"How can it not make a difference? Now when you think of America, you don't think George W. Bush or war. You think of this man, Obama, who has made history and given hope to millions. The men who vote on World Cup hosts are not immune to those same feelings. If the U.S. bid stacks up in terms of infrastructure and organization, then Obama could be a huge factor."
-- "A high-placed FIFA
source" indicates that the election of Barack Obama increases the chances of the USA winning the bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. (Yahoo!Sports)