Saturday, October 3, 2009
Chicago (my home town) put in a very strong bid for the 2016 Olympics, sending our "A Team" of President and Mrs. Barack Obama, television host Oprah Winfrey, Mayor Richard Daley, Senator Dick Durbin and other leaders. Sending heads of state and heads of government became this year the new norm for lobbying the International Olympic Committee.
The International Olympic Committee knocked Chicago out on the first round of voting -- a result that is not surprising when you know that the winner is Rio de Janero (the first time that the Olympics will be held in South America).
We ARE happy for our friends in Brazil and Latin America for this long overdue recognition, and we know that the Olympics there will be great.
There is disappointment in Chicago about losing the Olympic bid. But being from Chicago makes you immune to disappointments in sporting events -- we have the Chicago Cubs.
So let's say it here first: Let's have the 20/20 Vision for Chicago in 2020!