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An Olympic-Sized Fiasco
Pajamas Media ^ | October 3 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 10/03/2009 5:52:16 PM PDT by AJKauf

I think most Americans were rooting for Chicago. As I wrote on NRO’s corner, I know I was. But Rio had a really convincing hope and change/ multicultural/new guy on the block case. And consider: given the recent bad windy city publicity (You Tube beatings, state and city corruption, Blagoism, Daley ward mobsterism, rumors of pre-Olympic wheeling and dealing on land angles, administration Chicago hard-ball Rahm Emanuel/David Axelrod politics, etc.), Chicago, Illinois ,was seen abroad as less competitive, far less competitive, than the other cities. I think almost any fair-minded neutral judge could grasp how those realities were going to play out. (Do not forget that Euros love to be gratuitously fickle and so in the first round trashed the reset-button, fawning American who wants to wow them through obsequiousness. And the more I watched Barack/Michelle do the “I grew up in the neighborhood” thing, the more I noticed the Euro-audience wincing (not smart bragging about your childhood Chicago “right hook” to an audience that has just watched horrific fighting in the streets of Chicago).

But even without the self-centered story-telling it was a hard sell anyway. ....

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016olympics; bho44; miserablefailure; vdh

1 posted on 10/03/2009 5:52:17 PM PDT by AJKauf
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To: AJKauf

Huh? I WASN”T “rooting” for Chicago! I can not think of a worse place to have the Olympics!


2 posted on 10/03/2009 5:55:24 PM PDT by tuckrdout ("Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: AJKauf
"Most" Americans may have been rooting for Chicago, but the polls I saw in Chicago placed the pro-faction just over 50%.
3 posted on 10/03/2009 5:56:19 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: AJKauf

Uh, I was rooting, am rooting, for America.....that’s the problem....we got American hating people in the Whitehouse! The America I’m rooting for has NOTHING to do with Chicago!


4 posted on 10/03/2009 6:00:17 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Democrat party has always been the party of slavery, sedition, subversion, socialism and surrender)
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To: AJKauf

5 posted on 10/03/2009 6:02:55 PM PDT by BigLittle
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To: 1rudeboy

I knew from the start this would be a royal screw up if it happened.

It would have been more logical to try to site the event in one of the collar counties, or at any rate outside of Chicago proper. In Chicago if it ain’t a slum it’s pricey as all get out.


6 posted on 10/03/2009 6:03:09 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: AJKauf

At first I thought it might be cool. Then I did more reading and discovered that the Olympics aren’t necessarily a good investment with a real return.

And I thought the egalitarian thing is to give it to South America...we’ve had our share of Olympics.

Then you factor in the corruption in this state and it looked like a recipe for fiscal wrongdoing.

I don’t know why we were told somehow that Chicago had the inside track or and edge over the competition. I mean, who said so?


7 posted on 10/03/2009 6:06:01 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Europe stole my vegetables)
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To: AJKauf
The Hussein Administration cranking up the "Ugly American" stereotype to 11.

Bunch of commie maniacs.

8 posted on 10/03/2009 6:06:32 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Daley simply wanted to build a monument to himself, and grease some allies in the process. It’s the Chicago Way.


9 posted on 10/03/2009 6:08:39 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I was rooting NOT to spend billions to support Dailey’s thugs and Obama’s friend.s


10 posted on 10/03/2009 6:29:14 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: AJKauf

....Michelle doing her black ‘overcoming-the-odds’ shtick didn’t impress the white Euros...they don’t have that much guilt.


11 posted on 10/03/2009 6:34:31 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: AJKauf
Almost all of Michelle’s statements were heartfelt and well meant

No they were not. This is the only disappointing statement I have ever heard from this man. But it is a very big one. Here is where you have your voice crack, Michelle. Here is where you bat those false eyelashes. None of this was "heartfelt." Any sentient person knows it.

How could he say this? I really cannot express how disappointed I am that he could say this.

12 posted on 10/03/2009 6:35:02 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: AJKauf

The article is about much more than the Olympics. IMO, everyone should really read the whole thing.

I do share the concern about a weakend President but the trouble is the only one who can change that is Obama. And not by ramming through the current agenda. In otherwords, he needs to grow up as Sarkozy indicated.

Barring that changes need to occur by installing a Congress to police him. If the world doesn’t respect him, then they need to respect our Congress. We cannot be both in both branches as we are today.

But since everyone is focused on the Olympics, no, I wasn’t rooting for chicago. I think it’s a lousy city to host the Olympics. But I’m not against hosting them. Just choose better.


13 posted on 10/03/2009 6:44:40 PM PDT by Soul Seeker ( of Kos.)
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To: Bahbah; AJKauf
How could he(VDH) say this? I really cannot express how disappointed I am that he could say this.

We all need to remember that Hanson is a self-acknowledged liberal, and that this colors his perceptions of current events. He is an outstanding historian, but good historical analysis requires and benefits from the detachment and perspective of time for the impact and meaning of events to become clear. When it comes to current events Hanson is no more immune from his biases than anyone else.

14 posted on 10/03/2009 6:55:05 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: tarheelswamprat

Good points. I will say that I had more faith in his common sense gut reactions then perhaps I should have and just need to take that into consideration.

I am not prone to throw the baby out with the bath water. But I must say that Michelle Obama is pretty much not heart felt about anything other than her own comfort, and anyone who thinks otherwise is missing the mark, and badly.


15 posted on 10/03/2009 7:02:39 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: tarheelswamprat

He is not a self described liberal; good grief.


16 posted on 10/03/2009 7:06:27 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: AJKauf
For about 90 years Chicago has been seen both domestically and internationally as a criminal enterprise. I have lived in that geographical area most of my life. The IOC’s vote dosen’t surprise me.
17 posted on 10/03/2009 7:22:54 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Winstons Julia
He is King of the world, and people tell him what he wants to hear. It then gains momentum. A life of its own. This happens to ego maniacs.

You need to listen to both speeches to see the arrogance from both of them. I'll abbreviate their speeches ... Me Me Me Me My My My I I I. Its shocking. Then think about the people around them, and the MSM, that inflates their egos.

They left Reality behind a long time ago.

18 posted on 10/03/2009 7:40:07 PM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: PA-RIVER

The egocentrity of his speeches is really getting tiresome, I agree.


19 posted on 10/03/2009 8:01:31 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Europe stole my vegetables)
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To: tuckrdout

Huh? I WASN”T “rooting” for Chicago! I can not think of a worse place to have the Olympics!

My feelings exactly!


20 posted on 10/03/2009 10:08:16 PM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

I guess we must be racist >>>>>>>sigh<<<<<<<<<<


21 posted on 10/03/2009 10:17:47 PM PDT by tuckrdout ("Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Winstons Julia
I don’t know why we were told somehow that Chicago had the inside track or and edge over the competition. I mean, who said so?

It was just another self-serving lie dished out by the national lapdog media, supposed guardians of truth and intellectual discourse.

22 posted on 10/03/2009 10:50:07 PM PDT by Tax Government
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To: Winstons Julia; Liz
I don’t know why we were told somehow that Chicago had the inside track or and edge over the competition. I mean, who said so?
I think Liz is working up to an answer; a sneak peak: it involves Axelrod and "AKPD Media and Message" company ...
23 posted on 10/03/2009 10:53:08 PM PDT by _Jim
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To: _Jim
.......we were told somehow that Chicago had the inside track or and edge over the competition. I mean, who said so? ............ I think Liz is working up to an answer......

Ah do declah, _Jimmah....you is s-o-o-o-o-----b-a-a-d (waves fan and stamps litte foot).

Tell me suh, am ah not allowed to think one li'l ol' thought without a gentleman such as you buttin' in? (flounces petticoats and departs in a huff).

24 posted on 10/04/2009 4:01:27 AM PDT by Liz
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To: PA-RIVER; Winstons Julia; _Jim; stephenjohnbanker; maggief; GOPJ; Just mythoughts; hoosiermama
.....arrogance dripped from both of the Ohahas.....then you cringe thinking about the lowlifes around them: slumlord Jarrett, Blago, Daley and his mobsters, ACORNS, Axelrod, and Rahm (Uriah Heep) Emanuel.......

Their contrived IOC bid reeked with self-centeredness. The “I grew up in the neighborhood” thingy, as the Euro-audience winced.

Bragging about your Chicago childhood to an audience exposed to horrific Chi/go street fighting, and murder....I mean, please.

“You can play a great game and still not win”....Ohaha said on the loss....without a shred of introspection.

Ohaha actually justified his stupid bid for "diversity games," Mrs O's ridiculous "sacrifice trip to Denmark".....two planeloads of cronies looking to make a buck, all financed by taxpayers.

One of Ohaha's stupidest remarks to the IOC: "using the Olympics to improve America's image."

.......as if America has something to be ashamed of.

Only an America-hater like Ohaha would think, and actually say, something so heinous.

25 posted on 10/04/2009 4:30:28 AM PDT by Liz
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To: AJKauf
I think most Americans were rooting for Chicago

I think that an ever expanding percentage of Americans have caught on to Zero's systematic destruction plan for our country and root against anything he wants to do.

26 posted on 10/04/2009 4:38:53 AM PDT by lovesdogs (10/04/09 - 1092 days left until obama is toast/392 until midterms.)
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To: AJKauf

Before Obama gave his speech he said, “We’re not taking anything for granted. So I’m going to go talk to some voters.”

Apparently to Obama selecting the Olympic site is just like the Iowa caucus.


27 posted on 10/04/2009 5:15:56 AM PDT by Atlantan
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To: Atlantan
“We’re not taking anything for granted. So I’m going to go talk to some voters.”

“We’re not taking anything for granted. So I’m going to go talk to some voters.”

The 0ne's solution to everything. Too bad that approach won't work in Afghanistan, just to mention one pressing crisis he has to face.

28 posted on 10/04/2009 5:27:39 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: Liz; All

““You can play a great game and still not win”....Ohaha said on the loss....without a shred of introspection. “

Narcissism and introspection are pretty much mutually exclusive. Methinks the IOC resented the “strong arm” tactics, and Obama’s love of self.

“”using the Olympics to improve America’s image.” “

This would merely foster a deeper contempt from the IOC.


29 posted on 10/04/2009 6:28:32 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Liz

Methinks Ms. O Hara doth protest too much ;-)


30 posted on 10/04/2009 6:30:58 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: AJKauf
I think most Americans were rooting for Chicago.

Um, no. Almost any other city would have been a better candidate.

31 posted on 10/04/2009 6:36:03 AM PDT by altair (I want him to fail)
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To: altair
Um, no. Almost any other city would have been a better candidate.

No, Chicago would have been a pretty good place as far as a setting goes, but it would have been horrible for the citizens of Chicago. They had plans to shut down Lake Shore Drive for a LONG period of time getting ready for it. That's the second largest main north/south artery in the entire Chicago area. As it was, I was really happy Chicago didn't get it, even though I live just blocks away from where the main event would have been.
32 posted on 10/04/2009 6:39:59 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Liz

“It was corporate America all the way,” said the consultant who has worked on numerous Olympics bids but asked not to be named. He said everyone from Chicago 2016 CEO Patrick Ryan to Mayor Richard Daley and even President Obama was stiff and seemingly unaware they weren’t politicking in an American election but rather in the international sports world.

“When the president said, ‘I urge you to vote for America,’ I thought, ‘Oh no.’ How do you have one of the most dynamic speakers say these things? It was unnatural,” he said.

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1805512,100409olympicsnew.article


33 posted on 10/04/2009 6:48:01 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

You can also blame the failed bid on the disaster that was the Atlanta 96 games. They saw with Obama it was going to be more of the same, over-commercialized and probably badly run.


34 posted on 10/04/2009 6:49:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AJKauf

Why Obama lost so badly? Overseas he doesn’t have his huge home court advantage. Without the ObamaMedia surrounding and covering him up with their spin he really is the Naked Emperor. Sarkozy saw it a while back, the rest of the world is seeing it now. Take away his dressmakers in the media and it ain’t a pretty sight, unless you are attracted to condescending arrogance and bumbling statesmanship.


35 posted on 10/04/2009 7:00:19 AM PDT by Humbug
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To: maggief
......everyone was stiff and seemingly unaware they weren’t politicking in an American election but rather in the international sports world. Obama actually told the IOC, "I urge you to vote for America......."

One of the stupidest remarks came from Obama: that he hoped to use the Olympics "to improve America's image." .......as if America has something to be ashamed of......

Americans were treated to their President apologizing for the country and downplaying its achievements........

Only the America-haters like Ohaha, and his minions, would think, and actually say, something so heinous.

36 posted on 10/04/2009 8:55:01 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

” .......as if America has something to be ashamed of...... “

America does have something to be ashamed of - Barack Hussein Obama...


37 posted on 10/04/2009 9:04:56 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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