No Olympic Games for Chicago in 2016
I just got back to my hotel from what should have been the ‘victory’ party for Chicago’s bid for the Summer Olympics in 2016.
It was always thought to be close between Chicago and Rio, the shock was Chicago’s elimination on the first ballot.
While I am not a huge fan of large scale events I thought that Chicago’s bid was intelligently conceived and planned, and frankly, because Mayor Daley has been my personal friend I wanted it because he wanted it, and was more than happy to pay if necessary my share of whatever the cost might have been, though I truly believe that there might not have been such a cost.
I’m glad that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made their presentations, otherwise he might have been blamed for not speaking up for his country’s bid which also happened to be his hometown.
The No Games Chicago opposition should not feel guilty. They were not a factor, and indeed the weakness of their argument as well as the paucity of their support was actually an indirect asset to the Chicago bid. But they did get the result they wanted and for that I feel badly.
Mayor Daley and Chicago 2016 Committee Chair were gracious, even eloquent in their speeches to the more than 400 Chicagoans who filled a ballroom and who had travelled to Copenhagen to support Chicago’s bid.
Frankly, I’m both stunned and saddened to the point where I cannot write any more right now, but there are many issues that need to be discussed. Let’s just say that I was very proud of my Mayor and my President today. It was an unfortunate result but not a tragedy. The tragedy was the hundreds of deaths from the tsunamis and earthquakes in the Pacific. Its times like this that we have to understand our real priorities.
Phil Krone is a Special Correspondent for the Chicago Daily Observer
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