Friday, October 2, 2009

Olympics

I'm feeling like a rant today....

This weekend the IOC votes on who should get the 2016 Olympics. A lot of fuss has been made on Obama going or not going to Copenhagen to lobby for Chicago’s 2016 bid. My thoughts? Why shouldn't he go?

Let’s think about this logistically. Sure, he is a busy guy. He’s got wars, depressions, and a (arguably self created) healthcare bill mess to clean up. Cleaning all of those up involves lots of working the phones, meeting with important people, singing lots of documents, meeting with David Letterman, etc. No time for Olympics, right? Mmm, maybe. The United States present to the IOC at 0645 GMT – which is 2:45 AM EST. I doubt that much work would normally get done from 2am to 5am EST during the presentation, even for the president.

Additionally, the flight time to get there is around 6-7 hours each way. It would seem that he would want to head out 8 or so hours beforehand which would put him at wheels up around 9:00 pm. Not even the TSA gets to rifle through the president’s bags so no slow down there. No productive time lost so far….. On the flight back, he will lose some ‘work’ time, but I can’t help but think that the most advanced plane in the world has an in flight phone that the Commander in Chief can use for a conference call with Bono or something. Shit, on Monday morning, I caught up on blogs while on my way from Phoenix to Atlanta via in flight WIFI!

Am I biased? Absolutely. Not about politics, about the Olympics! If Chicago does win, I am totally planning on going. I have never been to an event that large, and from what I hear the Olympics in Atlanta were quite the party. In fact, when I am in Atlanta, people STILL talk about the 1996 games and how fun they were. Watching a track meet / shot put / marathon race / table tennis etc is fun by itself, but merge the fun of one of those with the world’s best people in their sport? If you can pardon my pun….That, my friends, is golden.


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Going to cheer for the Twin Cities Marathon runners this weekend. I'll be back next week with all sorts of posts to share (and hopefully a guest post race report)!

8 comments:

Kelly said...

I agree. He can spare a little time to go fight for something that will help Chicago's economy.

Although, I have a handfull of friends who live in Chicago who are completely against it.

Jamoosh said...

Personally, if Chicago wins the bid I won't go, unless that is I qualify! :-)

RunnuRMark said...

Hell, have you ever seen one of those shows about Air Force One? The man can do everything he needs to from that plane. Go Chi-town!

Ulyana said...

TOOOOOOOO LATE! I wonder if Obama knew it wasn't worth the flight, given such a quick rejection.

The Sean said...

I bet he had a nice time. and people were talking about something other than healthcare... i hope he had wireless, or at least some cassette tapes

Nat said...

I was hoping Chicago would get it so I could go watch too. Word is Minneapolis is putting in a bid in 2020! I'll be watching TCM this weekend as well, maybe I'll see ya!

OhMyLaughter said...

I was planning on going if Chicago got the games in 2016...OhMyHeart and I are semi-seriously talking about just going to Rio instead ;)

I'm still sad my parents wouldn't take me to Atlanta in 1996. They had no desire to go with three young children. Le sigh.

I HAVE however been to the swimming olympic trials (2008). Even more exciting than I could have imagined! I hate when people get mad about whoever our president is actually having a life/interest in sports. Since when does a president have to be anti-interests outside of politics?

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