But won’t you let us try?
This morning, nonprofit group DC 2024 announced its plan to submit a bid for Washington, D.C., to host the 2024 Summer Olympics:
— Dawn Deeks (@dawndeeks) August 27, 2013
Will DC 2024 recruit Barack Obama to help sell the city? Because it worked out really well last time:
I'd say its stupid for DC to go after the Olympics, but Chicago just went through the full process while people were being shot on the hour.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 27, 2013
Here’s DC 2024’s case:
“With more state-of-the-art sports infrastructure in a 40-mile radius than any other U.S. city, thousands of hotels and lodging options, and a vast and expanding transportation system, the Greater Washington region is one of the best and most qualified in the world to host an event of this magnitude…,” DC 2024’s President Bob Sweeney said in a statement released at 10 a.m.
The group says hosting the Olympics would cost the region $4 billion to $6 billion. But they claim with proper planning, the economic impact could be greater than the cost.
“With proper planning, the economic impact could be greater than the cost”? Gee … where have we heard that before? Based on the overall reaction so far, DC 2024 faces a steep uphill battle:
DC can barely operate on a normal business day. There's no way it could host an Olympics.
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) August 27, 2013
2024 Olympics in DC? No thank you. Transportation disaster. Town would be a zoo.
— Holden Kushner (@Holdenradio) August 27, 2013
C'mon people. No way DC will get the 2024 Olympics. One of the requirements is to have a working public transportation system. #LOLMetro
— Adam (@WhatAdam) August 27, 2013
— Kara Guglielmo (@karaguglielmo) August 27, 2013
#DC, I love you, but it takes me an hour to get downtown via Metro on the weekend, so maybe bidding for the 2024 Olympics is a bad idea.
— Lacy Baugher (@LacyMB) August 27, 2013
Under no circumstance should the Olympics come to DC. Traffic is bad enough as it is.
— Carl Farris (@Nonethewiser85) August 27, 2013
I'm all for DC hosting the 2024 Olympics, but only if Wal-Mart starts paying a living wage before then.
— Mike (@ThePantau) August 27, 2013
Why do we want the Olympics in DC? To get several more Billion in debt than the Trillions we are already in debt?
— Jon (@pronkville08) August 27, 2013
I'm giving the idea of having the #olympics in DC a big thumbs down. Perhaps even a double-thumbs down
— Alex Zamorski (@AlexZamorski) August 27, 2013
I love DC, I really do, but I think there's a better chance of me competing in the 2024 Olympics than of them being held here.
— Jeremy Art (@jeremyart) August 27, 2013
There isn't a snowballs chance in hell that DC is going to get an Olympics. #needtomoveby2024
— Suburbs Man (@SuburbsMan) August 27, 2013
That’s probably true. But if DC did manage to pull it off, here are some of the events we might see:
Running of the interns #DCOlympicEvents
— Adam Smith (@asmith83) August 27, 2013
— Dr Hugo Hackenbush (@MangyLover) August 27, 2013
— 4th-Party Pol (@PointlessPol) August 27, 2013
The 50 Meter Name Drop #DColympicevents
— Counselor Foyle (@counselorfoyle) August 27, 2013
Find a D.C. elected official not under investigation. #DCOlympicEvents
— Jim Swift (@JimSwiftDC) August 27, 2013
— D2 (@DoreenHDickson) August 27, 2013
The Cheap-Shot Put #dcolympicevents
— Elizabeth Kemp (@kemptacular) August 27, 2013
Fencing (In which participants attempt to stay on the fence as long as possible.) #dcolympicevents
— Ben O'Connell (@benjamin_oc) August 27, 2013
Pork Barrel Rolling #DCOlympicEvents
— Zooming the Apocalypse (@Galactolerant) August 27, 2013
— David Heyman (@dcborn61) August 27, 2013
Maybe even President Obama could participate! His intellectual acrobatics skills are world-class.