Let me start off this post by saying congrats to the folks in Brazil for landing the 2016 Olympic Games. Time to get your samba on. They will be partying like it's Carnivale time in Rio for the next few days. Good for them. The folks down in South America deserve to be the host of these games sometimes, too. It's the Olympics, and all the countries of the world compete.
People were thinking that it was a wrap because his O ness and Ms. O (that's Oprah not Michelle) personally went and made a pitch for their hometown. (Brazil, not to be outdone, sent Pele along with their own President. You can't get much bigger than that. ) I hate to break it to you, but it wasn't going to happen.
And let me take this time to offer my sincere condolences to the folks in "the Chi". I say condolences because if you were to judge from the crestfallen looks on the faces of those folks earlier today, you would think that they had lost a loved one or something. My goodness people; it's the Olympic Games for crying out loud. It's not like major league baseball just announced that your beloved Cubbies were moving to Des Moines. I mean get a grip of yourselves. So what if you lost out in the first round. You had no shot. Not after 8 years of George Bush (yes I went there republicans) and South America never hosting any of the games before.
Still, I feel for his O ness, because A-merry-ca was not going to get these games no matter what. He was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. The haters were saying that he shouldn't have made the trip. Too much going on here they say. And those same haters would have been angry even if Chicago had gotten the games. (You know you black people can't do more than one thing at once.) Talk about Catch 22. Had he not gone to make a pitch for Chicago folks would be saying that the reason Chicago lost the bid to host the games was because he didn't go. Now that he did go some of those same people are saying that he lost his magic, and that the world community doesn't respect him anymore. Wrong. People who talk like that aren't too familiar with the politics of the IOC. Those are some crazy ass people, and they are seriously unpredictable.
"The short stopover was “too business-like,” Holm said. “It can be that some IOC members see it as a lack of respect.”
But I blame some of this on Obama's people as well. They should have been playing down his trip and they should have painted it as a last minute and desperate attempt to try to get Chicago the games. Instead they made it seem like Chicao landing the games was a fait accompli; and, as a result, there was a little egg on their faces as well. Apparently they don't know the folks at the IOC that well, either.
Pic courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.