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September 28th, 2009
11:19 AM ET

Obama to make personal pitch for Olympics

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama is lobbying for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games to be held in Chicago."]

From CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama will travel this week to Copenhagen, Denmark, to make a big push for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Chicago, the White House said Monday.

Obama will join First Lady Michelle Obama and other administration officials in pitching Chicago to the International Olympic Committee on October 2, spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

No other U.S. president has ever attended an IOC meeting.

Chicago is vying for the Summer Games against Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, Japan; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Leaders from Brazil, Spain and Japan are expected to also make an in-person pitch.

The United States has hosted four Summer Olympic Games. In 1904, the Games were held in St. Louis, Missouri; in Los Angeles, California, in 1932 and 1984; and most recently Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996.

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  1. Dianne

    Other leaders have gone to these meetings to try and get the Olympic's for their country. It is not the first time a leader has done this. He trust his people to get all the information he needs to make a decision concerning the war. It is time we think about war instead of jumping into every countries business. While his team is getting info, then by all means try and get the Olympics for the US instead of taking a vacation at Camp David or going to Hawaii. He is always working for the good of our country. The people of America are not use to a President who can multi-task. American's are use to one or two projects a year, listen to how some complain about getting more done. Great job President Obama.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Dianne

    Why is Fox so right wing?

    September 29, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  3. Roy Gerry

    CNN is such a leftist out fit except my man LOU DOBBS
    Why is it so left ?

    Will someone awnser this for me !

    September 29, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  4. Dianne

    The Olympics has been a political tool for many years. It has not been solely about the games for quite along time. Remember when the Jewish atheltes were murdered? How many times have a country boycotted the Olympics. That type of simplisitc belief in the world hasnot existed for sometime and will not exist in the future.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  5. Alvina Balog


    September 29, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  6. jim vicalvi

    At least we got a day or two off from seeing obama's face on TV. Watching him everyday was like seeing a D rated soap opera everyday. I wonder who he will apologize to for the bad Americans back at home that are working to pay for his trip.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  7. Matt Reinke

    Gee Mr. President, I thought Olympics were to test the athletic ability of those participating, not the political clout of world leaders. Do you think your tax paying citizens can afford YOUR trip to Denmark just to maybe benefit YOUR state by hosting the Olympics?

    Make me happy about your trip by at least bringing back a beer for me!

    September 29, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  8. Dianne

    Governor Crist was with the President when he received stimulus money. Crist said without stimulus money, Florida would have had to layoff 26,000 teachers and others. He was never able to double talk himself out of that question. Also, his statistics for health care in Florida was for children not every Floridian. It seems as if he likes eating cake but wants some ice cream too.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  9. Dianne

    This will bring jobs to Chicago. People will visit other cities to see America. Airlines will get a boost. Extra food and supplies will be needed. All will bring more tax money to cities, states, and the federal government.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:57 am |
  10. ken

    Obama pushing the olympics is just like pushing bailouts for banks and wall street. The average person can't afford to spend the thousands of dollars to buy a ticket. Even if you had the money the corporate world buys up most of the tickets, then you have to buy them from a scalper or on an internet auction. The olympics will put the city of chicago in debt.

    September 29, 2009 at 6:52 am |
  11. Judye

    I remember the fuss made(and still is highlighted by some) about former President Bush not getting up immediately when hearing about the Twin Towers being hit. Yet some like Paul Begala think everything Obama does has been wonderful. Fueling up Airforce,sending an advance contingent,and going to Denmark when his wife and Oprah are already there ,along with 19(?) former gold medal winners is over the top.He has no qualms about using our resources,and ignoring the troop effort in Afganistan.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  12. BigLuvins

    Mari. Remember that whole technology revolution thing a few years back. Laptops, e-mail, phones without cords, etc. The President today is not nearly as cut off from the country as past presidents were when traveling abroad. This plugged-in era we are in allow the president to perform his daily office duties anywhere in the world with minimal interruption (unless he forgets the power converter for his laptop). Plus, you are the most powerful person in the world and your home town is a candidate for the biggest sporting event in the world, how could you not show a little extra commitment to the event.

    September 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  13. Loran

    No other President has worked this hard either. The rest of them just walked across the south lawn waving before they hop on Airforce One to Camp David. I am proud of our President. He is a hard working, multi-tasking machine. "I know GOPers". "It just drives you nuts that he is on top of his game". The American people love it though because at the end of the day, he is not just sitting on his khister sipping brandy with the bigwigs. He is really trying to solve problems for everyone. We are not stupid, I'd be mad about not being able to get over on the American people too and keep fattening my pockets at other's expense. President Obama is reigniting the fire and passion people had for our country. At one time people were jumping in boats crossing the ocean to get here, now ..... I hope he succeeds in getting the Olympics here.
    God Bless him and God Bless the good old USA

    September 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  14. Sue

    My valid e-mail address is listed with this site – and I will RE-POST>
    When is this Abomination going to stop spending OUR taxpayer money to travel with his wife on another vacation.
    FLY HIM TO THE MOON!!! The Chicago mates of his don't need MORE $$$$ to waste in their corrupt offices. This is TRULY a man who wants to waste OUR money for his wasteful Fly-aways!!!! And his wife needs to go? along with a few hundred paid HELPERS???
    Speak Up PEOPLE!!!! Stop this disgraceful wandering and let US have our money for our own NEEDS in this devastating economic crisis.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  15. Erik

    Here we go again. Just what we need his focus on, bringing the Olympics to corrupt Chicago so he and his cronies can get richer. Wake up America, we have the worst President possibly in the history of our country. I'm embarrassed for the first time in my life that someone so dishonest and completely inexperienced can be POTUS. Shame on us.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  16. Winston

    Whent this man does something, I am convinced it is to help this country. This time I believe financially. Furthermore, he's pretty good at the sports thing himself.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  17. Sue

    NO. He needs to do his job! And now with the charges of murder against three youths on the southside, we want to bring people in from around the world?? Hummm... yea, that sounds like a great plan. Maybe Obama can get the gang crime in order before 2016 so that people don't have to worry about the violence.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  18. RU4Real

    It is refreshing to see that our President can walk, talk, and chew gum all at the same time. It's funny to watch and hear people complain about what this President should be doing and most of the time he has already taken care of it. Just because you can't keep up don't complain. Congress is working on comming up with one Bill for health care reform(which is their job). He just finished G-20 Conference and made some progress. He will be meeting with Iran and he has put the cards on the table. I received my e-mail as to what he has accomplished and plans to accomplish. he is now going to see if he can improve economic growth in Illinois, which will create jobs for many people. Just sitting around complaining gets aboslutely nothing accomplished.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  19. Pilar

    It would be nice if he would do his job for once and not be a salesman. Daley and others in Chicago should be doing this... not the President. This is NOT his job. But then, he didn't do his job in Illinois and got elected President. What's the old saying, don't fire them, promote them. Obama needs to worry more about his job (while he still has it) and less about Chicago in 2016. And who is footing the bill for this excersion? Is he taking a vacation and doing it on his dime? I personally don't want to see any more of my money wasted on field trips.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  20. MG

    I would like more pictures of President Obama hard at work at his White House Desk. Tired of everything questioning the administration and congress's policies and practices being defined as hate or race based. We live in very scary times economically and internationally. A lot of us are concerned that decisions continue to be made for political purpose, are being rushed through, and lack real independent analysis. Name it... from stimulus spending to health care to, God help us, international decisions that could affect us and our friends dramatically. Yes, the Republicans have been at fault as well. This has gotten way beyond the usual blame game. We do need change we can believe in, beyond partisan politics, but it hasn't happened yet.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  21. tnwoman1948

    I wish I had his energy. God bless him and I hope we are successfull in getting the Olympics.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  22. Yogi

    Nothing to hate or love him for this but simply that he should not be getting involved in this – it's not his business. Worse, it would be a loss of face if Chicago still doesn't win the bid.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  23. Mike

    Obama BRAG about America? During all his other foreign travels all he was able to do is apologize on our behalf. Obama has much more important issues on his plate and should stay home and save the American taxpayer the $1,000,000.00+ it will cost for him to travel to Copenhagen.

    I'm glad to see his has his priorities in the right order.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  24. Mike

    I think he would be the last person to go over there to sell this. After all everytime he speaks about America over seas he bashes the country in some way or another.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  25. Moe

    Nothing against hosting the Olympics, but why not take a few days and invest some time into evaluate assisting our Troops? Surely someone else can make the case to bring the Olympics here. Mr. President you have larger commitments that you and only you can address, take time to deal with the URGENT request of the General you appointed.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  26. Aidy

    Wow, he really just doesn't get it does he? He's lobbying for the Olympics when unemployment is close to 10% and our future has been spent on bailouts?

    September 28, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  27. Kim

    I hardly think that 1-2 days out of the country to bring an event to the country, which will create jobs and improve economic growth in the Illinois area will cause any problems. Besides, it's rather refreshing to see a President, who can travel to other countries to tout America's good qualities vs. braggadocio. Be proud; don't hate!

    September 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  28. Mari

    Hmmm, I guess that means everything on the home front has been solved? I love that THIS is his priority.

    September 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm |