POSTED: September 30th 2009
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First Lady looking to convince IOC members

Michelle Obama gets ready to greet the IOC / Image: Chicago 2016
Michelle Obama gets ready to greet the IOC / Image: Chicago 2016

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Sept. 30: First Lady Michelle Obama has arrived in the Danish capital and started her personal mission for Chicago 2016 to lobby the voting IOC members. Her goal is to convince them that Chicago should get the nod for the summer Olympics.

She was accompanied for the campaign trip by Valerie Jarrett, special adviser to President Barack Obama and head of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.

After a visit to the US Embassy in Copenhagen she will get straight down to bid business by starting her one on one conversations and try to meet as many as possible of the 106 strong membership. How many she will have the chance to personally speak to remains to be seen, however she is putting her best shot forward by meeting as many as possible prior to the presentation Friday morning. 

Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, caught up with Valerie Jarrett just prior to the trip. Jarrett humorously referred to the IOC campaign as being similar to that of the Iowa caucus during the Obama 2008 campaign for US Presidency.

The Iowa caucus required personal attention lobbying, basically a winning strategy for earning votes from the IOC membership. 

Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are all in the race to host the 2016 Olympic Games. With just barely 2 days to go on the campaign trail now every single appointment could make the difference.





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