I heard Rush Limbaugh a week or so ago say it was obvious the IOC had already chosen Chicago for the 2016 Olympics, because otherwise Obama would not go to Copenhagen. I haven’t heard Limbaugh’s take on Rio winning — I assume he’s slamming Obama — but I was impressed. Obama is a fighter. He does not avoid battles just because there is a chance of failure. After a string of presidents who just play the political game, we finally have one who shows the American spirit. He wanted the Olympics in Chicago, so he went for it. He’s not so bound to polls that he forgets what he wants.
That said, I was glad Chicago lost and glad Brazil won. Preparing for the Olympics would have cost a fortune, and every federal dollar would have resulted in criticism of Obama. Terrorists everywhere would have had seven years to prepare, and they don’t have to worry about public opinion.
Whether Brazil can do justice to the Olympics I don’t know, but by reputation they can throw a heck of a party. I can imagine going to Rio in 2016. Chicago? Not so much.
Hopefully Brazil’s expenditures on the Olympics will redistribute some income. Brazil is even worse than the U.S. when it comes to income inequality. It ranks 56.7 in the Gini coefficient index. The richest 10% of Brazilians receive 50% of the nation’s income, while the poorest 10% receive less than 1%. The U.S. Gini is 40.8.