January 30th, 2009
09:26 PM ET
10 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. S Callahan

    lol Though it's possible some great buisness deals could take place in front of this game...I doubt many will distract from this fabulous game.... I'll risk my bet with the underdog as that seems to be the karma of this year! :-)

    January 30, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Ron

    hmmmmm...let's see....how many "invitee's" are from the WEST COAST ?????????

    January 30, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Dexter in Houston TX

    I would so love to be there!

    January 30, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Baze

    This guy is friggin' brilliant. I've always said that the President should embrace football as a cultural means to bring people together.

    January 30, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. TjayeInLA

    Before the ObamaHaters come in to accuse him of using tax payer's money to toss parties...please use your brains and realize that he gets a salary too. And he can afford chicken wings, nachos and white wine on is own.

    Go PITTSBURGH!!

    January 30, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Merle

    AND what about the crisis in Gaza...China manipulating its currency...Job losses here in the states...Broken borders...Illegal Immigration...

    January 30, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Griff

    Conceited Obama.... I swear, he is Turning Pale...

    January 30, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Pat in IL

    You guys have fun!. The only thing I really understand about superbowl sunday is that some people like to watch a football game, but I just like to watch the commercials (and sneak some snacks). I'm just glad there's a fun and happy atmosphere about the whole thing.

    January 30, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. joe

    Sounds like a rockin' party. Bunch of party animals on that list right there

    January 30, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Raj

    A super partnership. President Obama is extending his hand to the opposition party for them to open their fist. Under the current tough economic situation it is essential for elected officals to work together to get the country back on track. Commend you Mr. President.

    January 30, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Annie

    Surely that is not the complete list of names. What about their significant others and the fun people he knows?

    January 30, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Alisha, MN

    I should have got the invite. Sure I am not a Rep but I do love the sport of football and politics.

    January 30, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. sandee in Portland

    Thank God he didn't invite Pelosi. The dems need to get rid of her or put her in a position of less power. She's too extreme left for most of us democrats.

    January 30, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Andrew

    Yeah, I hear Specter goes crazy with a little beer.

    Joking aside, pretty nice to see an average-joe in the white house.

    January 30, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Joel A'nat

    Nice One Barack. Somebody get him a BewaretheHair shirt!

    January 30, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    I don't know if the AZ and PA congressmen should be in the same room for this. Are they expected to act like mature adults or football fans?

    January 30, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Joyce Becker

    I hope they hae a great time watching the game, wonder what the President will be serving?

    January 30, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Independent supporting Obama

    Hey...Bill Burton is the deputy...didn't know that. Good for you Bill. Loved you on Fox news tearing apart the "Fair and Balanced" network.

    January 30, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. JT

    I would love to see President Obama invite McCain.

    January 30, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    This is how our leaders should work, socialize, entertain,and lead us.

    January 30, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Simmy

    Hope it's a fun-filled day of camaraderie. It's nice to be in a different environment. A lot of changes can happen without suits.

    January 30, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Alan Berman

    Maybe those Republicans going to the Super Bowl party will finally realize that they lost the election, and their old tired policies they are still pushing were rejected by the majority of voters,

    January 30, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. RealityKing

    According to the DOW, the other Obama team, Pittsburgh is doomed..

    January 30, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Linda from Minnesota

    Good going, Amy Klobuchar! Wish I could join you! Have fun!

    January 30, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. susan Gail

    What Obama doesn't get is that symbolism doesn't amount to Bipartisanship. Inviting people to watch TV doesn't amount to bipartisanship. Bipartisanship involves actually accepting input and changing bills to reflect the other party's views. TV parties may be good PR but not to anyone who can see it for what it is.

    January 30, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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