Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bigger Olympic News: No Games Chicago or Obama?

As we mentioned yesterday, Chicago's 2016 bid team is in Switzerland to make an important pitch to IOC voting members. As expected there is a lot of news around this. Today two groups with different missions added to this news cycle.

First, it was reported that three members of the anti-Chicago Olympic group "No Games Chicago" went to the doorstep of the IOC's headquarters in Switzerland to protest Chicago's bid. They also handed out books supposedly outlining why Chicago shouldn't have the Olympics. This shows some serious determination by the group and probably made some news inside the walls of the IOC.

Then later today, President Obama gave some of his old Chicago friends a huge boost by announcing that he will be creating a new White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. I guess it's safe to say it's nice to have friends in high places.

So two big stories surrounding Chicago's 2016 bid. Which one do you think made more of an impact with the IOC? In our opinion it's a no brainer...Obama...he is the leader of the free world and for him to show his support in an unprecedented move means big things for Chicago's Olympic chances.

However, we gotta give props to No Games Chicago's determination and will...but your pushing water uphill if you're trying to combat Obama on the Olympics.

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