawk wrote: Why would Chicago or any other sane city want the fucking Olympics anyways?

 

Are you kidding?  That pumps obscene dollars into the local economy. 



____________________
This thread was great before AA ruined it.
Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 10:04 pm
  PM Quote Reply
7th Post
thunderbolt
Hall Of Famer


Joined: Mon Oct 15th, 2007
Location: Manhattan Beach, California USA
Posts: 6205
Status: 
Offline
srossi wrote: khawk wrote: Why would Chicago or any other sane city want the fucking Olympics anyways?

 

Are you kidding?  That pumps obscene dollars into the local economy. 

I know it has been a while, but the best I have ever seen Los Angeles was during the 1984 Olympics.  The City has never run better, traffic was never an issue and people were nicer.  And yeah, it was hard to not make money during the Olympics.



____________________
The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic. ~ HL Mencken
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm
  PM Quote Reply
8th Post
khawk
Hall Of Famer


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 16391
Status: 
Online
srossi wrote: khawk wrote: Why would Chicago or any other sane city want the fucking Olympics anyways?

 

Are you kidding?  That pumps obscene dollars into the local economy. 

I've heard so many stories about Olympic cities getting into such massive debt preparing for the event that they never did turn a profit. Is this accurate?

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 10:25 pm
  PM Quote Reply
9th Post
indikator

 

Joined: Fri Jan 23rd, 2009
Location: Bratenwender City, Germany
Posts: 2613
Status: 
Offline
1984 made a 250 million $ surplus. As such events are pretty much advertisment-driven nowadays you can imagine the price of a billboard near the main stadium

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 10:37 pm
  PM Quote Reply
10th Post
Married Jo



Joined: Fri Dec 21st, 2007
Location: Hickory NC
Posts: 6959
Status: 
Online
srossi wrote: khawk wrote: Why would Chicago or any other sane city want the fucking Olympics anyways?

 

Are you kidding?  That pumps obscene dollars into the local economy. 
eh....right now London is 4x over budget putting together their Olympics...in the end I'd bet overall the city loses more than it makes...



____________________
Well, Im of the opinion that one wouldnt actually have to eat the corn out of Chynas shit to know that nothing good could come of it. - Portalesman
Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 11:14 pm
  PM Quote Reply
11th Post
LAF



Joined: Sat Oct 13th, 2007
Location:  
Posts: 4596
Status: 
Offline
khawk wrote: I've heard so many stories about Olympic cities getting into such massive debt preparing for the event that they never did turn a profit. Is this accurate?
I read something not that long ago about how Montreal has just paid off its Olympics debt.....it hosted the Summer Games in 1976.

Nowhere near as big as the Olympics, but Buffalo hosted the World University Games in 1993. What a total disaster that abomination was.

Last edited on Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 11:15 pm by LAF

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 11:31 pm
  PM Quote Reply
12th Post
Chitown Rich

 

Joined: Mon Aug 25th, 2008
Location:  
Posts: 816
Status: 
Offline
Despite what you read and hear in the national media most of the Chicago area people didn't want the Olympics. I would have been about a mile or so from some of the action and we can't handle the traffic from a Sox game sometimes.

Maybe we'll get a Wrestlemania instead.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 11:53 pm
  PM Quote Reply
13th Post
Kid_Naitch



Joined: Tue Oct 30th, 2007
Location: IOWA
Posts: 4903
Status: 
Offline
Chitown Rich wrote: Despite what you read and hear in the national media most of the Chicago area people didn't want the Olympics. I would have been about a mile or so from some of the action and we can't handle the traffic from a Sox game sometimes.

Maybe we'll get a Wrestlemania instead.

And Obama can guest referee.



____________________
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 12:08 am
  PM Quote Reply
14th Post
Chitown Rich

 

Joined: Mon Aug 25th, 2008
Location:  
Posts: 816
Status: 
Offline
And Oprah could be the guest announcer.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 12:41 am
  PM Quote Reply
15th Post
BuddyPSHayes



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Anywhere I Damn Well Please
Posts: 3935
Status: 
Offline



____________________


"The only area I can think of to avoid in Houston is Houston." - srossi
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

Current time is 03:10 am Page:    1  2  Next Page Last Page    
WowBB Forums > Sports And Wrestling > Sports Talk > Obama Fails Again; Olympics Not Coming to Chitown Top




UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2013 Data 1 Systems