President-elect Barack Obama’s transition staff released a video message this morning that he recorded to boost Chicago’s efforts to win the 2016 Olympics. The message is for the European Olympic Committee (EOC) XXXVII General Assembly meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
“In the coming years, my administration will bring a fresh perspective on America’s role and responsibilities around the world,” Obama says in the message. “But if we are to truly meet our shared challenges, we must all work together. By uniting the world in a peaceful celebration of human achievement, the Olympic Games reminds us that this is possible.”
Obama goes on to talk about the importance of the Olympics to international relations.
“The United States would be honored to have the opportunity to host the Games and serve the Olympic Movement,” he says. “As President-Elect, I see the Olympic and Paralympic Games as an opportunity for our nation to reach out, welcome the world to our shores, and strengthen our friendships across the globe.”
Appeal on the Oprah show soon to follow?
Let’s hope Mitt Romney’s available to save Chicago from a hefty financial loss, but the traffic jams will be something for the history books.