April 19, 2014
The committee hoping to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago has an early commitment from President Barack Obama to be in Copenhagen for its final presentation and the International Olympic Committee vote.
Pat Ryan, chairman of the Chicago 2016 bid, said Monday that
Obama plans to attend the meeting in October. Heads of state have
been present at meetings more frequently in the past few years.
When London overcame favorite Paris to land the 2012 Games, a
strong, in-person push by British Prime Minister Tony Blair was
viewed as one of the reasons.
Obama's election has been widely regarded as a boon for the
Chicago bid because of his Illinois background and his worldwide
popularity. Obama already has chipped in by providing a video
message for the bid for earlier presentations to international
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