OLYMPICS

Michelle to Lobby for Hometown

First lady Michelle Obama will travel to Denmark in October to lobby for her hometown to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the White House announced. The first lady might be the only Obama in attendance since the president will be focusing on getting his health-care plan passed. Chicago is in tight competition with Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, and Tokyo to host the Summer Games. The presence of world leaders has been key to securing votes in the past, as when Tony Blair landed the 2012 Games for Britain and Vladimir Putin landed the 2014 Winter Games. But Michelle brings star power of her own. She was born and raised on Chicago's South Side, near where the Olympic stadium would be, and has highlighted the importance of bringing opportunities to underserved communities. Top Obama adviser and Chicago native Valerie Jarrett will also travel to Copenhagen.