The Olympics Go To Rio de Janeiro

Dennis Towle Jr.@Dennis Towle, Jr. ‏@DTowleJrContributor IOctober 3, 2009

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - OCTOBER 02:  IOC President Jacques Rogge (2L) and Rio de Janeiro bid leader Carlos Nuzman prepare to sign the Host City contract during a press conference after Rio De Janeiro won the vote to stage the 2016 Olympic Games at the Bella Centre on October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. After eliminating Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid, International Olympic Committee members selected the Brazilian city as site of the 2016 Summer Games. This will be the first time the Olympics will be held in South America.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Congratulations to Rio de Janeiro for getting the 2016 Olympics.  South America has never had the Olympiad and should provide an outstanding backdrop for the games.

That being said, what the heck happened to the US bid, Chicago?  We sent out Oprah for goodness sake.  We sent out Michelle Obama, and then Barrack Obama to help campaign.  What did it get us?  Last place!

How does that happen?

Well, for one, you got the President of the United States, who has been traveling around the world and telling every foreign country that we suck and we're sorry – that doesn't help the world view of us.  So glad everyone's listening to our President degrade us, makes you feel proud to be an American, don't it?  We now have reaped that Karma.

But actually, New York's bid for the 2012 Olympics also fell precipitously short of the mark, fourth place out of 5 bids.  So the process of backsliding had begun before this latest appeal to host the Games.

So what's that telling us folks?  It's saying to me that the world really hates us smug Americans and our Olympic athletes and sports.  The Olympic committee has dropped softball and baseball, purely American sports dominated by Americans.  Then, there have been other subtle moves to make sure that the United States stays in the background in order that other countries are allowed to shine forth.  

I suppose that's not a bad thing… but we are Americans… we simply dominate because we come from the greatest country on Earth.  We watch the most TV.  We eat the most food.  We consume the most products.  We are capitalism with a capital C my friends!  We take second place to nobody… well, except for the rest of the world, who has now kicked sand in our face.  

As Rodney Dangerfield used to say, “No respect I tell ya, no respect!”