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Chicago’s Olympic Escape

The city should be grateful that it didn’t get the 2016 summer games.

When Chicago bid in 2009 to host this year’s summer Olympics, President Obama supported the effort and dismissed critics. “I mean, who’s against the Olympics?” he asked. As it turned out, plenty of people were—including, ultimately, the International Olympic Committee—and nearly seven years later, Chicagoans should be glad about it. While the games that start this week in Rio de Janeiro are already turning out to be a financial and public relations calamity for the Brazilian city, Chicago’s own woes have multiplied since 2009. The Olympics would have been an unimaginable burden to the hard-pressed Windy City.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I don’t like the Olympics.
    I think we already know how much higher faster and stronger people can be.

  • Frances

    Actually – think about it – Chicago building all the Olympic infrastructure and then “Black Lives Matter” arrive before Obama can declare the Games open. Though, I wonder, would the organizers have the O and his spouse “parachute” into the opening ceremonies as the Queen did?

  • Brett_McS

    Yet another entry for Obama’s list of achievements. That legacy is looking awfully shiny!

  • simus1

    The Olympics are the mother lode for corrupt politicians and their rent seeking buddies.
    They should be permanently based in Greece.

  • Blacksmith

    Not sure it would have been any less violent or cleaner in Shitcongo.