Ingraham, Pence Mock America’s Olympic Loss

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Saturday, October 03, 2009 at 10:51 am

A major theme of last night’s speeches at Americans for Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Conference” was, ironically, out-and-out gloating about Chicago’s failed bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

“R-I-O!” said conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham, speaking the a ballroom of almost 2000 conservative activists. “May this be the first of many defeats for Chicago-style politics!”

Ingraham fantasized about being on the plane home from Copenhagen, where the International Olympic Committee handed down the decision, and watching Oprah Winfrey cry and Michelle Obama throw things with her “big arms.” The crowd cheered, and cheered again, curiously, when Ingraham seemed to contradict herself.

“How did we go, in nine months, from the world’s number one superpower to getting knocked out in, like, the first round?” asked Ingraham. “Even Tom DeLay got to round three of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’” Both varieties of Olympics jokes reflected the uneasy and surprising manner with which conservatives have embraced the loss of an event that up to 84 percent of Americans said they wanted in Chicago.

Following shortly after Ingraham, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) got in more political barbs about the loss of the games. “After those first-round results,” said Pence, “it looks like the president has had about as much luck pitching Chicago to the Olympics as he had pitching health care reform to the American people.”

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An American Patriot
Comment posted October 3, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

I never thought that I'd see the day when so many americans openly rooted against America. It's shocking & very sad. May their party go the way of the Whigs.


shorething
Comment posted October 3, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

we did not root against america we expressed an opiosition to the corrupt chicago way stealing more money from the american taxpayer. the second most corrupt? organization on the planet realized that they would not get the lion's share of the spoils in competing with #1 and thus chose to compete against a country with only ten years experience in thievery vs chicago with the #1 all time rep as corruption central. If going to copenenhagen is sacrificing let me apply for true punishment, Ive been a very bad boy please send me to Rio for a week of punishment.


JohnC
Comment posted October 3, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

Chicago is a great, world-class city. You've got plenty of crooks there for sure, as you do in every major city, but it is also the home of millions of hard-working, law-abiding, patriotic Americans who love their country and their city, and want to see it do well and emerge as a world-class city.

Conservatives are so obsessed with seeing Obama fail that they'll root against anything that he's for – even if it's the success and presitge of one of America's greatest cities. These flag-waving conservatives are no patriots, that's for sure. They hate this country unless their partisans win.


Troy
Comment posted October 3, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

Gee, big surprise coming from the rabid Obama haters. They are so blinded by their impotent rage, they'd cheer anything that they think casts him in a negative light. They are so stupid, it's painful to witness them cheer what they think is a defeat for him. Then again, these people listen to talk radio and Glen Beck, thinking they are getting the news.

Oh well, losers usually try and justify insignificant outcomes to their advantage. These are the types of people who just want to scream loudly anything they can, even if it has no substance at all. Like spoiled little children, they will just wail as long as they can until someone cleans their diapers.


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chrisjay
Comment posted October 3, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

I watched the video feed of Limbaugh's reaction to Chicago's elimination: the man went into a paroxysm of unbridled, hysterical celebration—he humped, bumped, gyrated and fist-pumped; his corpulent body shuddered in utterly orgasmic throes of ecstasy. It was one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen in my life (on several levels!). It was also profoundly antiAmerican.
As if their job wasn't uphill already, you Chicago-schadenfreuders have now made the task of the Illinois Republican Party neigh on impossible…


Jen
Comment posted October 4, 2009 @ 4:07 am

No… you rooted against America. Justify it however you want… cast it in the warm glow of whatever lies you need to tell yourself…. You rooted against America.


Pug
Comment posted October 4, 2009 @ 4:09 am

…even if it's the success and presitge of one of America's greatest cities.

Conservatives hate America's great cities, including Chicago. They also hate the Americans who live in them. They hate New York, they hate Boston, they hate Los Angeles, they hate San Francisco and they hate Washington. In return, of course, all those places hate them back.


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Irish_Wake
Comment posted October 4, 2009 @ 11:56 am

The International Olympic Committee is probably the most political, corrupt organization on the face of the planet. Until recently bribery rates were advertised. Yet even this defective organization made a logical decision. This group doesn't care about our right v left politics; they don't care about how either party views Chicago. America has hosted the Olympic Games repeatedly, while no country on the South American continent has ever held either a Summer or Winter Game. Nobody was surprised by the decision.
Judging by their actions, Americans for Prosperity rivals the IOC. Everything is viewed through the lens of politics and corruption. Yes, yes, I know the left is political and corrupt; but their opponents are no less so, and have institutionalized their own brands of politics (i.e. The K Street Project) and corruption (privatizing military tasks and using no-bid contracts). Preferring 'our' brand of corruption over 'their' brand of corruption is their policy statement.

America lost its Olympic bid. I am not harmed; I congratulate Rio.
Ingraham and commenter shorething: yes you are rooting against America. You weren't cheering Rio, you are cheering against America.
And I am harmed by this.
And so are you.


marieburns
Comment posted October 4, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

Hate to say it, but a good bit of this glee is racist. I think what really galled the down-with-the-USA white folks was that they saw “their America” being represented by Barack Obama, Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey. (Yeah, I know Mayor Daley was there, too.)

Of course to be perfectly fair, if the President hadn't gone to Copenhagen, it would have been his fault that he hadn't rescued Chicago, whose fate he had left in the hands of three ladies: Mrs. Obama, Winfrey & Valerie Jarrett. It would have been, “Geez, they're chicks AND they're black. What did you expect?”

Interestingly, ABC News did some post-vote reporting, & the general consensus among the Commission members was they all LOVED the Obamas & Winfrey, who were the stars of the show, the ones they wanted to have their pictures taken with. The IOC members said, “Obama won, Chicago lost.” But you don't hear that out there in “the real America.”

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jackiero
Comment posted October 4, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

Laura Ingraham always has and always will be a nothing in my world. Her nasty attacks are never constructive.


The Ghost of Henry Clay
Comment posted October 4, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

So more Republicans are acting like childish D-bags. Big surprise there.


hughjass8
Comment posted October 4, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

When I think of this fabled “Chicago-Style Politics” the first thing that comes to mind is Oprah.


hughjass8
Comment posted October 4, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

So no more Olympics in America? Is this the new rule? Like Presidents can't talk to school kids? Or it's ok once again to Bash the President on foreign soil?

Or is this yet another temporary rule that only applies so long as you can “win” the news cycle?


strangely_enough
Comment posted October 5, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

If you say Oprah three times in front of a mirror, a car full of books lands on top of you…
Just sayin'.


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