Statement from Chicago 2016 Chairman and CEO Patrick G. Ryan:

October 3, 2009 6:54:55 AM PDT
"We would like to thank President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Daley and our friends and neighbors in the wonderful city of Chicago for all they have done in support of our bid.As with sports, you can never be assured of the outcome in a highly competitive contest such as this. However, of this we can all be certain: no U.S. bid has ever enjoyed the type of support our bid received -- and for that, we are forever grateful. Every Chicagoan should be proud of our city and all that has been accomplished through this process."