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Obama to make 2016 Olympics pitch for Chicago
Barack Obama to become first US president to lobby International Olympic Committee in person
Barack Obama is to deploy his renowned powers of persuasion and charm against the International Olympic Committee this week in an effort to win the 2016 summer games for his old hometown, Chicago.
Obama will become the first US president to lobby the IOC in person when he travels to its meeting in Copenhagen on Friday to try to ensure that Chicago, his hometown before he became president, walks away with the prize.
Obama originally planned to let his wife, Michelle, represent the US at the meeting but, following a trend set by Tony Blair when he flew to Singapore in July 2005 to lobby successfully on behalf of London for the 2012 Olympic games, apparently decided that he could make the difference. Chicago is a narrow favourite to win.
But Obama will be up against a few other heads of state and government. The Japanese, Brazilian and Spanish leaders will be there to promote Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.
Chicago's mayor, Richard Daley, enthused at the influence the first couple could bring.
"President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama symbolise the hope, opportunity and inspiration that makes Chicago great, and we are honoured to have two of our city's most accomplished residents leading our delegation in Copenhagen," he said.
"Who better to share with members of the International Olympic Committee the commitment and enthusiasm Chicago has for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement than the president and first lady."
Originally posted by Majiq
I think it is a great idea. If he can get the games in Chicago it would be good for the country on several fronts. It will bring in a nice bit of income into our economy, and it may even help to lift the spirits of some people which I never see as a bad thing.
As far as making a point of him being the first on late night t.v. what exactly is your point? How is someone being on Late Night, or The Tonight Show any worse than the being on MTV, or morning shows like Today, or Good Morning America for that matter?
When you can't provide substance, you provide theater.
This is theater. Plain and simple.