John Kass, the brilliant columnist for the Chicago Tribune, explains why Chicago did not get the Olympics. He tells the story of a t-shirt he saw. It says Chicago
1016 2016 on the front, and Terre Haute 2020 on the back.
To those of us not from Chicago, the joke is not immediately clear. So Kass enlightens the uninformed:
As every Chicago politician knows, Terre Haute, Ind., is home to a federal prison. That’s where a few would be tossed after boodling their way to Olympic fortunes. And why 2020? That’s how long it would take for grand juries to do their work.
I think Kass has it right. All the flowery platitudes in the world could not remove the stench of Chicago and Illinois corruption. Both outright thievery, and the political boss mentality of the Daley Chicago machine (see Kass’ prior column, If Obama gets 2016 Games, Daley will be king, not mayor).
Everybody knew that getting the Olympics was not about helping or honoring America. It was pure political pay-off for the people who made Obama President, and self-aggrandizement for Obama, the final stage upon which to celebrate his pre-ordained historic second term.
Yes, the world rejected Obama, because he’s just not all that anymore. And yes, Obama foolishly played the diversity card, only to be out-diversified by Lula and Rio. But even those who can’t read John Kass’ columns or who never heard of Terre Haute knew that what really was at stake.
The International Olympic Committee and the tens of millions of Americans who breathed a sigh of relief at the outcome, were not rooting against America. It may be unfathomable to the Obama cheerleaders in the media and worshippers in the Democratic party, but rooting against Chicago corruption is not rooting against America.
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