Can Rio Beat Chicago? Brazil Prez Says 'Yes, We Can'
Lula borrows from Obama before Olympic vote tomorrow
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2009 8:13 AM CDT
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with Pele and other members of the Rio bid team.   (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Claus Bjoern Larsen)
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(Newser) – The Brazilian president, in Copenhagen after some serious politicking to win the 2016 Olympics for Rio de Janeiro, used a certain Chicagoan's slogan to promote his bid today. "Yes we can!" Lula told reporters today, dismissing concerns that the developing nation can fund the Games. "For some countries, it is just one more sports event that they are going to organize. But for us, it is a unique and extraordinary thing."

Rio has emerged as Chicago's main rival in tomorrow's vote for the summer Olympics, and as NPR reports, many in the Windy City would be happy for Brazil to win. A small protest in Daley Plaza led to scuffles with police, and a new website,, features locals plumping for their city's chief competitor. "I mean, it'll be an opportunity for Chicago," said one waitress on the northwest side. "But I don't want to pay for it."