January 30th, 2009
09:26 PM ET
6 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. harry

    Will be there too....

    January 30, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Lotta Parties

    lot of cocktail and fun-parties going in the the WH lately :)-
    I hope someone is keeping track of spendings here also.

    January 30, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Yossel

    Based on the guest list I would say that Pittsburgh will win 27-13.

    January 30, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. David Newport, OR

    In a little over one week, I have seen more attempts to pull the parties together than I have in the last 8 years. I appreciate the effort. Now Americans see one side reaching out...will they see the other side reaching back or will they continue to see the same old bologna?

    January 30, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Joe in NJ

    Cocktail parties, super bowl parties – who's paying for all this? And I don't like the idea of so much booze flowing in Washington.

    January 30, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. In Houston, TX

    GO STEELERS

    Offense puts butts in the seats but DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS

    January 30, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Mike in Vancouver

    Seems like a small step but a great first step to changing the tone in Washington

    January 30, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Joan

    Good for bipartisanship. Hope it works!

    January 30, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Intelligent Life

    Arizona..... Home of the TWO LOSERS. John McCain and The Cardinals.

    January 30, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Clint, Wa.

    Well Mr. President, sorry but this is one time I am going to have to disagree.

    Arizona 17
    Pittsburgh 14

    January 30, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. ari from virginia

    Good start

    Keep up the good work of the people.

    "it not a red america or a blue america, its the
    UNITED States of America.

    Thank you Mr. President

    January 30, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Mari

    That's great! Our nation is in a crisis, and our leaders MUST come together, even if it is at a Super Bowl party hosted by our president!

    I just watched Babe Buchanan criticize Obama she called him a "frat boy" for hosting a cocktail party and the Super Bowl party!

    Oh boy!! The far-right-nuts like Buchanan continue to spew their vile, SO tiresome! Obama IS engaged, talking, courting, getting to know his opposition!

    A great leader is INVOLVED, is engaged. I do not bemoan Obama, his parties....... the man works 24/7!

    There is an old saying that is very wise, "to know, is to love." The more you know someone the more likely it is that you will support and like them. Obama is brilliant, and the GOP is jealous.

    January 30, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Felicia

    WTG steelers OBAMA allday

    January 30, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. karen-Phoenix

    Good Job President Obama!!!!

    January 30, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Outspoken

    OBAMA: That's it, Republicans. Be my friends. Vote for my suicidal economic programs so that, when they fail, you can share the blame to. Isn't that what bipartisanship is all about?

    (There is a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. Republican support is not needed.)

    January 30, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Joel A'nat

    Go Stillers and Barack. Thanks for your support. It's the kind of stimulus pakage we need. Stillers = Barack; Tough, Fair, Won't give up; Keeps smiling in the 4th Quarter.

    January 30, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. S Howard

    I thought when you were a Governor you take care of your state. Why is Governor Palin everywhere but in Alaska. How can she do her job?If she ever hopes to be qualified to do other political jobs maybe she should start with her own state. It does not look good that she is dancing all over the U.S. and talking to ever will give her the time of day.

    January 30, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. art in dc

    How do I wrangle an invi?te

    January 30, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Joel A'nat

    Go Stillers and Obama. Play hard and keep smiling through the whole game.

    January 30, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. David

    Make me wonder (1) does he have a big screen TV and (2) how many of them had tickets and now can't go to the game.

    January 30, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. seg from houston

    super bowl? yawn!

    January 30, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. tellew

    Obama man...what are you thinking? The Steelers?!? I love ya but this hurts...

    January 30, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Tom in CA

    Mr. President...that's 15 yard PENALTY!

    You root for your conference Mr. President! That's right – the NFC representative which is...the Arizona Cardinals!

    Besides, the Cardinals are in game-sync-win mode at the right time...the PLAYOFFS! Don't count them out!

    January 30, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. judy

    I'm really loving Pres.Obama.He's sticking to his words to try to unite the contry. Please God let him be successful.

    January 30, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. mick

    Who cares. This is NOT newsworthy. Typical liberal butt kissing media!!!!

    January 30, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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