POSTED: November 5th 2008

Chicago embraces Obama effect

President-elect Barack Obama addressing his supporters in Grant Park / Images: Chicago 2016
President-elect Barack Obama addressing his supporters in Grant Park / Images: Chicago 2016

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

CHICAGO: Chicago 2016 has congratulated Illinois Senator and President-elect Barack Obama on his historic victory of the 44th US Presidential election.

President-elect Obama has been a Chicago resident for more than two decades and currently lives in the Hyde Park Neighborhood just blocks from the proposed bid site of the Olympic Stadium in Washington Park. Obama has also been a long-time supporter of the Chicago bid plan since the inception. Bid chairman Patrick Ryan said: “Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama from Chicago 2016 on his historic campaign win for the US Presidency.

"President-elect Obama has been an outstanding advocate for the city of Chicago for years and an ardent supporter of our bid from the beginning. We are looking forward to working with him and bringing the Games to Chicago and welcoming the world to our great city in 2016.”

More than 200,000 people flocked to Grant Park, known as the city’s 'front yard' alongside beautiful Lake Michigan to celebrate the victory.

Following the selection of Chicago on June 4 as a candidate city by the International Olympic Committee, President-elect Obama appeared at a celebration in Chicago with Mayor Richard M Daley, other government leaders and Olympians and Paralympians.

At the time, he said: “Bringing the Olympic Games to Chicago will be a capstone of the success we’ve had in the past couple of decades in transforming Chicago into not just a great American city but into a great global city.”

Keywords · Chicago 2016 · IOC · Barack Obama

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