President Barack Obama, who initially planned to let First Lady Michelle Obama represent the United States in Copenhagen this week, when the International Olympic Committee chooses a site for the 2016 summer games, plans to travel there too.

Promoters of Chicago's bid for the 2016 games have pressed the president to take the United States' case personally.

The White House, which earlier had announce that an advance team was headed to Copenhagen to prepare for a possible presidential trip to Copenhagen, confirmed this morning that Obama will travel Thursday night. The IOC meets Friday.

A senior administration official told the Tribune Washington Bureau this morning that Obama will travel to Copenhagen Thursday night, and return following the Friday meeting.

Chicago is competing with Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid for the 2016 summer games.

mdsilva@tribune.com