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First lady will lobby for Chicago

September 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An Obama is going to Denmark to lobby for Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

The White House announced that First Lady Michelle Obama would travel to Copenhagen to make the case for Chicago ahead of the Oct. 2 vote by the International Olympic Committee. President Obama told IOC President Jacques Rogge that the healthcare debate would keep him in Washington but that he would continue to work on behalf of his adopted hometown of Chicago from afar.

Chicago and U.S. Olympic Committee members have openly lobbied for the president to join them in Copenhagen, believing his presence could help bring the Summer Games back to the United States for the first time since 1996. Chicago is in a tight contest with Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo, and the presence of world leaders has been instrumental in the most recent votes.

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