Olympics Plea: Obama’s Risks, Possible Reward

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Chicago Olympics 2016

Chicago Olympics 2016


Associated Press/Julie Pace—President Barack Obama’s decision to fly to Denmark to support Chicago’s Olympics bid elevates the Games to an issue of national importance – and exposes him to political risks as well as rewards at a critical point in his presidency.

Obama’s presentation in Copenhagen on Friday will be the first time a U.S. president has appeared before the International Olympic Committee to lobby for an Olympics. Obama initially had said he couldn’t make the trip because he needed to tend to the health care debate at home.

As the White House announced the change of heart on Monday, there seemed to be increasing confidence that the votes could be stacking up Chicago’s way to host the 2016 Summer Games. If Chicago does come away the victor in the four-way race – Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are the other contenders – Obama could get a political boost for helping to deliver the Games to his adopted hometown and for handing the U.S. a fresh source of national pride.

More @ Associated Press

This is the President’s plea on November 21, 2008

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4 responses to “Olympics Plea: Obama’s Risks, Possible Reward

  1. it will be the best Olympics ever for Wind Surfing 🙂

  2. audiegrl

    If you remember, two weeks ago, I posted about Michelle Obama going to Copenhagen alone. My spidey sense tells me in the last two weeks, the White House has been told that if Pres. Obama shows up, they will give it to Chicago.

    I can’t imagine him going (even for only 24 hours) to Copenhagen if he wasn’t sure he had it.

    I hope that is the case, because I would love for the Olympics to come to Chicago. It would be a huge boost to our economy. 🙂

  3. audiegrl

    Hey BB,

    Maybe when he leaves Copenhagen he will make a surprise visit to Afghanistan?

    Remember where you heard it first 😉

    Note: all bets made have to be paid off in Krispy Creme donuts with Halloween sprinkles.

    • audiegrl

      Damn BB! I almost won those krispy creme donuts.

      Can I at least get half a donut? 😉

      COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama met the man heading U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, Friday, a White House spokesman said.

      The meeting on board Air Force One in Copenhagen lasted 25 minutes, spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on the plane.

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