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Daley Gets All Ranty at 2016 Volunteers Meeting

By Prescott Carlson in News on Dec 9, 2009 9:20PM

Mayor Daley is "frustrated and disappointed." Now he knows how we feel; Photo by WBEZ's Kate Gardiner
Boy, Daley sure has been in a crankypants mood lately -- besides laying into the media for creating a Snowpocalypse frenzy about the weather yesterday, last Thursday, at the final gathering of Chicago 2016 volunteers, a source said Daley went off on a "rant" and was visibly "angry." Over 150 people were at the private meeting and reception at the Aon Center, and four anonymous attendees gave the scoop to the Trib as to what went on. Daley's biggest beef about losing the 2016 Olympic bid? That he was clearly beaten at his own game:
"He started by saying we spent $75 million, and the next city was going to have to spend $100 million, and we didn't even have a chance," said one attendee, paraphrasing the mayor, who was the driving force behind the bid. "It was all politics and all money. All politics and all money. [The IOC] didn't care about the athletes, and they didn't care about the quality of the bid."
Another attendee noted that Daley was showing his "true feelings" and that he seemed "disappointed and frustrated," something that the mayor's spokesperson Jacqueline Heard confirmed, saying, "[The Mayor's] disappointment in the outcome in Copenhagen is pretty well known. It's probably safe to assume that he believes there should be changes." So if you can't win the game, change the rules. Yep, that sounds like the Chicago Way™ to us. Mayor Daley, it's been over 2 months now -- time to move on. There are much more pressing matters that need to be attended to.