Obama On His Copenhagen Jaunt: Sleep, Land, Speak, Fly Back

Sep 29, 2009 1:50pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller and Jake Tapper report:

Apparently referring to his pending flight to Copenhagen, President Obama described his short jaunt to fight for the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Rasmussen today in the Oval Office.

“I’ve got so much to do here,” Obama said in hushed tones to Rasmussen, “So, I will sleep on the plane.  I’ll land. I’ll speak. Then fly right back.”

The president will spend just three hours on the ground in Copenhagen on Friday – but will spend nine hours – each way — on the flight flying between Washington, DC, and Denmark.

He will return to the White House Friday afternoon.

Previously, the President said that he likely could not go to fight for his adopted hometown because of his busy domestic schedule.

“I'm in the middle of some very important decisions around health care,'' Obama said during an interview with Bloomberg. He added that he is "obviously still working on the issue of financial regulation. It may not be a time where I can just devote a couple of days to fly over there.''

Yesterday White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the President made the decision to travel to Copenhagen because he felt the domestic agenda was making progress.

“I think the president believes health care is in better shape. I believe he felt strongly and personally that he should go and make the case for the United States.  And that's what he's going to do…..I think he believes health care is in a better place, he also believes it's important for him to go and personally try to persuade the International Olympic Committee to pick the United States in 2016.”

-Sunlen Miller and Jake Tapper

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