Television host Oprah Winfrey and senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett listen as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks at a dinner in support Chicago hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, in Copenhagen. Picture source
Chicago 2016 chairman and CEO Pat Ryan was reportedly greeted with a standing ovation when he entered the room. He said, "you can feel the electricity in the air, you can feel the competition in the air. It's just a great feeling.
"But the most rewarding experience of all (in this process) is when we are with our fellow Chicagoans and they are so committed to hosting the world and welcoming the world and showing off their city to the world...All of you have been so helpful to us because this is a team effort, but our team is the kind of team that has to keep growing and growing and growing, and that's what's happened". source