With only 15 days left until the International Olympic Committee makes a decision on a host city for the 2016 Olympics, President Obama made final pitch to Olympic Committee yesterday. “Chicago is ready,” Obama said during an event featuring Olympians, Paralympians and local schoolchildren. “The American people are ready. We want these Games.” As it stands, Obama will not travel to Copenhagen for the I.O.C. vote on October 2, because of the current pressing issue of health care reform. However, Obama announced that he will be sending first lady Michelle Obama to represent the country at the conference. Chicago will be competing against Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic bid. Chicago residents see this as an opportunity to attract billions of dollars in economic development to their city and raise its international profile.
With strong support that stretches from Chicago City Hall to the White House, and a strong relationship with Olympic Committee, Chicago feels it has a strong foundation to realize this vision. Check out www.chicago2016.org for more info and up-to-date news. What do you think? We presented the facts, what’s your conclusion?