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October 2nd, 2009
08:39 AM ET

Which City Will Win?

A lot of people think Chicago is leading the pack as the host city for the 2016 Olympic Games. We're going to get the official announcement about the winning city, in the 12p hour.

Chicago's in the running with Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid. We want to hear from you.

Which city do you think should host the games and why? Go to my blog at CNN.com/heidi and share your thoughts. We’ll read some of your answers on CNN Newsroom at 9am and 10am.


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  1. Shanta Lowery

    I think and hope that Chicago will win!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  2. anisa

    Since Brazil is hosting the World Cup in 2014 it makes sense to host the Games in Brazil.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  3. Liberal4Obama

    Unlike the GOP who is rooting for Rio, Tokyo and / or Madrid I would like Chicago to win, the Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world and there is no place like America to host them.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  4. Anne Decker

    I've been to the Oly's in Atlanta, Sydney & SLC...Chicago would be hotter than hell for one thing. Most people living in Chi-town won't be able to afford tix so they will just suffer the security measures WHICH will even slow down the Airport. BAD BAD IDEA.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  5. Lauren

    Chicago should win. Chicago is a world class city which is dedicated to hosting the best Olympics yet.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  6. Robert

    I vote for Rio de Janeiro, always wanted to go there.

    Looking beautiful today Heidi

    October 2, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  7. Rajesh Khullar

    Heidi,

    Chicago for a long time has been centrally located and is home to the world's busiest airport O Haire. Why then can it not host the olympic games. It is a cheaper city then NY or LA where if the olympics were in those cities there would be a break even. The real thing not discussed even by Ali is if Chicago were to have it it may be a 4 billion dollar cost but maybe a 7 billiion dollar return occurs and the city changes for the better worldwide for ever.

    It stands to reason, Chicago is still a central hub as 8 or 9 years ago Boeing Corporation chose it over Dallas as its new Corporate International Headquarters. So while cost of living is cheaper in DFW area because of Chicago's central location it won that company. Therefore, it stands to reason that because of its central location and that the United States always gets the Olympics at least once every 20 years that Chicago would be the perfect American city for the games.

    Sincerely,
    Rajesh Khullar

    October 2, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  8. Sharna Sugarman-Kingston, ON, Canada

    The 2010 Olympic Games will being in less than 5 months in Vancouver, BC. I can tell you that Vancouver and the rest of Canada are waiting in anticipation to welcome the world to our West Coast.
    i hope Chicago wins the 2016 games, but I think Rio will win as it would be the first South American city to host the games. Good luck to all and see you in Vancouver, eh!

    October 2, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  9. adam

    I think 510 murders last year in Chicago, leading the country, is a disgrace and the video showing the most recent, a student killed by a gang near school, should disqualify them, period.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  10. Juan from IL

    Chicago for sure!!! Do you really think image conscious people like President Obama, Michelle Obama and Oprah would go all the way to Denmark without a guarantee of a win for Chicago. I don't think so. It's been a done deal for awhile Heidi!! Welcome to Chicago 2016 Olympics!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  11. Allen

    I hope Chicago wins the bid, I live in Lansing Michigan and its within driving distance for me to attend but with all the international athletes and media, how easy would it be for just one person who wanted to do great harm to the U.S. slip through the cracks. Thats my biggest concern.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  12. John

    Yes of course Chicago should win! Chicago is a microcosim of the world and celebrates diversity. Also, comments by Ali need to be more educated. Money raised for bid until now have been ALL private dollars, not city dollars. This means $ cannot be spent on city improvements. City improvements (Police Force, ect) come from city tax revenues. But if the games come to Chicago tourism revenue will increase significantly reducing the risk for Chicagoans to foot the bill. Also the Government will assist in Capital improvements to existing structures ie Rail lines, bus lines. And legacy projects like World Sport Chicago will continue (despite the games) to do what the Olympic movement mandates, "use excess revenues to support youth sport." But the number reason that Chicago should win is because it has the best Pizza and Hot Dogs in the world!!! Go Chicago!!

    October 2, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  13. Thales F.

    Hello Heidi, in my opinion Rio de Janeiro should be the host of the Olympics Games in 2016. Rio has a better chance; mostly because the games never happened in the city. They are well prepared, and deposit lot of effort into that dream of theirs. Chicago is an amazing city, but Rio has its charm and its natural beauty is marvelous. What I notice, is that Brazil is putting a country effort, they began this campaign months ago, if not years. In the other hand, President Obama only manifests his support around two or three months ago. Another unpleasant point for USA: not all the Chicagoans want the games to be held on Chicago. I think is time for change and the world should give Brazil an opportunity to show what they have.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  14. Carter Lee

    It should be noted that Chicago is the sight of the only terrorist attack on US soil since Sept. 11 ,2001. On April 1, 2003 Chicago's downtown airport , Meig's Field , was covertly destroyed in a midnight raid undermining the infrastructure of the US. FAA has condemned this action as illegal but it's perpetrator is still at large.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  15. Henrique

    United States – 4 times (North America – 6 times)
    Spain – Once (Europe – 16 times)
    Japan – Once (Asia – 3 times)
    Brazil – Never hosted (South America – Never Hosted)

    In my opinion, the Olympic Games need something new. So I think Rio should get. All other countries had their chance.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  16. Julie Pavelich

    Heidi,
    Gustavus is in St. Peter, NOT St. Cloud... Very different places.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  17. Nicholas

    I think Chicago should win it would be great for the states.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  18. Heather in Columbus, OH

    I certainly hope Chicago will win. It'll be a good boost for the city especially since they have a good plan of land usage (pros and cons with the park itself), but also with the Olympic village. It will also be nice to see the U.S. cast in a positive light after so many countries have viewed us in a negative light for so long because of the two wars in which we're currently involved.

    Chicago has the venues and is big enough to handle the amount of people that would visit for such an event. I wish them all the luck and sure hope they win! Thanks!

    October 2, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  19. Landry R.

    It would be great for the city of Chicago to host the games. Not only would there be an economic benefit because of all the people coming to the city for the games, but many jobs will be created for preparing the city. President Obama is doing the right thing.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  20. Gil Mobley, MD

    Google "Chicago Bad Cops" and you'll understand why this city should NOT be the host city for 2016 Olympics. They have a terrible reputation and THIS is what we want to show the world?!

    October 2, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  21. Big Jon

    I think Madrid is the best choice. Who wants to be in Chicago in the summer.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  22. Joey

    Chicago's budget defecit – $220 million
    Rio's budget defecit – 0
    Only industrialized country in the world to NOT go in a recession over the past year – Brasil

    The ONLY reason the IOC is even considering Chicago is because THEY get more money from sponsorships if the games are held in the United States. The games could be held in Boise, Idaho for all the IOC cares, as long as they're in America...that's all they care. They don't care about Chicago. The US has held the Olympics twice in the past 15 years, South America has never hosted them...in over 100 years. Chicago has no business hosting the games. The city and this entire country have way bigger problems to worry about. Brasil is projected to be the 5th biggest economy in the world by 2016, they are way more deserving. With a city three times the size of Chicago of course there is going to be crime and dangerous areas. Except for the fact that Rio's murder rate has dropped 30% the past five years and drastically from 38 to 33 per 100,000 this year and Chicago's is slowly creeping upward each year and this year went from 14 to 16. And you have to look at the Athens games when considering something like this. They have to choose a city that is ready today, and with Brasil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup they will undoubtedly be ready.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  23. Bill Rosen

    Being a Chicagoan born and raised there until 1987 when I moved to Minneapolis. I always thought Chicago would be the ideal city to host the olympics, that is until this years crime figures started getting out! The host city of the olympics should have a lot to show off and brag about as it represents our country to the rest of the world! With that being the case I'd think Chicago with its out of control killing sprees lately should no longer be considered until they can find a way to make the city safe for tourists and residents alike!

    October 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  24. Paul

    Chicago is a great city. It is an international city. I say "Go Chicago!" USA Olympics!

    October 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  25. Warren

    I think it would be an excellent idea if the Olympics were to come to Chicago. President Obama is smart ! He knows it will provide jobs for people and allow the manufacturing sector to attain some economic growth where it is much needed

    October 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  26. Dianne

    I hope Rio is awarded the games. They are already prepared to the extent that they host World Cup-class soccer (huge crowds) and Carnival (huger crowds). Besides, I am still embarrassed as an American by the fiasco that was Atlanta!

    October 2, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  27. norman hart

    hi heidi
    i am against chicago getting the 2016 olympics. there are many crooks in chicago and too many conspiracys, starting with barack hussein, the mayor and on down.
    japan is the most logical country to host the 2016 olympics.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  28. Mike Armstrong TX.

    I would like to see the games in America but not in Chicago every ones making a big huray about Opra but dont foreget she favord Africa over Chicago to open her all girls school because and I quote her words Chicago dont deserve my new school .

    October 2, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  29. Liz Michael (Elfrida, Arizona)

    I hope Madrid will win because it's the safest city and the cheapest. Rio probably will win because they want to go to South America, and let's face it, where would most of YOU all want to vacation, Rio or Chicago? I'm sorry, Chicago is one of the armpit cities of this country. You might as well hold them in Detroit. Of places you could hold the Olympics in the country, I can think of so many great cities: San Francisco Bay area, Seattle, New York. But Chicago? Come on, people. Get real. Who the hell wants to go to Chicago?

    October 2, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  30. Scott Crest

    No. Chicago is a cesspool of crime and anarchist / Democrat politics. Tourists will be murdered and it will make America look terrible. But if Chicago gets it it will be Obama's one success this year.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  31. Jeff S

    I have mixed feelings on this subject. On the one hand I really want to see an American city with the Games. However, I think Rio would handle the Games better and just all around be a better pick.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  32. Robert

    I think Chicago is the best city to have the Olympics in. I just hope they can one day add horse racing as a sport, it's wonderful to see a good horse race. Also, I believe the one where the horses jump over fences, and do all sorts of amazing feets under the guidence of a sure handed rider/jockey is amazing. I think it's called Equestrian or something,maybe Heidi or someone who runs the blog can correct me if I'm wrong.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  33. Brad Torppey

    I'm struck by the parallels between President Obama's campaign and what the Olympic movement represents. The chance to welcome the world to Chicago in the spirit of peaceful competition is about something so much greater than sports. I might be a bit naive, but I think this is an opportunity to mend relations with other countries–perhaps more effectively than any diplomacy.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  34. ken

    Rio will win. Chicago has nothing to offer other than michele and barrack.
    Rio is offering to spend 13 billion but chicago is only willing to spend 3 billion all of which will be borrowed . We are 60 trillion in debt and yet obama said quote having the olympics in chicago is the most important thing we can do. Where are his priorities. We are building billion dollar coliseums like dallas stadium, yankee stadium and now chicago olympic stadium just like the roman empire did before they fell.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  35. Nescafe in NC

    "BRING IT ON!!!" Yes the Olympics would be a great accomplishment for Chicago. It would be good to remember that great city for something other than Dillinger, the Mob, Blago and major crime. Chicago, home of the 2016 Olympics. Yeah, that sounds good.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  36. Beverly Tabb

    Hello, Heidi

    Chicago is truly my kind of town and I really hope they are able to host the Olympic Games. I realize Chicago is having a problem with crime and corruption, but it's not all of the city. Chicago is a great place to be and has a lot to offer especially in the spring and summer months.
    My vote is for Chicago.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  37. provibe

    To validate Carter Lee's comment, that perpetrator would be Mayor Daley. His excuse was that he wanted to improve the security of Chicago by eliminating an airport near downtown Chicago. However, by eliminating that control tower, he opened a vector for terrorist attack from Lake Michigan. When the damage was done, Governor Blagojevich supported Mayor Daley's actions.

    The Olympics should not be given to one of the most corrupt mayor's in the country.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  38. marco

    brazil has a better perspective for the games since it's a bigger and more colorful city

    October 2, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  39. jimbo in Palm Harbor FL

    The positives include the number of new jobs that will be generated by holding the Olympics in and around Chicago.
    The negatives include dealing with the thieves that comprise the International Olympic Committee(IOC)...see "The Lords of the Rings" for the explanation and the U.S. Olympic Committee(USOC).
    Residents within a 50-mile radius of the Windy City should expect traffic delays and much frustration while the area prepares for the Olympic circus.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  40. Francis

    Chicago is not a good choice for the athletes. The summer weather in Chicago is very unpredictable. For outdoor events, this will negatively impact athletic performance.

    As an example, the Chicago Marathon has taken place in weather extremes, from a start with the temperature in the 30's to a recent marathon that had to be halted due to extreme heat and humidity.

    In the bids for the Summer Olympics, there does not seem to be any concern about the well-being of the true stars – the athletes.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  41. Eric Fizer Rodham

    I think its fair enough for Rio to get it.
    I have been to Brazil several times, and its a great country, not as weak as most american think. Theres everything available over there in terms of technology and the people are really friedly. We have hosted lots of Olympics game, and its all about interation, i would choose Rio de Janeiro.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  42. Mike Armstrong TX.

    I voted for Reo yesterday because like Opra i dont think Chicago deserves it until they clean up there act dont forget where Opra put her school and the reason why.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  43. Dan

    Well, if you go to Tokyo to see your children, you may be arrested. If you are a teenage boy in Chicago that rejects joining a gang, you may get beaten to death. I vote for either Madrid, or more importantly, Rio De Janero, as the games have never been hosted there.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  44. David

    Good Morning Heidi,

    I think Rio might get it because they've never hosted an olympics before and the overwhelming enthusiam of the people there for the 2016 olympics, but I was impressed with what I saw coming out of Chicago as far as planning.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  45. NH

    Very glad Chicago out of running!
    Not a good choice, in my opinion!

    October 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  46. Kristi

    I dont understand how there can be so much energy being used to get the olympics to chicago.How are you going to provide security you cant even keep our children safe . I think everyone should spend more time & energy to provide safe neighborhoods and security to the families that live in chicago

    October 2, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  47. aaron

    Chicago is now out of the running for the games i am happy chicago lost in the first round america has the games like 4 times let someone else get the games hopefully madrid gets the games how can people be shocked that chicago lost they did not deserve the games madrid will host a beautiful games

    October 2, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  48. Randy, Woodstock

    Noboby is talking about this and the question needs to asked. Just maybe the vote elimination has more to do with the , view of our country by others in the world after the previous years of Guantonamo, Rendition, and Torture. It may just show how much work we need to do to get our repuation back with other countries.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  49. Eric Williams

    I blame the video of the boy beaten to death being heavily replayed as the cause of the early elimination

    October 2, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  50. mike sey

    Come off it, Tony: The only thing inconceivable and Monstrous about the IOC decision is the assumption that America should never lose badly; America has had the Olympics before ; South America never has; And there are a lot of great cities more than capable of hosting the Games and the world has changed.

    Not every venture the US backs is a god-given "slam dunk", and on the periphery could be the lasting bad taste left by eight years of Bush , two wars, and a Wall Street inspired global recession. Maybe a few months of Obama mouth wash just wasn't enough .

    So lets not turn this into an international slap-in -the-face. Go back to covering Chicago's violence in the streets, and get over it.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  51. Ryan-Andrew - San Antonio, TX

    I'm glad that Chicago didn't get past the first round. That city needs to, rather SHOULD OF, spent that money it spent on trying to get the Olympics in the first place on providing better saftey for its schools and the kids that go to them. Im pretty sure seeing that video of the poor kid get beat up in such a brutal and savage way didn't play on their mind? And how much money did we as a nation spend in sending Obama and Mrs. Obama to lobby for Chicago? He wont sign on to a health care bill that adds to the defictes but its sure okay to spend money to fly, transport, personnal & other resources to support their visit to Denmark? And while he is out repaying political favors, people are going bankrupt from their medical billsm, dying in hospitals because they have no way to pay for their medical care, and our troops still await him to make a descision in reguards to Afganistan. Mr. President, start acting like a president... get back home, put your democrats in line, give us a public health care option and listen to your generals on the ground and give them the extra support they need now! As a proud Democrat that believes you have a chance to make real change and a real difference (and btw, that didnt vote for you), don't lose the chance infront of you. No one more than myself wants to see our troops come home but so long as they are on the ground give them everything they neeed or bring them home.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  52. Vicki

    I think the IOC had already made their decision BEFORE the Chicago gang arrived. The answer came too quickly! I don't think they had a discussion. Everyone did their best but I don't think God himself could have changed their minds. I think it was a bad decision on the IOC's part...but it is what it is now.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  53. susan

    as a resident of downtown Chicago....Yeah we Won...the olympics are Not coming...I hope the poor south side residents who would have been displaced, most inconvenienced and could least afford it are also relieved.....Michelle Obama proves how clueless she is.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  54. 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 12:13 pm |
  55. Mike Pilecki

    I pick RIO

    The 2012 games are in London. It should not go to Europe sgsin so soon, should it???

    I vote for Rio!

    South America has NEVER hosted the games.
    We will soon know!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  56. Jason Channing

    Tony:

    There was never a chance of us getting the Olympics.

    Why?

    Because every delegate with a vote lives in a country that has been severely damaged in the last year by American greed, excess and deceit.

    This probably will not be the last time we will be punished in the next several decades.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  57. Andrew

    Now maybe the children can see how the world feels about killings of innocent people. It trips me out of how everyone can't understand what was estate because of the murder of the child with a honor roll grade point. It's not that crime hasn't happened before, It's that it happened when the light was shinning bright and all could see. Please Please Please do something to help people in America to understand that such crimes that was mentioned in this message will not be welcomed in this world. We lost this vote to host the Olympic Bid because of the parents of the children that call themselfs gangs of colors etc. Who among us wants to go where we feel we'll be killed if we don't join a gang or be robbed etc. This has also damaged our President, it would have been nice to have this happened during his watch. The money to host this event is not a question, This is America we can do it as a nation that stands together but as a gang we will loose more then this vote as we lost a special child from Chicargo IL.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  58. Bart Cassel

    It has probably been said before, but why would the IOC want to bring its athletes to a city that murders its honor students?

    October 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  59. John Hart Sr.

    Rio is the best bet to benefit as hosts for the 2016 Olympics.
    We all have great respect for the President of the Unites States, but just because he is president, that does not mean Chicago should be the winner, in fact of all in the runnings Chicago is the worse.
    Rio has the largest getto in the world.
    Rio would benefit best because it would help to create some type of an economy even if it for a short duration.
    I support the committe's decision.
    I am an American but fair is fair.

    John

    October 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  60. patricia from new york

    I don't see why chicago should be surprized about losing in the frist round, not due to the presidents bid, but by the actions of the town itself and its people all over the news about the teen beating and murder rates there.
    if the oylimpic came to chicago i wouldn't waste my money going in fear of the outrageous violence that is in chicago.

    you need to get a grip on the city and people before you bid on anything
    for shame on the young people of chicago for not speaking out against or help police with that crime and other crimes
    and for the older peole who have lost control of their kids shame on you too
    sincerely a dis-hearted parent

    October 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  61. Sharon D.

    Why would anyone choose to come to a city like Chicago for any event, much less the Olympics, when the crime rate is such that innocent people in attendance could be confronted, mugged or even killed simply by being there !!! It boggles my mind why we would think we have been slighted when Chicago is known for the violence in it's own streets and the lack of ability or intent to even control it.
    It is no different than going to another country where the opportunity for serious injury to one's person is probably no more likely than it would be in Chicago.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  62. Jim Treadway

    To suggest that the recent brutal killing of the honor student might have had something to do with the elimination of Chicago in the Olympic bid is a bit far-fetched in view of the 5,000 murders that take place annually in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Check out this week's New Yorker article by John Anderson.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  63. John Cassidy

    What is the deal with CNN-Kyra Phillips–beating up on Chicago? I have visited seven large cities in the U.S. the past month and in each city there has been a terrible incident involving the death of a teenager. Some as horrific as the beating in Chicago, some by a simple bullet to the head–what's the difference in terms of trajedy? I am curious why CNN continues to make Chicago sound like it is any more dangerous than the placs I have visited...NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, LA, Houston, Phoenix, and Miami. Read the papers CNN and understand this a national disgrace and not just in Chicago.

    John a Resident of Indianapolis where we have similar challenges.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  64. Andre

    Interview with William Rathburn, security specialist.

    This person should get his facts correct. Greece is not a developing country and they put on one of the best Games ever in 2004.

    Brazil is the 8th largest economy of the world (GDP 2008). It is a strong emerging country. Yes it has poverty issues and crime issues but so does the USA – look at murders each year, the per capita incacerations, child poverty, etc.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  65. Jill

    Friday, 10/2/2009 – My comment about today's news that Chicago not only lost the bid to hist the 2016 olympics, but was eliminated in the first round. Why are all of the news outlets surprised and trying to figure out what went wrong... asking how how could the President, the first lady, Oprah, Michael Jordan and others not be able to persuade the Committee? Well, to me, everyone seems to be missing the obvious... With all of the recent negative publicity about violent crime in the windy city (especially the most recent killing of that 16 yr old by a group of young men swinging 2x4s which has been shown daily since it happened), and many other high profile violent crimes, why would the world nations want to come to a city dealing with a shortage of police and no shortage of crime? I think that we here in the U.S. have become so desensitized to stories about violent crime, we can't even realize their impact anymore. There is also a sense of arrogance to go along with our ignorance. We act like – so what Chicago has a recent increase in violent crime and that Chicago politics has a bad reputation... You (the world) are supposed to overlook all of that and let us host the Olympics because we are entitled- especially if President Obama expresses deep passion in his plea to the Committee. If we looked at it from a perspective of someone who has never been here before, but get their perspective of Chicago only from news media, then we might begin to understand "Why Chicago was eliminated in the first round".

    October 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  66. Pollremon

    I think Rio WON !!! YEAH !!!! ME, ME, ME, I,I,I, PRESENTATIONS DON'T WORK !!! "Show me the money" !!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  67. Patricia Cochran

    I'm sorry to say that I never felt that Chicago would win their bid for the
    2016 Olympics. My reason is very simple: SAFETY! If I as an American
    do not wish to visit Chicago because I feel it is unsafe, how can the world be expected to flock here for the Olympics? It was the video that
    was plastered all over TV the past few days which sealed the deal!
    I'm not saying my city is that safe, I just feel our officials are doing a
    better job of "looking after" us.

    Patricia Cochran

    October 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  68. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    Wow, this posting has taken a long time to be taken away by CNN. Why keep dragging the same topics. The announcement is done and Brazil won. The only ones who can explain the reasons are the person who voted. Why drag ourselves down?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  69. Bett y.Phillips

    Thank goodness the Olympics is not in Chicago, too much corruption for fellow Americans to feel safe.
    why in Gods name did they think Michelle Obama could speak for Illinois, she is only good at showing her hostility for being an American. I find her unbearable, she is a disgrace at being a first lady-what a joke!!!!.All you people in Rio have fun and remember there are so many Americans are very happy for Rio. Betty

    October 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  70. David

    I think it was good for President Obama and other heads of state to put so much into the Olympic bids for the 2016 summer olympics. I love the Olympics, they are sport at it's most enjoyable, friendly, and most competitive, something the whole world appreciates. I was impressed with the video presentations of all four cities. Tokyo highlighted its beautiful skyline and vibrant cosmopolitan standing. Madrid's presentation was elegantly artistic from the shots of paintings and sculptures to how the the shots of daily life around Madrid were framed. Rio showed it's spectacular scenery from its breathtaking mountains (reminds me, an awesome shot of Mt. Fuji in Tokyo's presentation) to its lovely and inviting beaches. That just touches on some of the high points of each presentation, but I wanted to say, that the video presentation for Chicago that begins and ends with the sound of an electric guitar being plugged in and turned on and then unplugged,with all the accompanying feedback sounds was perfect, with a theme of sports and laid back recreation running through it, just a perfect video of Chicago at it's best.

    I know it's more than the video presentations that move the voting, but I thought it would be important to note what each city brought to the table in the way of overall view.

    October 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  71. jake

    hey chicago sdidnt get it this time its ok we r going for 2020

    October 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  72. Antoinette

    I don't understand why the Republicans feel like losing the Olympic bid is going to be detrimental to Obama's political career. Who do the Republicans think they are dealing with? We are AMERICANS! We could care less if we lost! How shallow do you think the people of the United States are?

    It means alot that he even went over and lobbied for this global event. The Olympics are major. Although the cost would be big, the rewards would be even greater...not to mention the addition of a ton of construction jobs in Chicago and a boost to our struggling economy.

    I say "Thank you" to President Obama for going overseas to let the world know how much he cares about not only Chicago, but the entire country. After all, how often does a President go overseas with the hope of bring something POSITIVE to us? It's about time we went overseas to do something other than piss people off.

    Antoinette

    October 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  73. john

    Obama himself caused the IOC not to choose Chicago. Who in their right mind would award the games to a country whose president does nothing but apologizes for their actions. Maybe when Obama decides he is proud of his country the rest of the world will be also. I think Michelle finally is she even made that comment .

    October 3, 2009 at 2:13 am |
  74. christa

    Our president has more important issues to do, then trying to get the Olympics to Chicago. One off the most violent cities in the USA. He should think about the money it would have cost. This money should have been more moneys for the unemployed. Do you really thought that the USA really should have gotten it. We are not very liked at the moment, because of the war we started and still fighting. I was in Europe for 5 weeks, they like our president, but not what we did to Iraq.They want it to stop, even our so called friend England. Soldiers still die and we do not give the time of day. They deserve more, we should be proud of the Heroes we have over there. Afghanistan should have been our priority, not Iraq.

    October 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  75. susan

    is anyone surprised? who wants to be killed by a feral mob of armed youth?

    aside from the above, i'd like to say that sometimes one has to moderate one's exposure. this was a job for the first lady – not the president.

    before the actual day of the president's speech – did anyone know that chicago was actually bidding for the olympics? i didnt!

    October 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  76. Larry

    First bit was Black in America, next Latino in America, whats next Muslin or native american? When is white in an america hung up on minorities going to air

    October 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
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