In an interview for The Irish Times, Pat Hickey, the head of the Olympic Council of Ireland and the chair of the European Olympic Committee, predicted that if President Obama personally pitches the IOC in October that Chicago will be awarded the 2016 summer games.
As the world sinks into the Great Depression II, the idea of any government leader announcing €20 billion on a two-week sporting festival would probably result in assassination threats – unless his name is Barack Obama.
That’s exactly what’s going to happen,” Pat told me. “The three other cities all have fantastic bids. The Tokyo bid is superb, probably the best of all. Madrid has most of the Olympic infrastructure in place, a great transport system as well. Rio has a big advantage too in that the Olympics have never gone to a South American city, and it’s probably about time they did. But Barack Obama is going to show up in Copenhagen in October. He’ll work the room for about 20 minutes and that will probably be enough to swing it for Chicago. The same as Tony Blair swung it for London.
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