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After listening to Barack Obama's speech before the International Olympic Committee, I was struck by the fact that much of the speech was related to Obama. Basically, self-promoting himself first, Chicago second. Listen to the soaring rhetoric and put yourself in the voting member's shoes. My thoughts: "what a pompous ass, I am voting against Chicago on the first vote."  -- And that's what appears to have happened.  Read the official White House Transcript.

"I know you face a difficult choice among several great cities and nations with impressive bids of their own.  So I've come here today to urge you to choose Chicago for the same reason I chose Chicago nearly 25 years ago -- the reason I fell in love with the city I still call home.  And it's not just because it's where I met the woman you just heard from -- although after getting to know her this week, I know you'll all agree that she's a pretty big selling point for the city."

"And when I think of what these Games can mean to people all over the world, I think about people like my dad.  People who face seemingly insurmountable challenges, but never let go.  They work a little harder, but they never give up."

"Now, my dad didn't live to see the day that the Paralympic Games would become the force that they are today.  But if he had lived to see this day -- if he could have seen the Paralympic Games share a global stage with the Olympic Games, if he could have witnessed athletes who compete and excel and prove that nothing is more powerful than the human spirit, I know it would have restored in him the same sense of unbridled possibility that he instilled in me."

"We stand at a moment in history when the fate of each nation is inextricably linked to the fate of all nations -- a time of common challenges that require common effort.  And I ran for President because I believed deeply that at this defining moment, the United States of America has a responsibility to help in that effort, to forge new partnerships with the nations and the peoples of the world.

This type of story-telling, favored by the democrats, seems to be somewhat ill-considered. Notice that Obama attempts to cite another group that would share a global stage with the Olympics. If I learned anything being close to the Los Angeles Olympics, it was that the Olympics does not share the stage with any other event and IOC members demand that they be treated as Olympic Gods. It's all about them, not all about Obama and his politics.

This type of tone deaf arrogance -- the very thing Obama tells other nations we are guilty of -- is probably what turned the vote overwhelmingly negative.  If anyone could be blamed for the loss of the 2016 Olympics, it would be President Obama and his sycophantic ideologs who believe they are "masters of the political universe." We lost big -- on the first vote -- with the IOC apparently disgusted with Obama. Something that is also happening as the taxpayer/citizens are faced with a toxic political agenda, burgeoning costs, and a TelePrompTer president who looks and sounds good -- but stands for nothing but the triumph of style over substance. An empty suit!

Is the rest of the world, especially Brazil laughing at us?

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You bet!


In one more example of punditry being wrong, the International Olympic Committe did not grant the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago, but selected Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 games. Considering the potential crime, corruption and apparent unwillingness of a large portion of Chicago residents to host the Olympics, I believe that the correct decision has been made. This is not so much a statement of a rejection of America as a suitable site, but the acknowledgement that all is not well in Obama's home town.

As for this being recorded as a personal failure for Barack Obama or the Obama Administration, we should regard this for what it is: the IOC selecting an appropriate venue whose residents supported the Olympic program and highly desired to host the games. By no means is Rio a perfect city, devoid of corruption and crime, but they are more than willing and able to put forth the required effort to support the games. It is anticipated that the games will be a net money loser. Look for all high government officials to travel to RIO to consult or observe ... especially the people associated with Homeland Security.

UPDATE (2) 10-01-09  IS THE FIX IN? 

Pundits are now claiming that Barack Obama would never risk his personal prestige to fly to Denmark unless he was sure that he would be bringing home the Olympics. If this is true, what could he have done to spin the situation to his advantage? Knowing that he is traveling with Chicago-style activists, is it possible that he used our intelligence agencies to research the lives of the IOC voters? Does Denmark have an ACORN or international far-left component which could help/pressure IOC members? Is something truly rotten in Denmark? We will wait and see.


Road Trip: President Obama and his merry band of Administration officials will be heading to Denmark with Oprah and his wife Michelle to convince the International Olympic Committee that Chicago would be a perfect venue for the 2016 Olympics.

Considering that the procession contains Mayor Daley, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett,  Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and other controversial, corrupt or complacent politicians -- perhaps we should lock the doors while they are gone to cut down on governmental corruption.

While there are majorly serious foreign policy issues being discussed, I find it amazing that the President has the time to pursue commerical interests abroad when his time coud be better utilized studying the potential effects of his toxic legislation ... or spent in crafting an energy independence plan which would return America to a more tenable position with regards to the Middle East.

I wonder how he will be received when he sets up his omnipresent TelePrompTers to deliver one of the pre-written, hand-crafter, stem-winder speeches which he believes will solve all problems?

-- steve

Original Blog Entry ...

Chicago does not represent the America I know and love …

Considering the impact of Chicago-style politics on America, it is my personal opinion that they should not reap the prestige or benefits from hosting the Olympics.

Chicago does not typify the America I know and love and it certainly represents the type of one-party corruption and criminal history that should not be put on display for the world to see.

And it appears that I am not alone …


“A local TV station that reported on Chicagoans NOT wanting the Olympics has been told NOT to run the report again, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT!”

“The Chicago Olympic Committee told FOX Chicago that its broadcast ‘would harm Chicago's chances’ to be awarded the games. The station's news director ordered staff to hold fire after the report aired once last Thursday morning, claims a source.”

“Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio are mounting strong bids for the honor to host in 2016. The International Olympic Committee makes its decision on Friday. First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the in-person push.”

Most Chicago residents are good, hard-working people caught up in the world of one-party politics and the consequences of a corrupt political system.

Unfortunately, we are now seeing that same corrupt one-party mentality reflected in the Obama Administration and his slavish attention to his Chicago cronies, the unions and community activists.

Therefore, I would prefer that the world not perceive the United States through the prism of Chicago.

-- steve


OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

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Chicago residents don’t support the bid for 2016 Olympics

“The group who is running the Chicago bid to host the 2016 Olympics certainly followed this rule.  Early on they made sure they had the support of President Barrack Obama and a plethora of other Olympic athletes, Chicago businesses and local celebrities.  This assembly have helped make Chicago one of the four finalists in the bidding process to host the 2016 Summer Games.”

“But the Chicago 2016 Bid Committee forgot to gain the support of one key group of individuals.  The residents of the City of Chicago.  A Chicago Tribune poll found that only 47% of Chicagoans were in favor of the city’s bid for the Olympics.  A huge 84% said they do not approve of using public money (i.e.- tax payer dollars) to fund the 2016 Summer Games in their city.  Chicago residents do not want to be on the hook for cost overruns or other infrastructure costs which may fall back on them.”

Obama pitches Olympics, but still not going to Denmark


Kris on September 16, 2009 11:00 AM

“I, for one do not think that President should take time out of his busy schedule to travel to Copenhagen. There are more urgent matters for the President; Economy, Health Insurance, and failing Banks. Obama's main focus now is to acquire affordable Health Insurance for citizens of United States, not too put money into Mayor Daley's cronies pockets, and not to mention the displacement of families in the surrounding areas where the site for the 2016 Olympics is slated to be...myself being one of the family members being displaced if Chicago wins the bid. My earnings is under $30,000 yearly, the new structure that are deemed for housing for the Olympics are suppose to be easily acquired by Chicagoans afterwards, but we all know that only a chosen few will be eligible, those with incomes of $50,000 or more. I am African America and I do not want Chicago to win the 2016 Olympic bid. We all know what happen in Atlanta to their economy before and after hosting. What is more important, the people of United States or Mayor Daley?

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