Watching the American channels last week, we detected that native support for Chicago’s Olympic bid was a bit like that ultimately offered by the International Olympic Committee: not entirely universal.

There were many reasons for this, we learnt, CNN’s Jack Cafferty, the most endearing of grumpy old men, offering one: “Rio has naked people dancing; Chicago has chubby people eating.” Jack, then, while not wanting to seem unpatriotic, appeared to be rooting for Rio, but not just because of the nakedness issue.

“Corruption, cronyism and cost overruns are guaranteed,” he said on the Situation Room , quoting the group set up to oppose the bid. “Hey – it’s Chicago,” he shrugged, causing us to gasp just a little bit. But he’s from the city, so he’s allowed say what everyone else is thinking….Read More

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