An organization by the name of “No Games Chicago” has formed in the Windy City, dedicated to prevent the Olympics from coming there in 2016.
I’ve been mildly intrigued and amused by this little story this week, with the first couple going to Copenhagen to either try to convince an international Olympic committee to bring the games to Chicago – or take credit when a decision that has already been essentially made, is announced (to present the conspiratorial but certainly credible view).
The politically correct thing would seem to be to get in the spirit and support one’s city in a bid for the games, so I love that these folks have the gumption to stand up and be the proverbial sticks in the mud. And they definitely have some good points….it could potentially be a very costly proposition for the city and state, and it is also true that the city and state are corrupt politically, and in that sense do not live up to the noble spirit of the games.
Anyway….I’m not too concerned one way or the other at this point. I don’t necessarily think it’s incredibly presidential for Obama to be getting so parochial on this thing, but whatever……And the thought did ocurr to me that this could really be a big attempt at legacy building: If Obama wins a second term, this would be a kind of final cap on his tenure….a big, international event, bringing together nations, etc., right in his home city of Chicago. You get the idea. So, if it’s to be used to glorify The One, then absolutely I’m opposed to that.