Just weeks before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selects the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, U.S. President Barack Obama will be promoting Chicago 2016’s bid on two fronts. The President will be hosting Olympians and Paralympians at the White House on Wednesday, and is sending a senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to Copenhagen to attend the October 2 vote.
The Olympic athletes will first visit local schools and then join Obama and his wife Michelle at the White House in the afternoon.
The Associated Press reports on Wednesday Obama is hosting an event jointly at the White House with Chicago 2016’s bid committee, said a White House official. According to the news agency the official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.
Meanwhile Chicago 2016 CEO Stephanie Streeter told Chicago’s WBBM that she does not believe Chicago is in the lead for the 2016 Games, but believes it can finish first. She said, “what you want to do is be in the lead on the last day, after the vote is taken, not necessarily going into the competition”.
Streeter said she believes Chicago is peaking at the right time.
She added that while it would be a significant show of support for the President to go to Copenhagen for the October 2 vote – joining the chiefs of state from the other finalists – Brazil, Spain and Japan – it will not necessarily be fatal if he does not. She said she expected Obama to make a decision on going “at the last minute”, saying the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) asked the President earlier this week to commit himself to the Copenhagen trip for the vote.