April 6th, 2009
02:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama issues personal message on behalf of Chicago

In a recent video, the president makes a personal pitch in support of Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In a recent video, the president makes a personal pitch in support of Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

(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.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Hairspray

    Chicago can't host the games. Blago stashed the cash!

    April 6, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. aware

    No to the palm-greasing home of Obama! :(

    April 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Matthew

    HAHA...Maybe Blago and Roland can run the games! And Rezco can secure some nice land deals for a new stadium!

    April 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Obama is the primary reason Chicago should NOT get a bid for 2016. I can see the uncontrolled self-aggrandizement now, conveniently coming in the final year of his reign.

    April 6, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. scooter

    Sure why not have the olympics there. with the great crime rate and homeless rate, Just think they can have the water games just south by them great Gary indana lakes. . And it will help get them some more cash from obama to help clean up his favorite pet projects

    April 6, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |