Skip to comments.Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?
Posted on 10/03/2009 8:09:52 AM PDT by Clint Williams
An anonymous reader writes
"Yesterday, Chicago lost its bid for the 2016 Olympics (which went to Rio de Janiero instead), and it's looking very likely that US border procedures were one of the main factors which knocked Chicago out of the race: 'Among the toughest questions posed to the Chicago bid team this week in Copenhagen was one that raised the issue of what kind of welcome foreigners would get from airport officials when they arrived in this country to attend the Games. Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, in the question-and-answer session following Chicago's official presentation, pointed out that entering the United States can be "a rather harrowing experience." ... The exchange underscores what tourism officials here have been saying for years about the sometimes rigorous entry process for foreigners, which they see as a deterrent to tourism.'"
Yes, we let obambi pass out of our control
what a crock
If I as a citizen have to go through security............so do you, get over it, world.
So Rio won because it is easier for the terrorists to get in. That should add some fireworks to the Olympics.
Allahpundit had a great retort to this... the questioner came from Pakistan... which hosts terrorist training camps...
Well you're sure gonna get one helluvanass-kicking now.
Another reason why it was good that Hussein lost the bid...we won’t have to admit Mr Ali and his pig fornicating pals into the country.
Europe has ALWAYS had stronger passport/airport enforcement than the US. Menacing, in fact. You need only travel abroad to find that out.
And how was the border experience attending Olympics in China, Russia, et al??? and freedom of moving about the host countries??
Foreign marathon runners arrive in the US all the time.
They run in Chicago, LA, NY, Boston, Denver.......haven’t heard of a single elite runner being denied entrance in the US.
It seems that the IOC was merely looking for an excuse to spit in O’s face.
I'd rather lose the Olympics than have somebody like Syed Shahid Ali move “dirty bomb” components or—more likely—high-grade heroin through a U.S. point of entry.
We need passport control. We are in two wars and we want to host the Olympics? Insane.
It happened because it is a lousy idea.
The U.S. economy is circling the drain with a real idiot at the helm, and the failing economy can't afford the certainty of pissing away another trillion$ on the most corrupt city/state in the U.S.
The rest of the world isn't driven entirely by corruption, PC, ACORN, and SEIU.
Or an ignoramus trying to learn on the job, without a real clue, surrounded by anarchist hoods.
This is pure B.S. Everyone knows all ya have to do is cross the checkpoint at the Rio Grade. Whats the problem? Just ask Juan McCain for a hall pass. :(
Can’t be too difficult. I was in Las Vegas last week and it seemed as if half of the hotel guest were speaking Slovenian—or some such.
But, IF Chicago had been picked to host the Olympics, you can bet it would have Obama’s victory. The media really does think we’re THAT stupid.
The fact remains, Obama failed!
Out of politically-correct sympathies for Ali's question, they gained a non-racist excuse to let fly their otherwise held-back disdain for the incompetence of Jarrett and Me-Shell, and Barry's obvious swaggering attempt to influence their decisions with his presence.
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