Repubs cheer when US is eliminated by IOC
Let's see...$22 BILLION in potential profits are outweighed by the prospect of the President wanting Chicago to land the games.
Commentary: GOP celebrates U.S. defeat
(CNN) -- Whenever President Obama has traveled overseas and offered pointed and direct assessments of the United States, some of them critical, Republicans have ripped him for criticizing America, saying a president should always defend the United States.
So I want to hear the explanation by these so-called patriots of their giddy behavior over the United States losing the 2016 Olympic Games.
Yes, the United States. The bid that was rejected Friday by the International Olympic Committee was not a Chicago, Illinois, bid. It was the official bid submitted by the United States Olympic Committee and was representative of the nation. Tokyo's bid was that of Japan; Madrid's was that of Spain; and Rio de Janeiro's was that of Brazil.
Republicans want to spin the decision as a massive loss by President Obama and the Democrats who have always controlled Chicago politics.
"Hahahahaha," wrote Erick Erickson on the conservative "RedState" blog, "I thought the world would love us more now that Bush was gone."
What the critics don't see is that Obama's loss on the Olympics is America's loss. Any red-blooded American who loves to see the American flag raised and the national anthem played when one of our own wins a gold medal should blast the Republicans' giddiness over the loss.
I can recall crying along with millions of Americans when our hockey team beat the Russians and won the hockey gold in 1980. Where were those games? Lake Placid, New York. Euphoria spread all across the nation, not only because we beat the mighty Russians, but also because it took place on American soil.
When Carl Lewis and Mary Lou Retton dominated the 1984 Olympic Games, we all beamed with pride because they represented the United States on American soil in Los Angeles, California.
And when Michael Johnson stormed around the track to obliterate the world record in the 200-meter dash (since broken by Jamaica's Usain Bolt), we relished the win as he took a victory lap around the stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Americans love home field advantage, and we always desire to show the rest of the world what we are made of.
I don't care if Republicans want to rip President Obama over going to Copenhagen, Denmark, to pitch for the games. This isn't about politics. It's not about ideology. This is about America. OUR pride. Our chance to shine. Our loss of the games.
So, to all the critics happy about us losing the 2016 games, turn in your flag lapel pins and stop boasting of being so patriotic. When an American city loses, like New York did in the the last go-round, we all lose. And all you critics are on the same level as the America haters all across the world.
You should be shouted down for not backing your own country. The next time any of you bang out a press release about "Buy American" or "Support our troops," remember this moment when your cynical, callous and small-minded brains happily rejoiced when America lost the 2016 Olympic Games.
I don't mind the legit criticism of hosting the games; it's the people who cheer just because "Obama lost". That's BS.
i was listening to greta van susteren on the radio, and she was making it seem like obama is an idiot for wasting time trying to get the olympics in chicago. "didnt he know chicago had no chance!" Her callers were happy we didnt get them, like, "ha obama failed". i dont see what the big deal is. i dont think chicago should have got the bid because there's just too much crime there, but i'm not rejoicing now that they didnt, and i was pulling for them just because they're in the U.S. I didnt hear greta or any of her callers give reason as to why obama was dumb for campaigning for chicago or why chicago shouldnt have got the bid...
ANY American city to get the bid would have been great for the USA. Period.
Anyone who doesn't understand that simply doesn't understand the world.
I hope that Obama's intervention didn't turn the committee off to the USA, but at first glance it appears that it might have.
Why do the Republicans hate America so much? They should support the President no matter what. They are traitors. If they don't love America, they should move to France.
This Libertarian also cheered! Chicago is too corrupt, the residents didn't want it, and don't get me started on the imperialist in the White House.
First of all, Chicago is about 90% Democrat. We have a single Republican alderman (out of about 50, if I recall correctly) and he represents the area by O'Hare, which is pretty much outside the actual city. But only about 50% of the population supported the bid for the Olympics.
I was ambivalent towards the whole thing. On the one hand, as an architect, the Olympics could have been great for business. However, it was ahuge gamble on Chicago's part. There's no guarantee it would have been profitable. And there was no guarantee it would have helped the famously poor and violent South Side (more deaths in 2008 than in Iraq), which is where a lot of the Olympic venues would have been located. There were theories that it would have led to the relocation of massive amounts of people who rely upon public housing to the suburbs in order to create a better perception for the TV. Lots of Democrats (and Republicans and Independents, etc etc) were opposed to the Olympics because of those reasons.
but then again, if this were 1996 it would fit.
Repubs did yell that, and loudly, over the protestations of an actual majority--not just a GLimbaughBeck-few who are scared of brown people in their neighborhood.
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