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President Obama rolled out the red carpet for Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid Wednesday with a White House rally in support of his hometown's bid.

"Chicago is ready. The American people are ready. We want these games," Obama said. "If you choose Chicago, I promise you this - Chicago will make America proud, and America will make the world proud."

Not just the bid's cheerleader-in-chief, Obama also got in on some of the action.

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President Barack Obama watches as USA Olympian Tim Morehouse ® demonstrates fencing during an event on Olympics, Paralympics and youth sport on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 16, 2009. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)


Obama fist-bumps fencer Daria Schneider during a fencing display. At rear is senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and First Lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


Obama jabs Olympic Fencer Tim Morehouse with a lightsaber. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)


Obama jokingly attacks Olympian Morehouse. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


Obama pretends to fence with First Lady Michelle Obama. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)


The Obamas and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, right, watch as Olympian Ryan Reser, in white, is thrown by Paralympian Myles Porter during a judo demonstration. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)



The president and first lady kickoff the event. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Michelle Obama greets Mayor Daley on the South Lawn of the White House. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Obama is pictured with Olympians Dominique Dawes, left, and Jackie Joyner Kersee, as he and Michelle Obama get ready to watch a gymnastics demonstration. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Obama watches a gymnast on the balance beam. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)


Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, Valerie Jarrett, Michelle Obama, Jackie Joyner Kersee and President Obama (L-R) (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)


Obama and Daley walk together on the South Lawn of the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


Obama shows an Olympic silver medal to Joel Pool, Louis Schaab, center, and Nate Murray, right, all with the National Rehab Hospital sled hockey team. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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