The Obamas, Richard Daley, and little Olympics lobbyists. Photos via WhiteHouse.gov
Yes, they can. And yes, they did. The Obamas have wasted public schoolkids’ time as junior lobbyists for their Chicago cronies’ Olympics bid. More on that in a moment.
As a reminder: I noted last week that Obama had created a new “White House Olympics Office” earlier this summer. The White House has refused to disclose the budget and staffing of the office — but we do know that it is under the roof of the White House Office of Public Engagement, which is managed by chief Chicago Olympics bid cheerleader Valerie Jarrett.
On September 16, the White House Olympics Office and the Obamas hosted a special event and visit to two schools in the D.C. area to shill for the Chicago Olympics bid…under the guise of “service,” of course. Jarrett and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley joined the Obamas for the festivities:
WEDNESDAY: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Host White House Event on Olympics, Paralympics and Youth Sport
White House event will promote Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, Highlight Administration Commitment to Service, Healthy Living and Youth Sport
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, September 16, 2009, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host an event on the South Lawn of the White House with the White House Office on Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport, Chicago2016 and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to promote Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and highlight the Obama administration’s commitment to service, healthy living and youth sport.
The President and First Lady will be joined by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, representatives from Chicago2016, the USOC, United States Olympians and Paralympians, along with schoolchildren from local DC area schools to discuss the ideals of the Olympic movement and the Obama administration’s commitment to service and expanding access to healthy, constructive activities like sports for our nation’s children.
Two groups of Olympic athletes will visit DC area schools in the morning and travel back to the White House to join the President and First Lady, who will make remarks in the afternoon. These school visits are part of Athlete Ambassador, a service program set up by Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago where Olympians’ and Paralympians from across the country promote the values of the Olympic Movement by engaging youth in sport activities.
After the President and First Lady’s remarks at the White House, Chicago2016 representatives and the Olympic and Paralympic athletes will conduct sports demonstrations at the White House.
Last week, the Obama administration announced that the First Lady will lead the delegation to support Chicago’s bid at the host city election in Copenhagen on October 2, 2009. She will travel with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. In her role as First Lady, Mrs. Obama, who was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, has been committed to bridging the gap between the White House and underserved communities around DC and across the country, and her trip to Copenhagen is an opportunity for the First Lady to carry this commitment to the international stage.
The President and First Lady’s event at the White House on Wednesday is open to the press. If you are a reporter but are not part of the White House Press Corps, you are more than welcome to cover; however, you must RSVP by 11:00 am ET Tuesday morning to be granted access to cover the event.
Details on the school visits and South Lawn event are below.
OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC ATHLETES VISIT DC AREA SCHOOLS
WHO: United States Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
WHAT: Visit to DC area schools to discuss the importance of service, healthy living and youth sport
WHERE: Sousa Middle School in Washington, DC and Lake Ridge Middle School in Woodbridge, VA
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
9:00 AM ET
More reasons summer vacation will need to be cut short.
FYI: Intrade has the chance of a Chicago Olympics 2016 win at 65.