White House help for Chicago's Olympic bid

September 9, 2009 4:28:41 AM PDT
The White House will send high-level help with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and his team as they travel to Copenhagen for the decision on whether this city will host the 2016 Olympics. ABC7's Olympic Coverage

Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will join the Chicago delegation for its final presentation to International Olympic Committee members, a White House spokesperson confirms. There's still no word on whether Obama himself will travel to Copenhagen to personally lobby the IOC.

Jarrett was an original member of the Chicago 2016 board and currently serves as the head of the White House's recently formed Office for Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.