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Obama Copenhagen Chicago Olympic pitch if on, to be "quick trip"

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WASHINGTON--Here's the latest on whether or not President Obama is going to show up in Copenhagen to pitch Chicago for the 2016 summer Olympic games, with the International Olympic Committee vote on Oct. 2. I think Obama will be in Copenhagen. But as White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday, the White House likes to keep "you guys on your toes" in the meantime.

Obama is likely to show up in a "quick trip" to Denmark. He won't be there for days to schmooze and lobby. That's what First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Valerie Jarrett, Mayor Daley, Gov. Quinn, and the rest of the delegation will be doing, starting on Sept. 30.

Gibbs on Thursday said, "as you guys know, we've -- an advance team departed the United States on Monday to preserve the option for the President to visit Copenhagen and lend his voice to America's bid for the 2016 Olympics. That hasn't changed. No final decisions have been made as of yet.

He was asked, "But it sounded like a final decision when you said he wasn't going to go, he was going to send the First Lady."

"Well, the First Lady -- that was a final decision. The First Lady is going. But we like to keep you guys on your toes," Gibbs said.

Question to Gibbs: So it's possible he may go?

"Absolutely. I mean, the advance team was sent in for that possibility. We didn't -- we wanted to ensure that if he went -- if he could go, we were ready. And that's the precaution we've taken."


Q Robert, is it now more likely than not the President will go to Copenhagen for the IOC?

MR. GIBBS: Mark, as you guys know, we've -- an advance team departed the United States on Monday to preserve the option for the President to visit Copenhagen and lend his voice to America's bid for the 2016 Olympics. That hasn't changed. No final decisions have been made as of yet.

Q But it sounded like a final decision when you said he wasn't going to go, he was going to send the First Lady.
excerpt from Thursday transcript re Olympics...

MR. GIBBS: Well, the First Lady -- that was a final decision. The First Lady is going. But we like to keep you guys on your toes.

Q So it's possible he may go?

MR. GIBBS: Absolutely. I mean, the advance team was sent in for that possibility. We didn't -- we wanted to ensure that if he went -- if he could go, we were ready. And that's the precaution we've taken.

Q Would it be a daytrip to Copenhagen?

MR. GIBBS: I think it would be a very quick trip, yes.

Q In and out?

MR. GIBBS: Yes.


4 Comments

Were they trying to build suspense all along? If so, it has worked in my case because I can't wait to see if he goes or not.

He is holding back so that if Chicago is not selected then it will not alter perceptions about his sway over the rest of the world. The critical IOC votes, notwithstanding a landslide result, will come from those that prefer Tokyo or Madrid to either Chicago or Rio.

All Obama all the time. He just has to be front and center all of the time. I have lived a very long time and I have never observed such narcissism in one man. First it is "health care has to be passed NOW." (That was July) Now it is a trip so that the small fragment of the world that has not seen the ONE can see him. Unbelievable arrogance.

I think that it is GREAT that we have a TSUNAMI in AMERICA and our PRESIDENT is peacing out to Europe for ONE DAY ONLY. I didn't know that the American taxpayer financed such ROCK STARS. What's next? Streisand 2016? Britney 2024?

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