October 5th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

How big a deal was losing the Olympics for Pres. Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's no question Chicago's losing the Olympics was an embarrassment for Pres. Obama. One headline on the Drudge Report read: Obama + Michelle X Oprah = 0

Princeton history professor Julian Zelizer writes on CNN.com that the usually calm and steady president has made two recent mistakes that have shifted the public's focus off the big issues like health care.

The first was when Mr. Obama waded into the controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Gates by saying the police acted "stupidly" when he didn't know all the facts of the case. The second mistake was the president's decision to fly to Copenhagen for the Olympics pitch.

Zelizer suggests the Olympics situation is more troubling - since it was well-thought out by the president and vetted by his advisers - whereas the Gates comment was an off-the-cuff moment.

In the grand scheme of things - the Olympics flap is not as big a deal as Republicans will make it out to be. And - come election time, it's likely that whatever happens with health care reform, the economy and whether or not the U-S sends more troops to Afghanistan will all weigh heavier on voters' minds.

But President Obama's decision to go to Denmark and appear before the International Olympic committee may be seen as a lapse in judgment for a man who had perfect political instincts during the campaign.

Here’s my question to you: Politically speaking, how big a deal was losing the Olympics for President Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve from San Diego writes:
Nobody wins every battle they fight. He was right to support our country's bid to host the Games. I give him credit for taking his best shot. So it didn’t work out. So what?

Rory from San Bernardino, California writes:
Jack, I like and voted for our president, but this trip was not necessary. It made him look weak, ineffectual and easily distracted. And the First Lady's sob story about her father didn't help either. We need a tough president, not a cheerleader or TV star.

Jim from Craig, Colorado writes:
It matters, but only with people who don't. A reasonable person provides help when it is important and when asked. Win or lose doesn't really matter. People with some perverted sense of political posturing think that the president should become involved only if the outcome has been somehow fixed in his favor.

George writes:
Who really cares? The decision was made long before President Obama went. The vote was just a formality. He probably did waste his time, however if he didn't go your question would have been: Did the president’s prestige suffer because he didn't stand up for America? Damned if he did and damned if he didn't.

Frankie writes:
It was a neat idea, too bad it didn't work. Do you honestly think every fly he swats and every move he makes is political? If the Republicans can't figure out how to politicize some action of the president, the media does it for them.

Ken from Burlington, Vermont writes:
Obama is breaking the mold. Those who use the prism of the past will miss the mark when assessing his presidency. It's the first inning with a lot of baseball left to play - and he knows it.

Filed under: President Barack Obama
soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    It shouldn't be an issue at all. As quickly as Chicago was eliminated it seems that it was a foregone conclusion. Considering all that faces this nation after 8 damaging years of Bush this doesn't register at all.

    October 5, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Joe CE

    Politically means nothing but he was probably very disapointed for at least 5 minutes.

    October 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Duane

    No big deal..other than the Republicans making a big deal about it. You win some and you loss some. Focus on Health care!!

    October 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Jason, Koloa HI

    I think it's a victory for honest government. Chicago is known as one of the most corrupt cities.....ever. The IOC has been tainted with it's own corruption scandals in the not too distant past. If Obama had landed the olympics, then all of the Obama haters would have said it must be more corrupt Chicago politics at work and how would anybody ever know whether it was true or not. Obama made a legitimate attempt and lost. I just regained a tiny sliver of hope, and I mean tiny, in honest government.

    October 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Jim


    It will, in fact, be a net plus for Obama. He and the First lady did their best for America and Chicago, they once again charmed and impressed a foreign audience, and Chicago will not forget their efforts when 2012 rolls around.

    Reno, Nevada

    October 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  6. Tom from Philly

    Im sure it was the president's failure and not the public beating to death of one of chicago's youth.

    Politically the republicans simply jump on everything and complain about everything and are looking like a party of rush limbaughs and glenn becks, THAT is attactive and will get votes.

    October 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  7. Jayne

    It seems losing the Olympics was a bigger deal to the Republican Party and the media more than anyone else. In fact, I will go so far as to say the Republicans were downright unpatriotic to be cheering at a loss for the United States. In any case, as far as Obama goes, it was a little ripple in the pond and nothing more.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  8. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It is a disappointment for the country to not host the Olympics, but we'll all live. The big deal is President Obama's lack of management skills. He needs to keep his eye on the ball. The Olympics are little more than puffery right now. We have big-time problems facing this country and he would rather spend some more time on the campaign trail in Europe? It is a very big deal from that standpoint.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  9. Melissa

    Not at all, unless you're an Obama hater.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  10. Carl D.

    In my opinoin, for Obama to plead and beg for the games, was a waste of tax payer money. That little trip cost the tax payers around 1 Million dollars. Obama should of stayed at home and worked on the problems we have going on in our own country. Just like the games, and every other shady deal our government has going on, no one really explained where the money was coming from. That just tells me the tax payers would foot the bill. I'am very happy our country didn't get the Olympics.
    Carl in Illinois

    October 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Ann-Virginia

    I'm sure he disappointed,but it isn't a big deal.unless the Republicans try to use even that to destroy him.They have tried everything else,so why not the olympics?Where the olympics are held has nothing to do with Obama as President.We are all disappointed,but really excited for Rio & South America.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  12. David of Alexandria VA

    I think it showed a particular shallowness or even narcissism that isn't very presidential and not very good for the US. I mean, when our delegation iheadlines Oprah (not a noted athlete) - what does that say about the regard we hold for the IOC - in their minds. Then the President does a $3M, 40,000 gallon fly-by when the economy is hurting, his health care agenda is in turmoil and people are dying in Afghanistan. Where is the priority here? This just shows a real lack of experience. Keep it up and three years from now, he'll experience first-hand what it means to be over-stimuloused and under-employed.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  13. Jackie in Dallas

    How come you aren't asking how big a deal it was for the other two countries leaders that also failed to grab the Olympics? For the first time, we had a pro-active President go and meet with the IOC just like the other heads of states of countries lobbying for the Olympics. It wasn't a loss for President Obama, it was a loss for the country! I think the IOC saw all the negative crap from the GOOPs (Good Old Obnoxious Party) and said even Rio was a better choice than dealing with those creeps!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  14. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    It's not a big deal at all. It was a nice gesture and the press corps got a trip to Europe out of it. Given the experience of those who have won the bid, presidential involvement is pretty much essential. On the other side, Chicago is lucky they lost, since much of the infrastructure is only useable once and the cost is not covered by the ticket prices. It is a scandal that the IOC does not cover the cost of the specialized venues.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  15. Hassan


    I think you have ran out of questions today. It is not a big deal. He did what every other country did by sending their head of states. If he took one day in order to pursue the Olympic committee to bring Olympics to Chicago then what's the bid deal. It seems to me everyone has ran of ideas to criticize Obama.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  16. Jerry Alpharetta, GA

    Losing the Olympics for Chicago may not seem like a big deal to Americans, however, from the perspective of North Korea, Iran, the Taliban and Al Quaida it was a clear demonstration of weakness and lack of international support. From a political standpoint it was plain stupid, if the Olympic Committee had selected Chicago, here was a US President throwing his weight around to get his way in the world at the expense of a poor Brazil, losing and it is a big embarrassment for the prestige of the Office of the President of the United States. I thought he was smarter than that.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  17. Rick Medina,OH


    The Olympics only come around once every four years, and there are only so many sites world-wide that can accommodate them. Chicago is one; Rio is another. The time for Chicago will eventually come.

    The U. S. has been blessed several times as the venue for the Olympics, and and several great facilities originally built for that purpose, remain for our pleasure.

    The President and First Lady did what they should ... make a passionate case ... and accept the verdict. Not an ounce of political capital was wasted.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    October 5, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  18. wanda j brown

    I'm sure it was a big deal for everyone in Chicago as well as the President. But as a country it SHOULD have been a Big Deal for all of
    us. As Americans we should NEVER cheer defeat of anything American. The GOP has shown their true colors, Anti-American RED.
    Patriotism only applies when it comes to WAR. They are Hypocrites.

    Wanda in Mississippi

    October 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  19. Tom Wisconsin

    I don't think loosing the bid will hurt him at all. I believe that most thinking Americans know that we really cannot afford the cost of hosting such an event anyway. I think if any thing negative for the President comes from this it will be from the fact that he supported it in the first place.

    I really like Obama but our political leaders really need to start making sound financial decisions. It has been many years since that was in vogue.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  20. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Politically Obama would make a lousy Republican and right now that is a good thing.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  21. Tammy from Indiana

    i dont think it was a big deal for Obama. That is his home state of course he would want them to get the olympics. it was unfortunate that they didn't. Republicans can stick it. It wasnt a big deal when Bush wouldn't "boycott" during the olympics in china. Obama isn't perfect and he needs to get tougher, but people need to give him a break.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  22. Dennis in Cleveland,Ohio

    Not a BIG Deal at all! It would have been nice, but there certainly more IMPORTANT issues in America that need attention.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    This 'mistake' was indicative of three things. The first is his inexperience in not knowing that president's don't show up unless a deal is already in hand. The second is Obama's supreme arrogance in that he thought he could just stroll in, turn on the charm and have no one oppose him. The third is that the MSM by it's collective shock at Obama not getting his way, have shown just how much koolaid they've consumed themselves.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  24. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Jack: Do you honestly think I really care about the Olympics? Or whether it was a poor choice for our President to try to have the venue in Chicago? I have bigger fish to fry. I am not going to take the President to task for going to Copenhagen. But at least you are not talking about David Letterman!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  25. Penny Muleshoe, Texas

    Jack the fact that Obama lost the bid for the Olympics when he had absolutely no business going to Denmark in the first place makes him look bad. What makes him look worse is that he put that in front of more important and pressing issues like healthcare reform and deciding on additional troops for Afghanistan.
    I think Mr. Obama needs to get his priorities straight and road trips with Oprah do not rate up there very high when a nation is at war. How many thousands of dollars did this little excursion set the American tax payers back?

    October 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  26. Ray in Nashville

    It's a much bigger deal to the press than to anyone else. They are the ones who made such a big deal out of his trip in the first place. It was always a long shot and I'm glad our president stood up for our country and went to Denmark to make a push to land them.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  27. Abnet Mathurin (Bridgeport, CT)

    Once again Jack, this is a lesson for the Presidend, which I m sure teaches him that speech doesn't resolve it all. Before you get involve in anything, make sure you know the facts or the outcome of it; that would save you a laugh from the Saturday late show.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  28. bill rupert

    other then looking like "amature hour" not much.
    However, What bothers me about this mini fiasco is why didn't the White House Staff figure that Rio was going to be the probable winner. They haven't had an Olympics in that part of the world forever and what's not to like about Brazil. They knew it was close – why take the chance. Obviously that wasn't even true. What we get 18 votes out of 200? Please.
    Whoever did the calculous on this one screwed the pooch big time.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  29. Jennifer - Winnipeg

    I really don't think that going to Copenhagen was political. He gave it the old college try, but Rio was already in the bag ... not his fault. At least give him credit for trying. No other US president did. Mr. Obama has only been at the helm for a matter of 9 months and he's received more media attention than the last 4 presidents combined. Every time he raises an eyebrow, the media blow it all out of context and make it out to be the news of the day. Leave the guy alone already and let him do his job.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  30. JENNA

    Politically speaking, how big a deal was losing the Olympics for President Obama?

    With the Republican, President Obama was in a damned if you do, damned if you don't senario.

    He tried and failed. The Republicans not only didn't support his efforts they cheered as he lost..

    Had he not tried the Republicans would have said that he didn't even try, that he was unAmerican, etc..

    Hence, damned if he did, damned if he didn't.

    What the Republicans fail to realize is that President Obama gained support for trying and failing than if he didn't try at all.. Also Americans see how the Republicans didn't support this or him, proving to us that THEY are unAmerican.

    Roseville CA

    October 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  31. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    If the US had put up a United Front instead of Chilish bickering this Question would be mute, because we might have won the Olympics.

    But thanks to Political Postering to win Brownie Points instead of seeing Billions come into the Chicago area the people in and around Chicago now have a way to thank the Republican Party for denying them a much needed financial shot in the arm.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  32. Heath in Missoula, Montana

    This shouldn't be as big of a deal as it is...the President was in Denmark FOR ONE DAY!!! I would be more concerned about this if he had not at least made some effort to bring the Olympics to America. For me, the more important question is: would he have gone to lobby for a different American city if it were up for selection instead of Chicago?

    October 5, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  33. sheila scott

    It wan no big deal at all, anyone who knows anything about the olimpics us that it is very political and that almost nothing is done right when it comes to naming a host city. it is all about the greasing of the palms and kissing of the butts. I think he did the right thing in going to participate in the proceedings but for the republicans who stopped what they were doing to celebrate the usa not getting the nod is very UNPATROTIC A word they no longer seem tho have in their vocabulary since they are the ones who are showing their true colors. This is a party whose olny goal it seems is to fault the president on anything that he does rather it is right for our country or not.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  34. Susan in NC

    It was no big deal, Jack. He didn't lose! The committee just voted for another country ... it's just that simple. All the hoopla about the "president losing" is just that ... hoopla!


    October 5, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  35. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    Not a big deal at all. He wasn't elected in order to sway the likes of an Olympic selection panel that, by the way, is known for it's own corrupt practices. But you are right about the fact that the Republicans are probably already drooling over the idea of campaign commercials that will focus on the non-issue of the Olympics.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  36. Doug - Dallas, TX

    It shouldn't be any big deal!! Just an FYI to all those who want to blame the president; the American Olympic Committee was responsible for getting the games for Chicago not the president. If anyone is going to castigate the president over this, then they also need to castigate Oprah and anyone else who was involved. To single out the president and blame him for this is just plain stupid and shows the level of intelligence we're dealing with here.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  37. Tina Tx

    Only a big deal to the whinners called the Conseravtive Republicans who think that if Obama would stub his toe it would be a defeat. Don't they realize that we are all in the same sinking boat? Without the poor man working like a dog for your company you would not have a company.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  38. mark pribble Anna Illinois

    I don't think it's that big a deal for the president, he tried to help get the Olympics to the U.S.A. but the decision was not up to him it was up to the committee, but the press thinks its a big deal, WHO CARES what they think.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  39. Geri Britt

    I think the flap over Obama going to the Olympics is more a generational thing & very typical of the culture of the now 30/40 age group who go whisking off under any pretense or to say things that make us older folks shake our head and even wince. If one listens to their music, watches their shows on TV or sees their movies, it's obvious that dignity, class, and true artistic expression, substance, and creativity is sorely missing and not one of this generations strong points. Some of the things that they say and do that they think are cool and funny are just plain boring or downright dumb. Sarah Palin is another example of this. Us older folks are just going to have to get use to it. They're sense of timing seems to be off as if they aren't sure what they should actually think or do so their words and actions sometimes seem silly. Perhaps they find it difficult to be a grown up.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    October 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  40. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Whatever political damage occurs from this episode will land squarely in the laps of those Republican "America First" types that publicly rejoiced in Chicago and the U.S. losing out on the olympic bid. I would have been upset if President Obama had not made the personal effort........this will not be an issue of import in the next election cycle whatsoever.......too many other things that he will be judged on.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  41. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    This is huge, huge and HUGE in the eyes of the media but not in the eyes of the mother that lost her son in Chicago. I'm glad that we didn't get the bid if for no other reason than to be put in our place. We think because we are America that we deserve to get everything that we want.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  42. Lori - PA

    I don't know that ir's that losing the Olympics is a big deal for President Obama. What I believe is a big deal is that he does not appear to be working with Congress and the Sentate on drafting a health care reform bill. Or taking a stance.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  43. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Well Jack
    It might have been a big deal to him but not for most of Chicago.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  44. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo MD

    Jack, for crying out loud! Pres. Obama didn't lose the Olympics. The United States of America lost its bid for the Olympics. Every other head of state vying for the Olympics personally represented their countries. Why not our President representing us? Besides, in the grand scheme of winning things, I'd rather he win these two wars, win health care, win the re-regulation of Wall Street, close Guantanamo Bay, and win the restoration of our economy, particularly in the jobs and housing sectors. And Jack, never have two old sayings been more true: 1) We Americans need to "lead, follow, or get out of the way;" and 2) if you don't have anything construction to say [to uplift our Country], keep you mouth shut." Tightly.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  45. Kerry Diehl

    It showed Obama as being more interested in playing games than running our country or keeping it safe!

    This decision will cost him dearly going forward as it pointed out his lack of focus on the essential issues, once again his inexperience to know what NOT to get involved in or speak out on are making him look foolish and not a true leader!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  46. Lou from North Carolina

    Didn't bother me. I wondered why we sent anyone over there because most of us who watch Summer Olympics had a feeling South America would win because they never had been given the pleasure of having Summer Olympics – at least not in my memory.
    I think IF he hadn't gone, there would have been a problem. Since he DID go, there is a problem. It doesn't matter what Obama does, it is wrong. That is what bothers me.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  47. lou

    What really troubles me is how some people who don't like obama are loving this. WE lost the olympics. It was a great loss for the American people. Talk about cheering against the home team.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  48. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    I think that Faux Noise would still be calling for his head if he had delivered the Olympics.

    Regarding the voters, I think we want him chasing everything that has the potential for creating tens of thousands of jobs. Youkalis doesn't hit every time he goes to bat but he always shows up to play. That's our president.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  49. KC in Kremmling, Colorado

    It is so big the Dems are already blaming President Bush.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  50. Justine, Cincinnati

    Jack, Yes, you are right, it will never be as big as a deal as the Republicans are going to make it out to be... But think of the opposite – everyone, Republicans included, would be very upset with the President if he didn't go! They would have said, "We didn't get the Olympics because the President didn't go". Either way – he had to do something about it!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  51. John from Alabama

    Jack: The Olympic's being in Rio rather than Chicago is last nights news. President Obama gets health care reform, and the economy makes some progress this will keep Obama in the good graces of the voters. The Democrats need to support the President Obama like the Republicans supported former President Geo. W. Bush over the war. It would be nice if the Democrats acted happy about our President. I believe if Obama has any problems it is in his own party.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  52. Jose in Austin TX


    It was a huge deal. I thought the world was going to love us again now that we elected a celebrity to the whitehouse. Nevertheless, it was a big blow to Obama's ego, and the media is still trying to recover from the shock.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  53. Conor in Chicago

    Politically it doesn't matter. The average person isn't going to remember that Chicago was in the running much less Obama's role in it all in a year. What is great about this is that it will finally put Obama in his place. I think he has learned for the first time that simply being who he is isn’t good enough all of the time. You actually have to do something to earn respect. He is also learning that just because he isn't GWB doesn't mean people will respect the fact that he is acting just like him with regards to our wars, our economic situation, and social issues.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  54. Beth, MA

    It makes no difference. If he didn't go and Chicago won, the Republicans would have said that Obama was irrelevant. the city won on its own merits but he would be blamed for every boondoggle and expense incurred. If Chicago had won, he would have been blamed for every boondoggle and expense incurred.

    He went to Copenhagen and Chicago lost so the Republicans can insist that he wasted important time that should have been spent on the health care reform measure that they are going to refuse to support no matter what it is.

    The loyal Americans like Rush and Beck showed their patriotism by acting like spoiled children and rejoicing that the US didn't get the games. No pride in their country, just spite against the president.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  55. Jim Bailey

    Well not much of a big deal since it was the arragonce and mis-management of the USOC that really blew things.
    The real show has been watching the neo-cons rejoice in the President percieved stumble.
    Krugman's right, they are 'bratty 13 yr olds'.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  56. Mark... Voorhees, New Jersey

    Not a big deal, Jack. Apparently ALL heads of state whose countries are vying for the Olympics now go to "show the flag". If he didn't go the same herd of punks and pundits would be screaming over the opposite decision, and calling him "unpatriotic" It is amazing how much the level of expectation has risen now when that we no longer expect the president to be a tongue-tied, mentally and morally challenged, empty, (if well-tailored) suit.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  57. Peg from NY

    Not a big deal at all. South America had never been chosen. The Olymic Committee is well known for their "issues", to put it politely.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  58. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Zero, the majority of people in Chicago didn't want the Olympics, I somewhat agree, with the murder rate there, unemployment and a city known for its corruption was it a good selection to start with? I don't think so.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  59. Gus from California

    Will hurt some, but not near as much as not going. That would be blasted as a sign he was not interested in bringing in jobs and revenue. Jobs is, or nearly is, topic One. He has to be seen as trying to create jobs. Anything less, and he would be pilloried.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  60. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Let's see: The last guy started two wars (one with the wrong country) and destroyed our economy. I'm prepared to forgive President Obama for calling someone stupid and for failing to bring home the Olympics – at least he's trying to do great things for America.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  61. Jimmy in Houston

    I don't think the issue was getting the Olympics or not. It was not a good decision to jet off and lobby for the Olympics at tax payer expense when there are so many important issues that need to be dealt with here at home. I question his priorities.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  62. Dorothy Milani, Mountain Home, AR

    Losing the Olympic bid should not be as important to the President as the loss of the lives of our soldiers in Afganistan. Our President is so busy flitting around the world that the things that really should be a priority, like the Afgan war, or the financial situation of our nation, etc., are being put on the back burner.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  63. Maureen


    It really is unfortunate that people view this as a disappointment for Chicago and the President of the United States, as suppose to seeing it as a loss for the United States as a whole. I'm glad that we have a President that will speak up for us win or lose.

    Chester, SC

    October 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  64. DT from Fort Walton Beach, FL

    Maybe not big to him, but big for us...considerin we funded his trip (And Michelle) to get over there...not to mention his hotel and all that other stuff and he comes back to the US with nothing to show for it. Just more wasted taxpayer money...but then again wit this do nothin useless congress we have "Wasted Taxpayer Money" is a common theme.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  65. Sadegh

    It is actually a good thing for Obama because now his critics will focus on this insignificant loss instead of focusing on Obama loosing major battles such as health care reform, two wars overseas, and the economy. This man is a PR genius

    October 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  66. Simonsays/Orlando

    It's just another on his list of failures since he has taken office.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  67. Wm, Penna

    0, None. Zip. Nada.
    But we do have: health care to fix, two wars with a mounting death toll in Afghanistan, run-away deficits, and an economy loosing jobs daily. And best of all we have a Do-Nothing, Know-nothing bunch of self-centered people representing our big money interests in Washington. Insured to the hilt and vacationing around the world on our dime. You can bet they'll go to Rio.
    O what? So what?

    October 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  68. Maria

    Not hosting the Olympics will fade away and Obama going to Copenhagen (was he seen smoking there?) is just not any kind of loss,slip,fall,etc. Who cares?


    October 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  69. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Pres. Obama lost more than the olympics for Chicago. As far as I am concerned, he lost the confidence of the people who voted for him. The money spent on that trip could have been better used paying down the national deficit which keeps climbing. Spending this money frivolously and may I add, needlessly after announcing that Social Security residents would not be getting cost of living raises for at least 2 years, has lost him the future votes of many seniors who are faithful voters
    Was this trip that you and your wife made on the dime of the voters, worth the good will you lost from your constituents??

    October 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  70. Anne -- Sulphur, LA

    Far less than letting corporate interests derail health care reform would be. There is where he will be focussing in the near future unless the corporations have anything to say about it.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  71. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Obama thought he would jet over there with Oprah and charm the IOC the same way he charmed his way into the White house. It showed poor judgement to take off on OUR dime and leave the real problems behind. Olympics was a campaign challenge for him and he is more comfortable with that.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  72. Alex in Seattle

    It is a disappointment, Jack, but not the major defeat the GOP is celebrating. The CNN on-line headline "GOP celebrates US defeat" says it all about their vision for our country.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  73. george

    Politically it will not hurt Obama at all. It was a chance worth taking, that just didn't turn out the way that all Americans wished it had, or lets just say most American who are truly patriotic wished it had, so let those who want to make hay about this go ahead, and do it, there is enough pie to go around, and I am sure they will get their share of it. As for those of us who stand behind our American Presidents doing our nations business, Republicans, or Democrats alike, just keep loving your country, and all who live in it, and look over, or ignore those who are so mean spirited.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  74. Joey from Ellenton, Fla

    Not a very big deal... particularly if he can chalk up some wins in the areas of health care, war, etc. Pres. Obama was right to go; other heads of state went, because hosting the Olympics is a big deal for any country. Is Juan Carlos's kingship of Spain in danger because Madrid lost as well? I think not.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  75. JoAnn in Iowa

    Jack, you are correct that the Republicans will make a big deal out of it, but it is not a big deal. The Republicans only care about defeats for Obama. Too bad they don't care about we, the people, and fixing our healthcare system.

    My cousins in Chicago were thrilled when President Obama went to Copenhagen to lobby for Chicago. I'm glad he tried. It would have been good to have secured the Olympics, but there are good things about not getting it, too. Time to move on.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  76. Dawn

    It wasn't a loss for Obama or Chicago, it was a loss for America.
    Dawn Martin

    October 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  77. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, it was seen as another instance where the president was seen as effete in not being able to deliver on a project. He should have delegated this task and stuck to the more urgent issues he is currently pursuing. If he has the power to add a public option to health reform, he should do it and have the bill passed. He has simply allowed too much negotiating to delay things that need to get done. Once that is accomplished he can let the Republicans complain all they want. Moving forward and not wallowing in endless debate is now the mission. Full steam ahead.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  78. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    This is what happens when someone does not have experience managing anything. He does not know how to delegate. He does not prioritize his work and ends up looking unfocused and weak. Maybe the reason is because his appointments have been very underwhelming so far. Except when one resigns, fails to file taxes or sticks their foot in their mouth, they have been virtually non-existant.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  79. Stan in Boston

    It's not a big deal. Not even a little deal. The other heads of state went and made their pitches. It would have been wrong for the president to have not done the same. There is no shame in trying and not succedding. The shame is in not trying because you are afraid you will not succeed. For eight years the Bush administration refused to negotiate until they were sure of the result. You know where that got us. Obama should be applauded for taking some chances. He'll win more than he will lose. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  80. Gigi

    Far as I see, and to me, none. America has had many advantages and done a great job. But the World knows the United States. What a great advantage for Rio...I hope they are a great success. Now if the media could straighten up and report the news instead of playing politics maybe Pres. Obama could get health care passed. We the people voted for President Obama to deliver health care for every citizen.


    October 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  81. Jerry from Monroe Co. WV

    Jack, you make it sound like he was picked to win an Olympic event and he let us all down by losing. His trip to try and save the Olympics for Chicago was a last ditch Hail Mary pass thrown into triple coverage. If our guy had caught it, he would have been a hero.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  82. Brett - Denver

    No where near as bad as his detractors will make it out to be. It's getting to the point where, if he were suddenly able to walk on water, he'd get criticized for hurting the boating industry.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  83. Mike

    None, It wasnt his to lose. It was a necessary trip since all other countries' presidents where attending, thats all, a pure formality

    October 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  84. Winnie

    Jack, how could not getting the olympic for Chicago be an embarrassment for President Obama?

    President Obama (his true and earned title) has bent over backwards for the common good of the American people. Where are those people who support him? I think as the world watches United States citizens treating their leader in such utterly shameful treatment, many of us can't believe that people are so disrespectable and disrespectful.

    As a Canadian from Sudbury, ON, I am proud of how your President is handling the mess you are all in.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  85. ken from conn

    Well, Jack, I don't think he lost any votes and he didn't win any either. Nice try thou! It shows that he lacks judgement, but if he gets another 4 years in the white house, these first 4 will be a maturing process and he's unlikely to make as many mistakes the next time he gets in. God forbid!

    October 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  86. Jim S

    Jack, it's not as big of a deal as the right wing would make it out to be. Instead, t hey will use it as a defeat for Obama and hope the nation views it as such. It's just another right wing extremist way of trying to paint our President as a loser and nothing more. The preparation would probably have cost Chicago millions to accommodate the Olympics and would end up being a financially losing situation.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  87. Roeland, Netherlands

    No big deal at all. Was it smart to go though, maybe not. Insiders in the IOC revealed that to many members the last minute decision to fly in for a quicky on the lobbying front was actually experienced as a huge insult to their intelligence.
    Even though Chicago would never have won due to the years of passionate lobbying among others by Brazilian president Lula, and the fact that most IOC members were now convinced that this was the time to conquer a new continent, it might have caused for Chicago to be dropped out in the first round of voting.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  88. Terry

    It was a loss but it will not be that significant. The only ones who are drumming on the subject are those that WANT it to be a loss for Obama, which is disgusting since it is more of a loss for the country than for the President himself. I am glad he went and put in his word as it would of been good for the country to have the Olympics here after China's spectacular display in 2008 at theirs. Alas, it was not meant to be and it is refreshing to see a president who can take a loss graciously and realizes we can't always have our way.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  89. James from Chicago


    Why would you say it is a loss for Obama?? Bush is the one
    that made America the laughing stock .Obama is trying to get this country back on track after 8 years of the Republicans and Bush
    destroying the economy, banks, Wall st. and the loss of jobs.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  90. Marcus Cyganiak

    Losing the Olympics is a blessing in disguise. Hosting it would have just hurt the US's economical climb to surpluses. Here in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, we're suffering huge debts that we, the citizens, will have to payoff through our taxes for years to come.

    – Marcus Cyganiak from Vancouver, BC, Canada

    October 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  91. Ron

    Jack he was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. Remember it was supposed to be a close race between Chicago and Rio. The Radical Right is cheering Chicago's loss now. Just imagine the outcry if Obama didn't go.
    N.Y.C., N.Y.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  92. Mrs. M in AZ

    Why does this have to be viewed as a loss at all? Why can't it just be seen as a historic moment – the 2016 Olympics will be held on in a South American country for the first time. And Rio, despite it's challenges, is a beautiful city. That's a great thing. It's really time to redistribute the Olympic wealth a little more equitably. The United States had it's turn. Time to let someone else have theirs.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  93. David in San Diego

    I don't get it. The highest political/state leaders of the countries with the other three competing cities all attended and made presentations. The Chicago committee wanted him there. I hear he left the toothpaste cap off last night–why not bash him for that?

    October 5, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  94. Francis Groselle

    This should not look bad for Obama. If he did not go, they would blame him. The people who killed this were the ones who beat people to death on the streets and the people that will not talk. I hope they do not look for work. They do not deserve help.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  95. Frank from Peterborough

    Unless the American voter is completely brain dead I would think having the Republicans cheering this loss along with their right wing media stooges should permanently label the GOP as obstructionists and anti American.

    Therefore this should be a real benefit to President Obama as once again he has handed the GOP shovels and they just continue to dig themselves in deeper and deeper.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  96. frankie

    It was a neat idea, too bad it didn't work. Do you honestly think every fly he swats and every move he makes is political? If the Republicans can't figure out how to politicize some action of the President, the media does it for them.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  97. VanBarbee

    Losing the Olympics ballot shouldn't be a big deal. We were beat by a nation who has never held the games, in part of the world that has never gotten to host them, after 8 years of a negative world image towards the U.S., and only a few years after hosting games in Salt Lake City. Obama gave it his best shot, but the Olympics are a world event, and the United States needs to realize they aren't the center of the world.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  98. kk/ohio

    It wan't Obama's olympic it was for the US Chicago is in the US is it not. Is he expected to get/win everything-NO.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  99. David, Natchez MS

    Someone needs to tell him he won, he is the President. Every time i move away from voting independent this happens, you see I voted for Nixon also. Never more, I am back to my independent ways.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  100. Imre

    He should give a way 50,000 dollars to more then 300 people what Hes cost to go to Denmark and not win anything and help the zero Ecomomy

    October 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  101. Tom - Newark, DE

    How big a deal was losing the Olympics for President Obama?

    You mean since he didn't close Gitmo yet, can't pass the Health Care Bill, can't pass the Clean Air Climate Bill, can't get Iran to stop building nuclear weapons, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are getting worse by the day, and lets not forget the crumbled financial markets, unemployment, and the recession that just won't go away.

    The only things Obama has accomplished is to close down entire towns while he takes Michelle out for dinners and a show.

    In order to get Obama to visit Katrina devastated New Orleans for the first time, someone needs to tell him they have a nice restaurant and a good show down there for Michelle to see !!

    I'd say Obama is batting .000 !!!

    October 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  102. Dan in Capitola

    Obama should get credit for hanging it out there to try to bring billions of $ and thousands of jobs into Chicago. Hermetically sealed stage-managed efforts and appearances are the province of Cheney and Bush.
    And as far as him coming up with a "win", how can anyone expect Obama to undo (2 wars, ruined economy, battered environment, etc) in 9 months what it took the GOP 8 full years to absolutely devastate? The American attention span and patience in the Twitter age are both

    October 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  103. Alveta, Maryland

    The truth is America lost out on jobs and money coming into our country. The President has a job, he tried to make things possible for our country not for himself. SO IF THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO CALL IT JACK,~THEN WE ALL LOST OUT, HE IS AN AMERICA PRESIDENT. AMERICA WOULD HAVE HOSTED THE OLYMPIC'S.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  104. Gordon, NJ

    Is this still news? As much as Obama is popular around the world, most people, no doubt including the IOC board, would hate to be characterized as being in awe of him. Then there was the strong proposal from Brazil, in a continent which had never hosted the Olympics before. Chicago never stood a chance. In hindsight, Obama should have stayed home, but then he would have been faulted for not trying.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  105. Annie, Atlanta

    No big deal for President Obama. Yes for the U.S., however, despite the glee of wingnuttia. And what about Comcast’s fingers in the profiteering pot, which may have cost us? Is corporate greed so matter of fact its no longer news worthy?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  106. Gary from Baltimore

    Everyday people on the right find something to spin negative about what Obama has said, done, not said, or not done. You could also say the same every day about the left visa versa. The Olympics is just today's fodder. No more, no less.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  107. Arlene


    While losing the Olympics (and the revenue) stings a bit, we all know it will never rise to the level of off the record funding for the war in Iraq or being MIA during Hurricane Katrina. He will be fine...

    Arlene in Atlanta.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  108. Emma, San Jose CA

    We cannot know what is in Obama's mind unless he tells us. He does not strike me as the kind of leader who would belabor the outcome. He is one who, I think, looks ahead to deal with issues yet to be resolved.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  109. Dawn

    As a Chicagoan, losing the Olympics was due to bad planning by corrupt Chicago officials and sleazy businessmen. Obama took heed of bad advice to go. Chicago never had a chance to win the games anyway....Thank God!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  110. john .....marlton, nj

    It should put eveerything into prospective for him

    October 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  111. GWTripp

    As the song goes, "Ain't no big thing." A stupid thing, yes. There are far more important issues like Afghanistan and health care reform that require as much attention as Obama can spare.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  112. Rick McDaniel / Lewisville, TX

    The fact he wasted time and energy, not to mention taxpayer dollars, over something that would have cost the country money, in the first place, says he is simply not fiscally responsible.

    With the economic conditions we have, that is rather worrisome.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  113. Independent for Obama

    Not really... but it is fodder for his critics. I think he is now entering a period of lots of public criticism (as all presidents do, no matter how popular) but inevitably this will lead to sympathy for him.
    Janie, Springfield MA

    October 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  114. Dennis North Carolina

    it is not.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  115. Ed from the Four Corners

    At least he tried to bring the Olympics to America. We didn't get it so move on. It's not like it is the huge disaster thre repugs and media talking heads would like to make it out to be. There are other things to worry about.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  116. Mode (PDX, OR)

    I don't think losing the Olympics is a big deal for Obama–he and his supporters are preoccupied with treating the symptoms of a broken health care system, rather than the root cause: taxation without representation.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  117. nick in san diego


    The President was stepping up in an effort to make all American's proud. Hosting the Olympics in the U.S. would have been a great source of pride for America–heck, maybe it would have even been good for the economy! The fact that the 24 hour news cycle has turned this story into a partisan issue is disgraceful to anyone who considers themselves a patriot. Mr. Obama deserves praise for giving it a good try.

    Nick in San Diego

    October 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  118. Ken in NC

    No big deal Jack. The difference is that while there used to be many around the world that wanted to see America fail, now along with them, there are many within our own country that want to see us fail also. Nuts are falling from the trees everywhere.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  119. Paul D.

    I am impressed that he took the risk. I don't care anything about political capital. I care about about a president who does what he thinks is right.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  120. Rae from Indiana

    It's not a big deal to me or most of the people I know. However the sight of the glee which with news of the loss was greeted by the Republicans is a pretty good indicator of where that party stands, don't you think?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  121. noah

    the loss is not one for Obama, but rather a loss for America. Why do some rejoice in the failure of an event that could bring dollars and prestige to our great country?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  122. Amanda

    President Obama losing the Olympic bid is not that big of a political deal. And if he didn't try to win the Olympic bid, Republicans would gripe about that too.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  123. Chip B

    Jack: The real question is why are the right happy that the USA lost the Olympics. Seems like if Obamma is for it the right is against it, even if its best for America.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  124. Marie

    Jack, did you say PRESIDENT Obama? Most media outlets and broadcasters seem to refuse to refer to him as President, and always refer to him as Mr. Obama, but continue to refer Presidents Bush, Clinton, Carter, and Reagan by title. Perhaps that will have more impact than the Olympic decicision.

    But the Olympics will have a great impact when it is invoked during the 2012 campaign season.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  125. Rosa

    It was not a big deal at all, but it was definitely poor judgment to go in the midst of all the other more important challenges we have in this country. The US has already hosted Olympics, let others get it for a change.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  126. mitchell, arkansas

    It's a stupid issue ,and I don't care about it. I care about whether or not I'm going to have affordable healthcare, without being forced to pay a fine for refusing to buy it from private insurance companies, who have never offered anything affordable to the common man. I care about why we had to wait a year to start withdrawing forces from Iraq, and why there are plans to leave 35-50,000 troops there after the 'withdrawal'. I care about banks and the financial institutions still running ruffshod over our economy with no regulations to keep them honest. I care whether or not we're gonna keep sending troops to afghanistan without a clear exit strategy. It's a stupid issue, Jack.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  127. David

    Big Deal!! For the followers of news stories and international news, the IOC does what ever it wants and many times makes decisions that favor smaller countries because they seem to view that is their function.

    Let's move on. We've wasted more time discussing this small point than its worth.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  128. Orby Moss, Jr.

    President Obama can make a mistake every month of this year and still not catch up with the mistakes and errors of the Bush administration.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  129. Morgan, GA

    Did anybody honestly think that Chicago would be chosen for the Olympics after what happened there recently where the innocent teen boy was brutally beaten to death? I'm not sure any politician could have overcome such negative publicity Chicago was experiencing at the time...

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  130. Lynn

    I suppose that others will make a HUGE deal of the President not being able to bring the Olympics to Chicago. However, four heads of state went to Denmark and only one went home a winner.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  131. Joey S.

    Politically, losing Chicago means very little. It isn't a rebuke of Obama by the international community or a failure of his political skill. However, many Republicans will make this out to be a devastating blow to Obama.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  132. Don

    Professor Zeilier has made several observations like this since Obama took office. I agree with him.

    Young Derrion Albert was the victim of senseless violence that claimed his life in the heart of Chicago, yet making that trip and appearing in person before the IOC was more important to the President than a real chance to make a difference in Chicago and be a real leader. I know a President who would have made the right choice. Ten bucks says President Hillary Clinton would have spoken at Derrion's funeral and left the Olympic games for Oprah and the Mayor.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  133. CK Honolulu

    Losing the Olympic bid? It was symbolic and appealing to the anything-Obama-does-is-wrong crowd. The rest of us sensible folks, have moved on.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  134. Robert

    Had Obama not gone to Copenhagen he would have been the only person taking the blame.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  135. Ada Simpson

    It just isn't a big deal at all. Lighten up on him! He inherited a mess from Bush and at least he's taking action and working, unlike his predecessor.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  136. Peter

    Must be a really slow news cycle...

    In the past two decades, all countries who have won the Olympics selection have sent their heads of state.

    It *is* real news that we didn't win it. Reports suggesting that President Obama's trip was a mistake signalling a faltering presidency is not real news, it is an attempt to fill time on the 24/hr news networks.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  137. Cody

    No big deal at all, it was him taking a shot at bringing that money into the US Economy which would have stimulated jobs. It didn't work, but should he have put forth the effort absolutley! People who don't like him will say the opposite regardless... had he not gone, they would say he missed an opportunity to bring it to the US and blamed him for not getting it. Since he went, they will say he lost it and it's a bad thing. Opposition is Opposition.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  138. Chris

    Obama's bid for the Olympics was a good idea because he was lending support for the USA and all presidents should support their countries. What is silly is those critics who expecting the US to get whatever it asks for. Have we forgotten that other countries have the right to their own opinions?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  139. Tom from Sacramento

    None whatsoever. Like Craig Ferguson (comedian) says about what is so gfreat about the American game of Baseball. Failure is not a disgrace. YOu take your swings, adjust, try again next time...THe best athletes in the game are rewarded if the get a hit one=-third of the time. So, our homw run hitter, whiffed one at bat....there's a lot of games in a season...stop callinthe result until we get into it.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  140. Bob in Texas

    Not big at all Jack. As the old saw says, "It is better to have tried and failed then to not have tried at all." Not going would have insured failure. At least he gave it shot. I admire him for his willingness to take the risk.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  141. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    I recall quite clearly Barak Obama telling us during the campaign that he would make mistakes. If going to Copenhagen was a mistake, it was just that, a mistake. Mistakes are something intelligent people learn from. Sticking his nose in it is what the ill mannered do.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  142. michelle, chicago, il

    NOT a big deal at all. This is NOT worth all the press. He slipped in, short stay so he would not insult anyone, and came back to important work. No matter WHAT he dos he is criticized. Let this rest. Chicago was not the best choice, we really didnt want it. Period.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  143. Steve

    Not a big deal. He was on the ground in Copenhagen for five hours. If he did not go and Chicago lost the Games, he'd have been hammered for that. He made the right call.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  144. Erin in Kansas City

    If losing the Olympics is Obama's biggest failure then I don't think we have much to worry about. I'd be more concerned if it was a failure regarding Iraq, Afghanistan, health care, and Iran.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  145. Jacobs,Harrisburg,Pa

    Losing the Olympic bid is not a big deal as compared to the Iraqi Journalist shoe throwing at former President Bush.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  146. Kevin in Chicago

    Obama didnt lose the Olympics for Chicago. Rio won the Olymics because of their location and need for such an economic stimulus. So what? It's not a big deal. As the President, his job is to do all he can for our nation. Additionally, we here in Chicago bear responsibility for the loss as well. We have alot of problems with crime, corruption and violence. We are still moving forward as a city to try to improve our economy, our image and the quality of life for all people!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  147. Judy Bothell, WA

    Absolutely none (unless you are a Republican) !!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  148. Myles

    Blame the city, not Obama. Its bid was the least appealing because it recieved the least amount of funding 1:7 compared to Rio and was subsequently bland. Dragging Obama through a futile mess that he had nothing to do with before last week is purly politics and will amount to nothing but another distraction from more important issues- cough cough- Healthcare!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  149. Tina Hernandez

    Losing the Olympics was a black eye for Mayor Richard J. Daley, a disappointment to Oprah Winfrey, and a bump in the road to President Obama. At least he doesn't feel he did not do his part. The outcome has nothing to do with his real job.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  150. patricia akin

    No big deal. Anyone think he may have had a "hidden" ajenda when he went there?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  151. Nick B

    It shows a lapse in judgment. Any time Obama wants to do something on his own, he is put in his place immediately. Maybe we should have sent Bernanke to Denmark.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  152. Doug Nelson

    It only as big a deal as his small-minded critics want to make of it. The same people would have criticized him if he hadn't gone.

    Doug in Montana

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  153. Denyce

    I think people need to get a life. There are more things to be concerned about in this country, other than a loss for the Olympic bid. It's over! Get over it!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  154. Steve, San Diego

    Nobody wins every battle they fight. He was right to support our country's bid to host the Games. I give him credit for taking his best shot. So it didnt work out. So what?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  155. Evelina

    The President was right to do his best to bring the Olympics to the U.S. It would have created jobs and business. Isn't that what he's supposed to do?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  156. Bob Bell

    Its not a big deal. The president did the best he could to help the situation. Had he not done so, his critics would now be saying that he did nothing to get the olympics to come to the US. Let's get on to the more important issues like health care and afganistan.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  157. runphas7

    No Political loss should occur, President Obama went there for the good of the country. People are so hung up on wanting him to fail, they forget about the "for the good of the country" It was not about Obama, what about the Olympics? What about representing the United States. There are some angry folks out there, who are not looking at the big picture. I feel so sorry for them!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  158. Steve in NC

    Trivial. Who cares? Only those desperately looking for opportunities to criticize the President. At least he wasn't clearing brush.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  159. Anon

    This is a BIG deal if you look at the tax dollars wasted to fly the Obamas to another country. That is money that could have gone to much better use.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  160. Armando

    It's not a big deal at all. If anything, I'm glad he took the time to try to bring the Olympics to the U.S. The other four contenders sent their heads of state as well.

    The Right has become so pathetic that they cheered when Chicago lost, only because Obama supported it. Out of ideas, they have defined themselves only by opposing Obama in everything no matter what, even if the Olympics could have been good for the country.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  161. George Bryan Shelby

    Who really cares. The decision was made long before President Obama went. The vote was just a formality. He probably did waste his time, however if he didn't go your question would have been did the Presidents prestige suffer because he didn't stand up for America. Damned if he did and damned if he didn't.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  162. Hollie

    This is not a big deal. Most people realize that this is just the dumbest thing to get worked up about. This criticism comes from people who are against everything that he does. People just love to be outraged.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  163. Bernadine

    Obama is damned if he does & damned if he doesn't! Every leader of the other contending countries was there...if Obama didn't show up he would have been slammed for that. America needs to get behind the man so he is successful with all these critical issues facing our country.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  164. Peter Good in LaPine, OR

    The President flew to Copenhagen in support of a lost cause. What could be more American?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  165. Chris Turner

    I don't think it was a lapse in judgement at all. I think he would have gone to bat for any city in the U.S. and end up with the same results. I think the IOC already had it's mind made up, you can't fault the president for that.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  166. Heather Mash

    For Obama,politically ramifications, only a big disappointment for those needing jobs and increasing dollar revenues in Chicago. Obama does the right thing for the right reason. He walks his talk, he is genuine and we the people know it.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  167. Judith A Sedgeman

    Doing the right thing for the country is never a mistake. President Obama was part of a "first team" of Americans who went to Denmark to make our best effort to represent the United States of America. The fact that we were not chosen is not a loss for Obama or a political defeat. It is, in the tradition of sports, just what happens. Sometimes you play your best game, and your team loses. In a more sportsmanlike world, the whole country would congratulate the team for putting forth a great effort, regret the loss, and move on.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  168. Virginia Kilpatrick

    Jack, why do you and so many others try to make everything President Obama does seem like a mistake? I admire his attempt to help Chicago and the U.S. win the Olympic bid, as do so many other patriotic Americans who would have thought much less of him if he hadn't even tried to help our country win such a prestigious and lucrative award. Virginia

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  169. David Liberman

    Less of a deal than not going!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  170. Kristi

    So What?! Is this all the naysayers have? All 4 countries vying for the Olympics were represented by their leaders. It would have been rude on our part to send a celeb and the first lady. It makes sense that Rio won and should have been anticipated. No South American country has ever hosted the Olympics. Better luck next time. Go USA.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  171. Kevin in Dallas

    Hopefully it will be a big enough deal for Obama to realize that being a leader is about more than stringing together some pretty words.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  172. Kevin

    It is not a big deal at all. The President took a shot at getting the largest international games to be hosted in the United States. We should applaud him for his attempt. People who are hanging this over the President's head are just looking for anything to alienate him for.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  173. Susan Mintz

    The major heads of state of the other competing cities all attended and made their pitches to the IOC. If President Obama didn't attend, he would have been criticized for NOT going, and blamed for Chicago's losing the bid. All the politicking and dealmaking was done way before President Obama came on the scene. There was no way the games were going to be awarded to the USA.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  174. Mari

    It's only a big deal in the realm of cable news where there is apparently nothing else (but David Letterman) to talk about. It's arrogant for Americans to believe our president *shouldn't* go and lobby on our behalf. All the other countries send their presidents - are we above it all? Further, to view this as a lose is silly. Again, the media got caught up in the excitement of the meeting and projected a real chance at winning, but obviously it is South America's turn.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  175. Stephanie

    This whole Olympic thing was not a loss for the President –it was a loss for the country. The Olympic committee didn't say "No" to the president or the city of Chicago. They said "NO" to the USA! Although we should all be embarassed by the outcome, I think the Olympic Committees vote/response was more of commentary on the former administration and once again demonstrates how the former administration caused us to loose much footing in the eyes of the rest of the world.

    Medford, Oregon

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  176. Frost


    glad he went

    .. We need the money in the USA... so why would the President want it going to another country??

    I'm very happy with our President.. It's the senate and congress that needs to go start with the five that denied.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  177. Andrea

    We have hosted the Olympics, South America has not. I think that there would have been more of an outcry if President Obama had not gone. I don't think that President Obama lost the bid, but I do think that seeing a gang beat a kid to death in Chicago, 2 days before the vote did not help our chances. And if that was a consideration, I can't blame them. We have to find a way to get a grip on this type of crime. I think the Hip Hop artists who created this 'culture' should step up to the plate and try to stop the insanity.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  178. John W.

    It wasn't a mistake – it was an unwinnable situation. If he didn't go he would be blamed for Chicago losing. Besides, all other heads of state were there – is it a big deal for them? The US can't win everything (including Iraq and Afghanistan). It is time for Americans to get used to failure – how can you learn from mistakes if you think you don't make them?

    Duluth, MN

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  179. Colonel Rebel

    In Obama, we see cracks in the myth of genius.

    Based on his book Dreams of My Father, we keep expecting the real Obama to step forward, but what we get is the man behind the curtain, William Ayers.

    Do not look at that man behind the curtain!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  180. Vic, Canada

    HE didn't lose the Olympics...the USA lost the chance to host them.
    He couldn't win. If he didn't go...they'd have complained about that.
    Since he did go...now they can blame him & scream about the waste of money.
    It's sad that some people are more focused on him, than the fact that the USA lost out.
    Watching the USA this last 9 plus months leaves me shaking my head....even worse than the Bush years.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  181. tonyl

    The President creditability is benefited for helping Chicago on the Olympic bid. The Olympics is a big deal and creates jobs and revenue for the country and city that hosts it. This was a positive move in helping the job-less citizens of Chicago. He gets a A+ for trying.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  182. Homer of Omaha

    If the President had not gone, the same talking heads who are complaining about him going would have complained that he had not done enough. He was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. To some people, President Obama can do no right.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  183. jim Blevins

    It matters, but only with people who don't. A reasonable person provides help when it is important and when asked. Win or lose doesn't really matter. People with some perverted sense of political posturing think that the President should become involved only if the outcome has been somehow fixed in his favor.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  184. L Bailes

    Not a big deal. He was not responsible for the package presented by Chicago – their PR firm blew it. His appearance at least showed that he supported the United States in our effort to host the Olympics.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  185. Nadee

    If this was a mistake as some are calling it; then I'd rather he make mistakes like this as opposed to the humonguous mistakes of the last president who didn't even have the decency to admit them. However, any reasonably thinking person would know it was worth the try and you can never know the outcome of the decision process. So Chicago didn't get the Olympics at the end of the day. No big deal. The right however can hardly contain there glee. Now who is it that un-patriotic. The conservatives can never ever again make this claim. They have reached a new low and there arguments will never again be worth a damn.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  186. Chuck in Indiana

    The President is from Chicago. If he did not try to help Chicago, he would be criticized. In the end it does not matter, except that the Republicans have another non-issue to belabor.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  187. Gwen... GA.

    Jack I really don't see the problem...the President his wife Michell and Oprah. Who ever else...tried to get the Gold.. next time...However I feel Americans especially some of the whiter Americans..folks really need to get a grip..way to much talking about nothing

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  188. Stephen Fox

    It was not a big deal at all–it was just a big waste of money (for fueling those jets to get there and back). Simple mismanagement of funds and the public's trust when it comes to money (i.e., because it's not their money, they spend freely and without care).

    Ultimately, I don't think it will impact President Obama very much. The loss has the perception that he was taken down a notch (reference Drudge Report's "the ego has landed" headline, when it happened), but I think the bigger news is RIO, which will gain far more than Chicago would have.

    –Stephen Fox,
    Panama City, FL

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  189. Ben

    Let me get this straight, President Bush spends over a year on vacation at Camp David during his two terms and that slides by with little more than nominal complaint. President Obama takes a day to lobby for an arguably beneficial event for an ailing economy and it's suddenly politically unpopular to do more than one thing at once? This is just another example of people critical to this president looking for things to complain about.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  190. Dane

    To blame Obama for not getting Chicago the Olympics is nuts. People would have faulted him for not going, and now that Chicago didn't win they are blaming him for not keeping the countries top priorities first. To be honest, Rio being the first South American city to hold the games had it won from the start...

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  191. Linda in Arizona

    It's just another event that made the president (and by extension the country) look stupid. Where was his intel on the vote? If he didn't know for CERTAIN that he would win, he shouldn't have gone. He has the intelligence agencies of the entire country at his disposal. Why would he NOT know? Every day it becomes clearer that Obama isn't a leader, and he's about as shrewd as a duck. PLUS he was born to cave, the latest disgraceful collapse being his reversal on receiving the Dalai Lama because the Chinese "pushed back". You don't have to push Obama to make him fall over. Just put your lips together and BLOW. I'm so sorry my only choice was to vote for him or Hillary. The progressives in the Democratic party need to get going and primary him to oblivion in 2012.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  192. Lewis Wilson

    The President's actions were for the good of the country. He should be commended for trying.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  193. BillinSmyrna

    Less serious than the damage his take over of health could be. But, consider, why did he take Valerie Jarrett, who has a financial interest with him. Of interest to many, what was the total carbon footprint of all of the related travel.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  194. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, it was NOT a big deal. A big deal is lying to the world to start a war.

    People raked the president across the coals when he went overseas and admitted that maybe we, the US, had made mistakes in the past, and "apologized" for our mistakes. Now, he goes overseas as the country's head cheerleader, and he gets raked across the coals. Will he ever be able to please some of the people and media?
    Hartwell Ga

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  195. Sean from Chicago

    Win or lose, Obama's trip to Copenhagen was successful overall. He was given the opportunity to speak on a national stage pitching his international policy to the upper echelons of the world. This was a smart move by a smart person. Oh, and by the way, Rio was going to win none-the-less.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  196. T. Mes

    Lobbying is NOT presidential!
    If Mr Obama had wanted to continue lobbying for his cronies in Chicago, he should have run for Congress..

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  197. Fred Tice

    Callahan, Florida

    Much ado about nothing. As a President who inherited a terrible economic situation an attempt to bring economic development and jobs to this country was important. The right is shameless making this an issue, but then they created this mess over the last eight years anyway.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  198. Brian

    I think the president should be commended for his efforts to bring the Olympics to an American city that would bring much needed jobs and revenue. The Olympic committee probably wasn't going to bring the Olympics here because it's been here some many times in the recent past already. He tried to bring his class and influence to a situation that wasn't going to go our way anyway...how can you fault him for trying on his countries behalf?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  199. Audrey Fryer

    Once the IOC realized that they would have to deal with "Right Wing Radicals" in the U.S. like Limbaugh and Beck (I mean after all look how the United Nations members were treated by these idiots) – they thought it was better to stick to a "safe" place like Rio!! Personally, I thought Mr. Obama gave a great presentation but he was fighting the odds of a Country that has never hosted the Olympics. But not too worry – I noticed the sun still shone on Saturday morning.

    Vancouver Island

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  200. Antwan

    I dont think it was big at all. In addition to not having the necessary capital like the other cities, it lost to Rio who will be the first city to host the games in South America. No matter how hard the right would like to point out this missed opportunity, the U.S. cannot win all the time. We have hosted the games 8 times and one just 13 years ago. We will get another Olympic games soon.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  201. Russ


    I wasn't a big deal...the bigger deal would have been had he not went to Coppenhagen -the Republicans would have twisted into not being Patriotic, but instead he went and now they say he should've stayed home and been focused on the economy and healthcare, or wait...is he trying to do too many things, no wait...he's not doing enough! Give me a break! Whats wrong with our President representing our country? Win or lose? If somethings wrong with that then we're in trouble.


    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  202. Mary


    I think the President did what most US presidents would have done, went to bat for America. That was a very patriotic gesture, except to the Republicans. Most people said the left cheered for Bush's failure the same way, but this is not true. The Republicans need to challenge the Democratic party would good ideas, not NO ideas. They are just gleeful of any failure by this President of the US and not the President of the Democratic party. I have seen presidents fly all over for the heck of it without no agenda.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  203. Deejay Lanth

    It is no embarrassment to the President. We are making too much of all this negative reporting.this. He is the best president the U.S. has ever had. He is working hard to fix the old left over problems Give it time, after all, his presidency is only 8 months old.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  204. Jo

    Obama didn't lose the Olympics, Rio de Janero won them.

    I really wish you people would give the guy a break. Let him fall down

    before you pick him up. The man can't win for losing.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  205. Adam Wood; Des Moines, IA

    No, it won't. Obama would have been attacked for not trying if he did not go so either way it would have been a failure, unless Chicago actually got the Olympics. I think that this time tomorrow, no one will care. In fact, the only reason this is still news is because it happened Friday and many of the major news sources didn't get the opportunity to report on it before today.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  206. Darren B.

    Simple answer. NO! No one is going to care in month. It will be old news.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  207. NORMA

    Only the media is seeing the lost of the Olmpics as an embarrassment for the President, if he had not gone the media and his critics would have blamed him for losing the Olympics. He can't win with no matter what he does they will say something negative. I am so sick of all of his critics and the media. Remember he has just been in the office 10 months, why don't you talk about the things he has done. As for SNL that show is not even worth watching any more so I could care less what they think.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  208. Heather Mash

    Life is full of wins and losses, the Olympics was a worth while try. If you don't try you don't win. Obama has many other wins to go.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  209. Cliff

    It has come the point that if President Obama sneezes he will be blamed for spreading the H1N1 virus to all AMERICANS especially Republicans and then sending them to be diagnosed by death panels. Yes !! he should always promote the US

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  210. Liz in California

    Politically speaking, I don't believe the Olympics brouhaha is any big negative for President Obama. I believe the IOC would have been frightfully irresponsible to award the games to a city whose youth are so violently portrayed all over the world. Rio has its own problems too, but the murder of that Chicago honor student just prior to the IOC announcement probably sealed the deal. When will it stop???

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  211. Mike McGuire

    It makes no difference to me as it should make no difference to the rest of the country!! What does him going to Denmark for the olympics have to do with his political agendas. Does anyone know that had Obama not gone to Denmark he wouldn't have been able to meet with General McCrystal face to face on Air-Force 1. They discussed the Afghan strategy. It's called MULTI-TASKING

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  212. Denyce

    I think Americans are putting more emphasis on this then folks in other countries. Why are we so hell bent on criticizing this President when he is doing nothing more than trying to help this country's image. Are we so anti-American that we cheer that our President didn't succeed in this venture. Other countries must think that we are a joke.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  213. Diane in IL

    It's no big deal. It was wise to pick South America since they've never hosted the Olympics. Some RIght Wing Republicans (Beck, Rush, Hannity) are acting very immature and unpatriot . Now THAT is an embarrassment to our country!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  214. Ian Francis

    As Important as his decision whether to have Corn Flakes or Cheerios this morning. According to the Republicans almost anything can bring him down these days.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  215. Terri Alsop

    I was impressed that he and Michelle gave their time to help Chicago win the olympics. The fact that we didn't win the games had more to do with needing to recognize South America with landing them there and not a slam at President Obama or Chicago.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  216. Dennis

    It would have been embarrassing if he didn’t go and give a pitch for his home town. When other heads of state were representing their countries why would it even be questioned that our sitting president wouldn’t show support for his. I thought Rio had it won from the beginning and found Obama going to be a great gesture from the President that he truly is a team player.

    Dennis – Fort Worth, TX

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  217. Penny, Florida

    The presidents trip to Denmark. There were 4 possible choices and each one would have been jumped on by the Obama haters on fox (fair and balanced–LOL) news.

    Possibility 1. He went and we (the whole United States) had gotten the Olympics:

    He's just trying to enrich his friends. He's trying to act like a rock star, not a president. He should stay at home and handle the problems here.

    Possibility 2. We didn't get it (just like bush didn't get it for New York during his presidency) He is an ineffective leader who couldn't even get us the Olympics. He and the Democrats are failures.

    Possibility 3. He didn't go and it had been awarded to Chicago. He is unnecessary to the international scene. Hes an ineffective and weak president who was afraid to take a chance on failure. He should have been there.

    Possibility 4. He didn't go and it had not been awarded. He was shirking his duty as president to try to get the Olympics. He was acting unAmerican for not trying his best for the US.

    Any of the four choices could have been spun to try to make Obama seen as an incompetent failure.

    Wake up America. Can't you see what the people on fox news are doing. They will take every word, every action and try to make it something illegal, immoral, ineffective, etc. They will lie, distort, and spin the facts to try to discredit our president. They are not trying to work for Americans, they are trying to undermine and destroy a good president who is trying his best to improve this country. Don't be a fool and buy into their spin on the news.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  218. Abdoul SAnda

    Another punch to Obama's stomach in addition to loosing the public option...

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  219. Marc (from Denver, CO)

    This trip was not that big of a deal. EVERY head of state for the 4 final countries made a personal trip.

    The Republicans celebrating this loss seem to ignore this and they also seem to ignore that President Bush said that he could think of no greater American city to hold the Olympics in- speaking of Chicago 2016. I wish more media outlets would report how celebrating Obama's loss is also celebrating America's loss. This was not Obama's bid, it was America's bid.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  220. Al Mills Jr Seffner Fl

    I think the Chicago lost was not President Obams it was the repetation of Chicago. The world knows this town THUGS,HOODS.GANGS and all those murders.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  221. Liz

    It should not be a big deal so please quit dwelling on it. It didn't matter whether he went or not – there would be some group making a big deal about it. If he hadn't gone, the complaints would be that he didn't support his country or his 'hometown.' He decided to go so he is criticized for that by all the contrarians. But you can't blame him for not getting the votes. He was trying to promote Chicago for heaven's sake – not as flashy as Rio. He wasn't gone that long and I am sure he was working on the trip over and back. The media is trying to blame him for not focusing on important issues yet they are spending a lot of their time talking about this non-issue instead of the real life-impacting topics.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  222. Layi

    Only Americans made it a big issue. And Obama is not the only looser, the country lost. So get yourselves together and move on. For those critics who claim that Mr. Pres left other major issues to fly to Denmark. Let's see, would you prefer a president who is not able to multi-task like the one who was always taking a Crawford break after every bad judgment (I'm sure you know who I'm talking about).

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  223. Roy Thomas

    Just shows what an "rookie" he really is.

    Wish I could take back my vote.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  224. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Well Jack, while the FOX/ right wing nut bars will call him out on the 'loss', the taxpayers of Chicago, Illinois and the USA should be thankful for the 'loss'!!! The Winter 'five ring circus' hasn't even started, up here, and the taxpayers are facing higher taxation for the next generation or two!!! It is a 'win' Jack, no doubt about it!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  225. Barbara

    No big deal. The olympics was not how the President won the White House.
    It is only a big deal for the media and right wing extremists who have nothing else to talk about. So the US didn't get to host the olympics, who cares we have been there and done that before.. This President is concerned about making the best decisions for the people of the US, whether regardless of party affiliation.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  226. Caleb

    Obama's war, Obama's bailout, Obama's recession and now Obama's loss at the Olympics. I was disgusted to see conservatives cheer when Chicago lost its bid for the olympics. I have never seen such vitriol against anything a president than in the case of Obama. I do not see one benefit to Obama personally by having the Olympics in Chicago. He tried to bring the Olympics to his country as countless other presidents have done and he failed. Now tell me Jack, whose loss is it ? Is it Obama's or this country's ?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  227. Ted,Pa.

    The president made the mistake of taking advice from his white house staff. They all saw money in there pockets if Chicago got the olympics...( you know who they are )...He will not be able to take care of business until he cleans out the white house of the same people who trashed Chicago..It is time for him to cut the strings and quit being there puppet..They say you can judge people by the friends they keep..

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  228. Joan L. Russell

    There isn't a problem with not being selected to host the Olympics!
    It is certainly no problem for the President as he would have been criticized regardless of what he did. It seems there is a very low brain wave in use for too many folks. There are those that just can't see all of the good that our President does.

    There is a problem with bringing up the Olympics by the news media! There are far more vital topics and information to receive.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  229. steve pastner

    objectively no big deal at all...although sadly its providing fodder for the knee jerk obama "hatas" of the right and the radicals of the ultra left who've projected their own monomanias onto the guy...give him a break!...he's a good,bright harworking mortal,..neither the antichrist nor a failed messiah.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  230. Roberta

    Portland, OR

    Oh come on! What a silly thing to get all excited about! If he hadn't gone he probably would have been blamed for Chicago's loss! With all the important things to focus on fixing in this country, I'm losing patience with this ridiculous, dumbing-down of the conversation!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  231. Bob

    Since when is trying and failing a bad thing. Better than not trying at all.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  232. Norm Ritter

    This loss will have no impact whatsoever. He went, he tried and he failed. But unless you try you don't accomplish anything. In the long run it will help him as the antics of the Republican "talking heads" show the rest of the populace how shallow they really are.

    Now the President can concentrate on other highly important national issues such as health care reform and the ongoing war efforts.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  233. S Callahan NYS

    Jack, It seems everyone is missing what 'really' happen on the way to Denmark. I think the real story is what was the conversation on the plane with his invited guest and how will that influence the forever war in Afghanistan. That conversation will really tell if we win or loose for the future, the Olympics is small stuff compared to that.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  234. Marc

    First off, it's not his loss, it's America's loss. Not having the opportunity for our athletes to compete and possibly break records on US soil is a heartbreaking loss for every American who enjoys healthy competition. Plus, him going to Denmark wasn't much of a choice. All of the other candidates were sending their heads of state for the final push. Imagine how bad it would have looked if all the other countries involved sent their presidents, prime ministers, etc, yet the most powerful nation in the world sent probably Arnie Schwarzenegger and the First Lady? Also, would we really be hearing all of this flack if New York was the finalist instead of Chicago?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  235. David Merritt

    Really Jack, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so, apparently are mistakes. I do not believe that it was a mistake for him to pitch for the Olympics. That is his most significant home town. It's his wife's. This is a President who has a personality that is substantively different then most before him. He is bringing a breath of fresh air to politics by not living up to the false facades and elitist posturing that normally accompanies DC politicians. The question should be: Why doesn't more politicians defy the stereotypical behaviors and truly be more independent as President Obama?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  236. Peter kimuhu

    No big deal, lossing is normal, only one winner, always be ready for either. Don't we always have two speeches ready, winner/loser. Let us ready ourself for the next encounter health; for all, poor and haves Americans

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  237. Geof

    No big deal at all as far as I'm concerned. It's probably good that it didn't happen. If he HAD got it, the Republicans would be complaining about the inevitable corruption that would come about once construction began, so it is just as well it didn't happen. I'm also sure that that poor young kid getting murdered by the gang war he stumbled into didn't help Chicago's image either.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  238. Blake, CA

    Let us be clear: President Obama did not lose the Olympics bid, nor did Chicago. America did. The president did what three other world leaders did and that is campaign for their country to host the Olympics. Just because so few if any presidents did that does not mean it was wrong. It simply means he saw an opportunity to bring a prestigious honor to the country and went for it. I commend him for his efforts.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  239. Diane

    It was not a big deal at all Jack!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you really think Obama expected Chicago to win after a child was beat to death on video for the whole world to see. I think that was on his mind more and was embarrassed that Chicago is so out of control with the violence against school children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama going to try and win for Chicago was to maybe to help the city CHANGE, remember that word, Obama wants CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  240. Mason


    It's a huge deal. In fact, it's such a big deal that I think I will decide not to vote for him again. Yes, I believe that even should he succeed in fixing the economy, fixing health care and improving the situations in Afghanistan and Iraq the American public will say to themselves "Well, I would vote for him but he couldn't get the Olympics." Please. Much ado about nothing. This will blow over when morons on the right move on to the next manufactured controversy.

    Mount Vernon, Washington

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  241. Claire, Melbourne FL

    No Big Deal!
    I can just hear the complaints if he didn't go to Copenhagen.....

    Ask me if I care what the Drudge report has to say – they are irrelevant.

    The party of "NO" hasn't had a good idea in years. How about a question asking what was the last good idea the Republicans ever came up with?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  242. tom henry

    He hoped to get something for Chicago & the USA. He hoped Chicago would win but not important that it did't work. Better than hoping the Chicago Cubs could win. Look for this E-mail among the other ten. ADIOS

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  243. Lawrence

    Like most messy, media instigations, this is a false question. The olympics were never Obama's or Chicago's to "lose". Rather than immaturely tease Obama for "failing", why not CONGRATULATE Brazil for hosting the FIRST olympics on South American soil? Let's grow up, America.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  244. Emma, San Luis Obispo, CA

    It's not a big deal at all, period end of story!

    The real questions should be .........why are the right wing wishing for our nation and this President to fail............??

    Princeton history professor Julian Zelizer needs to find more news worthy subjects to write about..........like how insurance lobbyists own our elected officials with millions in political donations denying the American people what we voted for.......change!!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  245. Jerome

    President Obama did NOT lose the competition for the 2014 Olympics. Chicago, like the other three contenders, made a very strong bid. Given the President's Chicago roots and that the other three heads of state were present in Denmark, it was fully appropriate for him to go there and to make a very strong case for Chicago. It seemed very likely well before the Copenhagen voting that Brazil would get the nod; it will be Latin America's first Olympic Games. I think that's wonderful. It would have been wrong, in my view, for the President not to have gone.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  246. Chris in Tempe AZ

    If Obama hadn't gone to Copenhagen, he would now be criticized for losing the Olympics by his absence.

    No matter what he does there is a percentage that can rationalize it into a negative.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  247. Stephen Stenberg - Canada

    I'm a Canadian, but I am a fan of the Chicago Black Hawks, the Chicago Cubs & the Chicago White Sox (I'm not sure that would be allowed in Chicago). I think this whole kerfluffle over not getting the Olympics is assinine to say the least. There was nothing wrong with President Obama & Michelle making a pitch for Chicago, just as there was nothing wrong with the King of Spain making a pitch for Madrid. But 'SO WHAT???', – they didn't get it – GET OVER IT – What is WRONG with Rio getting it? It has never gone to South America before, while it has been held in the U.S.A. many times (and even in Canada once), so why shouldn't they get it??? Besides, Rio de Janeiro knows how to throw a party like nowhere else in the world. Americans should quit whining & blaming people & book their tickets for what sould be the biggest party of all time!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  248. a.c. of La.

    Its as a big a deal as his critics and the general public want to make of it......with me not a big deal....... I thought SA, was the obvious choice. Why should we be embarassed about not getting the Olympics? are we so spoiled we think we have to get everything our lttle hearts may desire?.........we need to grow the hell up.. Jack..lets move on.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  249. robert, atlanta

    jack, are you kidding me? what's the big deal. the head of each country was was there, not just the U.S. can this man do anything that's not going to be criticized? i felt it was time south america had the opportunity to host the games. our athletes will still go there and kick some butt.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  250. John

    What's happening to our country that the republicans are jubilante about us loosing the olympics? The Olympics would have been good for our nation! I believe that Racism is at the root of all this evil being spewed because we have a black president.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  251. sharon

    It would have meant jobs and local money into the area.
    Then it would have meant the US would have had the Olympics,not just Chicago.
    But other countries have the right to have the Olympics.

    Right now ......HEALTH CARE IS THE ISSUE.....AT HAND.

    As I and my husband have just survived the A(H1N1)..Swine flu.....yep,we are in that documented number now........please focus on health care.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  252. Monique Samuel

    Trying to get the Olympics was an attempt by our President to bring a venue that will spur economic growth in our country like it did for Atlanta in '96. Losing the Olympics should not be seen as a big deal nor should Obama be criticized for taking the time to go to Denmark. He tried on behalf of this country and he was unsuccessful. It happens. We have lots of other important issues that are still alive; no need to dwell on a project that is now dead.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  253. Anne

    A big deal only to Republicans who want to see the President fail, regardless of whether or not such failure hurts the country. This does not. All that's left is Republican spin and a big yawn from the public.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  254. Teri S

    Who cares? It's about Jobs, Healthcare and the Economy. Everything else is a distraction. The Olympics discussions are a sideshow ranking with all the other nutty and crackpot gems out there. Birth certifcates, pulling the plug on granny, etc. I hope President Obama stays focus and not be distracted by the noise. It's the Economy, Jobs and Healthcare in that order for me.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  255. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Not much impact. The White House spin people are already making this a loss for the country/Chicago with the view that the Prez was "just doing his best to help a hopeless situation'! Dems will eat this up, and Republicans don't believe it so there you are. Personally, I'm glad Chicago didn't get the bid. The city is a haven of corruption, violence, and gang rule. Not what I would call a stirling example of America.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  256. Dr W. David Berglund

    Hi Jack You Are The Best:
    I believe it was OK for the President to try to get the Olympics, however the Olympic Committee did a great job in choosing Rio for the site of the 2016 Olympics. Brazil is a nation whose time has come. In the 1070s they made the decision to free themselves from oil dependence. The country is beautiful and so are its' people. Americans should be congratulating our neighbor nation, Brazil for winning the Olympics. That includes the anti-abortion, anti-gay Christian right.
    Congratulation Brazil from an American that would love to visit your country.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  257. Joe Cottrell

    I am a retired United States Marine and democrat, the president should stay out of such meanless task and focus on what he promise during the election, he definite sent the wrong image to the American voters. The war and all the other home issues are much more important. So Mr President get rid of all the dead heads who are not listing to the people who got you elected, Or you will fall like President Jimmy Carter, you have talent, use it.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  258. Howie Sasson

    No big deal at all. Media, including yourself, repeatedly failed to balance the scales showing the street protests in Chicago against the Olympics, the continuing irritation between the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee since and over the Salt Lake City Olympics, the fact that heads of state or heads of government of all of the other contestants were there and President Obama would have been criticized for his absence and probably blamed for the failure. It was a heads he loses, tails he loses situation. Be more fair.
    Boynton Beach, FL

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  259. Shelby Morrison

    I voted for the President and was excited and hopeul the day after the election. My enthusiasm has slowy eroded, beginning with his handling of the economic crisis, his shallow over exposure in the health care reform debates and most recently, his unnessary and unsuccessful trip on behalf of Chicago as the home for the Olympics. The President seems to me like a litle boy who is playing with all of his new Christmas toys at once. He needs to stay home and focus on one issue to see it through to the end. Who's setting the priorities for this administration? Orlando, FL

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  260. Ivan

    I am not sure that politically speaking it is all that important or that President Obama thinks of it that way. It seems that the news media is more interested into reading into it than it really is. I did not see it as a wrong move or a wrong idea. He was trying to get the Olympics in the USA while at the same time realizing that it might not happen, but at least he tried.

    Too many today are going out of their way to find fault with everything he does and reading into his words and making more of it than it really is. It seems no matter what he does, some people cannot be pleased. After all, he took over a horrible financial situation and a nasty world situation that the previous administration left behind, funny how so many forget that.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  261. mom

    It was a big deal when he had much more pressing matters to attend to right here. He can't take the time to talk to his commanders on the ground in a war, but he can plan a jaunt to Denmark? His priorities are off base.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  262. shirelle, ny

    While I understand the argument that Obama should not use his international political clout when a positive outcome is uncertain, the other three countries each had a head of state attending as well. Were Obama not to have attended the IOC meeting, and Chicago eliminated in the first round, not only would his focus and priorities be in question, but some might actually blame him for the loss.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  263. Jay

    I don't think it was a Big Deal!! #1 The Man was trying to do something for the future of our country and of course he may not have even been in office to see it but think of the financial impact it would have had on our economy and our Country! Unlike George Bush!! who gets shoes tossed at him #2 The Republicans weren't this voiced on anything that Bush did and I think other than being known as the President that Lost it all even his dignity in the end they don't understand what the scoreboard was when Obama took over!! #3 Just like the Stimulus has kept us out of who knows what might have been, George Bush has yet to get credit for that after 8 years of Blunder and failure that He caused, but after just 9 months Obama gets all the bad credit. I wonder what the Repubs would have said if Pres. Obama didn't do anything?? No win situation right?? Anybody remember the Katrina mess?? etc... Oh and by the way, since when is it cool for generals to go behind the back of Presidents to the media??? Who's side are they really on??? Talk about National Security?? REALLY??

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  264. Angie

    Actually, it is a win-win situation. For the city of Chicago in Illinois and it's people, it has brought the realization that there has to be an attitude change among the people in Chicago and their behavior since it can have an impact on how others around the world perceives the city. So the next time they are in the running for the Olympics, Chicagoans just might want to behave themselves back home instead of committing crimes against one another.
    But it is also a win-win situation for Obama. No doubt that when election time rolls around in 2012 that Illinois will back the one who went out on a limb for them at the risk of being severely critized for it by Republicans, the media, and some spineless Democrats.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  265. Stephanie

    Some people in the media were suggesting that President Obama must have known that Chicago was going to win when it was announced that he was going to Denmark to show his support for Chicago. I think it speaks more to his character that he went there to support Chicago, and the United States, even without this suggested guaranteed win.

    Weeks ago, Obama said to school children everywhere "The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. " I believe Obama did his best, and while he and many others must have been disappointed, his effort meant more than the ultimate outcome.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  266. Janie Nichols

    Not a big deal at all Jack ! He tried for AMERICA not for himself. We're all in this together win or lose...

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  267. H Adams

    Some see politics in every move he makes. Pres Obama was certainly justified in trying to bring the Olympics to the U.S. It would have benefitted Chicago, Illinois and probably many other sttates that participants and attendees would have visited. What could be wrong about bring money into our much needed economy? Also he certainly didn't set a precedent – many leaders around have done the same..

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  268. karen

    The only reason why there is the appearance that this is a big deal is because the media and pundits keep trying to make it one. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the President taking a few hours to go to advocate on behalf of an American City (and he worked on both legs of the trip). He is not, nor has he ever professed to be a magician. It was a Chicago application for the Olympics, not President Obama's application. Had he not gone, he would have been blamed for the loss. I am realy tired of the constant bashing of President Obama, particularly on the heels of a President who got a blank check as he ran the country into the ground.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  269. Ian

    It doesn't matter what Obama does. Anything and everything he has his hands in ticks someone off. Why is this being put out there like it's a big deal? The economy, war, and health care are the pressing issues of the day!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  270. Kenny L.

    You can't lose what you never had. If he didn't go to Denmark to campaign for his country, he would be classified as not caring or not willing to go the distance. He is not the "decider", he put in his best effort to bring an event to an American city, his home city, that would benefit the economy – isn't that what a leader should do? I guess his critics forget our last president who declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq when many years later the mission still has not been accomplished and many have paid the ultimate price for his decisions.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  271. Ian Francis

    As important as his decision whether to have Corn Flakes or Cheerios
    for breakfast this morning. According to the Republicans almost anything can bring him down these days.

    Boston MA.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  272. Mina Peterson

    ABSOLUTELY the US should have had Michelle lobbying for the Olympics and hundreds more! What a great event that will be. When they were held in Atlanta, no doubt the President (possibly it was Reagan) put forth lobbying efforts.
    Too bad such small minded people make such a big deal out of Michelle going. Who should have they sent??? George W? Maybe Bush should have been forward thinking enough to have had high up officials and representative making an effort to bring the Olympics to Chicago.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  273. Norman - Duluth, Georgia

    This is no big deal other than for Republicans who will make an issue out of anything the President does and don't have any solutions for the country. It's a disapointment for the country but it was a forgone conclusion Brazil would get the Olympics because Latin America hasn't been selected to host the games. Let get on to more important things such as Health Care, and the Economy!!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  274. Marie from Orlando

    This is not a big deal except to the Republicans who root for any bad news for the President. BUT just image the ruckus they would have raised if he hadn't gone!!! They would have blamed him of being un-American!!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  275. Sandy Stein

    It is customary and proper for Presidents to lobby the IOC for their country's hosting of The Olympic Games. President Obama did this and his country did not receive the nomination. So what? Who cares what Matt Drudge and other bags of noise say? No harm on the President's part. And nothing to be embarrassed about.
    Sandy in Los Angeles, CA

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  276. Tiffany, MI

    The president has several jobs and one big one is the create or save jobs. This attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago was to create those badly needed jobs. Chicago is his hometown, so he should be the biggest cheerleader for the attempt. I wish we could have gotten the Olympics, but the fact that we didn't should not be a personal reflection upon Obama. The president, first lady and Oprah did do their best.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  277. Istvan Domokos

    Nothing at all,the whole world and his advisers should know better than the Olimpic Commite can not avard the hosting of yhe olympic to a nation or the commender in chief of 2 presenly still running war. The Olimpic charter is promoting and standing for peace.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  278. Dee from Canada

    USA got honorable mention in being one of the top 4. As a Canadian, I have deep respect for your president. I would not have voted for giving the US the Olympics as the other America deserves a chance. And there is still mistrust of the US – great president or not. He went to support his country as other leaders did and so I commend him for doing so.

    How sick is it that many take it as an opportunity to hit him instead of wondering why people still have misgivings about the States even as they embrace the president. The spiteful reactions of some just proves that the US is still has a way to go to win the world's respect. Too bad a few can spoil it for the rest.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  279. Emily

    It was a lose/lose situation for Obama... if he didn't go to Copenhagen, it would have been said that he should have as it's his home town, and he could sell Chicago better than anyone. Since he did, we will hear that he that he is not paying atten, to things in America, etc. I don't think that Chicago had a chance, as Brazil has FIFA and the Olympics have never been held there. I think that Chicago has bigger issues as does the rest of America.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  280. Frank Andreae


    I think we should consider how much Obama would have
    lost if he had not gone overseas on behalf of Chicago. There
    are those who would say that he didn't have the guts to put
    a pitch in for his home town. We lost because he didn't appear
    and Brazil was so well represented.

    Let's give the guy credit for doing what he felt would be in our interest.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  281. George Van Hollebeke

    The amount of political emphasis placed on Obama's
    participation with the Olympic Games Selection Committee
    will be comensurate with the emphasis the Republicans place
    on it. Much to much, little to little...

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  282. Norma

    Not as big as you are making it... Yes, it was embarrassing, but it was the United States that lost out on the Olympics not Obama. He is just one person who could have helped, but look at all else that kept us from having it. He can only do but so much, just as you see with the government. He can't make the laws by himself and have them to pass by himself. Why is it all being put upon him, why can't people see what he is trying to do. Yes, we want him to accomplish some things, but I'd rather stick with someone who constantly wants things to go the correct way and can't accomplish it. Than to go towards someone who wants things to go the wrong way, and accomplish the wrong thing. Hell, he has only been in office for a little more than 8 months and he is being thrown under the bus, for not completely accomplishing the United States biggest deal. Well, yet anyway!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  283. Mark A. Davis, Philadelphia, PA

    Holy Cows in Toledo!
    Don't folks see that it's the very first Olympics EVER in South America?
    I am proud we were well represented and don't consider it a loss since we have had so many Winter AND Summer Olympics in the USA.
    As a Gay American I am proud Cleveland, Ohio landed the Gay Games in 2014. Have you reported that Jack? And does the public know that discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens is so worldy that they can not be called the Gay Olympics akin to Special and Senior Olympics. Report That Jack!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  284. Jan Woodson

    I think it was admirable that President Obama supported Chicago's bid for the olympics but it was not his fault that Chicago lost.

    There are things of greater interest and importance to Americans than this topic.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  285. Jeff in Sugar Grove, Illinois

    I think the President had to go to Copenhagen. If he hadn't gone, the Republicans would now be blaming his absence for the loss of the Olympic bid.

    He was damned if he did, damned if he didn't. At least no one can say, "what if..."

    October 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  286. David Harrison

    The loss of the Games to another country isn't a major factor in the long run. The Beijing games now scars the city with debt for buildings not being used. In the current climate the games would only just have been another distraction from the fact that Rome is once again about to burn.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  287. fred doofenshmirtz

    It's just another failure in a long line of flops for Obama.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  288. Dennis Tarrant

    So we have a president who isn't perfect. That's OK. I'm not perfect. So we have a president who is involved, enrgetic, intelligent, articulate, and seems to understand what's really important 99% of the time. What a change from the last 8 years!

    When oh when will people stop looking for the arcane to critisize our president. I can't wait to here what Russ, Glenn, and the gang have spun this bit of trivia into!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  289. Dumocratic Party

    Top 10 Reasons the Olmpics didn't go to Chicago
    1. It was a conspiracy involving Rove, Cheney, and Scooter Libby
    2. Bush
    3. The IOC is made up of a bunch of RACISTS
    4. Did we say it was George Bush's fault yet
    5.Congressman Wilson paid off the IOC because he is a racist since he dared to challenge the chosen one.
    6. Scooter Libby had to be involved somewhere
    7. Republicans
    8. Glenn Beck
    9. It had to be racism. How else could somebody disagree with Barack
    10. George Bush.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  290. http://twitter.com/whybs

    It's as big a deal as Newt Gingrich's $100M quest to prove Bill Clinton's inappropriate sexual relationship!

    Omaba runs circles around previous presidents! Health care reform will take forever for everyone to agree on. Afghanistan requires more deliberation - feedback from key players (McChrystal is one) is still flowing in. Why should he just wait for things to happen?

    Brett Favre has the most interceptions ever. In difficult times like this, we need a leader that thinks & operates outside the box. Just watch!

    - from someone who voted for Reagan & I'm not black.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  291. D.J.Lauter

    Many presidents of other countries attended the vote for the Olympics committee to push for their country. No big deal.
    The republicans are sending emails saying that the "world" rejected Obama. The fact is that the Olympics committee rejected Chicago.
    While there, Obama met with the commander in Afganastan on this OVERNIGHT trip. Bush spent 4 1/2 months on vacation during his first 9 months in office, and they criticize Obama for an overnight trip to help America get the Olympics?!!
    Ojai, California

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  292. Karen

    President Obama did the right thing in promoting the Chicago Olympics – win or lose – I support his efforts on behalf of our country. Those who make up fake stories that he is prayed to and pledged to, now have solid proof he is just a man. Shame on those who take pleasure in our defeat. This is being blown way out of proportion. If he didn't go and we had lost he would have been blamed for that too.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  293. Elton Clark

    Mr. Obamas' decision to go to Denmark shouldn't be considered a loss for him. It is already a know fact that the decision is made behind closed doors and the committee doesn't discuss their votes with the public of which Mr. Obama ( Pesident that he is) was apart. If you have been watching the news, he wasn't the only world leader there on the behalf of his country. Argentinas' "Mr.Lula was there in copenhagen was he not?? So what's the big deal?? If the USA had won the bid, there still wouldv'r been derogatory statements about Mr. Obama being there.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  294. Nancy Tervalon

    To rational minded individuals, the loss is no deal at all. To those who pray this president fails, it is a big deal.

    The loss of the Olympics is an indication of the world's sentiments toward the United States, not our president. This sentiments has been decades in the making, punctuated by eight years of the Bush administration. The loss says nothing about Obama, other than he is willing to do the right thing (it was the right thing to do), in the face of an uncertain outcome. This is an admirable tract.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  295. Denny Mangano

    Hey Jack, give me a break. Loosing the Olympics was a loose,loose situation for the White House. We lost the games to Rio so big deal.They are what they are,just games anyway. If he did not solicit the games for our country and Chicago then he would have been criticized for not doing enough....You people on the right will just never get over loosing the election and that is what that is..........

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  296. Che Guevara

    Our President's failure to get the olympics is not a reflection on his abililty to lead our country out of recession, withdraw our troops from Iraq, and Afganistan.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  297. seattlemizzou


    It was not a "mistake" for Obama to go to Copenhagen to promote Chicago's bid, nor was Rio's win a "loss" for the president.

    As much as I love our country, this overblown "controversy" once again points out what an exaggerated sense of self importance our country has of itself.

    As wonderful of a city as Chicago is, it is NOT a major international destination like Rio, Tokyo or Madrid. People around the world don't dream of visiting Chicago as they do the other cities. Most foreign visitors to the United States would much rather visit New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles or San Francisco, or perhaps our national parks.

    Around the world, I highly doubt that they are viewing Obama's failure to "win" the Olympics as a major political defeat for him. They're probably just seeing him as a guy who promoted his city and country, as did the leaders of other countries, and who handled the IOC's decision with total class and dignity. As he handles just about everything, in my opinion.

    I wish I could say the same for all the commentators, political pundits and "loyal opposition" like Rush Limbaugh.

    Congratulate Rio and South America, which deserved the selection, and let's move on to more important stuff.

    FYI, I supported Hillary in the primary.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  298. Marc Taylor in Kansas City

    The GOP pundits are correct... A Republican President would have made sure Chicago was assured the win before they went so they could turn the win into a political photo-op and take credit for everyone else's hard work... which, in reality, would be the complete waste of a President's time.

    Our President is different. He wasn't going until he was told that his help was needed. Given the jobs, economic, and morale value of hosting the Olympics, he went to Copenhagen to take his best shot. It was the right thing to do and I doubt Obama is spending on minute looking back at the decision to go.

    The Republicans just aren't used to a president doing something for motives beyond their own personal political gain...

    October 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  299. Lisa

    Jack, the Chicago bid was doomed to fail from the beginning because of a poor presentation made by the USOC and the Chicago Olympic Committee, not by anything Obama did. He was screwed if he went and they lost the bid; or if he didn't go and they lost the bid. Rio was set up to be the winner from the beginning. Every other final city was just along for the ride.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm |