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Bush records message of support

2/23/2005

WASHINGTON -- President Bush is endorsing New York City's
bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The president taped a minute-long video message last week
boosting the bid, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said
Wednesday. An International Olympic Committee group evaluating five
bids for the games is visiting New York this week.

"He believes that having the Olympics in New York would build
bridges across cultures and bring the world's greatest sporting
event to one of the world's greatest cities," Perino said.

New York is in the running for the 2012 Games with Madrid,
London, Paris and Moscow. The evaluation team is visiting each city
for three days.