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Obama tapes pitch for Chicago 2016 Olympics for Nigeria meeting

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WASHINGTON--President Obama taped a pitch to bolster Chicago's bid to land the 2016 Olympics. International Olympic officials are in Abuja, Nigeria for the 13th meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.

excerpt from Obama's message:

That is why, from the very beginning, I have fully supported Chicago's dream of hosting the 2016 Games.

If Chicago is selected for this honor, we will ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are a key priority for our nation.

We have already established a White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport to serve the Games. And you can count on our government to work as a committed partner in Chicago's quest to host a great and historic Games and strengthen the Olympic movement worldwide.

Release below from the White House....

Video Script for President Barack Obama
International Olympic Committee Meeting
**Embargoed until 5:00 am ET Tuesday 7/7**


President Rogge, President Palenfo, distinguished members of the International Olympic Committee, ladies and gentlemen:

It is a distinct honor for me to address you as you gather in Abuja, Nigeria for the 13th meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.

While you and I live in different parts of the world, we share a common bond rooted in our shared love of sport and our appreciation for the values it teaches - particularly to our young people: teamwork, dedication, courage and honor. Olympic-level sport is the highest embodiment of these ideals.

In bringing the world together in a great celebration of humanity, the Olympic Games empower us - even if only for a few brief moments - to focus on all that we share, rather than the things that divide us. And the Games remind us how much we all have to learn from each other.

That is why, from the very beginning, I have fully supported Chicago's dream of hosting the 2016 Games.

If Chicago is selected for this honor, we will ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are a key priority for our nation.

We have already established a White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport to serve the Games. And you can count on our government to work as a committed partner in Chicago's quest to host a great and historic Games and strengthen the Olympic movement worldwide.

As President, I see the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games as an opportunity for America to reach out and renew our bonds of friendship around the world - to welcome the world to our shores with open arms.

And I very much hope we will have the chance to extend that hand of Olympic friendship to all of you in Africa today.

Thank you, and best wishes for successful deliberations during your meeting.

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wonder if anyone there read the news of some of the nation's highest rates of crime rolling out the oba's former district. think that's why he want's the olympics? to just erase the evidence?
oh yea, and that wonderful transportation system, the one 'val' used to chair...and what about grove parc?
lol...now even mugabe is calling his state department guy for africa an, 'idiot'.

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