Despite some intense last-minute lobbying by Oprah and first lady
Michelle Obama, Chicago will not host the 2016 Olympics -- that honor
will instead go to Rio de Janeiro.
Oprah tagged along with Obama to Copenhagen, where they made their case on Wednesday for hosting the games in the Windy City. They arrived in the final 24 hours for cities to lobby members of the committee.
Competition was fierce to host the games -- Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janiero, and Tokyo all lobbied hard to win the honor.
"We're not taking anything for granted," Obama told reporters after touching down in Copenhagen earlier this week. "So, I'm going to talk to some voters."
Oprah had come along in a supporting role at the request of the Obamas. They said their primary intent in wooing the games to Chicago is what it might mean for local children living in poverty.
"I just think, wouldn't it be great if that kind of spirit was happening right down the street in our community?" said Obama. "Just think of that. Kids and communities across the city, in Austin, kids who grew up in Cabrini, kids who live so far from the city. Now just imagine if all of that was happening right in their own backyard. That's what I think about."