September 11th, 2009
04:13 PM ET
14 years ago

First Lady to promote Chicago Olympics overseas

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to John:

    Hillary Clinton is a Yale Law graduate; served on the Watergate committee as special counsel to Senator Sam Irvin and helped craft the document Goldwater took to the White House that convinced Nixon to resign.

    Obama has an 80% approval rating internationally; Bush before leaving office was at 4% approval internationally.

    Personal to Jon in CA:

    There's no corruption in CA? Didn't we find out that Gray Davis was reclled in large part due tothe corruptive lies created by Enron that caused all the problems. So worry about your own backyard before you point fingers elsewhere. Last I checked, Chicago was running better than anyplace in CA!

    September 11, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. KG, MN

    With every keystroke, many of you are letting your bigotry show.

    September 11, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Of course the Obama's will have to put their slum-lord buddy Rezko in charge of securing the real estate. Maybe Jeremiah Wrigt will be asked to deliver the benediction.

    (This will be the first time that I'll actually be rooting for an American city to NOT get the games. The Obamas have embarrassed this country enough.)

    September 11, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Hugo

    If they hold the Olympics in Chicago, they had better arm everyone attending as the death rate by violent crime in Chicago is out of the park! It will be like Vlad the Impaler inviting his "friends" over for lunch, they will show up for the free meal only to find out they are what is being cooked!

    September 11, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. diane

    Michelle just might get the job done......chicago is not that bad, and I give her credit for making the attempt. America needs just as much exposure as other countries. we might even get JOBS if she is successful. takes men and women build structures.

    September 11, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    John, I don't know why I'm wasting my time. You're obviously a brain-washed moron.........but if Michelle Obama is such a brilliant attorney, then why for the last several years has she been employed by the University of Chicago in adminisrative positions that have nothing to do with practicing law?

    (Hint: Does the term quota queen ring any bells?)

    September 11, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Danny J

    Obama's presence would have sealed the deal for Chicago. Unfortunately, it looks like Rio will now get it. As a Chicagoan, I am very disappointed that Obama dropped his pledge to his State by not being a Senator at all. Chicago's unemployment rate is 11%, our home sales took one of the biggest hits, and our city is now rated as the most stressful to live in. We could have used the boost to our economy. Thanks, Obama.

    September 11, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. donna

    As a Canadian I am appalled at the way you talk about your President and First Lady. You may disagree with the politics of the party holding office as we here often do, but the personal insults you write just show your inability to move forward as a nation. The insults show your bigotry and racism. A nation grows as its chidlren do and you show a poor example for your future generation.

    September 11, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. matt

    is chicago safe for the olympics I mean its already a corrupt city but is the crime rate down

    September 11, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Jay in Va

    It amazes me how these bitter republicans can turn a story about the Olympics into something negative, get a life...

    September 11, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Justin

    I think its great that the First Lady is going over there, she is a beautiful and elegant woman. I hope that her charm and charisma are enough to woo the members of the Olympics to award the games to Chicago!!!! I am very proud of the job the President and First Lady are doing!!!!

    Happy voter from Iowa, where it all got started!!!

    September 11, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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