Will The United States Ever Host the Olympics Again?October 2, 2009 at 10:45 am | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments
It seems that the main reason against the United States may end up being how unwelcome foreigners tend to feel upon entering the United States:
In the official question-and-answer session following the Chicago presentation, Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, asked the toughest question. He wondered how smooth it would be for foreigners to enter the United States for the Games because doing so can sometimes, he said, be “a rather harrowing experience.”
Mrs. Obama tapped the bid leader Patrick G. Ryan, so Mr. Obama could field that question.
“One of the legacies I want to see is a reminder that America at its best is open to the world,” he said, before adding that the White House and State Department would make sure that all visitors would feel welcome.
Before George W. Bush fucked everything up, America used to be a welcome place to foreigners. Maybe after we stop being afraid of everyone, and stop fighting everyone, we might be a more welcome place. But sadly, I think a whole generation of Americans need to pass away before that can happen.