September 11th, 2009
04:13 PM ET
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First Lady to promote Chicago Olympics overseas

First Lady Michelle Obama will head to Copenhagen, Denmark, next month to promote her hometown of Chicago as the host of the 2016 Olympic Games.
First Lady Michelle Obama will head to Copenhagen, Denmark, next month to promote her hometown of Chicago as the host of the 2016 Olympic Games.

(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama will head to Copenhagen, Denmark, next month to promote her hometown of Chicago as the host of the 2016 Olympic Games, the White House announced Friday.

The choice has been narrowed down to four cities: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. Mrs. Obama will attend the International Olympic Committee Session at the Bella Center – Copenhagen Congress Center on October 2, where the winner will be selected and announced.

President Obama can't make the cross-Atlantic trip due to his busy schedule relating to his efforts at health care reform, the White House said, so Mrs. Obama and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett will go instead. The First Lady grew up on the South Side of Chicago.

"One of the great honors I have as First Lady is to represent America around the world and it is with great pride that I will go to Copenhagen to make the case for the United States to host the 2016 Olympics," Mrs. Obama said in a statement. "There is no doubt in my mind that Chicago would offer the world a fantastic setting for these historic games and I hope that the Olympic torch will have the chance to burn brightly in my hometown."

The first couple will also host an event at the White House on September 16 to support Chicago's bid to host the Olympic Games, according to the White House. Olympic athletes will visit local schools in the morning and head to the White House in the afternoon.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Farrell in Houston

    With a 80% approval rating around the world of our President and First Lady Michelle Obama it couldn't get any better. We love you and you will do well as always.

    September 11, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Polar Bears Against Palin

    OK, right-wing loonies. Invent something wrong with this just for the sake of going on the attack.

    September 11, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Wake Up

    Obama needs to get jobs for his cronies here in Chicago. Guess who is on the hook for the cost??? You guessed it...Chicagoans.
    TAX AND SPEND, then LIE, TAX AND SPEND. that's Obama!

    September 11, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Deuce

    Talking to all the muslims in them countries. They are the only ones who CNN use, everytime they do an opinion poll on Obama.
    You see?? I know what the majority think about Obama, or any Yank as they call you. I was there not that long ago...

    September 11, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. John

    Go Ms. Obama Go.

    You are a very QUALIFIED 1st Lady.

    Like Never Before.......Like Never Before..........Like Never Before.......

    AMERICA HAD AN ATTORNEY FIRST LADY.

    Ms. Obama, We are sure you are GIVING RIGHT DIRECTION to you HUSBAND....... AS PER LAW.

    We Love You OBAMAs.

    We are Proud of You OBAMAs.
    :) WE LOVE YOU MR. AND MRS. OBAMA.......................

    September 11, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. victim of republican greed

    I hope the first lady dazzles them as well.

    September 11, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Barb

    What a great ambassador the First Lady will be...

    Did anyone notice, at the President's speech to Congress, how absolutely beautiful and elegant she looked?

    I was also touched at the bright smile and encouraginjg wave she gave to her husband. This in spite of the unbridled hatred that her husband, herself, and her family have been subjected to of late.

    September 11, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. amy g

    Michelle Obama has truly earned her position as one of the most influential women in the world.

    September 11, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. williefloyd

    Who could possibly say no to such a lovely lady???

    September 11, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. ccc

    Thank you Obama Family

    September 11, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Mario, mtl, ca.

    This is a winning ticket no doubt

    September 11, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Jon in CA

    Yeah – bring the Olympics to Chicago ... where foreigners get mugged daily and corruption reigns!!

    September 11, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Vincent Petrosino

    You go, First Lady, bring the Olympics to the "Windy City" and back to the United States of America. God knows we could use the financial jolt to our economy. Who would be a better ambassador and pitch woman for us other than MIchelle Obama? God speed and thank you, Classy Lady!

    September 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Racho Hernandez

    Waooo, she is working hard..What about the poor people? That is what she should worry about. Of course, she is living la vida loca.

    September 11, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Dee

    We love you Mrs. Obama you are beautiful, inside and out. You will represent us well as always.

    September 11, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek

    That will be so sweet! Let them come to America before the world ends.

    September 11, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. shoegazer

    With those"pythons"she has,maybe she can not only to host the olympics,but participate.Say,the javelin or shot-put.

    September 11, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Mark

    Who is going to pay for this crap?

    September 11, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Robert

    I bet no one on that selection committee has ever been to Chicago, if they had it would have never made the top four list. Chicago politics has turned that city into the armpit of America.

    September 11, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Bubble of Sanity

    The job of First Lady is one of the most rewarding, charming, and relevant positions of American society. Like European royalty, she is the ceremonial head of state, and this trip is perfect for that wonderful office. In times past, presidents with low approval ratings have seen their wives stay in the 70's and 80's.

    With the pitiful exception of 1993-2001, the office has been a place of honor and integrity for at least a century.

    September 11, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Antonio

    John,

    Former First Lady Hillary Clinton was also a lawyer..

    Mrs. Obama isn't the first.

    September 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Yuck!

    Poor woman! She has such a tough life! She needs all this fawning! It's enough to turn your stomach!

    September 11, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Marie Laveaux

    I know she will do a great job, given her warmth, intelligence and youthful vigor. I am continually awed by the way she and her husband carry the title of the First Family given so much unfair and personal attacks against them. That being said, I hope Mrs. Obama has a productive , enjoyable, and safe journey.

    September 11, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Jon

    LOL. Who cares?

    September 11, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Janet

    I am so proud to have our First Lady represent us. Both she and the President show a dignity and goodness like no other. I am sad for those people in our country who do not realize how lucky we are to have intelligence, grace and honesty in the White House.

    September 11, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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