Admittedly I had said nothing about the Chicago Bid for The Olympics. I had no real opinion on it (other than a generalized dislike for it) and little thought about it. However, as the time came up there was all this sudden rush of highly connected people who “wanted the games in Chicago,” and I suddenly came up with reasons for not wanting the bid. Such as:
- The speeding up of Gary’s collapse by clearing out another area for gentrification and honkification (let’s just say that when the high-rises were torn down up and down the Dan Ryan, Gary’s fall went from slow-but-sure to quick-and-relentless.).
- The graft. Chicago’s famous for that, more so than its towers and other things.
- Knowing that the city that’s unable to work anymore would be saddled by some responsibility that would usurp whatever responsibilities the city IS able to keep up with.
- Knowing that the bastard now (and forever) in charge would have that feather in the cap that he so desires (as if a messed-up Soldier Field, an Intentionally Wrecked Meigs Airport Northerly Island, and the forever missing Lake Calumet Airport wasn’t enough. At least he has his Millenium Park to beam at).
So I finally sent some letter of support to the Rio crew, and a letter to the IOC saying (amongst other things) that Flint, Michigan would do a better job hosting the games than Chicago would.
Well….now that we ended up getting knocked out in the first round I have a couple thoughts (why have just one? If it were up to me, I’d split myself into multiples to as to have more thoughts…):
- While I was happy for Chicago’s loss, I would have liked to have seen the city hold on a bit longer. Losing to Rio or Madrid would have been worthy, losing in the first round was a shocker.
- The one thing the IOC wants to know is that the games will go on NO MATTER WHAT. All the graft, the overruns, the extra efforts worked on for the infrastucture (transit, expelling of bums and crime, housing, other issues) and the overload of tourists MUST be handled, and the IOC wants everything ready BEFORE the games begin. And knowing Chicago’s reputation for time overruns, the heavy debt and dropping services in Chicago, and the ugly state of things in the United States overall; it wouldn’t surprise me if they thought Chicago would never be able to do the Olympics. Remember these were the guys who pushed Athens’ turn at the Olympics from 1996 (century mark) to 2000 so that they’d do the Olympics “right” (which is how Atlanta got their bid in).
- I wonder if the folks at the IOC heard all the people who opposed the Chicago Olympic Bid and figured that it’d be better for them to reject Chicago. After all, when most of the people in the City that’s supposed to be getting the bid tells you they don’t want you in town, one gets feeling mighty uncomfortable… especially when there’s other places that are known as welcoming.
- Here’s a thought: since at least two of the leaders of the countries asking for the Olympics were planning to be at the final vote, Obama’s declaration that he had better things to do at home was probably seen as a blow-off to the Olympic Committee. Obama may have been told that he had better show up or the vote would have been 34 Madrid, 32 Rio, 28 Tokyo and 0 Chicago (interesting that the other city that had to cajole its leader to show up (Tokyo) was removed in the next round.)
- Not getting the Olympics is nothing. There’s other, greater issues to be dealt with, and dealing with them (Like Health Care and Afghanistan) will make the Olympics issue Disappear.
So ends Chicago’s latest foray into foolishness. Hopefully the asshole that calls himself Mayor there will start falling, and soon.
Oct 4, 2009 Edit: Added in an extra point about the President’s earlier comments blowing off the Olympic Committe. Which would have been cool had he stuck by those guns.