Posted by Audiegrl
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.
Watch what the kids of Chicago think!
For more information on Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic games, please visit www.chicago2016.org.