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Thanks to Oprah Winfrey, Chicago has a leg up in the contest to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago.

September 8, 2008

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If anybody knows the benefits of promotion and how to stage effective come-ons, it's Oprah Winfrey, the rich, famous and versatile entertainment personality.

One of her latest highly commendable efforts was to tape the season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at a downtown Chicago park. Thousands of spectators were on hand to cheer Olympic medalists Michael Phelps, Dara Torres and Kobe Bryant, and Chicago got a magnificent boost for its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The nation and the world were able to share in the occasion,.The highly popular talk show hostess had invited U.S. Olympic athletes to attend the ceremonies and more than 150 athletes were introduced under a shower of red, white and blue confetti. It was a tremendous occasion that also allowed the nation to pay tribute to its Olympians.

The sometimes-controversial 2008 Summer Olympics have just concluded in Beijing; the 2012 games already are ticketed for London. Evidence is that Chicago, with all its resources, location and ready access to the world, will turn heaven and earth to be the 2016 host. Chicago has the wherewithal to match or top anything we saw in Beijing or will see in 2012 in England.

China, with its $40 billion outlay, conducted superlative functions this summer. London says it will not have to spend that much to do even better. But America, with superstars such as Oprah Winfrey, in many ways "owns" entertainment and the ability to gear up for major functions like the Olympics. Chicago is fortunate that the TV entertainer has dedicated herself and many of her vast resources to get the 2016 games.

The competitors for the 2016 host designation are Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Madrid, Spain. The contest will be a torrid one but we, and the officials involved, need to realize just how much Chicago can offer that the other competitors cannot. With people such as the inventive Oprah Winfrey in its corner, the Windy City will have a great chance to win.

To be sure, she doesn't go into many ventures without a desire to make money. She often succeeds. But she also has a great record of selfless contributions to benefit society and the fact she staged her Olympic promotion gets Chicago off to a good start in its quest for this 2016 plum.

Comments

Blessed_with_Freedom 5 years, 7 months ago

And I'm still not sure WTF Palin has to do with the Olympics in 2016??America does not need some agenda driven talkshow host banging on her drum to get the Olympics in Chicago. I do not want the World/IOC to get the idea she is the voice of America. When it comes to ethics, oprah and William Ayers are in the same boat.

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

Interesting take on the Oprah-Palin flap:http://uspolitics.about.com/b/2008/09/08/conservatives-criticize-oprah-refusal-to-interview-palin.htmUltimately, it's Oprah's show... and she's not obligated to talk with anyone she does not wish to. She's not obligated to have Palin on her show, any more than Rush Limbaugh is obligated to have Obama on his.And I'm still not sure WTF Palin has to do with the Olympics in 2016??I'd love to see the Olympics back in the USA!Agnostickagnostick@excite.comhttp://www.chicago2016.org/

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Confrontation 5 years, 7 months ago

Blessed_with_freeDUMB, Oprah didn't say anything like that. It's your buddies who are spreading that lie around. I don't like Oprah regardless of whether or not she has Palin on the show. Having Palin on there will actually "dumb down" the show even more.

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Blessed_with_Freedom 5 years, 7 months ago

oprah is getting her arse handed to her after her latest comments about not hosting Gov. Sarah Palin. If you are disappointed about her dicision to not have Gov. Palin on, please let oprah know of your complaint. We now know the true agenda of this short sighted woman. I believe oprah made one of the worst business decisions she could have ever made. oprah ratings and sales will soon take a nose-dive.

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Confrontation 5 years, 7 months ago

I can't stand Oprah. She tells everyone else that they need to send money to all these causes, and yet she sits on millions of dollars. She has shows that discuss the horrible condition of education in America, and then she opens a girls' school in Africa.

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tumbilweed 5 years, 7 months ago

She already is, its just that the people who are at home watching tv in the afternoon are too bored and washed up themselves to notice.

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BigPrune 5 years, 7 months ago

When she started the Shirley MacLaine phase of her life with her spiritual nonsense she went off the deep end. Then she started Obama's campaign. By the time 2016 rolls around, she will be a washed up broke has been.

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tumbilweed 5 years, 7 months ago

And as part of the runup to the Olympic bid, Chicago has been "cleaning up" the projects and bad areas of Chicago and building new.And now my brother has gangsters (real or wannabee whats the difference) living next door in his neighborhood forty miles outside of downtown and there was an attempted murder in the street while I was there visiting in June. And racist or not, I saw why good parenting is the key. These people have some MAJOR PROBLEMS. Babies raising babies.But all of those people have to go somewhere. I wish it was somewhere else. I'd like to see Oprah try and tackle a real problem for once.

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XD40 5 years, 7 months ago

I fervently hope we do not host the Olympics. I especially hope it does not go to a city like Chicago which is quickly becoming the murder capitol of the country.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 7 months ago

I like to point out that The Oprah Winfrey Show ratings have been in slow slide, and getting bigger after getting involved with Obama this year, turning off Clinton supporters.

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