October 2nd, 2009
10:31 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Olympics announcement

President Obama personally appealed to IOC members for the 2016 Summer Olympics Games to be in Chicago.

President Obama personally appealed to IOC members for the 2016 Summer Olympics Games to be in Chicago.

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

The International Olympic Committee today eliminated Chicago and Tokyo as contenders to host the 2016 Games. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Madrid, Spain are still under consideration. We expect to hear an official announcement midday today.

President Obama was in Copenhagen this morning where he joined the First lady and other Chicago leaders to make a last-minute pitch for his hometown. So was it worth all of the effort? (Not to mention the money – the total cost of the bidding project was approximately $100 million.)

Meanwhile, the city is struggling with a battle of its own – violence among children has gone unabated for several years. During the last school year alone, 34 students were killed. President Obama is sending his Education Secretary and Attorney General to the Chicago school where the 16-year-old honors student was beaten to death. What power do they have to fix the situation? We’ll be following the situation in Chicago closely.

By now you all know that “Late Show” host David Letterman told his audience that he’d had sexual relations with members of his staff. He revealed those liaisons during grand jury testimony for a case involving attempted extortion by a CBS 48 Hours employee. What’s your take on Letterman’s TV confession – how do you think his audience will respond? And what are the rules about office relationships? Some companies have tough policies when it comes to sexual relationships in the workplace. How effective are these rules?

In our series of health insurance series, Dr. Sanjay looks at the anatomy of a medical bankruptcy. He speaks to a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 20 years ago. And if that wasn’t enough of a concern, her insurance premiums started creeping up – dramatically. She beat her cancer, but she and her husband had to pay thousands of dollars in debt and were still paying high rates for years. Finally, they quit. Although she worries about her health, she says the fear of going into tremendous debt and losing her house outweighs the worry about whether or not her cancer will return.

We’re keeping them honest tonight with a story out of Texas. Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for the murder of his three daughters by arson. But an arson expert has since cast doubt on the quality of the investigation that led to his conviction. A state commission looking into the case was set to hear testimony from the expert this week, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry removed some key members of the commission – effectively putting a stop to the investigation. So why did he do it? The co-founder of the Innocence Project calls the governor’s decision “troubling.” Was it a cover up? Randi Kaye will bring us the latest tonight.

And an Illinois mother told us that she’s worried about the mental state of her son. He’s enlisted in the army but has become a deserter. He says he went AWOL because she’s afraid he’s going to end up hurting himself or someone else if he has to go back. The Army says he could be facing five years in the military brig. Gary Tuchman is digging deeper.
Yesterday, Iran accepted a demand to allow U.N. inspectors into its enrichment plant and also agreed to attend a second meeting with the six powers. President Obama called the talks “constructive,” but said that Tehran must now act quickly to comply with its international obligations.

And we’re also keeping an eye on news out of Afghanistan. Yesterday, the top U.S. commander in the country said the coalition is going to have to do things “dramatically different, even uncomfortably different” in order to succeed. What does he mean? Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in the Middle East and Central Asia, said Thursday that victory in Afghanistan is going to be similar to what we have achieved in Iraq. We’ll be looking into these assessments and what’s next for troops on the ground in Afghanistan tonight.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jordan W

    Seoul 1988. Beijing 2008. Barcelona 1992. LA 1984. Atlanta 1996.
    Why has the media spent the last few hours in such hysterical confusion? Never joined the dots in kindergarten?
    As I told my son on his sixth birthday when he asked me why he couldn't hit the pinata a fourth time : 'it's not your turn little fella, get back in line!'
    As a footnote mast people in the IOC probably wonder who the lady that bellows the last part of a sentence might be!

    October 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  2. Beverly

    In Letterman's "defense", he was NOT married (although in a relationship) when he had these enocounters with certain members of his staff – all the people involved were adults – it was consensual. Now the media is making a big deal out of something that is none of our business as usual. Ignore the fact that he was being extorted...just concentrate on the sex part. People shouldn't judge others lest they be judged. How do we know his girlfriend at the time was not aware of what was going on? Too many people in this country like to tell others how to run their lives, especially when it has to do with sex.

    As for the Olympics – who cares? It should be held in South America where, and correct me if I'm worng, an Olympics has never been held. And I'm sure the First Lady flew in OPRAH'S PRIVATE JET!! President Obama met with Iran's "leaders" as well as the general in command of the Afghan forces....so it wasn't just a "pleasure trip".... Get a grip out there.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  3. sally

    Well, It'll probably be Rio. Looking at all the people out on the beaches awaiting the news in Rio, I hope they get it. Sorry Chicago, but I think, we all think, you need to really clean up your act. The recent brutal killing of the young honor student says it all, Chicago, and that's so unbelievably sad. I just don't think you deserve it.
    Thanks for trying, Pres and Mrs. Obama. You sure tried!

    October 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  4. Isabel, Rio, Brazil

    Rio2016!!!!! Rio2016!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  5. Larry

    We'll have to see if sexual harrassment charges are brought against Letterman.

    The Obama are so arrogant; think they have entitlement to whatever they want!

    October 2, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  6. Cindy

    It was ridiculous for Obama to fly all the way to Copenhagen to try to bring the Olympics to Chicago! Not to mention Michelle had her own private plane take her and Oprah over there. Now how much may I ask is both of these planes flying to and from there costing us!? Obama should have to pay that out of his own pocket!!

    Chicago can't even keep it's kids from killing each other. They have the highest murder rate in the nation so how do they think they'll be able to handle the Olympics? Besides that they are slap broke!! No city in a while has ever made money off of the these things. They always come out on the losing end.

    I was shocked to hear that Letterman had affairs. I thought he was a better person than that! If this man was trying to get money then to me that definitely means these affairs happened while Letterman was with his girlfriend now wife.


    October 2, 2009 at 10:55 am |