Olympics Stunner: Chicago Rejected In First Round

President Obama’s personal pitch for his hometown to host the 2016 Olympics was soundly rejected by the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen today when Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Obama was the first American president to make an in-person appeal for a bid city and first lady Michelle Obama had also come earlier this week to lobby I.O.C. members for votes. Chicago’s bid leaders had worked for nearly four years and spent close to $50 million to bring the Olympics to the United States for the first time in 20 years. Chicago had been considered among Olympic insiders as a favorite to win the Games, along with Rio.

Tokyo was eliminated in Round 2, leaving Madrid and Rio de Janeiro as finalists. As you can see from the screenshot below, Matt Drudge barely could contain his disappointment over America’s defeat.

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