This just in:
The Washington Post reports that
Chicago Out of Running to Host 2016 Olympics
COPENHAGEN, Oct. 2 – Chicago was eliminated after the first round of voting on contenders to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, leaving Rio, Madrid and Tokyo to contend for the bid.
Chicago was hoping to become the first U.S. city to host the Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996 and the first to host any Olympics since Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Games in 2002.
WORLD REJECTS OBAMA: CHICAGO OUT IN FIRST ROUND
THE EGO HAS LANDED
The city of Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting for the 2016 Summer Games, in a blow to President Barack Obama.
President Obama lent the full force of the White House to the effort and flew to Copenhagen overnight to deliver a 7-minute speech to the IOC Friday morning. In addition, Michelle Obama spent much of this week in Copenhagen personally lobbying IOC members.
Tokyo was eliminated in the second round of voting. Its elimination was not unexpected, since the IOC was unlikely too return the Games to Asia so soon after Beijing. Tokyo’s bid received high technical marks in an evaluation, but lacked widespread public support during the bid process.
Madrid and Rio remain. The winner must receive 51% of the 100-plus votes.
Chicago’s boosters spent $48 million on the four-year campaign but, as always faced the obstacle of geographical loyalty. More than 40% of the IOC is European, and with competition from Rio, the U.S. could not count on support of members from South America, who were trying to bring the Olympics to their continent for the first time. Chicago2016’s budget also relied on some $4.8 billion in funding from the private sector, while other candidate cities had promises of billions of dollars of financial guarantees.
I wonder how Obama, Michelle and Oprah are going to spin this one while they wipe the egg off their faces.
(My bet is that Rio will get it. We’ll see.)
Here’s a photo from last evening: POTUS, FLOTUS, TOTUS,
I’m sure that Obama will be a lot more persuasive with the Iranians.
International Olympic Committee staffed by racists, which just named Rio as the host.
CNN announcer flips out,
The Anchoress asks, Did the IOC recognise a weak horse?