(CNN) – There's nothing like a personal message from a popular president to grab a little attention in the fierce battle to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In a nearly four-minute video, the new occupant of the Oval Office does his best to make the case for his old home.
Chicago is "a city of broad shoulders, big dreams, and a bright future," the president says in the message to the International Olympic Committee. "It's a city where the world's races, and religions, and nationalities all live and work and play and reach for the American Dream that brought them here . . ."
A 16-member commission of the IOC is currently in Chicago evaluating the city's proposed venue sites for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Along with Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro are still in the running to host the summer 2016 games.
"After your visit, once you discover the Chicago that I know, the city that I made my home, the city where my wife grew up, the city where we raised our daughters just blocks from where these games will be held," says Obama. "I am confident you will discover that you're already in the perfect host city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
The president is not the only member of the new administration to push Chicago's Olympic bid: White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and economic adviser Austan Goolsbee will attend an event Monday night at the Chicago Art Institute, the White House tells CNN. Longtime Obama supporter and media mogul Oprah Winfrey will also be at Monday's event, along with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to the Chicago 2016 Committee.