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Bush touts Chicago Olympic bid

U. S. President George W. Bush speaks to the press after meeting with the President's Working Group on Financial Markets in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington on January 4, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ron Sachs/POOL)
U. S. President George W. Bush speaks to the press after meeting with the President's Working Group on Financial Markets in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington on January 4, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ron Sachs/POOL) | License Photo

CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush said he thinks Chicago has a "great plan" for hosting the 2016 Olympics.

Chicago was the U.S. Olympic Committee's pick for the venue for the 2016 games. The city is competing with Tokyo; Madrid; Rio de Janeiro; Prague, Czech Republic; Baku, Azerbaijan, and Doha, Qatar.

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Bush met with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Olympic volleyballer and member of the USOC Bob Ctvrtlik at the city's storied Union League Club before lunching and then delivering a speech to business leaders.

"Listen, Mr. Mayor, you and your committee have put together a great plan. It's a plan that will make America proud," Bush said.

He added: "This is a well thought out venue. … And our hope is that the judges will take a good look at Chicago and select Chicago for the 2016 Olympics."

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