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Obama, Michelle, Mayor Daley, Olympians at White House Wednesday to push Chicago 2016 Olympic bid


Below, from the White House.....

Office of Media Affairs
For Immediate Release
September 15, 2009

UPDATE: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Host White House Event on Olympics, Paralympics and Youth Sport
List of Olympians and Paralympians participating in tomorrow's event is below

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, September 16, 2009, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host an event on the South Lawn of the White House with the White House Office on Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport, Chicago2016 and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to promote Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and highlight the Obama administration's commitment to service, healthy living and youth sport.

The President and First Lady will be joined by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, representatives from Chicago2016, the USOC, United States Olympians and Paralympians, along with schoolchildren from local DC area schools to discuss the ideals of the Olympic movement and the Obama administration's commitment to service and expanding access to healthy, constructive activities like sports for our nation's children.

The group of Olympians and Paralympians participating in tomorrow's event are below:

Jackie Joyner Kersee- Track and Field
Dominique Dawes- Gymnastics
Arlene Limas- Taekwondo
Henry Cejudo- Wrestling
Ryan Reiser- Judo
Michael Conley- Track and Field
Bob Pickens- Wrestling
Bob Ctvrtlik- Volleyball
Anita Defranz (US IOC member) - Rowing
Tim Morehouse- Fencing
Jair Lynch - Men's Gymnastics

Paralympians involved with Chicago 2016
Linda Mastendrea- Track Field
Hope Lewellen- Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair tennis
April Holmes- Track and Field
Jerrod Fields- Track and Field
Myles Porter- Judo

Two small groups of Olympic and Paralympic athletes will visit DC area schools in the morning and travel back to the White House to join the President and First Lady, who will make remarks in the afternoon. These school visits are part of Athlete Ambassador, a service program set up by Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago where Olympians' and Paralympians from across the country promote the values of the Olympic Movement by engaging youth in sport activities.

After the President and First Lady's remarks at the White House, Chicago2016 representatives and the Olympic and Paralympic athletes will conduct sports demonstrations at the White House.

Last week, the Obama administration announced that the First Lady will lead the delegation to support Chicago's bid at the host city election in Copenhagen on October 2, 2009. She will travel with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. In her role as First Lady, Mrs. Obama, who was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, has been committed to bridging the gap between the White House and underserved communities around DC and across the country, and her trip to Copenhagen is an opportunity for the First Lady to carry this commitment to the international stage.


Chicago has a bad mayor. Cannot do his job , SO how will Daley manage the construction and progress to host the Olympics? Daley is the most corrupt person in Chicago (duh) and already his ''Clout buddies'' are trying to cash in on this Olymic dream. Daley and the Olympic ''dream team'' do NOT want the public to know where money is going. I do not think Daley knows how to do anything without corruption , cronism and over budgeting on every project, not to mention Daley's family cashing in on public money like its their personal piggy band. Remember that greasy Robert Vanecko and his free ride to riches thanks to Unkie Rich Daley. The polls and word on the street is solid PROOF that Chicagoans do NOT the Olympics. Why would President Obama want to help get something no one but Daley wants? I voted for Obama and if he continues to help Daley's terrible pipe dream, then myself as well as many VOTERS will remember this. Chicago is a bankrupt, dirty town that reeks stemming from the Mayor's office downward. Mayor Daley is everything that is wrong with crooked politics. Its time to dump the Machine and pray Obama isn't a patsy of Mayor Daleys. If Obama goes to Denmark us Chicagoans will know that President Obama doesn't care about the people that live in Chicago.

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