Barack Obama's remarks to the International Olympic Committee

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Remarks to the International Olympic Committee
by Barack Obama
Taped remarks delivered on 21 November 2008.

Mister President; members of the International Olympic Committee; ladies and gentlemen.

While I'm unable to be there in person, I want to take this opportunity to speak with you because I deeply believe in the Olympic mission, and have long supported hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in my home city of Chicago. Over the past two years, I've spoken often about my belief that, while we may come from different places and backgrounds, there are certain shared values that unite us. Values at the heart of the Olympic movement: friendship, excellence, and mutual respect.

In the coming years, my administration will bring a fresh perspective on America's role and responsibilities around the world. But if we are to truly meet our shared challenges, we must all work together. By uniting the world in a peaceful celebration of human achievement, the Olympic Games reminds us that this is possible. The United States would be honored to have the opportunity to host the Games and serve the Olympic movement.

As President-elect, I see the Olympic and Paralymic Games as an opportunity for our nation to reach out, welcome the world to our shores, and strengthen our friendships across the globe.

Thank you very much.

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