The IOC has apparently dismissed Chicago and Tokyo as possible hosts for the 2016 Summer Games. Now, the race remains between Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.
Copenhagen got hit by a serious one-two “O” punch–Oprah and Michelle O, that is–as they bid for Chicago as host for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
With the vote happening this afternoon, Michelle and Oprah both arrived in Copenhagen Wednesday, ready to spend some serious time wooing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and meeting various Olympic athletes.
It wasn’t all work and no play, though. Ladies O made sure they had some glam time at the Opening Ceremony, held at the Copenhagen Opera House.
Where was our POTUS through all this? Never fear, Obama joined his beloved yesterday, and they addressed the committee together. Obama was the last of the Chicago team to speak, and is the first sitting president to ever address the IOC. Those other cities don’t have a chance!
Since the committee members are not allowed to visit the potential host cities, such visits make a huge difference. Members were impressed by more than just the Power Os; Chicago explained plans to convert the temporary Olympic stadium seats into wheelchairs. Nice!
A few months back, The Economist honored Pittsburgh as America’s “most livable city.” But was the City of Bridges up to the challenge of hosting the G20? You betcha!
According to the White House, platinum symbolizes Pittsburgh’s steel industry roots, and the porcelain is made by an Illinois family business. The three-flower bouquet in the saucer consists of a purple violet (IL state flower), a mountain laurel (PA state flower), and a rose (national flower). P/FLOTUS are learning!
Apparently a private vegetable garden isn’t enough for the Obama family. Their need for vitamins A to zinc drew the First Lady to the newly established FRESHFARM Market on Vermont Avenue “by the White House.” Only a week ago, our FLOTUS reportedly submitted a request to the city for the appropriate road closures, etc. Usually, such a request takes months/years to be okayed. Not the case here!
FLOTUS addressed the 300-person crowd, saying “I’ve never seen so many people excited about fruits and vegetables. Yay for vegetables!!!”
What did the First Lady purchase, you ask? For a total of $28, she bought: a wheel of organic Camembert, chocolate milk, eggs, Tuscan kale, cherry tomatoes, Asian pears, “patriotic” potatoes (red, blue and German butterball), and hot peppers.
At one point, a fellow produce-junkie chided, “Don’t forget the brussel sprouts!,” to which Mrs. Obama replied “I don’t know if the president likes brussel sprouts.”
When will FLOTUS start hawking the White House Garden wares?
Chicago’s favorite denizen is heading to Copenhagen in hopes of sweet talking folks before the Olympic Committee votes on whether Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro will play host for the 2016 Summer Games. Michelle will have some competition though; the King of Spain, Brazil’s President and the Japanese royal family are plannning to do their own schmoozing of the committee.
BoL is hoping our FLOTUS will flex a little muscle while in Copenhagen, especially in light of the renewed attention to her glorious biceps. Women’s Health magazine recently interviewed Michelle’s trainer, Cornell McClellan, about how Michelle stays fit. According to the article, the First Lady “might do one set of 15 to 20 reps each of lunges, bench presses, hip raises, and rows, all without resting–and with short bouts of intense cardio mixed in. …The workouts also feature rope-jumping, kickboxing, and body-weight calisthenics.” Phew! BoL is tired from just cutting and pasting that list of activities.
Ignoring David Brooks’ snarky (jealous?) comment about Michelle putting away “Thunder and Lightning”, who better to advocate on behalf of Chicago’s Olympic dreams?
Vanity Fair totally jumped on the lovefest bandwagon and included our FLOTUS on their 2009 Best Dressed List. BoL totally concurs!
VF included the following info on the First Lady:
Residences: Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Occupation: First Lady of the United States. Age: 45. Notable Ensembles of 2009: Inauguration wardrobe; black Moschino organza top, skirt, and silk veil worn when meeting Pope Benedict XVI. Favorite Boutique: Ikram, in Chicago. Signature Wardrobe Item: Cardigan sweaters. Jewelry: Double-strand pearls. Shoe Designers: Jimmy Choo, Puma, Lanvin. Favorite Bargain-Hunting Locale: J. Crew. Causes: Education, health, and veterans’ affairs. They somehow forgot to add “Favorite Blog: Barack of Love.”