By Mark Memmott
The White House is sending a heavy hitter to the 121st International Olympic Committee Session in Copenhagen next month.
First lady Michelle Obama will be there to tout her hometown Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, the Obama team just announced.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Chicago would offer the world a fantastic setting for these historic games and I hope that the Olympic torch will have the chance to burn brightly in my hometown," she says in a statement.
The Windy City is competing against Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janerio. The Chicago Tribune says there's still a chance the president might go to Denmark as well -- but haggling over health care legislation might keep him too busy. The White House, in its statement, says that the president "informed IOC President Count Jacques Rogge today that the fight to pass health insurance reform keeps him from committing at this time to travel to Copenhagen." The Copenhagen meeting is set for Oct. 2.
As we reported last week, the IOC has said Chicago put together a good bid -- but also that it seems some risks, primarily financial, in the city's plans.