WASHINGTON--With a host city decision a few weeks away, President Obama and First Lady Michelle, in a move to bolster Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, will host Olympians and Paralympians at the White House next Wednesday, I've been told.
WASHINGTON--With a host city decision a few weeks away, President Obama and First Lady Michelle, in a move to bolster Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, will host Olympians and Paralympians at the White House next Wednesday.
Meanwhile, I've also learned White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett is traveling to Copenhagen to help convince International Olympic Officials to pick Chicago when they announce the 2016 games host city in Denmark on Oct. 2. Chicago is competing with Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo for the summer games.
The White House has not said yet if President Obama will also fly to Denmark for the last pitch but he is likely to if his presence can make a difference.
In July, Obama taped an appeal to support Chicago's bid when International Olympic officials met in Abuja, Nigeria. In June, the White House announced creation of a new White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.
The event the president and Mrs. Obama will be hosting next Wednesday is with the new Olympic office and the Chicago 2016 group that has been trying for years to land the games in Chicago. Jarrett was part of that leadership when she was in Chicago and now directs the White House part of the U.S. drive to get the games in Chicago.
I was told by the White House the Olympic athletes and paralympic athletes will in a sense be doing double duty--boosting Chicago at the White House in the afternoon while also promoting youth sports and healthy activities at Washington area schools in the morning.