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Valerie Jarrett likens Chicago 2016 Olympic vote to Iowa caucus

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WASHINGTON--I chatted with Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday afternoon about Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics and Friday's International Olympic Committee vote. Jarrett is flying to Copenhagen Tuesday night with First Lady Michelle Obama, her chief of staff Susan Sher and her deputy, Melissa Winter.

The IOC has 106 members and the voting could go for several rounds. Only about 50 votes are needed for Chicago to be named the host city over Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. Jarrett said an apt comparison to Chicago's IOC campaign would be the Iowa caucus. Obama's 2008 Iowa caucus win paved the way for his election as president. The Iowa caucus required intense, personal campaigning--much like the final sprint to lobby the IOC members.

Said Jarrett, "The Iowa caucus, where you can have more than one round and every single vote counts and it is very retail and you have to earn the trust and confidence of every single person you can and that's where our effort will be....it is very germane in the home stretch."

On related matters:
*While Jarrett will be wearing the team "uniform," expect President Obama and the first lady to be in their own clothes.

*Contrary to a report, Jarrett said she never met with HUD officials about Olympic housing issues.

"I actually was not in a meeting with HUD. ...I heard after the fact that (Chicago 2016 president) Lori Healey had a meeting with some staff meeting with people from HUD." Jarrett said that was an "informational meeting" to familiarize themselves with all the different HUD programs. "I would not have been with them at a meeting with HUD," she said.

Said Jarrett, there was a report of her "buying tickets to some movie in Georgetown the other night in Politico, and that was not true either."

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therin lies the problem with those people...they have no understanding of anything but the campaign...'the iowa caucus'. what tragic figures, the obama people.

I Really miss Mike Royko in Chicago. He would not sit by and miss the corrupt connections of Obama, Jerret, SEIU, Acorn,HUD, Jones and many many more. Obama's payback to his cronies in Chicago has already cost the country billions of dollars and if left unchecked with mount into the trillions.
Valerie will make out like a bandit with the Olympics in Chicago. Try investigating who will benefit most from the Olympics. Don't try to tell me the people of Chicago will. I no longer beleive the party line.

In the context of the IOC awarding the olympics to Rio instead of Chicago, this story about jarret and the Obama's escapage to Denmark is somewhat hilarious.

Chicago out in first round mmm, mmm, mmm

This whole administration is a joke... so just blame on Rio... Congrats to the winner... to the loser goes the spoils.

This is amazing, IOC like Iowa Caucus? How naive or stupid can these people be? The IOC is like voting for the pope, it is byzantine, uncertain, and full of backroom deals starting years before the actual event. This is not a 30 minute blitz where you schmooze them with your "charm".

Good grief these people have watched too many episodes of West Wing and think that they can run the country in the same way.
Unlike the WW which fails to show the nitty gritty of politics, the actual vote harvesting, the IOC is allabout that and more.

naive politicians who think that Chicago Politics will work on the IOC stage. They have no idea about corruption because they play in a system where no one challenges them. In the IOC the corruption and the voting are endemic. VJ badly advised BO. These people have to wake up and focus on the PRIORITIES not promises or patronage.

If you want to know how America is being run, look at Cook County, which means we need to apologise to Tammany Hall.

THANK GOD THE IOWA CAUCAS TURNED OUT BETTER THAN THE IOC DECISION, THOSE GUYS ALREADY HAD THEIR MINDS MADE UP ABOUT RIO, THEY HAD ALREADY PICKED OUT THEIR SWIMMING TRUNKS FOR 2016, WE NEVER HAD A CHANCE!

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