January 30th, 2009
09:26 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama hosts bipartisan Super Bowl party

 Obama is rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Obama is rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

(CNN) – Democrats and Republicans may cross party lines to join colleagues in rooting for their favorite teams at President Obama’s Super Bowl party on Sunday night.

Obama invited several members of Congress, including a few Republicans, to the White House residence on Sunday night to chow down on chips and dip and watch the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the daily press briefing on Friday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said this is a way of “bringing people together.”

“He'll have more members of Congress over here Sunday to watch the Super Bowl and, again, reach out to and get to know in a better way members on both sides of the aisle to see where we can work in concert to improve the lives of the American people,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs joked that his deputy, Bill Burton, would provide seven-layer dip. But he said there’s no wagering allowed at this party.

Full list after the jump

Obama’s list of invited guests is as follows:

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH)
Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Chicago Zak

    Susan, you;re missing the point of an election. Yes, there is going to need to be bipartisanship, but we elect leaders because we like their ideas. How to decide the current problems were just decided by voters. Obama ran on a specific platform and he won. Now he intends to carry out those promises.

    Real bipartisanship will appear when we have new challenges to face. When our elected leaders aren;t being given a clear mandate by the voters. Everything Obama has been doing this week is no surprise, and saying he isn;t doing his best to be inclusive without absolutely gutting the will of the people is disingenuine.

    January 30, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. DARBY

    Ithink that really cool

    January 30, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. interested canadian

    I just love President Obama – I just do. He is very cool and very smart. I hope the super bowl party goes really well. Wish I was there! Bipartimanship, here we come and welcome!

    January 30, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. NC Obama supporter

    ken – get a life, there will be plenty of americans holding superbowl parties...

    January 30, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Aviate

    Once again, Obama shows good judgment in his Super Bowl pick.

    Now, let's just make sure to keep the killer pretzels that attacked our last president away from this party.

    January 30, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. mel

    Who really cares.
    All it is, is a gathering of lying politicians.
    You know how to tell if a politician is lying,
    his lips are moving.

    January 30, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. leonard

    Mr. President. it is with deepest regret that the cardinals will win!!!....however i will not write back to say i told you so. this will be the only such comment. then after the game. relax soak it in, then get back to next big thing. i hope the best for you and i believe you WILL get it done!!

    January 30, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. kada

    Pres. O you've been working hard so enjoy Super Bowl Sunday and invite whomever you want as I'm sure you willl anyway. The ecomomy won't change Sunday or Monday so enjoy yourself and forget the bitter bloggers. They too need to have some chips and dips a coke and a smile.

    January 30, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    Susan Gail:

    President Obama has shown more bipartisanship in his first 8 days of office than Bush showed in 8 years.

    Get a clue.

    January 30, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. Lisa, MD

    AMEN NOW THIS IS WHAT UNITY IS ALL ABOUT TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER. I AM VERY HAPPY TO SEE OBAMA IS TRYING SO HARD TO COME ACROSS THE TABLE WITH GOP REPUBLICANS AND THEY WON'T GIVE HIM A CHANCE. WELL THAT IS OKAY THEY WILL REGRET IT JUST WATCH AND SEE. MICHAEL STEELE AS THE NEW HEAD HONCHO OF RNC IT WOULD EVEN MATTER. IF GOP DO NOT COME TOGETHER AND COME ACROSS AND JOIN FORCES TOGETHER WITH OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS THERE WILL BE NO GOP IN THE NEXT UP COMING ELECTION. YOU DO NOT MESS WITH GOD'S CHILDREN!!! SORRY THATS HOW IT IS GOP WILL FEEL THE WRATH !!!!

    January 30, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. Ann Romero

    What a great super bowl party, Obama is the man of the hour go steelers!

    January 30, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Jim

    I supported Hillary throughout the campaign writing many emails that Barack Obama was not electable and Democrats were throwing away 'the chance' to win.

    I could not have been more wrong.

    I am loving everything this man is doing – not one complaint....not one.

    I look forward to the news each day...what a leader.

    January 30, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Patricia T.

    Oh, lighten up, some of you. What's wrong with reaching out, inviting some friends over for a football game? If he does something like that, people complain, like he's spending taxpayer money. If he doesn't, people would complain he's an elitist and doesn't relate to regular football fans.

    We had eight terrible years with the Bush administration. Why can't we just take a deep breath, give this guy a chance, and see what improvements he can bring to the country. In terms of two wars, the economy, joblessness, health care, etc., etc. - we have no place to go but up. And he's done more reaching across the aisle in 10 days than Bush did in eight years!

    January 30, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. john

    Rock on Mr president................Rock on.

    January 30, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Leela

    Some of the comments are written by some idiots that live in denial...REPUBLICANS and the haves and have more mentality is the reason the country and world is a mere shadow of itself.

    If he chooses to open the door and invite people on both sided GOOD...he's paying for it out of HIS pocket not Taxpayers. I say have a good ole time boys...GO STEELERS!!!

    January 30, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. educatedRon

    What many people who are extremely partisan don't realize is that a lot of the politicians are really good friends. No wifes and childrens names. Children go to the same school etc.

    What we are just witnessing is friends invited over for a party. I know there is a rule that not politics will be discussed. Similar to the poker games they play.

    What is interesting to me is that republicans feel they won something by voting against the stimulus package and losing. Its really odd. All they want is tax cuts for themselves and friends. That's their only solution. Follow Bush's tax cuts.

    January 30, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. FortBragg

    Looks like three women, twelve men. Yeah. That is gender representation at its finest?

    January 30, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. b box

    Invite the people across the street of the white house that are protesting the use of nuclear bombs. Maybe they will shut up once. Its a mazing that no one knows that it is going on. If they want to help, clean up after the homeless

    January 30, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Kathy

    Like a lot of other Pennsylvanians will be saying
    GO STILLERS!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Betsy

    Considering that there are only 4 Republicans, no, I don't think this is a vote-getting attempt.

    January 30, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Urk Spleen

    Wow, "bipartisan" superbowl party? Sure, because inviting TWO Republicans out of FIFTEEN Democrats is most certainly bipartisan spirit...

    January 30, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. patti

    I am glad we have a new President that likes to have fun! Maybe they will go and throw a few hoops after the game. Go Obama!

    January 30, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. dustin

    Scott: you mean like energy sec Chu, and Ag Holder....

    January 30, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. AMSTER

    How nice! How many big screen tv's? Making those blow-up bacon things on the grill? Have fun, we can't afford a party this year.

    January 30, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. will

    To Shannon, Ken and all the President Obama haters, give the man a break, were you complaining when Bush was attending a birthday party and cuting cake while a city was under water .

    January 30, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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