I am absolutely thrilled today to have been invited to join the delegation going to Copenhagen to try and win a bid for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics. Absolutely.
Thank you, President and Mrs. Obama, for this honor.
I will be busting with pride to help support an Olympic bid for a city that I--and many other Obama Administration officials--believe will make a fantastic host.
With Mrs. Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Chicago media icon Oprah Winfrey, among others, we ought to field a pretty good team.
It's an easy sell; Chicago offers the Olympics the complete package: great transportation, great facilities, great food, and--most of all--great people.
And for Chicago to host this event will be a blessing for the entire state.
So, yes, I am fired up for this mission, and I will do my absolute best to represent Chicago and the Great State of Illinois.