The First Lady Says: I'm Ready to Knuckle Up for '16 Games in Chicago

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Michelle Obama says she ready to take the gloves off.

She and her husband are making a real push for the 2016 Olympic Games to be in Chicago and she—and the gun show—are putting everyone on notice. From CNN:

"It's a battle — we're going to win — take no prisoners," the first lady said with a smile at a roundtable discussion with reporters in the White House State Dining Room.

She compared the intense lobbying effort to the 2008 presidential campaign, noting that in the election campaign, a lot of voters made their decision in the final days. She said members of the International Olympic Committee may do the same.

"And our view is, we're not taking a chance," she said. "We're just not going to assume that the bids — that the decisions are made, and so that no matter what the outcome is, we'll feel as a country, as a team, that we've done everything that we can to bring it home."

The White House confirmed Monday that President Obama will fly on Thursday to Copenhagen, Denmark, where the International Olympic Committee will be reviewing bids from several countries on Friday. It will be the first time that an American president has lobbied the IOC in this manner.


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Whether she and her husband will challenge members of the IOC and their spouses in a steel cage flag match has yet to be revealed.

What is certain is that there are plenty of people who are giving a Chicago Olympics a big F-minus. Byron York of the Washington Examiner seems puzzled as to why, in the midst of so much unrest domestically and internationally, the president and much of his staff would make a pit stop in Copenhagen to stump for a Chicago Games. Over at the Huffington Post, Jonathan Daniel Harris discusses the movement to keep the Olympics out of Chicago.