October 1st, 2009
10:50 AM ET

Obama's Olympic bid is for unity

President Obama plans to make a personal pitch to bring the 2016 Olympics to his hometown.

President Obama plans to make a personal pitch to bring the 2016 Olympics to his hometown.

Sarah Hughes

What are the first thoughts that pop into your mind when you hear the word Olympics? Probably something synonymous with excellence, greatness, excitement, achievement.

Maybe it's the striking image of Nadia Comaneci scoring a perfect 10 etched in your mind, or the experience of following Michael Phelps' quest to win a record-breaking eight gold medals last summer in Beijing, China.

Or is it the thrill of watching the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team winning the gold medal in Lake Placid, stacked up against unimaginable odds, that occupies that space?

I could go on and on, but whatever image the Olympics has for you is probably accompanied by a feeling of pride, happiness, joyfulness, maybe even a childlike glee.

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  1. JC- Los Angeles

    The first thoughts that pop into my mind when Barack Obama is pushing for the Olympics to be held in Chicago is payback and cold hard cash.

    Barack Obama is skilled at campaigning if nothing else; rather than leading our once proud nation, he's back on the campaign trail.

    While Olympians should be held in the highest regard, it's beyond the pale to see our leaders treat the games as a cash cow and payback opportunity.

    How about stemming Chicago gang violence first?

    October 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    My unforgettable Olympic moment has nothing to do with achievements, but fits in a childlike glee. My unforgettable moment and innocent was the tear of Bear Micha in the Olympics in Moscow.

    One caveat: I was a child and did not understand the failure was that these Olympics, where political differences have led to a boycott majority, who turned and emptied the tournament.

    October 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  3. Amazing

    The first words I think of when hearing the word Olympics---Obama, Oprah and Chicago beatings. Why would the Olympics even want to come to Chicago? The United States has much better towns that could host the Olympics.

    October 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm |