By Mark Memmott

President Barack Obama has made the first direct pitch ever by a U.S. leader to the Internationl Olympic Committee on behalf of an American city's effort to host the Summer Games.

Now all that's left to do is await the IOC's announcement about which city will get the 2016 games. That news is expected at 12:30 p.m. ET.

In Copenhagen, Obama told IOC leaders that "the city of Chicago and the United States of America will make the world proud":

Earlier today, on Morning Edition, NPR's Cheryl Corley spoke with host Steve Inskeep from Copenhagen. As she says, Chicago's top competition appears to be Rio de Janeiro:

categories: Foreign News, Obama Administration, Sports

7:09 - October 2, 2009