WASHINGTON--President Obama is targeting undecided members of the International Olympic Committee to bolster the case to vote Oct. 2 for the 2016 summer games to be in Chicago.
On Sept. 10, he sent a letter to some of the target IOC members and the letter made its way out of the White House on Tuesday.
excerpt: 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.
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September 10, 2009
I deeply appreciate the tremendous work of the Olympic Movement and wish to
convey my strong support for Chicago 2016.
Around the world, sports play a vital role in filling young people with hope,
providing a foundation for respect, and leading nations toward greater friendship and
excellence. I have seen the transformative power of the Olympic Games to unite men
and women across all boundaries, and I hold the mission of the Olympic Movement in
the highest esteem.
That is why I have been committed to Chicago 2016 since the launch of the bid in
2006. The City of Chicago is designed to host global celebrations, and it will deliver a
spectacular Olympic experience for one and all. However, it is not the quality of the
setting or the experience alone that compels me to recommend Chicago to you. I also
believe that Chicago 2016 offers the United States and the International Olympic
Committee a unique chance to collaborate on sport development and build a better future for young people everywhere.
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. 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 support Chicago's quest to host an
unforgettable event and strengthen the Olympic Movement.
As a member of the International Olympic Committee, the work you do is
invaluable to all of us who are committed to building a better world. Thank you for your
enduring contributions to youth sport and 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
President Barack Obama