Skip to comments.Chicago torpedoed by anti-U.S. sentiment? (Bush's fault)
Posted on 10/03/2009 2:05:50 PM PDT by NCjim
Some Chicago officials say anti-American resentment likely played a role in Chicago's Olympic bid dying in the first round Friday.
President Obama could not undo in one year the resentment against America that President Bush and others built up for years, they said.
"There must be" resentment against America, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, near the stage where he had hoped to give a victory speech in Daley Center Plaza. "The way we [refused to sign] the Kyoto Treaty, we misled the world into Iraq. The world had a very bad taste in its mouth about us. But there was such a turnaround after last November. The world now feels better about America and about Americans. That's why I thought the president's going was the deal-maker."
State Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago) said she saw firsthand the resentment against America five years ago when she was in Rio de Janeiro. "I feel in my gut that this vote today was political and mean-spirited," she said.
"I travel a lot. ... I thought we had really turned a corner with the election of President Obama. People are so much more welcoming of Americans now. But this isn't the people of those countries. This is the leaders still living with outdated impressions of Americans."
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said she was approached by a consul general at the plaza as they waited for word Friday. "He said ... he was hearing that there wasn't enough time for Barack Obama to dispel the old image. ... But I don't know if that's it."
Presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs rejected the notion that the vote was influenced by the United States' standing: "No, I think you saw both at the U.N. General Assembly, you saw at the G20 last week ... I think virtually every measure of our standing in the world is different than it was just this time last year. So I don't read too much of that into this."
Maybe the IOC didn’t like listening to him read his speech from his teleprompter with the huge picture of Obama behind him — not Chicago but Obama? :)
Chicago torpedoed itself. Hard to put a spin on the local traditions such as beating people to death with 2x4’s.
I am sooo tired of these whining libs!
Note to Chicago:
Your city is riddled with corruption and crime, Clean It Up!
Did it ever dawn on them that this past week’s (black on black violence) school yard beating might have scared and disgusted some folks? I know it sickened me.
Yes, the world is just sooo victimized by the United States.
What a surprise. Blame everyone and everything, except the Big Zero.
Ya think the vicious murder of the high school honor student by ruthless street gangs may have played a part...Nahhh, It was Bush’s fault...Gimme a break!!!
Maybe Chicago just wasn’t qualified . . . or was the least qualified?
Oh yeah, that’s right . . in Obama’s and Jesse’s et al world merit doesn’t count
Maybe Rio de Janeiro presented a better plan?
Everyone seems to be assuming that the decision was a personal affront to Obama. That just tells us how much Obama's cult of personality has grown.
However, it also could have been that BO didn't show up early enough to allow enough time for the "Obama Tingle" to kick in with the IOC.
The Chicago state run media is working overtime to try and provide cover for Obama’s big time embarrassment. Sorry guys only the left wing nut jobs will fall for it.
how about Chicago pro gang and mobster town that Bush had nothing to do with
They still crying like babies??
Right on target. That is the real reason.
Wrong, Rep. Mendoza the leaders have an up to date impressions of Americans. After all, our president has spent the last 9 months traveling the world and telling everyone who would listen how terrible the USA is, that we suck as a nation and how arrogant we are. Is it any wonder that after all the derogatory commentary by him, that when Obama shows up in Copenhagen asking for the Olympics to be awarded to Chicago, that he is turned down?
Sad as it may be, I was actually happy to see America lose because in losing we won!!!
"Some Say.." is a common code for "One of our editors". It's used by Vinegar Spills like Couric all the time.
Is there anything more pathetically imbecile than a liberal??? The world, you stupid morons, doesn’t need to love us — as long as we are the best and most powerful and most prosperous nation on the face of the earth, they NEVER WILL — the world NEEDS TO RESPECT, AND YES, YES, YES, EVEN FEAR US, for there to be peace in the world.
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