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. shannon

    good for him, maybe while they are partying they could try to remember the American public is suffering. I'm tired of hearing about cocktail parties, and football parties. I'm tired of hearing about celebrity meetings. Get to work!

    January 30, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. shoegazer

    Ahh,looking at that list,it would appear that it's filled with a pile of free-loaders.There's probably not one guy on that list that could catch a cold or throw a fit.Most of them just want to see the inside of the White
    House,and chow down on the free grub.

    January 30, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Marie in Ohio

    And our new Prez will be rooting for the winning team – the Pittsburgh Steelers!!! #6 baby!!

    January 30, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Donna

    Mr. President You picked the best team to win,sit back and enjoy the game. You deserve to take a little time off,it seems like you done more in your two weeks than Bush has done in years. Go Steelers, you guys are the best. From someone raised in Pittsburgh,but moved away 30 years ago,also will be a Steelers fan

    January 30, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Yinz Git Out

    GObama! Thanks for the Immaculate Inauguration. Go Stillers.

    January 30, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Paul in Lake Tahoe

    What a hoot to be a fly on the wall during that party. How many deals will be struck, promises made and lies told before the end of the first quarter.

    January 30, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Jim

    She would be Delegate "Del." Eleanor Holmes Norton, not Rep. She is not a Representative, she is a non-voting Delegate.

    January 30, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    President Obama,

    Can I come?

    I'll bring guacamole!

    Lamar

    January 30, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Oregon

    What susan Gail doesn't get is – Communication takes place when you open the door and invite people in ... I LIKE this guy!!

    (GO Steelers!)

    January 30, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Rob in Ark

    Obama, fiddled while the rest of us did without !

    January 30, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Hey JT, President Obama did invite McCain and Kyl, but for whatever reason they both declined...saw that over at First Read...

    Sounds like a fun party, LOL.

    January 30, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. MK

    President Obama should have a food taster work the room before he eats anything.

    January 30, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. colby

    "Bipartisanship involves actually accepting input and changing bills to reflect the other party's views."

    It's funny, because that definition is exactly what Obama DID- he removed the contraception and Capitol Mall provisions from the stimulus bill after Republicans told him they didn't like it. That's both accepting input AND changing a bill.

    But you know, to paraphrase Mark Twain, don't let the truth get in the way of a clueless demonization.

    January 30, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Jeremy, PA

    HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Obama needs experienced people to do his job

    Who gives a --

    How much is this going to cost?

    How about donating the millions he hawked via email to donate for his campaign–including emailing my son who was too young to vote!

    How about he pays down Hillary's debt since she is the experienced one who will, like all the others, make him look good because at least they know what they are doing?

    How about, in retrospect, all the millions spent on his inauguration parties, was spent on food for the millions of people starving to death????

    Talk about "spreading the wealth"–how about it???

    Who cares about your SuperBowl party when millions are losing their jobs and people go to bed hungry. Think about that during your SuperBowl party.....

    January 30, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. trisha

    Oh, that's cute.

    Too bad he can't do the same with Congress.

    Fail.

    January 30, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Edward

    Ha, I knew PA got the best senators. Specter is awesome and Casey is our boy, and one is a Republican and one is a Democrat. No wonder Obama invited both of them. Should be fun with Pittsburgh team and all. Go Pa!

    January 30, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Mary

    Is it me, or these bipartisan parties starting to get corny?

    January 30, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. David

    Where is Senator John McCain on this list?

    January 30, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. phili

    You go president Obama there is no better way to reach across from the aile. I am hoping that RNC will accept the change that is there in washington and helped to implement that changed no matter how long it takes. I wish that I could be there Mr. president you go?

    January 30, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. phili

    You go president Obama there is no better way to gain the republicans trust. I am hoping that RNC will accept the change that is there in washington and helped to implement that changed no matter how long it takes. I wish that I could be there Mr. president you go?

    January 30, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Akinwale Lakeru

    What Susan Gail doesn't seem to get is that bipartisanship doesn't mean holding a meeting PLEDGING to vote against the stimulus package hours before the President is scheduled to arrive to listen to concerns regarding the bill. Bipartisanship means negotiating to find middle ground, not just suspending work on an important bill just because the Republicans don't like it.

    January 30, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Jeff - Payson Az

    I hope Obama gets enough TP for all the kaka drivel the Republicans will expell, I would wear my waders, could get very deep in there.

    January 30, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Andy

    Don't be afraid Steeler Fans.
    If your team is losing at halftime.
    Obama will sign an executive order
    to BAIL YOUR BEHINDS OUT.

    January 30, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. lmc in Seattle

    Bipartisanship happens in a lot of ways. Getting to know people helps. President Obama is trying. Bush never tried.

    January 30, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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