Breaking Tweets Chicago

World reacts to announcement of Barack Obama Copenhagen trip

Word is out this morning that President Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday night to attend Friday's International Olympic Committee vote on the host of the 2016 Olympics.

Chicagoans on Twitter made their voices heard on the news, but so did the world. Here's how some Twitterers reacted from each of the other cities seeking to host the Games:

Tokyo, Japan

@gen: Obama going to Copenhagen for the IOC vote? Tokyo never really had a chance but now has no chance whatsoever. #olympics

Madrid, Spain

@luisgordo: Si Obama quiere las olimpiadas de verdad, Chicago puede ir preparando las olimpiadas (If Obama truly wants the Olympics, Chicago may be preparing the Olympics)
@gonzzalo: Aunque visto que Obama estará presente en la votación, Chicago empieza a sonar más que plausible (Although seen that Obama will be present for the vote, Chicago only begins to sound plausible)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

@diariodorio: Chicago aposta todas as fichas. O presidente Obama decidiu hj viajar para Copenhague: #Rio2016 (Chicago betting all the chips. President Obama decided to travel to Copenhagen)
@azizfilho: Confirmado: Obama vai a Copenhague. Quer tirar fotos com "o cara" ... Rio 2016 (Confirmed: Obama goes to Copenhagen. Want to take pictures with that guy ... Rio 2016)

The story is also making international headlines.

Rio 2016 officials immediately downplayed Obama's visit - in fact, they vowed a "thrashing" of the United States.

El Globo (Brazil): "Upon learning that the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, will go to Copenhagen to support Chicago's bid to host the Olympics in 2016, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, said he was not worried. He said the Brazilian duo, formed by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Rio de Janeiro, will not give chance to the U.S. "I'm not worried. Between Obama and Chicago-Lula-Rio, Rio will give a thrashing," said Paes, on Monday, during the launch of the foundation stone of the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and the training center for the 2014 World Cup."

The immediate reaction from Spain said it was a clear boost to the U.S. bid.

El País (Spain): "The U.S. delegation crossed their fingers waiting for the miracle that finally occurred. The U.S. president, Barack Obama, has confirmed his attendance at Copenhagen as a support for holding the Olympics in Chicago in 2016. The city could not have found a better supporter for a final push. This will be the first time a U.S. president as playing a direct role in efforts for the allocation of an Olympic venue."

And in Japan, there was a different headline this morning.

The Mainichi Daily News (Japan): "Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will travel to Copenhagen to help make Tokyo's final appeal to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Tokyo's bidding committee announced Monday. Hatoyama, who took office on Sept. 16, is due to leave Tokyo Thursday. The International Olympic Committee vote to select the 2016 venue will be held Friday. "Prime Minister Hatoyama has a new vision for Japan, which will benefit the Olympic movement if Tokyo is awarded the honor of hosting the 2016 Games," Ichiro Kono, the chair and CEO of the Tokyo 2016 committee, said in a statement."

Obama's trip is unprecedented, as no sitting U.S. president has ever made a personal pitch at the IOC vote. And clearly, Obama's Chicago connections had a part in the decision.

Check out the Breaking Tweets world site for additional Twitter reaction, including from Denmark and the United States.



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