US President Barack Obama, whose hometown of Chicago lost to Rio de Janeiro in bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, said Sunday he intends to attend the first South American Olympics.I wonder if he'll again be met by violent protests?
In the keynote speech of his inaugural stop on his first Latin American tour since tasking office, Obama praised Brazil and its growing role on the world stage, including its role as host for football's 2014 World Cup.
"You play an important role in the global institutions that protect our common security and promote our common prosperity and you will welcome the world to your shores when the World Cup and the Olympic Games come to Rio de Janeiro," Obama said.
Obama campaigned for Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid, even attending the International Olympic Committee meeting in Copenhagen where the vote was taken and Rio won while Chicago was the first city eliminated from contention.
"You may be aware that this city was not my first choice for the Summer Olympics," Obama said to laughs from the crowd.
"But if the Games could not be held in Chicago, then there's no place I would rather see them than right here in Rio and I intend to come back in 2016 to watch what happens."
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