Daley counts on president's support for Olympic bid

January 14, 2009 2:37:55 PM PST
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is counting on presidential support in the city's bid for the 2016 Olympics.Daley says the sitting president carries the ball when it comes to landing the games.

President-elect Obama will not be campaigning directly on Chicago's behalf. But he is expected to meet with the International Olympic Committee before it makes its decision in October.

"If you don't have a president or prime minister on behalf of your bid process going to Copenhagen then it seems like the United States or a country is not supportive and that is very vital to our bid process to be very frank. That is the quarterback that's coming over for the touchdown," said Daley.

On Tuesday, the Chicago City Council approved the use of property taxes to help pay for additional police patrols, street cleaning and other services during the summer games.