The announcement this morning that President
Barack Obama's presence was always a possibility, even as the White House initially confirmed that First Lady
So at what point did it become almost compulsory for a head of state to campaign for Olympic bids in person? Try 2005, when British Prime Minister
Since the Salt Lake bid scandal virtually eliminated, or at least reduced, brazen gifts of trips, furs and scholarships for IOC family members, it has been gestures of respect rather than dollars that have won over votes for bidding cities. If you think I'm important enough to send your head-of-state to meet with me, well I might just pay a little more attention to that wonderful new judo facility your bid team is talking about.
Yes, but can President Obama truly influence voters more than the other attending heads of state? Consider the reference that Rio bid chairman
When it appeared earlier this month that President Obama would not attend the IOC Session,
Chicagoans will find out on Friday if a difference-maker can also be a game-changer.