If the International Olympics Committee chooses Chicago as the host city for the 2012 Olympics, the Olympics will die. Sorry sports fans.
Obama’s Chicago Circus of Corruption will so expose the worse of the city and of the International Olympics Committee’s machinations, the death of the Olympics will be assured. Not that there is much future for the Olympics anyway.
Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara yesterday said the 2016 Olympics might be the last Olympics. He is right, but for the wrong reasons.
Ishihara blames global warming. But the Olympics are already an anachronism comparable to the now ignored World’s Fair excesses. Does anyone care or is anyone even aware that the World Fair nonsense continues? Paris in 1889 gave the world the Eiffel Tower built for the Exposition Universelle. Brussels in 1958 erected the Atomium. The Seattle Space Needle rose in 1962. The Unisphere in New York City gleamed forth in 1964.
But in a world in which every day we each hold our own world’s fair via the Internet and in which world wide travel is open to most citizens of the world, the artificial setting of a world’s fair is a relic that can easily be put to rest.
For the curious, China’s Shanghai will host the 2010 Fair, South Korea’s Yeosu the 2012 Fair and Milan, Italy will host the 2015 Fair. Obviously someone somewhere thinks these fairs are of some use, but they are not the massive world wide phenomena we now associate with the World Cup of Soccer or the Olympics as we have known them.
The Olympics, like World’s Fairs, are headed to obscurity now that athletes are able to compete anywhere, anytime. It is possible that the Olympics will split up and various sports figures will gather periodically in various cities to compete.
But the notion that massive sports competitions do anything but foster nationalism and division (long gone too is the notion that while the games were in session nations would cease warfare), corruption and financial waste and ruin, and nasty jockeying for position based on reasons distant from the athletic spirit is a difficult notion to defend The view that the real motivations of the International Olympics Committee is promotion of athleticism is not congruent with reality.
If Chicago is chosen as the victim city in 2012 the corruption and crookedness in Obama’s Chicago will finish off the Olympics there and then. Chicago will be the Olympic Tombstone.
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The Olympics might also be a lens for Americans to see Obama as the cesspool lily he is.
President Barack Obama’s hometown allies have brought Chicago to the brink of landing the 2016 Olympic Games, but after Obama makes the city’s case before the International Olympic Committee Friday morning in Copenhagen, the president’s own legacy will become inextricably intertwined with the fate of Chicago’s bid.
History has shown that’s not always a good thing.
Much has been made of the potential international embarrassment and Republican attacks Obama might endure if the IOC rejects his pitch. Any such backlash would very likely have limited shelf life, but a successful outcome in Copenhagen could arm opponents with ammunition for more than six years, particularly if preparations for the Chicago Games were beset by the delays, cost overruns and controversies that have plagued Olympics past.
It is amazing to us that Politico is finally waking up to the “allegations” of the Corrupt Circus which is Obama’s Chicago:
Add the reputation for political corruption in Chicago and Illinois, and you’ve got the basis for a joke making the rounds in Copenhagen, where the IOC also will vote on whether to include rugby and golf in the 2016 Olympics.
“If they’re going to add a new sport for the Chicago Olympics, corruption would be a great one — they’re really good at that,” said David Wallechinsky, vice president of the International Society of Olympic Historians, which is meeting in Copenhagen.
That fun loving truth teller, Wallechinsky, thinks Obama should run from the games if Chicago is chosen as the victim city.
But it would be hard for Obama to do that, even if he had stayed home from Copenhagen, as the White House initially signaled he would, according to Ben Joravsky, a veteran columnist for the liberal newsweekly Chicago Reader. He predicts the Games will shred the city’s parks, drain its tax dollars and become a patronage vehicle for the political machine headed by Chicago Mayor and Obama supporter Richard Daley.
“Obama got out of the swamp. Now why would he want to dive back in?” said Javorsky, who — in a column urging Obama to skip Copenhagen — wrote: “Once you make a grand pitch for Daley’s games, they’ll become your games too. Every scandal, cost overrun, and delay (and you were around this town long enough to know there will be plenty of each) will be laid at your feet by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and all your other haters.”
Javorsky apparently has not studied Obama’s history with Rezko and Valerie Jarrett, nor Michelle Obama’s patient dumping hospital past. Obama did not leave the swamp. Obama created news swamps.
Then-Sen. Obama told the buoyant hometown crowd that “in 2016, I’ll be wrapping up my second term as president, so I can’t think of a better way than to be marching into Washington Park alongside Mayor Daley, alongside Rahm Emanuel, alongside Dick Durbin, alongside Valerie Jarrett, as president of the United States and announcing to the world, ‘Let the Games begin!'”
We expect by 2016 Obama will be languishing in obscurity or a jail cell along with Mayor Daley, Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin, and Valerie Jarrett. Let the indictments begin!
Genuine community organizers are against the license to fleece which the International Olympics Committee is asked to grant Obama and Daley:
But Rhoda Whitehorse, a retired public school teacher and 40-year Chicagoan who traveled to Copenhagen with the group No Games Chicago to urge the IOC to reject the city’s bid, said that Obama, Daley, Jarrett and other Olympic backers are underestimating the mounting popular opposition in their hometown to the games.
Pointing to a September Chicago Tribune poll showing 47 percent favoring the bid and 45 percent opposing it (a falloff from a February Tribune poll showing 2-1 support), Whitehorse predicted “a lot of the backlash will hit President Obama. People who were Obama supporters are appalled that he would support Mayor Daley in this.”
Other cities which hosted the Olympics have not fared very well (nor been free of corruption), although the sponsors and those who fleeced the cities with shiny objects and hope drenched dreams came out with bulging pockets full of cash. Greece is an example:
But Greek politicians are still pointing fingers, trying to assign blame for the tens of millions spent since the conclusion of the 2004 Athens Olympics in maintaining vacant and dilapidated facilities that have not been converted to public use as promised before the Games — a not uncommon phenomenon in Olympics host cities.
China’s beautiful recently-built stadium is slated to become a shopping mall.
Hypocrite Obama supporter Bob Herbert of the New York Times attacked Mayor Bloomberg in New York when Bloomberg tried to foist the Olympic deficits on New York City:
“The rascals used to do this sort of thing in back rooms, while worrying about headlines, indictments and handcuffs. Now they’ve figured out how to do it legally,” opined New York Times columnist Bob Herbert a couple of weeks before an obscure state board sunk the stadium plan, essentially bringing the Olympic bid down with it.
Clearly Obama is out to fill the pockets of his Chicago thugs. There is no other logical explanation for the stupidity of the Clown heading to Copenhagen. Even if the “rumors” of Obama taking a detour to Afghanistan or some other destination were true, the Copenhagen trip is nuts.
Why give the IOC the ability to embarrass the United States? Any cost/benefit analysis would show that the limited benefits of gaining the Olympic bid compared to the potential loss of prestige and influence at a time of critical events in health care legislative efforts and Afghanistan and Iran would weigh against a Clowns To Copenhagen program.
Did we mention the cost/benefit analysis of Chicago Corruption exposed?:
Obama’s personal involvement in pushing an American bid is unprecedented for a U.S. president.
In addition to being the first president to personally lobby the IOC, Obama established the first-ever White House Olympics office (tapping Jarrett to head it) and recorded several videos seeking support from IOC subcommittees.
Until joining the Obama administration, Jarrett was both vice chairwoman of Chicago 2016, the $49 million nonprofit enterprise created in 2006 to lead the city’s bid, and CEO of The Habitat Co., a real estate company that is among the bidders to build the 3,500-unit Olympic Village.
Though she sold most of her holdings in Habitat real estate, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said Jarrett “was unable to sell” one real estate holding and a self-insurance interest.
“The holdings have nothing to do with the Olympic bid,” said LaBolt, adding that ethics officials “determined these presented no conflict in performing her duties as a White House adviser.”
But in order to clear Jarrett to head the Olympic office in spite of her unpaid work for Chicago 2016, the White House ethics lawyer granted her a waiver from Obama’s ethics policy barring officials from working on issues affecting previous employers — something Olympic detractors point to as evidence of the threat of Chicago-style pinstripe patronage if the city wins the Games.
Four of the five co-chairs of Obama’s Inaugural committee continue to have unpaid leadership roles in Chicago 2016, including Pat Ryan, the chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016; John Rodgers, the treasurer and director of Chicago 2016; Bill Daley, the former Clinton administration commerce secretary and brother of the Chicago mayor; and Penny Pritzker, the Chicago businesswoman and Hyatt hotel heiress who led Obama’s meteoric presidential campaign fundraising.
Pritzker’s family also owns or manages a handful of hotels singled out by Chicago 2016 as accommodations for Olympic workers, press and family members.
Ryan and Priztker each contributed $100,000 or more to Chicago 2016, as did White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, an Obama family friend, who also served on the Chicago committee. It still counts Obama confidant and vacation companion Eric Whitaker among its members. Jarrett was replaced as vice chair by Martin Nesbitt, the treasurer of Obama’s campaign and another Obama family insider.
ASK Public Strategies, the Chicago-based corporate public relations company founded by Obama political guru David Axelrod and owned and run by some of Obama’s top presidential campaign consultants, was paid “in the tens of thousands” of dollars by Chicago 2016 to do “communication management [and] communication planning,” said former Axelrod partner Eric Sedler, who did not work for the Obama campaign but is in Copenhagen, along with Pritzker and Jarrett.
“ASK has worked on the bid for three years and for two-thirds of that time our work has been pro bono,” said Sedler, who would not speculate on whether the company would be in line for more Olympic work if the IOC picks Chicago.
In an ironic twist, ASK in 2004 helped craft an advertising campaign credited with rallying public opposition to Bloomberg’s stadium plan on behalf of the owners of Madison Square Garden, who feared that the proposed Olympic stadium — which would have been built blocks away — would have cut into their business.
New York State records show that Madison Square Garden paid ASK $1.16 million in 2004 — the biggest lobbying contract of the year in the state.
Though Axelrod participated in ASK’s first meeting with Chicago 2016 and continues to receive buyout payments from selling ASK last year, LaBolt stressed that ASK’s payments to Axelrod aren’t affected by the firm’s revenue. And he asserted “all Americans stand to benefit from a winning bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016, but neither David Axelrod nor Valerie Jarrett has a personal financial stake in the bid.”
A Chicago Olympics will expose Chicago Corruption and Olympic officials will expose themselves to examination as well.