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October 1st, 2009
09:53 AM ET

2016 Summer Games

Which city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics; Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid or Tokyo?

Which city do you think will win the bid to host the Olympics in 2016?

The world will find out Friday when the much anticipated announcement is made in Copenhagen, Denmark. We’ll carry the announcement live in the CNN Newsroom.

We also want to hear from you.
Take our quick vote and leave us a comment.


Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Chicago dont deserve to stand as an ambassador for all American citys this is a shameful blow to all the other deserving citys.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  2. Andy

    I noticed the newscast today that another individual expressed his opinion by throwing a shoe at somebody's head. Whatever you think of the speaker, the speaker has the right to express themselves.

    So I thought, how can we prevent this kind of behavior? Why not modify andd license a certain technology to any country that wants it - and here I'm referring to electronic ankle bracelets. Any person convicted of throwing a shoe at somebody should be strapped into one of these things, which would detect whether they wore a shoe on that foot henceforth. If they do, they would be fined.

    The deterrent message being, if you're okay with throwing a shoe at somebody, maybe you don't need to own anymore for the rest of your life. Actions should have consequences, thanks.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  3. Rebecca Corrigan

    Is President Obama spreading himself too thin? Of course not. Most of you at CNN who pose this question are playing into Michael Steele's hands. You seem desperate to hype a story when there isn't one-not even an issue. Maybe the media is so accustom to the do-little administration of the past, that it doesn't truly comprehend the role of our president as our leader. Why don't you discuss this concept: self-examination of the media's attempts to create stories about a robust administration trying to accomplish things for the American people, and stop framming it all as a "do or die" situation.
    Thank you,
    Rebecca

    October 1, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  4. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Whats wrong with Hawaii or Alaska or Miami or Boulder why does he pick one of the worst citys in America is he incapeble of making rash decisions.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  5. manny

    WELL RICK light up the empire state building praising china. fly their flag over the WHITE HOUSE. have CNN HERALD their 60 year reign of terror, oppression AND the wonderful years of MAO. they own N.Y. CITY THEY OWN THE USA. let us pray they dont ask for all the money we owe them. OH! DO THEY OWN THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  6. Anna Olson

    I don't think that there is anything wrong with President Obama is there trying to get the Olympics in the USA.
    The Repubicans are having a fit about this. But yet can't work out the heath care problem....I think that the Repulbicans are just upset that the President is out there getting his words out and the Republicans have never got out of there way to get the word out..
    I think that President Obama is doing a great job.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  7. Arlington

    How could bringing more jobs to Chicago be a bad thing. Why should there be political fallout? At least he isn't reading a childrens book while America burns

    October 1, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  8. Kathleen Pittsburgh

    President Obama should be using the power of the presidency for climate change in Copenhagen, health care for all Americans, ending two wars, not lobbying with Oprah for the Olympics in Chicago.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  9. Lori

    From what I understand, Chicago was already a candidate as the potential site for the 2016 Olympics. President Obama is simply doing his job in trying to help our economy. Think of the jobs and money it will mean for our country. Everyone needs to forget about politics and remember that Democrats and Republicans are Americans first.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  10. Tony

    This would be a big boost for the USA! Bravo for the First Family and their efforts..

    October 1, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  11. Jeremy

    People should smack themselves in the face and start facing reality. The reality is that President Obama has been taking on great issues and he is trying to make huge changes for our country because the majority of Americans want change. We are tired of the Republicans and their irresponsibility to the American people as a whole and only looking out for the interest of the already super rich and huge corporations who give nothing back to the United States. All they want to do is suck the US dry like vampires and don't care if the United States falls or if the majority of Americans are suffering. And all the lies and fake concerns the Republicans are displaying are going to push some crazy people out their to the full potential of their lunacy. Its like the Republicans want someone to shoot the President and not care that they are playing in a subliminal manner towards that action. Shame on you Republicans. If you don't want to help the majority of Americans then just shut up and watch true Americans do the job.

    October 1, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  12. Parthenia

    As the leader of this country, President Obama should be able to go where he chooses to go and do what he thinks will boost our economy and national standing. Having the Olympics in 2016 in Chicago is a wonderful way to do just that. All citizens of the U. S. A. are his constituents – as he goes, we go. He knows the law, he has taught the law in this country. So, get comfortable with his capability and good judgment as he leads, and do what you can to clear the way for him to do it without interference.

    October 1, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  13. Arlington

    At least this President isn't vacationing at Camp David while American cities are drowning in flood waters.

    October 1, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  14. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Thats the proublem here hes taking on too many issues to fast and not accomplishing squat .

    October 1, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  15. Mike Armstrong TX.

    What has Chicago done to deserve this honor .

    October 1, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  16. Claudia from South Carolina

    Obama is setting a precident for all future Presidents....Go Obama...show them how it is done! Olympics in the USA! Why not Chicago....

    October 1, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  17. danielle

    Honestly! Who wants to get shot while grabbing a hotdog at the summer olympics...not a good look Chicago!

    October 1, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  18. Lisa Schaumburg IL

    Hello,
    I think everyone is making to big of a deal of the president going to Copenhagen. I believe when I have seen photos of Air Force 1 there is an office and phones and computers and all sorts of things he can use to keep doing American business. If Chicago gets the olympics it will bring money to america and I would think that would be good for the economy. IS THIS NOT ONE OF THE PROBLEMS PEOPLE WANT HIM TO FIX.

    October 1, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  19. Bob Rucker, San Jose, CA.

    I agree with Tony! It all adds up to Chicago hosting the Olympics 2016! The most popular world leader today, Barack Obama, and his equally world captivating wife, Michelle, join forces with the globally popular Oprah Winfrey in Denmark to lobby for America's best choice venue for the games, the world class city of Chicago. Mayor Richy Daley, long known for his wily and crafty behind-the-scenes skills at getting things done in the city of big shoulder is also smoozing his tail off there tying up loose ends. This choice is a NO BRAINER! Bravo to a city and its people who have long embraced and exemplified America's CAN DO and YES WE CAN public spirit!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  20. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Great comment Danielle funny but very true.

    October 1, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  21. J.A.R ( La )

    Ride on, this is nice to see a president used the opportunity to sell American culture and true life, he's not embarrassed to say we have problems here in America but he's strong enough to see opportunity, promotion and to sell America so critics stand aside and dry your eyes and look, learn this is the American way. So out of this I have learned by being a international hand to hold my head up high. I am American. Thank you

    October 1, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  22. Joy-Texas

    Mr Armstrong Tx
    You suggested Houston might be a better site than Chicago for the Olympics,.. Are you aware that Houston is neck to neck with Chicago on the list of cities with the highest crime rate.The fact is, any city in the USA would benifit by hosting the Olympics. I applaud the President and First Lady for their effort to bring this event to the USA..

    October 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  23. Mary Jane Hyde

    GO CHICAGO! I'm from Chicago. Of course Chicago is a great town to host the 2016 Olympics.

    October 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  24. Dan

    Jeremy, it sounds to me like you need to face reality. He is doing great things, Huh?
    Let me ask you about "Cash for clunkers". It's amazing, last year people couldn't afford a new car, but all of the sudden the government throws this carrot at them, "UP to $4,500.00, and all of a sudden they could afford a car payment? Kind of like the mortgage companies.
    My prediction, in less than a year 1/3 – 1/2 of the cars purchased under the "cash-for-clunkers" program will be repossessed because people who "thought" they could afford a payment can't.
    What do you think?
    Also, how can he say he isn't going to add anything to the deficit if this healthcare bill passes? Please explain to me how this is possible.

    October 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  25. Randy N

    At the moment I could care less about the Olyimics, with all this garbage this goverment is tossing out at US, We have high unemployment, run away spending, 2 veitnam style wars, our stock market is some what unreliable, No healthcare, mass goverment corruption, etc. And I am suppose to feel all warm and fuzzy,cause our president and first lady oh don't forget Opera, are trying to ripp US off again. I know you probably won't air this so Vote Tea Vote Randy. At least with me I would listen to and do the will of the people,

    October 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  26. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Yes but Chicago is still number one there you can take that both ways Joy from Texas.

    October 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  27. Ron Diaco sr.

    Tony, enough is enough! With all the problems Chicago is having, with the schools and murdering of its youth, it needs to focus on ways to best use the money. The young and old of middle class and lower will never have the chance to attend the Olympics. It's like buying tickets to a professional sport, just out of the question! As usual, America will cater to the rich!!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  28. Jennifer Dooley

    Madrid or Rio...But as much as their are knee jerk reaction to the recent events in Chicago...(which brought an existing problem to light) IT would help bring a better Chicago and the economy would get a huge boost along with JOBS... So I hope Chicago gets it! Which as why I think Obama is making the plea...

    October 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  29. Amar

    The only truly world-class city that could host this kind of event is Chicago. The jobs it would create, and their idea of a temporary stadium make it the best option. Not only that, Chicago is the greatest city on the planet. Yea, crime on the south side is staggeringly bad, but let's not forget about the notorious gangs in Rio. At least this crime has been brought to light and the attention has been focused on correcting this terrible problem. Let's give this honor to a real city, sweet home, Chicago....

    October 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  30. Caroline O'Handley

    Too many cities who have had the Olympics are still in deep debt, so it certainly shouldn't be Chicago. And with kids being killed every day, they have real problems. And not enough hi speed trains!!!
    Give it up.

    October 1, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  31. M. Cook

    While Chicago deserves to win the olympics, City officials really need to address the violence that is plauging the City. Here's a suggestion, PARENTS TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND CONTROL OF YOUR CHILDREN!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  32. Brian

    Chicago, the highest murder rate in the U.S. NO Olympics!

    October 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  33. Martie

    Who in their right mind would want to be in that Crime Infested City for such a famous event or for any reason actually. Give me a break:

    October 2, 2009 at 8:23 am |
  34. Marcio

    Games are for people. Let's spead the games for every corner in this planet. This is the Olympics spirit.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  35. Kevin in Illinois

    Tony! Chicago is an outstanding place for the Olympics. Chicago boasts one of the Largest Airports in the world, a great transportation system and the best food in the World! It's an international city that would make everyone proud. In 2012 Chicago will top the Sears (Willis) Tower with The 150 Story Chicago Spire with the newest tallest buiding in the United States. Illinois is also home to 4 American President: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  36. Susan

    I cannot understand why something as beautiful and patriotism-building as the Olympics is being turned into a political event. Must republicans oppose the Olympics coming to the USA because the president supports it? Isn't there anything that people who dislike the President can put aside their partisanship for the sake of unity, pride in our country, pride in one of the greatest cities in our country, Chicago? This is partisanship over patriotism. And it's poison.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  37. Nino - Chicago

    I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world and am familiar with all of the candidate cities. All are beautiful cities but Chicago (my home town) deserves the chance to host this event because of its diversity, excellent infrastructure, and most of all the great spirit of its people. Rio is already hosting the World Cup in 2014 and can't possibly give the Olympics the attention they deserve.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  38. Jon

    I have a hard time seeing how Rio is winning this popular poll. As an athlete who competed in Rio's Pan American Games, have we forgotten what kind of disaster this was. Rio had a chance to show what they can do and they failed miserably. This was a mess for athletes!!! I do love Rio as a city. But, when you look at the crime and corruption with those involved and how nothing promised was brought into play. The transportation, the environmental impact, the legacy, show me something that says they can host a Summer Olympic Games. Lets hold off on this 'chance' until they can prove that they can host the games.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  39. Tan

    I respect the first Lady and how she appreciates the people of Chicago. I know they have wonderful people in Chicago but I am partial to the "Marvelous City" as we call it in Rio. I used to live in Rio de Janeiro and I think it would be fantastic to see it held in Rio. They could use the economic boost as well. The people of Rio take their sports very serious, more than what the Americans in the States for their super bowl. If there is a bad call in a soccer gave, more than likely there will be a riot. Gracie ju jitsu had a trade mark in martial arts as well.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  40. Dale Wilson

    Why is everyone stunned that Chicago is out of the running? Just a few days ago, we repeatedly saw live footage of a Chicago honor student brutally murdered by a rampant gang of teens. Who would want to send the world's finest athletes, or anyone else, there? This should serve as notice that it's time to get street violence under control.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  41. Heather in Columbus, OH

    Wow – Chicago and Tokyo have been eliminated so it's now down to Madrid or Rio. I'd love to go to Madrid, but hey – since it's never been in South America...I say give it to Rio. This will be a HUGE source of pride for all South Americans – especially, of course, the Brazilians since it will be in their country.

    I'm disappointed it's not Chicago since it's in my country, but it wasn't my call. Good luck to the winner!

    October 2, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  42. Jacki

    I have to wonder if the recent spate of highly publicized violence in Chicago had a negative impact on the people casting the vote for the Olympics venue. Chicago has a lot to offer, however, it appears to be a dangerous city, at least to those of us who only get our information from the media.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  43. MJ

    Why would Rio de Janeiro be the front-runner when they have the worst crime ever according to Wikipedia?

    October 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  44. Peggy Pick

    Chicago needs to clean up it's own house and not cover up with false glitter!! The idea of having Chicago having the Olypmics was a bad idea from the start!

    October 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  45. Eva

    Are we making too big a thing out of this or what. For heaven's sake go to something else.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  46. Sharon

    I understand fully why Chicago lost out. You seem more accustomed to its high level of violence in the eastern and mid-western portion of the U.S., but the rest of the country – and the rest of the world – finds it abhorrent. Why would anyone want to go there!?

    October 2, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  47. Fred Barnes

    Why was Chicago eliminated ?
    "15 year old honor student beaten to death with a 2×4"
    I wouldn't want to go to Chicago either .

    October 2, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  48. Lee

    Olympics...... US out in first vote.
    BACKLASH...Pres and Michelle Obama both speak before the committee.
    Maybe committee members–not crazy about the US anyway–feel US was trying to weild a big stick like it does around the world.
    OVERKILL...we'll show em....US out!

    October 2, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  49. John Babitskas

    Jack in Atlanta. No great news. Too Many Against It. E.G. Cnn spent more time this morning with those against it than for it. You told the story. Republicans were United against it because it distracted the President from sending 40,000 more troops to Afganastan. The news has been gobbling up the story's about KIDs being slaughtered in Chicago. No wonder we got our clock cleaned. John.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  50. Marsha

    Tony, It's not really surprising that Chicago was eliminated. Look what happened to that boy that got beaten to death with 2×4's the other day. The whole world heard about how people stood by and did nothing. No one would want to bring their family into that environment!

    October 2, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  51. Tan

    I am sorry for the folks of Chicago. It would have been a great experience for them. I am not sure if Rio will get it now. If Madrid gets it, enjoy the wonderful Sangria and the bull fights.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  52. Bob cumming

    Shock and awe that Chicago didn't get the nod for the Olympics? Good grief! With an uncommonly high murder rate related to widespread drug use impacting mostly school-age black people, it should come as no surprise that the IOC would turn a cold shoulder to Chicago.

    Bob Cumming, Cedar Crest, NM

    October 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  53. GMAN00

    The reason that Chicago was elimanted from the summer games is this:
    Thugs and criminals has given it a bad name.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  54. Shirley

    Tony;
    Why does CNN makes a big deal out of everything President Obama does.
    They made an OLYMPIC BID OK, its not like the Olympic has never been in American.
    We have bigger problems in this country that you should be cencerned with.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  55. Randy Bolton

    Tony, CNN may have had an integral part in Chicago's loss in the first round of bidding for the 2016 Olympics. The last couple of days one of CNN's lead topics has been the fact that half of the city of Chicago does not want the 2016 Olympics. The IOC may have focused on that item and decided that the did not want the 2016 Olympics to go to a city that would not support it.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  56. StilBil

    Tony,Tony,Tony, get a Grip! I see U ranting about the loss of the Olympics! But it was already Sign & Sealed! The Killings on Chicago's Southside has been in the news for Months! As Soon as the 1st Lady made reference to that Area, making it sound like today's Central Park it was Doomed! If Chicago Wanted the Olympics they Should have Taken care of the Problem as SOON as it Started! They Could have shown Up in Force to Crush the Thugs of that Area,they Didn't the Country Lost!

    October 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  57. Bonny

    The fact that you just had Michael Jordan on there is insulting when he refused to go to Copenhagen to be part of the team to represent Chicago. I do not know what the reasons were for him not to go but for him now to speak that is sorry, is just selfish. If Michael was so concern and really cared, he would have been there. Chicago has done alot for Michael but he was not there to support the city that helped him gain the recognition he has had. He obviously has shown that teamwork is not his thing, all you have to do is listen to his speech that he gave at the NBA Hall of Fame.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  58. Dan

    Can you say "egg on your face"? Let's send our 1st couple, and we Chicago is the first city eliminated. I would say that move kind of backfired.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  59. Mike in Quebec

    Of course the decision was made in advance, it always is. Lobbying is done over weeks…. I just wish CNN would stop harping about losing an Olympic bid. Someone has to win, stop whining!

    It will be RIO because South America never had the games before.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  60. erin

    I am shocked at your repsonse to Chicago not getting the Olympics. I love my country, but who do we think we are to always get what we want??? Talk about EGO.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  61. noreen

    Do you think that the shape United States is in has anything to do with it? The two wars, your broke, all the crime in Chicago, just finding possible terrorist threats lately and the equipment they had hasn't been found, that is still a sign of terror that possible bombs somewhere ready or being produced and used. Who would want to go to the states right now with all that going on.The two countries in the standing now don't have the troubles going on that the States has right now.
    Canada

    October 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  62. Tiffani

    Tony, a lot of us are disappointed that Chicago didn't get the bid. However, you seem devastated!! Breathe! It's OK! We will survive! 🙂

    October 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  63. cstark

    After the negative press aired on CNN yesterday about violence and crime in Chicago, one wonders if the IOC may have been influenced by it.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  64. Walter Sherman

    I think the reason why the USA did not get the Olympics is our country is broke. I do beleive Madrid will win because of less chance of militant or terrorist action there.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  65. Tony

    It's the USA that has egg on it's face. It means the rest of the world is still pissed off at us, and you can't blame that on President Obama

    October 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  66. Ellie

    This is just another slap in the face for the US. The rest of the world has 2 hands ... one is to take our money, knowledge, aid and anything else we have that they don't and the other hand is ready to give us the finger.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  67. Peter

    I dont think Chicago will resive I don’t think Chicago will receive any future Olympic because crime are sky high
    Madrid desirve 2016 Olympic.
    its nice city full of history

    October 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  68. tony

    Any one following the Olympic politics knows that Brazil was the fore-runner in the race. There should be no surprise or shock here that America was not going to get it, The fact is Brazil has been working very hard lobbying the OC for years to get their shot at the games.
    There are many factors that go into deciding where the games are played and it dpoes not come down to one 45 minute presentation it is a long lobbing campaign that does it.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  69. Tony

    noreen In Canada

    I guess that's why your country was not in the running. Also in terms of safety from terrorist, do you really think that RIO will be able to provide this without US help? get real!

    October 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  70. Pauline Chapmam

    I was not surprised that Chicago lost the bid. Furthermore, I wonder whether Chicagoans themselves contributed to their loss. The silence of enthusiasm among the people except for the President and first lady was deafening . The press (and CNN as well) gave a lot of play how almost half the city in a poll didn't want Chicago to hold the games, developing a web site to urge people to vote against Chicago. Wow can you imagine how the IOC reacted to earing that? And then there is the matter of the student killings. All told, Chicago's image has been tarnished affecting it as a place to visit. I have never seen more play given to the"almost haft the people"who did not want the games. Shame on the pr staff of Chicago, shame on the negative folks, and shame on the press who were not even remotely even handed and presented an negative, lethargic, and none caring picture of Chicago. Let's look in the mirror.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  71. John

    Tony there is nothing going on in that room other than eliminations. The real thing is that America is very divided now and the committe sees that. Come the next 7 years things won't be much different and within the next four years we will still have those naysaying neandertols at the presidents head. America did not bid, Chicago did.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  72. Peter

    Ellie: We dont take your country's money we have euro not $
    we dont even use it here because its really weak euro was strong even in bush time. Madrid desirve to host 2016 close to my house
    lol

    October 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  73. Debi G.

    I cannot believe the reaction to Chicago not getting the Olympics. I can't believe that you are actually "stunned" at the outcome. An innocent young man just got beat to death in that city. That is what you all should be stunned about. Tony, you need to quit over reacting to this. The thing that I was stunned about was the fact the as taxpayers had to pay for the President and his wife to fly there to pitch for Chicago. You all need to get your priorities straight. Unemployment, healthcare, and trying to stop senseless violence should the the top priorities and not the Olympics..

    October 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  74. tDOG

    What shock?? Anybody paying attention to media commentary in Africa last week knew THIS was coming! For those of you engrossed in the US national sport of navel-gazing, this is what happened while you were asleep: last week, the African delegation took offence at the unwelcome attitude shown to some leaders attending the UN meetings. Turns out they think COURTESY and RESPECT (even for people you disagree with) is very important. The press in most of Africa has been filled with requests to remove the UN buildings from New York and promising not to vote Chicago for the Olympics. So, eh? I guess most people in the US don't think what happens in Africa is THAT important, too bad! Why did Chicago lose? The African bloc voted against it!!

    October 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  75. Annie

    My heart is for RIO. Chicago makes me ill. As does the power of Oprah. But I do have concerns regarding Rio's lack of hotels and transportation. But heart, that is in abundance, as is the poverty. Maybe "Wiki" has not actually spent time in Rio. I have had the opportunity to spend extended visits in Rio and Brazil (including a 3 month visit). My daughter has lived and worked in Rio and San Paulo for 9 years, five in Rio. I don't know where they will house all the Olympic events or how they will transport people. But I hope they have proven this in their presented plan. I have never seen such united pride as these people exhibit. I have never seen so much poverty and joy in the same place. It's weird, but wonderful. So, I hope they win and can pull it off!! With much success.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  76. John

    Come on Tony

    Try Not to be a sore loser, we all love the President Obama and the first lady but if we be for real, Rio is the best city to benefit from hosting the olympics.
    Rio has the largest gettho in the world something like two million people locked in to one area.
    Hosting the olympics from Rio would be a world advantage.

    John

    October 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  77. Tony

    does not matter where the games are. The US will dominate as usual..

    Let's Go USA!

    October 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  78. Muin

    I initially thought IOC committee members were mostly white since it was held in Denmark. That's why I thought President had a good chance winning the bid because their experience in America wouldn't be so bad if they travel to America. Then I watched last night that IOC committee actually represent people from all over the world. U.S olympic committee got some loaded questions from committee members. The IOC committee member brought up anti foreigner sentiment and anti immigrant sentiment in America. I knew what that guy was talking about in his question. It is fairly well known how people are treated when they land in america especially Chicago O'hara. President Obama understood the question. So he quickly stepped up and tried to reassure that he would try to do everything he can to improve the image. I don't think they bought it. Anyway President gave his 100% to close the deal. However, America's overall image didn't really help him close the deal.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  79. HENRY CHERRICK

    Dear Tony: Regarding the elimination of Chicago in the first round, I believe the IOC sent a very important message to our President, his wife, the City of Chicago and the U.S. KEEP POLITICS OUT OF THE OLYMPICS. Don't forget, the last time a president of the U.S. got involved in the Plympics, our team did not attend. Henry

    October 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  80. Larry

    Why would anyone want to host anything in Chicago, after all the news that CNN, and all the other networks, just keep on, and keep on, and keep on showing the Teenager being beat to Death ? I believe it is CNN and all the other networks, caused the Olympics to not be in Chicago. You scared everyone with all the bad news about Chicago.

    Larry

    October 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  81. Jean

    The IOC eliminated Chicago of all. Will the IOC give a reason for eliminating Chicago? I am not an expert on these matters. However, I am not concerned about Tokyo. Let us take a look at Chicago. First of all, the US has an economical problem, probably no different to other countries in these hard times. It may be a blessing in disguise for Chicago. Then, Chicago has numerous murders annually and is relatively an unsafe city. Note this young intelligent and promising young man who was murdered at the weekend by gangs. These could have an effect on IOC's decision. Otherwise, I smell a rat and I call it "foul" and "discirmination against the US – Chicago.
    Japan has imprisoned a man for trying to take back his children who were abducted by his former wife. When will this man be released? Japan does not practice human rights.
    I was not pleased when China got the Olympics. China is a non-democratic country with obviously an oppressive government.
    I really do not know why democratic countries should give these countries precedence for Olympics, etc.
    Rio de Janeiro and Brazil are by no means exemplary countries. There are numerous murders in those countries. I would think too that the government fail in human rights.
    If I had to choose a country, I would choose Chicago – period. IOC made a grave error.
    Americans must give President Obama and Mrs. Obama credit for trying. According to the old adage: "If at first you do not succeed, try again" whenever that is. There is always a second time. Chicago must also clean up its act in matters of murders, adults and youth alike. Chicago government, mayor and all other responsible governments now has ample time to do so to make Chicago a worthy place to host the games of whatever nature. It can be done if governments put their heads together and find a way of doing that. First of all, they should commence with the youths through schooling and discipline. Parents are no exception. They are the first educators of their children.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  82. Tony

    tDOG the useless UN which the US bankrolls should move out of the US. The African bloc LOL please like you have so time of power base. try getting your own internal problems (slaughter, Aids, Hunger, etc.) fixed before you criticize the US.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  83. Hiltraut Damm

    WOULD YOU GO THERE?
    If you saw the horrific beating, with a slab of wood, of a young honor student, amidst a crowd standing around doing little to stop the bestial killing, would you go there to celebrate the honor, integrity, hard work, clean living and teamwork that top athleticism demands?

    The epidemic of violence among young black children in Chicago has been overlooked too long.

    This fatal flaw cannot coexist with the celebration of the personal best of the rest of the world's youngsters.
    WHY ARE YOU SURPRISED?

    October 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  84. Tan

    To John,
    Which ghetto or favela are you referring to? Rio has several favelas. I know this due to the fact I lived in Rio for several years.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  85. Tony

    I see some countries sending there own security if RIO gets this. Brasil is not known for it's military strength.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  86. MC

    Jean- Rio de Janeiro and Brazil are by no means exemplary countries.(What last time I checked Rio was not a country), If I had to choose a country, I would choose Chicago – period. (Chicago separated from the US, why isn't this in the news).Japan has imprisoned a man for trying to take back his children who were abducted by his former wife. When will this man be released? Japan does not practice human rights. (huh? Japan doesn't think so)....

    Does invading and KILLING people in the Middle East ring a bell to you?

    October 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  87. Tony

    Roachina in Brazil makes Chicago look like a holy land.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  88. tDOG

    @Tony
    So simple and naive: the problem with assumptions are they mostly turn out to be wrong. MY own internal problems? I'm a happy Californian news junkie; I'm not representing, or of Africa. Only trying to explain to (I guess people like) you another aspect to this news item. AND why would you immediately go to the AIDS, "internal problems" knee-jerk? You know what that says about you? No? Please don't hurt yourself now... 😀

    October 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  89. Claudia de Paula Boulter

    TONY,

    WELCOME TO RIO, IN 2016 !!! It is going to be a pleasure to have you there.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  90. tonyL

    It is simple so no shock, anyone following the IOC knows that the fore-runner was Rio. Stop being a sore loser and trying to pick out why it should not be in Rio, maybe try to find out why it should be Rio it will then come clearer. It was never a 2 city race.
    This would not have made head line news like it is,, if not for the president of the united states stepping in trying to help a long shot like Chicago.... Arrogance should not be an American trait, we have lost international respect because of our Arrogance, trying to compare Rio to Chicago, give me a break Rio's natural beauty is breath taking and comparing the Blues to mardi gras

    October 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  91. Peter

    LoL I will be there in 2016

    October 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  92. Tan

    Valeo Brasil!

    October 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  93. Tony

    @tDOG
    there is nothing naive about the truth and facts. so spare me the mumbo jumbo rhetoric.. further when someone insults my country, I'm more then happy to throw the facts as I did right back at you. 🙂

    October 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  94. roystin mallet

    Chicago's bid committee should not think they did a poor job, they may have been facing an insurmountable obstacle.
    Obama has said that its greatest strength is looking forward and not dwelling on the past, but you can't move forward unless you have embraced the past honestly and fairly, otherwise you're just running away from problems that will follow you in everything you do, since you're not addressing the root causes.
    America seems to already have forgotten it caused a global economic crisis that most of people in the world, including americans , are still suffering from. The effects of this crisis on poorer parts of the world has recieved little attention in mainstream american media. This could be the only explanation for chicago's elimination in the first round.
    Though new york is held to be the epi-centre of this global economic crisis, chicago is the centre for commodities trading, and it was the collapse of the commodities bubble which was the final straw, triggering the global economic mess. Not to mention the america's lax banking regulations and their exporting of this mess through swapped asset-backed derivitives, and other financial mumbo jumbo finacial devices, that bankrupted Iceland, the Royal Bank of Scotland and many pension funds and banks around the world. America may have forgotten that it is responsible for this mess, but the rest of the world has not.
    Giving America the olympics after causing this economic crisis could be seen as a moral peril- rewarding bad behaviour, and the american media does its country a disservice for ignoring this factor, in failing to remind the republicans the damage they have caused to their country, its reputation, and to the rest of the world as well, with their cowboy banking practices.
    You can't blame obama or chicago. Blame W. Bush if anyone, his legacy will haunt america for many years to come, whether you want to acknowledge it or not. You ignore it at your peril.
    Giving America the olympics could have been seen as rewarding the u.s. for causing this major economic mess. You must do more to fix the problems you have created around the world before you can expect to be rewarded, or forgiven.
    And you should deal with this in your news coverage, that will help toward healing, toward the rest of the world forgiving the u.s., bottom line- don't hedge you're language. This is the only explanation for Chicago losing out in the first round today.
    You must face the past honestly before you can move forward.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  95. Dan

    Hey Jean,
    You need to look at your geography. Rio De Janero IS NOT a country. It is a city in Brazil. It is great to see South America (Jean, this is a continent) hosting the olympics for the first time in history.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  96. Tan

    Tony,
    It actually spelled Rochinha not Roachina. It is actually next to Gavea and faces the Atlantic. Rochinha makes Cabrini Green of Chicago look good.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  97. tDOG

    @Tony
    WHAT FACTS (would those be)? You didn't even know that the African delegation was going to be king-maker in deciding the Olympics of 2016, you assumed I was "insulting" the US? Your country? Buddy, it's MY country too but I'm not blinded by enough stupidity to mistake information or even constructive criticism for an insult. AIDS, Slaughter? Next you'll be advocating we bomb them too? Get a grip!! 🙂

    October 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  98. Kurt

    Does anybody remember that when it's Summer here, it's Winter in Rio. Are they going to change the name to the Rio winter olympics?

    October 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  99. Tan

    Kurt,
    If it is summer in the States, it is winter in Brasil and vice-versa.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  100. Jeanne Neely

    I am a true fan of CNN and watch it almost exclusively for news and up-dates on the world events. We have been watching most of the morning to be there for the Olympics announcement. My question for CNN is "Why are you all so stunned that Chicago was eliminated first and now why do you search for a reason by blaming the President. All comments seem to be going toward making the President's efforts look "unimpressive." There were four cities involved in the chase and all four countries sent their representatives. They were equally impressive and we must not give the world the idea that we are astonished that we didn't win. Let's not be arrogant. Let's consider the atmosphere in this country for negative demonstrations of all types. Let's put our money toward cleaning up our crime rates and let's remake this land into the beautiful and welcoming country that it is supposed to be. Let's applaude Rio and look forward to their time in the sun.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  101. Jennifer Dooley

    KURT average temp is 76 during Their Winter..It is The rain that would be of concern, but that is everywhere. With the World Cup in 2014 and now this Rio will vastly improve it's economy ... Their has never been an Olympics in South America...
    With what the world stage has seen of America in the last Decade and the Bailout of Wall street...Followed up with, let's show that video one more time...The World has lost Trust...It began to look at us with some trust during the last election, but with all the attacks on the President , we look pretty sad on the world stage...
    WE have a lot of atonement to achieve before we can Think of America as She should Be thought of..

    October 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  102. Tony

    @tDOG

    you’re delusional! LOL

    these are the facts genius... a majority of the IOC is comprised of European countries. Africa has approximately 16 IOC voting members; so they are not a voting block with any power out of a voting pool of 89. the US gets more of the TV Revenue from the games then any other country; which has pissed the Europeans off for years. hence; until that changes it is unlikely the US will get any more Olympic games. further our fractured relationship with the Europeans also contributed to our loss.

    an American insulting their own country is not constructive; it’s insulting particularly when your facts are incorrect. know one is advocating bombing anyone, so spare me the drama... now before you come back here and post another one of your unintelligent titrates, do your homework at least. 🙂

    October 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  103. Annie

    Winter in RIO!!! It's not like US winter. Winter in Brazi,l or rather Rio, just means it won't be as humid. It will be wonderful. My last visit was more of a winter visit and it was divine! I don't know if I want to be there for the Olympics 2016, because the TV viewing will be all of the soccer events and probably the events more cherished by Brazil. But don't forget, that's how it is in any country at the tiime of the Olympics. Every country shows the sports events that interest their own population. So don't be shocked that every country in the world doesn't care about women's gymnastics or track and field or swimming....... So stay home. Or have an adventure. The choice is yours. I am hoping that Rio can pull this off. They are such a kind people. And I'm speaking of those same people who live in the favelas, but ride the bus for maybe 90-120min to get to their job. I don't know where their joy comes from, but maybe it's because they appreciate life more and things less.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  104. Tony

    @Tan
    you obviously have not been to Chicago in sometime.LOL Brasil has a lot of work to do before the Games. I wish them luck. 🙂

    October 2, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  105. roystin mallet

    Rio is tropical, just within the tropic of capricorn, so even in their 'winter', it doesn't even get cool – actually i don't think cities within the tropics actually technically experience winter or any of the other season, its perpetually summer, its really hot then not quite so hot – but they are poorer and could use the economic boost hosting the Olympics would provide, as well as the facilities and infrastructure they will build to host the Olympics.
    Brazil is one of the leading economies in the world right now, haven't you heard of B.R.I.C. and if there is going to be a global recovery it may well start in Brazil. Its recent history is remarkable, and if americans want to start exporting their manufactured goods, you may need the Brazilians to start buying more american goods. But if it makes you feel better in the u.s.of a. , its official name is the United States of Brazil, that should be some sort of consolation , the Olympics are still going to be in A U.S. Nation, the U.S. of B., not so second rate any longer. Be good sports, maybe in 2020 it will be Chicago, don't throw in the towel yet. Every city has its challenges, They even have a mardi gras ( fat tuesday/ pan cake tuesday, the day before ash wednesday and the start of lent, '40' days of fasting or 'sacrifice' leading to easter) celebration, just like new orleans, the competition is over, its time to celebrate..... Brazil, this time.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  106. Tan

    Tony,

    They all need alot of work ...lol. I just got wind that they will shut down Maracana for a year. If you have ever been to Maracana, you will know that it is huge. I know about it because I have been to some games there and they don't have a mout around the field for nothing.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  107. tDOG

    @Tony
    Please accept my sincere apologies; I thought I was debating someone who could read with a modicum of comprehension, my mistake! And feel free to continue the juvinile ad hominem. I'll have to bid you adieu for now; the Pacific waves are calling my name (again)! 😀

    October 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  108. Pollremon

    I think Rio WON !! Yeah !!! Me, Me, Me, I, I, I, PRESENTATIONS, DON'T GET IT !!! "SHOW ME THE MONEY" !!!

    October 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  109. Tony

    @tDOG LOL I see you couldn't come up with an intelligent reply.. why am I not surprised?? surfs up dude! 🙂

    October 2, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  110. Tony

    @Tan

    the world cup final game is suppose be in Maracana. the whole world cup experience will really help brasil get ready for the games.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  111. roystin mallet

    to tony, holding the balance of power means you have the vote, it only takes one if its only a simple majority that is required, to 'break the tie' or decide who wins, so 16 votes in this case, could very well have made the difference, if everyone else is split down the middle. The size of the european block is irrelevant if its not a majority ( more than half), and i would think the third world might stick together, for when their turns come down the road- you know the phenomenon, you scratch my back, i'll scratch yours,.... tomorrow.
    Tony, why don't you take this opportunity to find out about Brazil, you might want to visit or invest there as their stock seems to be on the way up, and help yourself out at the same time. It sounds like exposing yourself to the Brazilian culture would do your attitude a lot of good.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  112. Tan

    Tony,
    @Tan
    you obviously have not been to Chicago in sometime.LOL Brasil has a lot of work to do before the Games. I wish them luck.

    I am not sure what you meant here, but I do keep in touch with family in the Chicago area.

    October 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  113. Tan

    Roystin Mallet,

    I understand that Rio is in the tropics as well but that does not mean it does not get cool. If you check out the hotels in Rio, you will find that they have blankets. I remember wearing a jacket while being in Rio. In the State of Sao Paulo, they have snow there.

    October 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  114. annie dieckbrader

    No Olympics in Chicago,are we surprised? After all the crazy stuff the International community has been privy to on the news and TV lately going on in America. Did we really thing we'd be rewarded by the IOC granting us the Olympics in Chicago? After raucous Tea Parties defaming our president with posters depicting him in Nazi mustache, African Zulu warrior garb w/ sickle & swastika, a website asking people to vote on whether or not Obama should be killed for god sake and over 800 people voted before it was shut down! Then let's not forget all the gang violence in Chicago culminating in the beating death of a teenage boy while people stood watching, videoing w/ their cell phones yet no one called the police. I think this was a huge international hand slapping, big time, telling America to clean up their act.

    October 2, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  115. Joey

    a little late to the talk. the american bias was obvious today. guess it’s just an oddity that today was declared a holiday in RIO and 100k plus people just happen to showed up on the same beach. the IOC should be ashamed. it makes me angry our President got caught up in the politics as usual with the IOC. this may be a good opportunity for some folks, to wake up and smell the coffee.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  116. Donna Sandin

    As someone who lived several years in Brazil (while avoiding Rio) and still has a lot of contact with events in that country, I was happy to see the award go to Brazil. It's a great country and welcoming to tourists – with lots to see in every part, but Rio is in an exception to that statement.

    Perhaps this award will force the state of Rio de Janeiro to clean up its act. Crime is worse than in many cities of the world. Drug lords control whole neighborhoods – even if in jail, they're equipped with cellphones. The government of the state is in bad shape in terms of corruption. However I'm sure they can count on the federal government of Brazil to insist on the changes that are needed.

    Go Brazil!

    October 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  117. Tan

    Joey,

    Are you stating that the President of Brasil declared yesterday a holiday? I am hoping I understand your post correctly.

    October 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  118. roystin mallet

    Why did Obama win the Nobel prize for peace?

    Perhaps the Swedish committee felt bad for all the criticism Obama received in Chicago's losing bid for the 2016 Olympics, just to make it clear to Americans that Obama has not lost his lustre with the International Community, that that loss was not a reflection of Obama or Chicago but of the United States in general.

    Perhaps also it is to commemorate his winning of the Presidency, and the peaceful revolution it took to push him into office over the efforts of the republican party. American citizens waited from 5 to over 8 hours in line last year to ensure their votes were counted correctly, which was possible now that their electronic voting boxes by law must have paper receipts, people could see how their votes were being switched from democrat to republican and demanded to recast their ballots, which is why it took so long.

    Up until the very last minute republicans were claiming they did not trust the opinion polls or the exit polls and they thought there would probably be a last minute surprise, McCain truly thought the republicans were going to steel another election. They didn't count on the determination of the American public not to allow the republicans to steel a third election, as most people know that Bush did not rightfully win either of his two elections, with hanging chads and illegally discounted overseas votes in Florida in 2000; and then in 2004 the disputed results in Ohio due to a lack of paper trail and faulty electronic voting boxes.

    2008 was a Second American Revolution, and the Nobel committee is justly Honouring that victory, thanking not only Obama , but all the Americans who waited 5 to over 8 eight hours in line to ensure their ballots were cast correctly to save the world from a third republican administration.

    Congratulations to Obama and the Nobel Prize Committee for recognising Him!

    We'll never know how much worse the world would be under a third Republican administration, but we can well imagine how much more war and engineered calamity there would be under the rule of proponents of Shock Doctrine / Disaster Capitalism.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  119. dartcanyon

    If false reports about jobs getting better and unemployment claims getting better then maybe the Senate would be more inclined to pass a vote on an extension. Of course figures look better because more and more people every day are dropping off the roles and won't show up anywhere. Once we are off the unemployment checks list no one knows nor gives a hoot where we are nor how bad off we are. I am all for the $250 check for all us Seniors but I truly think that could have waited until unemployment is settled even if it is temporary. Take ALL the bonus money from AIG and that would help pay for the new unemployment extensions. The old saying is "Money talks and BS walks". Gov. is a true example of this. Less talk and more action but that has never been the way.

    October 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  120. dartcanyon

    OOOOPPPPS! Should be " If false reports about jobs getting better and unemployment claims getting better would stop.....

    October 15, 2009 at 1:13 pm |