CHICAGO On Wednesday, Mayor Richard Daley will visit the White House with a group of schoolchildren, athletes, and representatives of the U.S. Olympic Committee, according to The Chicago Tribune. During their visit, the group will endorse Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics with speeches and sports demos on the White House's south lawn tomorrow afternoon.
Next month, the White House will continue to back Chicago's bid. Though Barack Obama will likely stay in Washington to tend to health-care issues, the first lady will travel to Copenhagen to be present for the International Olympic Committee's final vote on which of the four finalist cities will host the 2016 games. (Chicago is competing with Tokyo, Madrid, and Rio de Janeiro.)
Today's Chicago Sun-Times quoted Richard Pound, a Canadian member of the committee, as saying that Barack Obama's presence in Copenhagen could make “a huge difference" in helping Chicago win the bid. But if the president can't make it, Oprah Winfrey has offered to donate her star power as needed, telling The Tribune on Monday, “There has been some talk about“ her traveling to Denmark, and “if I feel that I can be useful there, then that's what I will do."
Apart from celebrity backers, Chicago's pitch in Copenhagen will include a series of videos produced by Ogilvy & Mather, The Tribune said in another of today's Olympics-related reports. The three films, each less than five minutes long, will likely be scored by Mark Isham, who has composed the soundtrack for such films as October Sky.