OK,I don't want this to become my "thing" but i was offended Chicago could get blown of like nothing.Well after reading this (courtesy of boingboing.net)it make a little more sense.
"Among the toughest questions posed to the Chicago bid team this week in Copenhagen was one that raised the issue of what kind of welcome foreigners would get from airport officials when they arrived in this country to attend the Games. Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, in the question-and-answer session following Chicago's official presentation, pointed out that entering the United States can be "a rather harrowing experience..."
"It's clear the United States still has a lot of work to do to restore its place as a premier travel destination," Roger Dow, U.S. Travel's president, said in the statement released today. "When IOC members are commenting to our President that foreign visitors find traveling to the United States a 'pretty harrowing experience,' we need to take seriously the challenge of reforming our entry process to ensure there is a welcome mat to our friends around the world, even as we ensure a secure system."
After 9-11 traveling for me became about as fun as visiting the dentist or going to court.Every time i have traveled I've been "randomly" pulled aside to be extensively searched.Looking the way i do i expect it.Whats funny is my wife usually destroys any security without saying a word.I think she is beautiful beyond words.She looks like a Bettie Page/Janeane Garofalo love child.She is also fully tattooed and depending on where we are can turn heads or stop people in their tracks.So when we go through the x-ray stuff security is always fascinated by her ink.One time these girls left there posts to talk to my wife.I could have snuck bazookas through and they wouldn't have noticed.As we were gathering our stuff to make our way to the plane we saw the security people getting yelled at for leaving their posts.Back to the Olympic crap.I'm glad we didn't get it.My friends share my sentiment and they also seem to be of the opinion it could have been a disaster.Chicago hosted the Gay Olympics in 2006.We have lollapalooza exclusively.Next year we will have Comicon and (hopefully) Star Wars Celebration V.So Chicago will be o.k. without you Olympics.Maybe though we (the U.S.A.) need to re-think and look again at how our security operates and more so how minorities and people of color or different nationalities are treated when they visit here.
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