Betty on the News: Obamas Join Oprah and Others to Push for Chicago Olympics
The president, first lady, and talk show host queen are all expected in Denmark to make Chicago’s case to the International Olympic Committee
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
First lady Michelle Obama arrived in Demark early Wednesday morning to join the U.S. delegation’s push for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Among the delegation hoping to impress the International Olympic Committee members: Oprah Winfrey, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and “Chicago 2016” president Lori Healey.
President Obama will join his wife in Denmark on Friday to lend his support as well, a move that has been criticized by some Republican leaders.
“I think while it’s a noble idea for the president to want to pitch his home city Chi-town for the Olympics, and of course America would be more than honored to host the Olympics in the future, I think that at a time of war, I think at a time of recession, at a time where Americans have expressed rather significantly their concerns and frustrations over the course of the spring and summer about health care, about the economy, about a host of domestic issues, even international issues, I think that this trip while nice is not necessary for the president,” said Michael Steele, the chairman of the RNC.
However, the President will not be the only leader to have taken a personal interest in the Olympic Games. Other heads of state, including Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; Spanish King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero; and new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, are expected to attend. (Fox News)