WASHINGTON – President
Barack Obama will travel to Denmark to support Chicago's bid for the 2016
Summer Olympics, projecting the highest-ever White House profile in lobbying for the international
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the
president, told The Associated Press Monday morning that Obama will leave Thursday and join his wife, Michelle, in Copenhagen,
where they'll make the pitch to the International Olympic Committee. Obama would be the first U.S.
president to actually appeal in person to the International Olympic Committee for an Olympics event.
International Olympic Committee is meeting in Copenhagen to select
a host city for the 2016 Summer Games. Chicago faces tough competition from
Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo.
The White House later formally announced
the trip, saying that Obama and his wife "will both make presentations to the IOC during Friday's session. They will discuss
why Chicago is best to host the 2016 Summer Games, and how the United States
is eager to bring the world together to celebrate the ideals of the Olympic movement." The IOC is scheduled to decide the
site on Friday.