First Lady to Make Empassioned Pitch for Chicago 2016

Jarrett: "There won't be a dry eye in the room"

Friday, Sep 18, 2009  |  Updated 10:00 PM CDT
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Obama Takes a Stab at the Olympic Bid

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Michelle Obama speaks during an event at the White House touting Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on Sept. 16, 2009. In the background is track and field Olympic star Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

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"There won't be a dry eye in the room."

That's what White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told Bloomberg.com of First Lady Michelle Obama's Oct. 2 presentation to the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen.

Jarrett will travel with the first lady, but did not disclose any details about the presentation.

Instead, Jarrett stayed on message, touting the economic boon the Games could bring to Chicago and the nation, and hammering home the support the Games have from Congress, the White House and from several corporations.

Although the president isn’t planning to attend the Copenhagen session, Jarrett said he is still working the phones.

"Every vote counts and so he’ll be reaching out to everyone and trying to make it clear to everyone how Chicago is absolutely the best possible place to host the Olympics," Jarrett said.

International Olympic Committe president Jacques Rogge said the president's attendance is not required, but others have said it will be noted.

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