Obama buys Olympic ad time
June 27th, 2012
05:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama buys Olympic ad time

(CNN) - While Mitt Romney is expected to be a spectator at this summer's Olympic Games, those watching from home may see President Barack Obama, thanks to a large ad buy.

Obama's reelection campaign has bought $6.5 million of U.S. national advertizing time for the London games, a Republican ad buying source told CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Olympics • President Obama
Romney's Olympic choice
Mitt Romney during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
April 18th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney's Olympic choice

(CNN) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday said he plans to attend the Summer Olympics in London.

The former Massachusetts governor, who headed up the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, said he intends to be present for the first "day or two of the events."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Olympics • Rob Portman
First lady to attend Olympic Games opening
March 13th, 2012
09:52 AM ET
2 years ago

First lady to attend Olympic Games opening

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, an administration official said Tuesday.

Obama will announce her upcoming trip at an event later Tuesday with Samantha Cameron, the wife of visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • Olympics • United Kingdom
Obama Rio-re-bound for 2016 Olympics
March 20th, 2011
04:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama Rio-re-bound for 2016 Olympics

Washington (CNN) - It looks like President Obama plans to return to Rio.

During his address to the people of Brazil, Obama made this comment: "Now you may be aware that this city was not my first choice for the Summer Olympics. But if the Games could not be held in Chicago, there's no place I'd rather see them than right here in Rio. And I intend to come back in 2016 to watch what happens."

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Filed under: Olympics • President Obama
October 4th, 2009
10:59 AM ET
October 2nd, 2009
05:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Chicago come up short in Olympics bid

(CNN)–Michelle Obama gave an impassioned speech before the International Olympics Committee. President Obama traveled overseas - in the middle of debates over health care and Afghanistan - to make his personal pitch to bring the 2016 Olympics to his hometown.

But despite their efforts, the Obamas will come home empty-handed as Chicago's dreams of hosting the Games evaporated in the first round.

The news stunned those awaiting the announcement, many of whom thought the battle was between Chicago, Illinois, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio also beat out Madrid, Spain, and Tokyo, Japan, to host the games.

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Filed under: Olympics • President Obama
October 2nd, 2009
02:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Gibbs: Obama 'absolutely' glad he went to Copenhagen

President Obama said Friday he's glad he went to Copenhagen in an effort to help Chicago win the right to host the Olympic Games.
President Obama said Friday he's glad he went to Copenhagen in an effort to help Chicago win the right to host the Olympic Games.

(CNN) – President Obama said Friday he's glad he went to Copenhagen in an effort to help Chicago win the right to host the Olympic Games. The head of the Republican Party said he's glad the president's coming back.

Obama is disappointed with Chicago's failure to land the 2016 Summer Olympics, his spokesman told reporters on Air Force One Friday – but he's not sorry he went to Denmark to make the pitch for his hometown.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also said that the president is "absolutely" glad he spoke in person on behalf of Chicago's unsuccessful bid, and that he "would never shy away from traveling anywhere, talking to anyone about this country."

Gibbs also said the president was "obviously proud of his wife for the presentation that she made." Michelle Obama had traveled earlier to Copenhagen to lobby members of the International Olympics Committee to choose her hometown to host the 2016 Olympics.

(Updated with Obama's own comments after the jump)

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Filed under: Olympics • President Obama • Robert Gibbs
October 2nd, 2009
02:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Chicago congressman calls Olympic loss 'heartbreaking'

Chicago congressman calls Olympic loss 'heartbreaking'.
Chicago congressman calls Olympic loss 'heartbreaking'.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, a Democrat whose district includes part of Chicago, called the Windy City's failed bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games "heartbreaking."

Davis was in the middle of telling CNN's Ed Henry on Friday why he believed Chicago would be the best location for the Olympics when the news broke that his city had been the first one eliminated. Above audible gasps around the studio, Henry asked Davis for his immediate reaction.

Listen: Davis hears the news from CNN's Ed Henry

"Well, it's kind of heartbreaking in a sense," Davis said. "It's obviously a downer for us, because a tremendous amount of effort has been put into trying to win the bid, but of course Chicago is the city of the big shoulders. We pick ourselves up and keep on moving and look for the next horizon."

Davis said he didn't think it was wrong for President Obama to visit Copehagen to personally push for Chicago's bid, and said that he was aiming to get an international opportunity and to show leadership. Davis also said that because Obama is from Chicago, he was expected to put up the extra effort to try to help his hometown.


Filed under: Olympics
October 2nd, 2009
12:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Axelrod blames Chicago loss on IOC politics

(CNN) – Top White House aide David Axelrod is blaming the city of Chicago's shocking early elimination to host the 2016 Olympics on internal politics within the International Olympic Committee.

"I don't view this as a repudiation of the president or the first lady," Axelrod told CNN. "I think that there are politics everywhere, and there are politics inside that room."

Axelrod's comments came shortly after the IOC announced Chicago was the first city of the four finalists to be eliminated from contention. The early elimination came after in-person appeals from both Obamas on behalf of the city.

"As with any process like this, there are all kinds of crosscurrents in the room," Axelrod added. "There are relationships…the president of the IOC, former president, was heading up the effort for Spain. I'm sure those relationships meant something. I'm not an expert on the internal machinations of the IOC."


Filed under: David Axelrod • Olympics
October 1st, 2009
06:58 PM ET
5 years ago

In wake of violence, Obama sends Cabinet members to Chicago

Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death outside a Chicago high school.
Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death outside a Chicago high school.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is sending a pair of top Cabinet officials next week to visit the Chicago, Illinois, school where an honors student was beaten to death, the beating videotaped and broadcast around the world.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder will make the trip October 7, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.

"It's a great concern to the president, as somebody who lives in Chicago and should be a concern for every American," Gibbs said.

Obama spoke with his advisers about the killing on Wednesday and directed Duncan and Holder to meet with officials from the school, the students and the community to "talk about the issue of school violence," Gibbs said.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Obama administration • Olympics
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