Going For The Gold: Obamas Push For 2016 Olympics In Chicago

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host an event promoting Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 16, 2009. Here, Obama fences playfully with Tim Morehouse, who won a silver medal in 2008 in Beijing.

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Obama plays with a toy light saber, going right for the gut.

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Then, Obama turns his formidable foam fencing skills on his wife.

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Obama en garde with a toy light saber.

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The Obamas admire Morehouse’s silver medal.

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Obama with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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The First Lady will travel to Copenhagen next month to make a final pitch for Chicago’s bid at hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Olympian Ryan Reser gets thrown by a young girl in a judo exhibition.

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Reser and Paralympian Myles Porter give a judo demonstration. Before the White House event, the athletes visited D.C. schools to talk about sports, exercise and health.

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Olympic medalist Dominique Dawes hugs Michelle Obama. Other athletes who attended: Jackie Joyner Kersee, Arlene Limas, Henry Cejudo, Ryan Reiser, Michael Conley, Bob Pickens, Bob Ctvrtlik, Anita Defranz, Jair Lynch, Linda Mastendrea, Hope Lewellen, April Holmes and Jerrod Fields.

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