Well shit. The International Olympic Committee has voted Chicago out of contention for the 2016 Summer Games. This despite a personal pitch from the President of the United States Barack Obama, who happens to be a Chicagoan of some note himself. Obama was the first American president ever to personally lobby the IOC for the games, and his hometown gets kicked out on the first ballot, along with Tokyo, leaving Madrid and Rio de Janeiro as the finalists.
That has got to sting.
And I am forced to wonder, why did the IOC toss out Chicago so quickly on this, the day of their final selection? An IOC delegate from Pakistan did ask Obama why the U.S. has such a generally poor attitude toward foreigners. Perhaps that was it. But America has hosted the games before without incident. We last hosted the Summer Games in 1996 in Atlanta, and a minor bombing killing two and injuring 111 aside, they went off without a hitch! No, it must be something else.
I think those clever bastards over at The Onion may have the answer. Maybe it is not our nation, but our president himself, and his family. According to this story from In the Know, many Americans feel that the loving, well-adjusted family life of our president puts him out of touch with the miserable, desperate lives of the rest of us. Such a schism between a people and their leader is surely alarming, and something the members of the IOC no doubt considered when casting their votes against the Olympic bid of Chicago.