By Jaylan Boyle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - It has been a week of extraordinary theater in the run-up to the naming of the 2016 Olympics host country, including the announcement that American President Barack Obama will appear on behalf of Chicago's bid in Copenhagen this week.

Many analysts were surprised by Mr. Obama's late commitment to Chicago's cause; some have also questioned whether it is appropriate for an American President to take time from his schedule to participate in a public relations exercise.

However, Chicago is certainly not alone in bringing out the big guns . . .

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