October 2nd, 2009
11:03 AM ET

Michelle Obama steals the show in Copenhagen

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/02/michelle.obama.olympics/art.michelle.obama.copenhagen.afp.gi.jpg caption="Michelle Obama's speech in Copenhagen focused on her roots in Chicago and her father's battle with MS."]
Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

After flying through the night for seven hours aboard Air Force One, nobody would blame President Obama for being at least slightly groggy when he arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, for a quick four hours to make the final pitch for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics.

Maybe that explains why the president seemed to snag the silver medal while first lady Michelle Obama, who's been in Copenhagen a couple of days, clearly took the gold with an emotional speech focused on her family's roots in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and her late father's battle with multiple sclerosis.

"Sports were a gift I shared with my dad, especially the Olympic Games," Obama said in her portion of the U.S. delegation's final presentation to the International Olympic Committee. "Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad's lap, cheering on Olga and Nadia, Carl Lewis and others for their brilliance and perfection.

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  1. Isabel, Rio, Brazil

    I was surprised Chicago to be the first eliminated. Actually, I disagree!

    October 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm |