While I was away, Chicago lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympic games. Naturally, many Americans were disappointed as everyone likes to host the Olympics. But I wasn’t surprised that the Chi was eliminated in the first round. What was both surprising and not surprising at the same time was how some conservatives, mainly media types, relished in Chicago losing its bid as if they A) weren’t Americans and B) hated Chicago. But it was really all about seeing a perceived “fail” by President Obama in his effort to get his adopted hometown a hosting slot. Still, does it make sense to smack around Illinois in the process?
For one, Illinois is a part of this place called … ahem … America. And last time I checked America really, really likes hosting any Olympics of any kind, especially the Summer Games where we usually kick all kinds of arse. I get that rah-rah, the president went to Copenhagen and came back with nothing so whooptie doo, but aren’t you shitting on Chicago in the process? What did Chicago do to you? As a not-too-far-away neighbor of America’s Second City (The Snob is from St. Louis, Mo.), I feel I have to speak up for my northern cousin and say, “Eff you!” to those who were a little too happy that all the money and prestige would not go to an American Midwestern city for the Olympics. How is losing an Olympics a win for America? We get no money, no new jobs and no cred. What flipping sense does it make to celebrate that? But I forget, it’s not about Chicago, it’s about hating the president who happens to be from Chicago. Puh-leaze.
Never mind all the Republican and conservative politicians in Illinois trying to get elected to things who have to contend with their brethren asking them to shoot themselves in the foot and say “Nay! I don’t want my state and the largest city in my state to be successful! Screw the people of Illinois! Party politics are a-foot!” Do these people not realize that conservatives actually live in Illinois and might have LIKED to have the Olympics? But I know, I know. The president is too delicious of a target to pass up, so if Illinois gets called dirty, crooked or unworthy in their efforts to get to him, so be it. Just don’t be surprised if one day you look up and Republicans can’t get elected in the state because their party has been branded a bunch of Illini hating party poopers.