Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
First Lady Michelle Obama landed in Denmark this morning as part of her effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to her former home town of Chicago. The First Lady flew over with the Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley, and his wife Maggie, former Gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and other members of the Chicago 2016 Committee. President Barack Obama will arrive on Friday for what should be an unprecedented approach to win the Olympics; usually, world leaders do not get involved in their country’s olympic campaigns, though it is not unheard of. The Obama’s have involved themselves greatly with the Chicago bid, especially since the President’s inauguration in January. Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, says “Our goal is this: we don’t take a single vote for granted…Our first lady enjoys extraordinary popularity around the world. It’s a big part of why the president asked her to be a part of our team. In addition to which, she was born and raised in Chicago, not far from where some of the venues will be, and she knows and loves the city.“ Whether or not the Obama‘s effort to win the Olympics for 2016 works will be seen Friday, after multiple rounds of eliminations will leave one city remaining. I think it’s really cool that the Obama‘s are making such a big deal out of the Olympics, and to see how involved they are in this whole process. You’d think they’d just be figureheads for the campaign, but their actual involvement in the ins and outs of bringing the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago is pretty cool.