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    WASHINGTON -- A senior White House adviser says President Barack Obama has decided to travel to Copenhagen to lead the U.S. appeal for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Chicago.

    Valerie Jarrett told The Associated Press Monday morning that the president will leave Thursday and will join his wife, Michelle, and others in his administration, in making the pitch. Obama would be the first U.S. president to take on such a direct role in lobbying for an Olympics event.

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, both from Illinois, also are going. Chicago faces tough competition from Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo. Heads of state representing Rio and Madrid are also expected to attend the Copenhagen meeting.
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    While it would be extremely cool to have the Olympics that cclose to me. Chicago is a fuster-cluck where traffic is concerned.

    The next biggie is this: Other than Soldier Field and the UC, where in the hell will they host the other events?? There is nothing up to Olympic standards anywhere. That means the city, county & state are going to have to pony up billions to get the city ready

    Blago left the state in horrible shape financially. At this point, Obama doesn't dare offer any federal cash.

    I'd like to know where the money is going to come from to get the city ready?
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    Living in Chicago, I do not know if I want the games here.

    One one hand, it would be cool as hell to go and check them out first hand, since it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    On the other hand, the cost and security concerns scare the crap out of me.
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    I read a blurb in SI this week that 1/2 the folks in Chicago want the games and the other 1/2 don't.

    Personally, I'd like to see the US get the games but if it's going to be a disaster for the host city, then forget it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    I'd like to know where the money is going to come from to get the city ready?
    Based on the ridiculous amount of revenue that the city would get from this, I don't think it would be that big of a deal.

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    Chicago Olympics = Terrible idea.

    I was against this since Day One and I'm against this now. I just don't think the city is stable enough to host the Olympic games, Christ they have a difficult enough time managing transportation at Cubs and Sox games. The only advantage I can see is a selfish one for myself: I would get to see the events. Other than that, I really see no upside whatsoever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    The next biggie is this: Other than Soldier Field and the UC, where in the hell will they host the other events?? There is nothing up to Olympic standards anywhere.
    is Allstate Arena still open? could do something there i guess, gymnastics maybe? baseball/softball (unless those are not Olympic sports any longer, can't remember) at one of the ballparks. probably have to build an aquatic arena. marathon and biking could be done almost anywhere.

    every now and then someone floats the idea of the Olympics in Cleveland and they mention using the lake and river for rowing or triathlon.

    i think that when Atlanta hosted the Olympics some of the events were spread out past the city limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wray View Post
    Based on the ridiculous amount of revenue that the city would get from this, I don't think it would be that big of a deal.
    That was my understanding as well.

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    We can't afford it......

    Another Taxpayer Bailout !

    Obama can really pay off the Chicago machinery with this one ! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by twonabomber View Post
    i think that when Atlanta hosted the Olympics some of the events were spread out past the city limits.
    Correct, and it's not all that uncommon for events to be well removed from where the 'host city' is for any Olympics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    The next biggie is this: Other than Soldier Field and the UC, where in the hell will they host the other events?? There is nothing up to Olympic standards anywhere. That means the city, county & state are going to have to pony up billions to get the city ready
    Part of the original plan was that a renovated Wrigley would be used. Not sure if that is still part of the plan or not.
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    Well, the President is heading out to personally attend the International Olympic Committee meeting in Copenhagen this week in order to make a presentation in support of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 summer games. So...................

    Let's use a tiny bit of common sense here, ok?

    Who will REALLY benefit from this little adventure if Obama can get the Olympics in Chicago? Hmmm, I wonder............


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    Honest question, HH:

    Why so instead on putting a negative spin on everything?

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    Okay, on my iPhone and can't edit the post...

    That was supposed to read "Why do you insist..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wray View Post
    Honest question, HH:

    Why so instead on putting a negative spin on everything?
    Being realistic and being negative are 2 different things. I wasn't spinning negative, Wray. But, let's be honest here shall we, if they do get the Olympics, it's Chicago and its politics, it's the Daley family, it's going to be corruption at its finest and sad to say, Obama and friends are gonna reap big time.

    It's a no brainer Wray. If you call it, "Spin", that's fine. I call it as I WILL BE seeing it later on.

    Nothing to really discuss any futher until 2015 is there, Wray?

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