Wow, that didn’t take long… I knew Chicago not being chosen for the Olympics would quickly be blamed on “politics” or the IOC members being racist, but I thought it would be at least one day before somebody blamed Bush for losing the Olympics for America.
I was off by about 23 hours:
Senator Rowland Burris of Illinois, the Senator who was appointed to fill President Barack ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vacant Senate seat, blames George Bush for Chicago not getting the Olympics in 2016. Burris stated in an interview, shortly after the announcement, that the image of the U. S. has been so tarnished in the last 8 years that, even Barack Obama making an unprecedented pitch for the games could not overcome the hatred the world has for us as a result of George Bush.
Even an Olympic swimmer got in on the “blame Bush” act.
I hope you’re happy, George W. Bush… just look at these sad faces in Chicago as they found out that you cost them the Olympics:
The good news is that if you want some nice, fairly new clean, one owner “Chicago 2016” shirts, they’re available really cheap on almost every Chicago street corner right now.
My own theory is that the IOC didn’t really appreciate the American pitch to them being turned into a cavalcade of Chicago “you go girl” celebrities, over-rated, under-performing Windy City politicians, their even windier “take no prisoners” wives, accompanying vermin and career ransackers begging to bring the Games to one of the most historically corrupt cities in America — and the city from which they all just happened to emerge. In other words, “Trust us, we’re from the Chicago political machine” isn’t the best sales pitch unless you’re talking to unions.
It seems that this presidency really hit the skids when ACORN was taken out of the loop, doesn’t it? Coincidence?
But if it’s easier to blame Bush, so be it.
And finally, the Top Ten Reasons Chicago Didn’t Get the Olympics.