The White House today announced that US President Barack Obama will make a brief visit to Copenhagen on Friday in order to promote his hometown Chicago at the IOC Congress. Chicago is one of the four cities which hopes to be awarded the Olympic Games in 2016, the others being Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo. The King and Queen of Spain, the Crown Prince of Japan and that country’s new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil will also come to Copenhagen to promote their countries’ candidates.
President Obama will spend five hours in Denmark, which only gives him time to meet the Queen and Prince Consort at Christiansborg Palace after the IOC Congress, followed by a meeting with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. The President will be accompanied by his wife Michelle, who arrives in Denmark already on Wednesday. Obama will be the third American President to visit Denmark, following Bill Clinton in 1997 and George W. Bush in 2005.
The IOC Congress is also expected to elect Crown Prince Frederik a member of the Committee.