A collective shadow of sadness and shock fell over the crowd. "Wow," people repeated. "Unbelievable." "So sad."I was born in Chicago and lived there for 5 years as an adult. It's a great city, filled with great people. I don't agree with Chicago politics at all. But there's no excuse for schadenfreude. I live in the Midwest and there's no advantage to the largest city in the area being brought low.
"This is just one collective hurt" said Henry McGee Jr, 52, and a small business owner who lives near Washington Park. "I'm really stunned. I thought it would be such a boom for the African-American community."
Under the big top at Washington Park, contortionists and clowns warmed up before the Universoul Circus, which was hosting a viewing party near the proposed Olympic stadium.
A man in a Bears jacket made a slashing motion on his neck.
"It's over," he said.
"I'm shocked," said Natalie McKnight, 29. "I thought with Barack being the chief spokesman, we were going to get it."
I would hope that the organizers in Chicago would simply wipe off the dirt and get back to work. There are other opportunities available.