Obama pitches Chicago 2016

November 20, 2008 9:52:39 AM PST
President-Elect Barack Obama has taken time away from picking a cabinet and planning his administration to record a new pitch for Chicago's Olympic bid.ABC 7 News has learned Obama's message will be played at an important gathering of nearly 40 European members of the International Olympic Committee Friday in Turkey.

On the tape, the president-elect talks of his commitment to bringing the games to Chicago in 2016 -- and his belief that the Olympics can help improve struggling neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor Daley flies to Istanbul Thursday evening where he will personally present the city's bid. Daley hopes, as president, Obama will join the Chicago delegation for its final pitch to the IOC in Copenhagen in October.


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