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Change -- plants near Obama the president says he won't -- -- and the First Lady and travel to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago for the 2016 Summer Olympics next week and Chicago sun times Thomas.
As dissipated says that's great news for the windy city she joins us.
Now great to see -- thanks for being here.
Thanks for having me now I saw something on the Internet that there was a group for Chicago and to work too happy with the idea of the Olympics coming I've seen some polls.
Suggesting it's evenly divided about 5050 but the cost.
Four point eight billion dollars to the city if they don't recoup that money somebody's -- going to be real mad.
We'll share I mean that's the big -- that moment is that everybody's concerned that there are going to be cost overruns and that.
Ultimately the taxpayers of the the city Chicago going to be stuck with the bill however all experts that I talk to Olympic historians said that no US it has ever lost money -- That is not be likely scenario.
By far -- are you hearing this debate in Chicago we -- white house press secretary Robert -- saying.
Look health care is on track it's all right that the president make this trip on behalf of Chicago to go over -- -- taken what do you think of that.
On the you know glad I think that Dick pound the IOC voting member that was it here in Chicago couple weeks ago made very clear that there was some presidential arm twisting that was in order.
Because we really need him to get this -- -- People here in Chicago are absolutely divided about whether this is a good or a bad thing.
I don't know that health -- is absolutely just in the bag but I did -- -- press secretary's briefing today and he said that they felt that says it was -- it take a break.
It is only a few hours out of his busy schedule but I think it's going to be critical to get this headed home to Chicago.
Now there's one person besides President Hu who is focused -- talk about this bid and that's Richard Daley who's been mayor for god knows how long I mean his father.
Was mayor for a long time but this -- out doing his father.
Is this all about his ego he's he's he wants Chicago he wants this to be part of his legacy.
You know what people can mayor -- all the time in the -- -- his vision for this city.
As ego but I think he just -- visionary who loves this city do you look back on Daniel Burnham and fatalities just an edict that.
Now I mean everybody's glad that there are big plans that get made here in Chicago.
People -- rich Daley over at millennium park in the overruns and all that that went into that but it's it's of crown jewel.
Now you don't know.
You bring I'm going to be great it's interesting you bring -- Daniel Burnham who designed the flat aren't building here in new York and also helped design the white city which was the 1893 -- New -- -- -- -- Chicago no I just read the -- Evelyn YC which is terrific.
But teams -- Chicago -- Olympics and it you know can they handle the Olympics -- do it.
Absolutely Chicago and can do anything can move mountains if we had to -- absolutely handle the Olympics.
Well what happens if there is hell to -- what happens if in fact.
You -- -- minute you're right in the US.
No Olympics is lost -- but other countries have and it might happen there's always a first time for everything I mean if you don't recoup that four point eight billion dollars is at the end of Daley's tenure as mayor.
Why do you ask question about whether he's even going to be -- mayor when that Olympics actually occur anyway so that's.
Yeah now that's beside the point.
Well mannered but it's a wet and it's a question -- -- -- US to question I would expect you wanted it to be answered if they don't recoup the money who's gonna pay the price was going to be a fall guy.
Oh sure well I mean there's all kinds of insurance in place there's all kinds of insurance they're staying backing their city backing I mean.
-- there's so much insurance on the line that I mean it it's supposed to be covered but I I just I can't answer that question -- you can feel that happening.
All right -- sir thank you so much I really appreciate you joining us today that's dissipated thank you.
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