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Gibbs: Is Steele Rooting For Brazil To Get Olympic Games?

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

Huffington Post—Pushing back against criticism that the President is too busy to stop in Copenhagen to pitch Chicago as a host site for the 2016 Olympics, the White House played the patriotism card on Tuesday.

Asked about remarks by RNC chairman Michael Steele accusing Obama of leaving Congress directionless on health care by making the trip, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs shot back by suggesting that Steele was rooting for Brazil to win the Olympic bid

“Who is he rooting for?” Gibbs asked. “Is he hoping to hop a plane to Brazil and catch the Olympics in Rio? Maybe it’s Madrid?”

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Related Story: Dems: Boehner, Who Criticized Obama Olympics Bid, Took World Tour In August

Boehner went to Mongolia as part of an August trip around the world, and point to a report claiming Boehner didn’t hold any traditional health care town-halls this summer.

“It’s the height of hypocrisy for Boehner to criticize President Obama for his brief overseas trip to support the United States’ 2016 bid, when Boehner took a two week trip around the world while refusing to hold a single health care event the entire month of August,” DCCC spokesman Ryan Rudominer emails. Read more: The Plum LineGreg Sargent’s blog

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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.

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

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President Obama Sends Letters to IOC Members: Promises ‘spectacular’ 2016 Olympics in Chicago

Chicago Olympics 2016

Chicago Olympics 2016


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.

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Michelle Obama Traveling To Copenhagen To Pitch Chicago’s 2016 Olympics Bid

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Michelle Obama Traveling To Copenhagen To Pitch Chicago’s 2016 Olympics Bid

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama


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This is a very exciting prospect for the country, the State of Illinois, but especially for folks like me who live in Northern Illinois near Chi-Town. For America this will be really symbolic.
We wish the First Lady good luck in this endeavor.

Ben Goldberger/Huffington Post—The U.S. is counting on First Lady Michelle Obama to help secure the 2016 Summer Olympics for Chicago.

Obama will head to Copenhagen, Denmark next month in a high-level show of support for her home city’s bid in front of the International Olympic Committee. The IOC is meeting in Copenhagen during the first week of October to decide the host city for the 2016 Games among finalists Madrid, Tokyo, Chicago and Rio de Janeiro.

American Olympics officials have long hoped President Obama would lead the Chicago delegation in Denmark. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and King Juan Carlos of Spain will be there to lobby on behalf of their country’s bids and Japan has encouraged incoming Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Crown Prince Naruhito to attend. Personal appearances from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Russian President Vladimir Putin were considered essential to London landing the 2012 Olympics and Sochi the 2014 Games, respectively.

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Watch what the kids of Chicago think!

For more information on Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic games, please visit www.chicago2016.org.

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