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Obama 2008 Meets Chicago 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., second from right, Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and others, applaud at a Chicago 2016 Olympic rally, June 6, 2008, at the Daley Center Plaza in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Updated 4:51 p.m.
By Peter Slevin
CHICAGO -- An ebullient Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), fresh from wrapping up the Democratic nomination, did his bit for another longshot campaign today when he made an impromptu pitch for his hometown to host the 2016 Olympics.

"This is a good time to be in Chicago!" Obama shouted when handed the spotlight by Mayor Richard M. Daley (D), the booster-in-chief of the Olympics bid. "The White Sox are winning, the Cubs are winning and Chicago's going to win the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

"And your senator, he's winning, too."

Chicago made it into the Olympics final four this week, but is trailing Tokyo and Madrid, according to the International Olympics Committee. That did not stop Daley, joined by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), from calling an outdoor rally to cheer.

Obama, in town for three rare quiet days -- he said he plans to take his wife, Michelle, on an actual date -- did his part.

Obama's description of Chicago's strengths ("not just a city that works, but a city that inspires") and his view of Olympic ideals ("we can come together and accomplish great things") seemed to merge with the themes of his candidacy.

He said he expects to be finishing his second White House term in 2016 and pointed out that he lives within a few blocks of the proposed Olympic stadium in Washington Park. He might have to rent out his place during the games, he joked, if the price is right.

"In 2016, I'll be wrapping up my second term as President," Obama said. "I can't think of a better way than to be walking into Washington president of the United States and announcing to the world, 'Let the Games begin!'"

In honor of a pair of Os -- Obama and the Olympics -- the crowd of lunchtime passersby, which grew as his voice carried across Daley Plaza, started up his signature campaign chant, "Yes We Can!"

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Go Brian and Matt!!!!

Go Obama!!!!!

Go Chicago!!!!!

Posted by: Alice | June 8, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

From Canada, To all our family out your way. Your government is so very complicated. We do not see the media spin you and I are seeing every day. If our politicians screw up, we have an almost instant new election. We do not put up with to much nonsense. Although, how can I compare your system with ours. Just let the people speak.

Posted by: justadad55+ | June 7, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

We count and care, for anyone with common sense knows we are tied together for ever. That is fine with most Canadians, believe me.
Be gentle with Senator Clinton, her man has caused her so, so-much. Obama won, so please support him and restore our relationship as it was so many years ago. If not for your self, for the world and all your courageous military who have passed for you, and the world.
Forget about the media spin and look for change. Man you have a challenge ahead. Good luck and bless you all in anyway you wish. A white male from Canada

Posted by: justada55+ | June 7, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

If the Democratics foolishly nominate an unqualified and unelectable Barack Obama, put your country first, party second and vote for John McCain.

The Democratic party MUST be held accountable for their failure to denounce the rampant, incessant sexism, racism, classism and voter disenfranchisment practiced by Obama, his campaign, his NASTY supporters and ALL media. IN fact, the Dem party is complicit in disenfanchising voters in Michigan and Florida. Since when is a 1/2 vote ok? 1/2 a person ok? It's NOT. It calls to mind the ole Jim Crow laws when blacks were considered 3/5 a person. This is worse. To vote for Obama is to condone what they have done.

Women are the majority voting block of the Dem party and swing ALL elections. Women want Hillary. Women say NO to Obama. Women are mad as hell and we are NOT going to take it anymore. Not this year, not this time. Paybacks are hell, but necessary. The Democratic party understands two things, money and votes. WE have the power to withhold both! Do so!

UNITY? NOT THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*You must do the thing which you think you cannnot do* Eleanor Roosevelt

Rise, Women, Rise!

Posted by: JK | June 7, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey Obama. Good for you! Keep up the enthusiasm. I hope the US, through Chicago, does get the olympics.

Good luck!

Posted by: MSL | June 6, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Lets Go White Sox. Sen. Obama is a huge Sox fa. Wouldn't be surprised to see him out the ballpark this weekend.

Posted by: Brian | June 6, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's try to win this one first, OK?, then we will worry about 2012

Posted by: Anonymous | June 6, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like obama is becoming overconfident. I have an odd feeling he is going to stumble very badly soon.

Posted by: sandy | June 6, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Campaign Diaries just released its new batch of House ratings, with the field shifting dramatically towards Democrats:

Posted by: Dan | June 6, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Dear World,

We, the citizens of the U.S. of A will make you a deal: we elect Barack Obama as the next President of the United States and bring an end to the Bush-Cheney tyranny. In exchange, you agree to give our new President (and as importantly, his earliest & most die-hard supporters from his hometown) the Olympics in 2016. Madrid and Tokyo, 2020 isn't that far away and we're pretty sure that you're willing to see that avoiding a 3rd Bush term with McSame is in everyone's best interest. Fair enough? Great- it's a deal!!!

Posted by: Chi-town Grrrl | June 6, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Chicago transplant, but I'll second your sentiments. I'm fearful all the Cubs enthusiasm has jinxed them (further) though.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | June 6, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Cheer up Hilly. You can try again in old will you be?

Posted by: gmundenat | June 6, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Like there's a bad time to be in Chicago?

It's a great year! The Cubs are on their way, the Olympics are coming, Barack Obama is also on his way. All we need is a winning Bears season and my life will be complete!!

Here come the comments!

Posted by: Susan | June 6, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

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