Obama Writes To IOC Supporting Chicago 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama has written a letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) members dated September 10, promising the United States would “welcome the world with open arms” if Chicago is awarded the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The Associated Press reports Obama said in the letter, “the City of Chicago is designed to host global celebrations and it will deliver a spectacular Olympic experience for one and all”.

The letter is reportedly addressed to individual members and bears the signature of the president.

In the letter Obama said, “I deeply appreciate the tremendous work of the Olympic Movement and wish to convey my strong support for Chicago 2016”. Obama cites the “transformative power” of the Olympics to unite people.

He added, “as President, I see the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games as an extraordinary opportunity for America to renew our bonds of friendship and welcome the world to our shores with open arms. If you honor Chicago with your selection, we will ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are a key priority for our nation.

“You can count on our government to support Chicago’s quest to host an unforgettable event and strengthen the Olympic movement. I believe we have an historic opportunity to do great things together, and I look forward to discussing that opportunity with you. If not in Copenhagen, then soon thereafter if Chicago is your choice”.

The letter is dated a day prior to the White House announcement that Obama was unable to commit to going to Copenhagen because of the health care debate and was sending first lady Michelle Obama instead, reports the Associated Press.