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November 5, 2008 10:45 AM

Does Electing Obama Mean Olympics In Chicago?

By winning the 2008 presidential election last night, Barack Obama became the first African American to do so, and set-off impromptu celebrations all across the country. He may have also secured the 2016 Olympic Games for the city of Chicago.

Japanese Olympic officials fear the election of Barack Obama as U.S. president could make his home city of Chicago the favorite to host the 2016 Olympic Games and harm Tokyo's bid.

Tokyo, Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro are the four cities in the running to host the 2016 Games.

"I wonder how IOC members will react when Mr. Obama appears in a presentation for Chicago," Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda told Japanese media Wednesday.

"Mr. Obama is popular and good at speeches, so things could get tough for Japan," said senior JOC board member Tomiaki Fukuda.

If the election of Obama can have that kind of positive effect, coupled with the fact that Chicago was on display for the world to see last night, with no major incidents, things are shaping up nicely for the Windy City. Now if Obama can just do something about the Cubs.

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