The Obamas are heading to Denmark to fight for the Olympic showdown to be held in the Windy City.
The president said Monday that he will travel to Copenhagen on Thursday to make the case for why his adopted hometown Chicago should play host to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. First Lady Michelle Obama said that “the gloves are off” now that the battle for the games is on.
The president and first lady will be joined by other administration officials when they take their case to the International Olympic Committee on Friday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The IOC will vote on the host city the same day.
Obama, who lived in Chicago and represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate before moving to Pennsylvania Avenue, will be the first president in history to attend an IOC vote. "I may live in Washington these days, but I've called Chicago home for nearly 25 years," Obama said. "It's a city of broad shoulders, big hearts, and bold dreams. A city of legendary sports figures, legendary sports venues and legendary sports fans. We want these games!"
Said Gibbs, "I don't think there's any doubt that the president is enormously proud of Chicago and would be enormously proud of ... the city hosting the bid. I think you'll hear directly from both the first lady and the president about what they think the Olympic Games mean and how Chicago hosting the Games fits with what we all believe the Olympics means."
Other cities pressing to host the Summer Games are Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, Japan; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Leaders from those nations are also headed to the IOC meeting hoping to sway the voters.