Obama Makes Chicago Pitch
From the Associated Press:
President-elect Barack Obama has made an appeal for Chicago to get the 2016 Olympics.
Obama appears in a taped video message played by Chicago bid leaders Friday at a meeting of European Olympic Committees in Istanbul, Turkey.
Obama says the Olympics are "an opportunity for the country to reach out, welcome the world to our shores and strengthen our friendships across the globe."
Obama says he has long supported hosting the Games in his home city, and his administration will bring a "fresh perspective" on America's role around the world. Obama lives near Chicago's proposed 2016 Olympic stadium.
The three other bid cities -- Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro -- were also making presentations.
The IOC will choose the host city in October.
And there's this, from earlier in the day:
Chicago got a jump on its three rivals for the 2016 Summer Games ahead of Friday's presentations to the European Olympic Committees.
Delegates at the conference hotel woke up to find free copies of the International Herald Tribune newspaper with a glitzy wraparound advertising supplement promoting Chicago's bid.
The front featured a full-page color photo of Chicago's downtown skyline and Millennium Park with the headline "A Spectacular Setting For Sport."
The two inside pages carried photos of volleyball, boxing, triathlon, wheelchair racing, the Chicago Marathon and the Taste of Chicago food festival.
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