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Obama: Bring Olympics to Chicago

A feather for President Obama’s cap? Politico reports that “The Obama White House is playing an unprecedented role in the bid to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago, with top adviser Valerie Jarrett spearheading an effort that draws on the international symbolism of his presidency.” The initiative is not run directly from the White House, but is relying on Obama confidantes and fundraisers as well as the international goodwill he has engendered. Since his election, Obama has recorded two videos supporting Chicago’s bid. Writes Politico, “[it’s] a strategy veteran Olympics watchers say is paying dividends and could result in an enormous hometown farewell party if Obama wins a second term.”