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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 07:30 AM
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8. Boooosh & The USOC...
In the Q & A, a delegate from an Arabic country asked President Obama about specific the problems many foreigners have in obtaining Visas and then getting harassed by customs and TSA when trying to enter the country. Just the other day there was "breaking news" about a plane that was diverted at LAX when a passenger got out of hand. The fact he spoke Arabic made this a big deal. Travelling is bad enough for American citizens domestically.

President Obama either ignored the real question or muffed it by talking about security of the Games, not the matter of profiling and other regressive hoops many foreigners (especially those with brown skin) deal with in getting into this country. No doubt memories of the boooosh regime had a factor here as this country lost so much respect around the world with his "cowboy" diplomacy. I'm sure it didn't help with he showed up and made a fool of himself at last year's Olympics. President Obama was called in as a Hail Mary.

The other factor was anger with the USOC, who like booosh, decided to go their own way and do their own thing. What appears to have been one of the major deal killers was the USOC's plan to set up its own cable channel without IOC blessing.

While many want to look at the President's involvement as having an effect here, many analyists here in Chicago believe the deal was sealed long ago. Rio worked the inside game and had history and geography on their side. But in our 24/7 cable teevee world, any political football that can get kicked the better.
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  -Did lingering resentment for Bush fuel the Chicago Olympics loss? DailyGrind51  Oct-03-09 07:12 AM   #0 
  - It didn't help . . . . .  no_hypocrisy   Oct-03-09 07:13 AM   #1 
  - Wow ,It never even dawned on me ,I forgot we're still apprehensive  orpupilofnature57   Oct-03-09 07:17 AM   #2 
  - Just think of the U.S. under "W" as an abusive husband and the U.S. under Obama in anger management  DailyGrind51   Oct-03-09 07:25 AM   #5 
     - Good one!!  orpupilofnature57   Oct-03-09 07:29 AM   #7 
  - "Smirk." - xCommander AWOL (R)  SpiralHawk   Oct-03-09 07:18 AM   #3 
  - It definitely played a role,  iceman66   Oct-03-09 07:23 AM   #4 
  - IMO, the OBVIOUS hatred of black people, foreigners, non- "christians"  old mark   Oct-03-09 07:28 AM   #6 
  - Boooosh & The USOC...  KharmaTrain   Oct-03-09 07:30 AM   #8 
  - Those "analysts here in Chicago" were good at keeping it a secret up to now!  DailyGrind51   Oct-03-09 07:42 AM   #11 
     - It Really Wasn't A Secret...  KharmaTrain   Oct-03-09 07:49 AM   #14 
  - The Olympics had never been held anywhere on the entire continent of South America.  Demit   Oct-03-09 07:31 AM   #9 
  - Without "sour grapes", where would we get vinegar?  DailyGrind51   Oct-03-09 07:43 AM   #12 
  - Mmmmm .... No,  Stevenmarc   Oct-03-09 07:38 AM   #10 
  - South America is entitled to the spot-light, since it has been living under "our" bushell.  DailyGrind51   Oct-03-09 07:47 AM   #13 
     - Interesting response  Stevenmarc   Oct-03-09 08:42 AM   #18 
  - That is one factor  malaise   Oct-03-09 07:55 AM   #15 
  - Resentment of Fortress America cost Chicago the olympics  Sen. Walter Sobchak   Oct-03-09 08:09 AM   #16 
  - When I first learned we lost I said to my husband, this had nothing to  southernyankeebelle   Oct-03-09 08:19 AM   #17 
  - So what explains Madrid and Tokyo losing, too?  frazzled   Oct-03-09 08:45 AM   #19 
  - Good post except for that amateur sport part  malaise   Oct-03-09 08:51 AM   #20 
  - no- it explains chicago being ousted on the first vote.  dysfunctional press   Oct-03-09 09:31 AM   #24 
  - I doubt it. I just think they wanted to give it to a country and region that  Kahuna   Oct-03-09 08:59 AM   #21 
  - I'm sure it didn't help, but  northernlights   Oct-03-09 09:08 AM   #22 
  - We have been the world's bully.  coffeenap   Oct-03-09 09:23 AM   #23 
  - 'cuz golly, our years of torture and war on false pretenses have been over for 8 months already.  Overseas   Oct-03-09 09:58 AM   #25 

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