President Barack Obama Oval Office phone call to International Olympic Committee President Count Jacques Rogge, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)On Friday President Barack Obama will be in Denmark making his pitch (and leveraging his international popularity) for Chicago’s shot at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Some are wondering if this gamble will be worth it.
The White House knows that the decision to go before the International Olympic Committee is fraught with political risk: The president could be embarrassed on a world stage if he doesn’t land the games.
Plus, more than a few Americans are surely scratching their heads — with his inbox crowded with a troop request for Afghanistan, a new secret nuclear site in Iran, sky-high unemployment and a health care bill in Congress, does the president really have time for this?
More after the jump.