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October 2nd, 2009
07:05 AM ET

Obama makes 2016 Olympics sales pitch for Chicago

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama personally appealed to IOC members for the 2016 Summer Olympics Games to be in Chicago."]

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) - President Obama urged the International Olympic Committee on Friday to pick his hometown of Chicago as the host of the 2016 Games, saying the city represents the American dream as well as the Olympic spirit.

Obama's address to the 106 IOC members gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, was the highlight of the Chicago bid committee's final presentation before the vote to choose the host city.

"Chicago is a place where we strive to celebrate what makes us different, just as we celebrate what we have in common," Obama said.

He pointed out that from hosting the World's Fair in 1893 to hosting World Cup events in 1994, the Illinois city has the experience needed to put on an Olympic Games.

"We know how to put on big events and scores of visitors and spectators will tell you we do it well," the president said.

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  1. Dirk Peddler

    Another waste of taxpayer's money, good job mr. celebrity, uhm I mean mr. president! With our economy at the ledge of the world, you'd think an experienced president like you would know how to prioritize, I guess not.

    October 5, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  2. Jeff W.


    Question: Who is going to pay for that stadium that they have to build? ME and MY taxes .....good thing Chicago didn't get it!

    October 5, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  3. Jon

    I am glad that Chi town did not get the bid,the town is so corrupt. Law abiding citizens are denied thier constitutional right to own a gun,while gangs and and illegal immigrants run rampant. They need to gather up all illegals and ship them back,gather all gang bangers and kill em all.Lets not forget the corrupt government and police force.

    October 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  4. Alvin Burstein

    The comments by the hosts on CNN Saturday Morning characterizing our President's congratulations to Rio for winning the 2016 games as "spin," repeated several times, were tawdry. There is such a thing as good sportsmanship, and sneering at a display of it does not become one. AGB

    October 3, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  5. nswfm CA

    With the crazy right wing is gloating about the loss of the Chicago bid, why is it that we have to rely on parody and satire to do the work of investigative journalists to point out the hypocrisy of the right wing? Is it necessary to cede the profession to The Daily Show, the Colbert Report and others such as the link below?

    Hold both sides accountable. The country is depending on you to get the facts out there.

    October 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  6. Barbara

    Congrats to BRAZIL!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  7. Tom Urbanski

    I'm sorry, but who would want to go to an Olympics in a city that has hundreds of people being shot and killed on the streets, (300+ so far this year as of a CNN report a month ago), and more people being wounded by gunfire than what happens in Iraq and Afghanistan, (again 1800+ based on a CNN report).

    Hmm, isn't it interesting that this happens in one of the 2 states that don't allow civilians the right to carry concealed weapons to defend themselves against the criminals and thugs which, in Illinois, appear to be the elected officials and cops.

    I'm concerned that our President doesn't understand his need to distance himself from his home-town and state - a state where every recent Governor has either gone to prison or may be going to prison.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  8. nancy

    Too bad we didn't get it!

    October 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  9. jay m

    Every Country fights for the Olympic games, why not the USA, Bring on the games. Chicago 2016.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  10. Jeremy

    As a resident and taxpayer of Chicago, I don't want the Olympics to come here. On one hand I would love to be able to see the Opening Ceremonies. The event tickets are said to range from $500 to $10,000 per ticket. Which is too much to take my family. So really the games will cater to those that can afford it. The overall price tag is too high. Some businesses will benefit, but the structures that they are proposing to build, are temporary structures. So the long term benefits just aren't there. And the price tag! At best, the city plans on only losing $500,000,000. That's a loss for a city that already has the highest sales tax in the country and one of the highest property taxes in the country. I voted for Obama, but know one seems to be listening to the citizens of this city. We don't want the Olympics. I would rather have our tax dollars pay for something like education or more police officers. Not for a select group of companies chosen by our corrupt politicians. Not that Daley is corrupt, but he isn't listening to the people that elected him year after year.
    Obama should spend his time getting this Health Care Reform Bill passed. Not lobbying for an Olympic bid that the citizens of our city just don't want.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  11. BGM

    After watching this mornings discussion of the Chicago bid for the olympics, my rage boiled over. A concerned citizen of Chicago talking of the despair in her city, insisted she wouldn't move. Her comment was " When she was cold and dead." Ali Velshi and Soledad O'Brien found this very funny!!!!!!!!! So tell me,"When will CNN start to respect the little man in America??????????????" When????? Why are you not reporting on the slumlords that will be benefiting from this disaster? How about the people that will be displaced. How about how much it is going to cost the American people. When are your reporters going to start acting like real reporters?????

    October 2, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  12. Barbara

    Obama should focus on international issues like Afghanistan, Iraq, and and Iran, not the glamour of the Olympics in Chicago. Chicago is NOT the United Stated.
    This is what you get for voting for a junior senator into office, who has his own "celebrity" agenda, not the best interest of the people in the nation he's now leading. Well leading into DEBT and continued HATE and RIDICULE around the world.

    October 2, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  13. Barbara

    This is another one for the list on what is wrong with this Obama administration. As much "glamour" as the Olympic games can bring to a town, city and country, we can't afford it, and at this juncture on the estate of our economy and level of emotional stability of our people in our nation, the "complete federal government financial guarantees" that Obama has personally offered the Committee to BUY them into voting for Chicago, should be readdressed to Federal NATIONAL guarantees, so our people can keep their homes and small businesses can create jobs and improve our economy and this recession we are all in.
    Besides, as much as I love Chicago for everything that is it, today, Chicago is a crime filled, impoverished city loaded with disgraced politicians and scandals. And for what?

    October 2, 2009 at 7:42 am |
  14. RJ

    Doesnt Obama have better things to do than pay back political debt to his Chicago buddies? After getting a taste of Obamaland, I now know why I felt like my skin was crawling when I voted for this guy! GOP in 2012, its our only hope for the up in coming generation because all Obama has taught them is elect a democrate if you want free money at the working stiffs expense!

    October 2, 2009 at 7:36 am |