President Obama says the whole of America is rooting for his home city of Chicago to win the bid for the 2016 Olympics.
Long-time Chicago resident and current President of the United States Barack Obama has been a supporter of Chicago’s bid since its inception and noted his support during his Presidential election victory speech in Grant Park.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Denmark to support Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Michael Jordan has become an unofficial spokesman for Chicago’s bid.
Chicago media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Olympic champion Michael Phelps have been widely promoting the bid since the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics is the attempt by the city of Chicago—with the support of municipalities in the tri-state area of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—to be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The final selection will be made on October 2, 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Currently, Chicago’s rival cities for the hosting of the Games are Madrid, Spain; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Tokyo, Japan.
If Chicago is chosen, the games would be held from July 22 to August 7, with the Paralympics held between August 12 and August 28.
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