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Health care and Chicago's bid

Olympic officials and Chicago reps know the stakes. Maybe the president does, too

Originally Published: September 17, 2009
By Tom Farrey | ESPN

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Copenhagen is a stage for the beleaguered prince, not the besieged king. So for now, President Obama is taking a pass on joining his old friends from Chicago on Oct. 2 in Denmark, where the lords of the Olympic rings, as readily swayed by political celebrity as they once were by bid-city graft, will vote on which hungry (small "h") hamlet gets to throw them a multibillion-dollar party in 2016.

"I promise you, we are fired up about this," Obama said Wednesday ...

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