AP/Stephen Wilson—President Barack Obama has written to International Olympic Committee members promising the United States would “welcome the world with open arms” if Chicago is awarded the 2016 Summer Games.
“The City of Chicago is designed to host global celebrations and it will deliver a spectacular Olympic experience for one and all,” Obama said in a letter to IOC members that was obtained by The Associated Press.
The 338-word typed form letter, dated Sept. 10, is addressed to individual members and bears the signature of the president. It raises the possibility of Obama going to Copenhagen to push the Chicago bid at the Oct. 2 vote.
Chicago _ seeking to host the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1996 _ is in a tight contest with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid.
“I deeply appreciate the tremendous work of the Olympic Movement and wish to convey my strong support for Chicago 2106,” Obama said in the letter, citing the “transformative power” of the Olympics to unite people.