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The White House just released some photos from last night’s Olympic presentation.  Be sure to check out our other Olympics related photos and coverage.

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Barack on the Big Screen:
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Listening to Barack During Chicago’s Presentation:
Presenting on Behalf of Chicago’s Bid:
First Lady Michelle Obama during a break in her one-on-one meetings with International Olympic Committee members in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009  (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama during a break in her one-on-one meetings with International Olympic Committee members in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Michelle has been hard at work meeting one-on-one with International Olympic Committee (IOC) members as part of her effort to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago. The IOC is the Olympic governing body that determines where the games will be held.

Here we have a great photo of the beautiful First Lady with Chicago’s candidate city banner just slightly out of focus in the background. I think that Chuck Kennedy, the White House photographer who snapped this pic, did an excellent job of capturing the First Lady’s trip and mission in a single image. If there was to be one defining image for this Olympic bid, I believe this would be that photo.

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Michelle Obama Takes a Break from Meeting with International Olympic Committee Members:
Michelle Obama met with some Olympic stars before the Chicago 2016 Dinner in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, September 30, 2009.  She's holding hands with Olympic gymnastics phenom and gold medalist Nadia Comaneci.  The others in the photo are (from left to right) track star and three time gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Nadia's husband Bart Connor, Olympic silver medalist in Judo Bob Berland, two time Olympic gold medalist and basketball star David Robinson, two time Olympic gold medalist Dr. Edwin Moses (400 meter hurdles), triple jump Olympic gold medalist Mike Conley, and Paralympic wheelchair track and field gold medalist Linda Mastandrea. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Michelle Obama met with some Olympic stars before the Chicago 2016 Dinner in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, September 30, 2009. She's holding hands with Olympic gymnastics phenom and gold medalist Nadia Comaneci. The others in the photo are (from left to right) track star and three time gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Nadia's husband Bart Connor, Olympic silver medalist in Judo Bob Berland, two time Olympic gold medalist and basketball star David Robinson, two time Olympic gold medalist Dr. Edwin Moses (400 meter hurdles), triple jump Olympic gold medalist Mike Conley, and Paralympic wheelchair track and field gold medalist Linda Mastandrea. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In the photo above, Michelle is wearing a patterned blue jaquard sheath dress by one of Mrs. Obama’s favorite designers, Jason Wu. Michelle has worn one of Jason’s pieces on many occasions, including at the Inaugural Balls (photos below). Her dress is complimented by a blue glass pearl necklace from Erickson Beamon. (Hat tip to Mrs. O for the info on her outfit.)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama ride in a golf cart at an Inaugural ball.  The First Lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu dress, January 20, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama ride in a golf cart at an Inaugural ball. The First Lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu dress, January 20, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Michelle Obama dances with the newly inaugurated President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 at an inaugural ball.  The First Lady is wearing a custom dress by designer Jason Wu.  (Photo by Flickr user clifff1066.  Please be sure to credit him if you use this photo.)

Michelle Obama dances with the newly inaugurated President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 at an inaugural ball. The First Lady is wearing a custom dress by designer Jason Wu. (Photo by Flickr User cliff1066. Please be sure to credit him if you use this photo.)

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Unfortunately, I don’t yet have any photos of Michelle in Copenhagen to post.  However, I was able to find a video of her arrival.  As you can see, the First Lady is wearing a patterned jacket with matching dress underneath.  The design of the jacket/dress combination creates an interesting effect, as they are nearly identical, except that the jacket’s pattern uses circles and the dress’ pattern uses squares.  The jacket is drawn in at the waist by a black belt tied in a bow and the entire ensemble is complimented by silver heels and simple stud earrings.

While the First Lady certainly looks nice, this isn’t my favorite combination on her.  Mrs. Obama is a very sleek looking woman, and I find the patterns to be a bit too busy.

I’ll follow up with photos when I can get my hands on some, but in the meantime, you can also watch the short statement that the First Lady gave to the press after arriving.

As you probably know by now, First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the US delegation to the International Olympic Committee in an effort to secure the 2016 summer games for Chicago. I can think of no better person to represent the United States than Mrs. Obama. She is intelligent and well-loved.

The First Lady delivered remarks at a reception hosted by Mayor Daley in Copenhagen, site of the 121st IOC Session and XIII Olympic Congress.

We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent, particularly this time in our nation’s history, where athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity.

[T]hat’s what excites me most about bringing the Games to Chicago – the impact that it can have on the lives of our young people, and on our entire community.

[T]his is an opportunity for the United States to connect to the world in a really important way at a very critical time, and for each of us to show them our passion and sincerity to be part of the world in a very special way, and to let people know that we understand that sports saves lives, that it makes dreams come true, that it creates visions in kids’ heads to make them think they can be the next David Robinson, the next Barack Obama, the next Nadia Comaneci, the next Oprah Winfrey. Those dreams have to start somewhere, and for so many, they start when they watch the Olympics. And if we can show people that we understand that power and that possibility, then they will have the confidence that not only will we have the city – the Olympics in a city that works, but will execute this thing with the kind of passion and openness and sincerity that the world so greatly wants to see in us.

The full text of the First Lady’s Speech is available here.  Hopefully a video will be available at some point.  If and when it is, we will post it.

UPDATE: Here is a video with selected remarks from Michelle’s speech.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a video of the full speech.