Wow. Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and The Oprah all head to Copenhagen to convince the IOC to come to Chicago in 2016 and they…fail. Nice work. It’s neither the trip nor effort that’s at issue. It’s the fact that there are much more important issues at home to address that are being ignored. A nuclear Iran, the situation in Afghanistan, and a 9.8% unemployment rate for instance. From Foxnews.com:
COPENHAGEN – Chicago was eliminated in the first ballot of voting for the 2016 Olympics on Friday, a stunning defeat for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama who put their capital behind an enormous campaign.
Chicago had seemed to pick up momentum in the last few days, with many International Olympic Committee members seemingly charmed by Michelle Obama. But when IOC president Jacques Rogge announced the results of the first vote, Chicago’s name was announced.
Thousands of people gathered in downtown Chicago stood in stunned silence. The vote in Copenhagen was carried on huge television screens in the Daley Center, set up to carry what many had hoped would be approval of Chicago to host the games.
Instead, Chicago was bounced in the first round of voting. An audible gasp could be heard from the crowd. Many stood for a few minutes, staring at the screen, and at least one flung his hands into the air in a crude gesture toward the TV screen.
Within seconds, people began filing out of the plaza.
Chicago’s elimination was one of the most shocking defeats in IOC voting history. It had long been seen as a front-runner and got the highest possible level of support — from the president of the United States himself.
But the emotional appeals from Obama and his wife Michelle — they both flew to Copenhagen to fight in Chicago’s corner — fell on deaf ears in the European-dominated IOC. The IOC’s last two experiences in the United States were bad: the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics were sullied by a bribery scandal and logistical problems and a bombing hit the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Obama’s visit to Copenhagen was the first time a U.S. president made such an in-person appeal.
Not only was Chicago not selected, it was the 1st city to be eliminated. (Not no, but HELL no!) View the full article here.