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.