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Dispatch: The International Olympic Committee Session Opening Ceremony

The Post's Robin Givhan was the White House pool reporter for the opening ceremony of the 121st International Olympic Committee Session in Copenhagen Thursday. Her report follows.

Your pool was on hold on the second floor foyer of the Opera House at about 5:20pm when guests began to arrive to the strains of a chamber orchestra.

The setting, Copenhagen's Opera House, home to the Royal Danish Orchestra -- among several Royal Danish musical ensembles -- was glorious. The building, with its central sphere-shaped auditorium, sits waterside. There were dramatically overcast skies with just a bit of early evening sun glinting off the water. Boats sailed along the waterway and historic buildings were visible in the distance.

Inside, small tables covered in white linen were sprinkled throughout but the only munchies your pooler could see were breadsticks. Where pray tell were the canapes? Perhaps they arrived after your pool was ushered into the auditorium.

The delegations arrived and sat grouped together stage right. Oprah Winfrey -- hair smooth and pulled off her face was dressed in black (sorry, couldn't see the full frock) and seated to the right of Chicago mayor Richard Daley. They were up front although not in the front row.

7:02 p.m. Lula is in the house -- President of Brazil, that is. Waves. Hugs. Cameras focus on him.

Michelle Obama arrives in a pumpkin satin cocktail dress -- full skirt, sleeveless and with criss-crossing straps in the back. No, it is not a warm evening in Copenhagen. But there is no weather in a motorcade. She sits to Oprah's right.... So to recap: We have in a row, Daley, Oprah, Mrs. Obama.

We do not manage to eyeball other heads of state.

Ceremony begins with the Danish National Anthem and that is followed by the Olympic hymn.

Speeches ensue by various Olympic officials including IOC president Jacques Rogge. Welcoming remarks from Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who manages to merge athleticism with global warming -- referencing the upcoming summit on climate change that will take place in Copenhagen.

Then the dancing began. First up was the Jockey Dance by The Royal Danish Ballet.

Next was "Uncontaminated" a fabulously dramatic modern ballet performed by dancers in chocolate brown leotards and a perfectly exquisite lead ballerina.

Next came a song about springtime in Denmark. Then more classical ballet.

The Danish National Girls Choir sings "Plant a Tree." The song is all about uplift and what the individual can do to make the world a better place. A psychedelic tree grows on a video screen behind the girls who end their song by posing like trees.

The Youth Ballet of the Royal Danish Theater performs -- ballet, hiphop, jazz -- and exude much youthful vigor and underscore a message that the youth are our future. Much charm oozed across the stage.

The evening ends with a George Balanchine ballet "Symphony in C." It was performed by the Royal Danish Ballet. Music by Bizet.

Your pool was hustled through the mingling and eating dignitaries. (The food arrived!!!) A Frank Sinatra song "The Lady is a Tramp" is being crooned as we make our exit.

Addendum: Both Valerie Jarret and Susan Sher, the first lady's chief of staff, were in attendance.

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Comments

Hey Democrat Losers & Obamabots the today's
10-2-2009 latest Rasmussen Poll now shows
that 43% of people think it was a bad idea
for Loser in Chief Barack Obama to go run
over to Denmark and pitch the IOC for Chicago and only 36% called it a good idea.
So once again another Obama Screw Up!...
Also,do take note 38% of Americans Strongly
Disapprove of Obama's Job Performance and
only 28% Strongly Approve of it and that
again leaves Obama with a MINUS 10%...I do
wonder if Rasmussen had ask about if the people approved of Obama's Latest Date
Night in Denmark with Michelle and Oprah
if Obama might not have had a 100% Negative
Rating here. Hey Obama 9.8% Unemployment
and there are Wars going on in Afghanistan
and Iraq and US troops are being killed
while Play Olypmic Games Cheerleader and
do threesome date nights you Loser... As old Harry S Truman used to say,"The Buck Stops Here,"right on Obama's desk! Time to
Impeach Barack Hussein Obama NOW!

Posted by: loneeagle1938 | October 2, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

This Presidency is becoming the traveling Presidency. I wonder who is paying Mrs. Obama's trip and also I wonder whether the Presidency of the United States becomes a beggar for a group of corrupt officials of the International Olympic Committee, to entice them to award the Noble Games to a city that has very little to offer the world visitors. If the US continues this policy, it will result in us buying the Olympic games . Who knows what our President and Mrs. Obama will offer, besides their looks!

Posted by: maitami | October 2, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Timetable of events at the International Olympic Committee session in Copenhagen on Friday for the selection of the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The four candidates are Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo (all times GMT).

0630 Session opens

0650 Chicago presentation

0735 Chicago Q+A

0830 Tokyo presentation

0915 Tokyo Q+A

1010 Rio de Janeiro presentation

1055 Rio Q+A

1250 Madrid presentation

1335 Madrid Q+A

1400 IOC evaluation commission report

1510 Voting starts (eliminated city in each round of voting, apart from the final round, will be announced during this period.)

1630 Announcement ceremony at which IOC president Jacques Rogge names the winner

Posted by: JakeD | October 1, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

How appropriate it is to have WAPO's fashion critic in need of a serious weave weave recap D.O.O.

Posted by: HereComesTheJudge | October 1, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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