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The ‘Chicago 2016′ Olympic Campaign is now History

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After a failed Olympic bid in 1952, Chicago decided to give it a go again this year. Yesterday, however,the hype surrounding the expensive campaign to have the Olympics take place in the Windy City in 2016 died a quick death when Chicago was embarrassingly eliminated in the first round of voting. The Chicagoans who supported the idea were planning to celebrate at Daley Plaza downtown Friday afternoon.

Needless to say, the cheery crowd dissipated as soon as Rio de Janeiro was announced as the winner. In the end, the Chicago Olympic bid was more about opportunistic politicians (our crooked Mayor, Richard M. Daley, and President Obama) and celebrities looking for more promotion (Oprah Winfrey, who acted like she was royalty when arriving in Copenhagen this week to meet with the Olympic committee).

What insane person would want to attend the Olympics in the moody weathered Midwest over sunny Brazil? Now that all the madness is behind us, it makes the following videos seem hilariously dated. “I back the bid!”, so repeats a random cluster of celebrities–too bad no one else in the world agreed.

More dated Chicago Olympic bid clips after the jump.

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