WASHINGTON — President Obama is dispatching an advance team to Copenhagen to pave the way for a possible personal appearance before the International Olympic Committee next month.
The decision doesn't necessarily mean Obama will be able to make an in-person appeal for his adopted hometown of Chicago, which is bidding to host the Olympics in 2016, a senior advisor to the president said Saturday.
But the president wants to make sure he has the option to go, in case he can get away from healthcare discussions to make the trip.
Before any presidential trip, White House advance teams need time to size up the security situation and make arrangements for accommodations, even for travel the president doesn't end up undertaking. The advance team will travel Monday.