Rachel Maddow Blasts the Right for Celebrating Chicago’s Failed Olympic Bid

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was on NBC’s Meet The Press this morning, and she had some harsh words for those on the right who are calling President Obama a failure and celebrating Chicago’s failed bid to host the Olympics. Maddow said, “For them to be cheering America’s loss here on the right I think is sort of disgusting.”

Here is the full clip:

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Maddow said, “Well, the unseemly cheering on the right for America losing its Olympic bid I think is going to be the taste that lingers a long time after this failure. Certainly the president tried to get something and he didn’t get it, and people who hate the president feel like that’s a cause for celebration. But to see, for example, the Weekly Standard post “Chicago loses, Chicago loses, cheers erupt at Weekly Standard headquarters” I think says a lot more about the Weekly Standard, it says a lot more about the right right now than it does about this loss.”

She continued, “In 2012, London got the Olympics after Blair tried for them; in 2014, Russian got them–Russia got them after Putin tried for them; and in 2016 all four finalists had their head of government or head of state to make the argument. Obama did nothing unreasonable. And it would’ve been a shock if Chicago won. For them to be cheering America’s loss here on the right I think is sort of disgusting.”

Mark Murphy said that he was enjoying the hypocrisy of the Democrats now attacking Republicans patriotism, but in this case, I think that there is something unpatriotic in rooting for an American city to lose a bid to host the Olympics just because a Democratic president made the pitch. This situation is nothing like when Republicans invoked 9/11 and flag waving to invade Iraq, win elections, and squash disagreement.

I do think that the extreme politicization of every single issue, big or small, is bad for the country. If we can’t even agree that it would be a good thing for a U.S. city to host the Olympics, what can we agree on? The answer would seem to be, not much. I don’t think this zealot like partisanship is good for the country. Just because both parties are doing it, doesn’t make it right.

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  2. What a bunch of bunk from Rachel. First of all Chicago didn’t “lose” anything. You cannot lose something you never had. The cheering is because this is one more example of Obama being ineffuctual and his failure to accomplish something he set out to accomplish. The cheering is because this is another in the rapidly accelerating number of nails in his coffin (politically only, of course). Obama is a song and dance man and not very good at that. He is all sizzle and no steak. The cheering is because this only hastens his exit from office, therefore saving the populous from his misguided policies and leadership.

  3. Had Chicago gotten the 2016 Olympics, the Chicago politicians would have made the looters after Hurricane Katrina look like rank amateurs. Billions of American taxpayer dollars would have poured into Chicago, and most would have gone into the pockets of cronies of Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich. The Olympics should be held in a place with less violence and corruption than Chicago. Might I recommend Somalia?

  4. Why not?….what about the statement from the first Lady stating that she will take no prisners?….isnt that a tad bit arrogant?….does this wonderful country really have to attitude that we should have should EVERYTHING, just because?….why shouldnt another country have a chance?…..why did the President use our tax dollars to pay for gas to go to the meeting and put in his comments?…..doesnt he have more important things to tend to?…..and by the way, how dare you talk down to other citizens while they express their “Freedom of speach”, just as you have expressed yours?…..oh, could it be that Freedom of speach is only for those who have the same opinion?….you need to get a life….A REAL ONE!…one where you share, compromise and respect others….not like this self indulgent comment from you……by the way, the only time a person in the position of the first Lady should make a remark like she did, is NEVER….can you imagine the Qeen of England speaking like that?..of course not, she has class…..

  5. Wow, 2 red hot endless wars of occupation that only enrage the muslim populace and provide fodder for fundamentalist recruiters, a crashed economy that spun out of control as any form of regulation was shunned while the petal was put to the metal to make money flow like water so that everyone would ignore what the Bushie government was doing because theoretically we were all getting rich, rich, rich. A legacy of judicial and constitutional malfeasance that may well signal the end of our republic and and the Republican party of No is still not satisfied with the damage they have inflicted upon our country. Add in the insane foreign policy driven by superstitious, apocolyptic christian right wingers that shunned diplomacy over military action and suddenly we have every tin pot state that we threatened with invasion and didn’t invade scrambling to go nuclear so as to save their skins by making themselves poison pills of mutually assured destruction. The Obama presidencies time is totally committed to reversing the damage done by eight years of Bushie corruption from the top down. Unfortunately, most of what Obama is stuck with is fixing the wreck left to him. The eight catastrophic Bush years should be a new marker in lost time from which we date all that comes to pass from now on. The new B.C. will be “Before Cretin,” and the new A.D. will be “After Dumbass.” We are now 10 months into the new A.D. and it appears that the Republican Party of no, disgraced and discredited, only hopes that the potentially centuries long legacy disasters they perpetrated can be associated in the public mind with the failure of the Obama administration to correct them in less than a year. It may take 3 to 4 centuries to smooth over the knee jerk reaction’s of the Bush Administration who in shame over their failure to protect America from 9-11 behaved just as the terrorists had hoped. They over reacted, blundered with full military force into Muslim homelands in an effort to combat assymetrical Al Queda warriors who laughed themselves silly at the success of their 11 man, 2 airplane hijack attack that goaded the super power of the world into occupying and alienating the hypersensitive, xenophobic, chauvenistic muslim world , stirring them into action. The last time any act had such consequences was after the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand by a lone anarchist terrorist who succeeded in stirring the western world into the catastrophic 1st world war and therefore, arguably, the second world war as well. The Bushies struck out blindly with blunt force when what was needed was skillful diplomacy to isolate and identify the fundamentalists as nut cases. Unfortunately, the Bushie were fundamentalist nut cases themselves and so fell into The Al Queda trap. What suckers!

  6. Rachel is the only commentator that can see the hypocracy going on within the republican party. Of course the right wants our president to fail. Yet, they have been in office all this time, and all they wanted to do was deregulate, wanted no government intervention, and could care less about the poor people in this country. Since when is it a crime to have an open honest debate about what happens in this country. I see nothing but good things the president is doing, especially, since, he took it on in the worst of times. It would be refreshing if the right would use the brains god gave them instead of being so deceitful and hateful.

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  8. Not only have you never met an apostrophe that you ever liked your spelling is also indicative of your ability to make an intelligent response. It is speech not speach; Queen not Qeen.

  9. As a New Yorker, I can say that Chicago had a better bid with more support from their citizens than we did for the 2012 Olympics. Yet, nobody was talking trash about the people or city of New York after we lost. The only people who cheered when New York lost were New Yorkers who didn’t want the Olympics in the first place. I don’t mind when conservatives trash Obama but it really gets me upset when they start trashing Chicago itself. That’s an insult to the people of Chicago.

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