January 30th, 2009
09:26 PM ET
7 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. Obama Aint My Mamma

    Why doesn't he just add a trip to the SuperBowl for all Americans to his $1 trillion spending bill. Won't that create a couple of low paying jobs??

    January 30, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Mona

    What? No Senator McCain?

    January 30, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. cathy smithson

    Obama should be working hard on fixing the economy, not going to football games. This is truly shameful. He needs to get his priorities in order. His only priority is THIS COUNTRY, not football – is he joking? Looks like he likes all the icing of the office of President, the showiness, but wheres the beef? I am afraid for this country with leaders like him and his ilk. He is like a kid in a candy shoppe, spending our money while laughing all the way to his bank. Roll up those sleeves and get to some hard work, the campaing is over.

    January 30, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Adam

    Alan sounds like he expects his Obama check in the mail any day now. Tell me Alan, how much research outside of what you see on tv or cnn.com did you do before you voted? If you were of age to vote and even bothered to show up.

    January 30, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Knox

    You folks that are ragging Obama for inviting Republicans to watch the game are the same ones that would be whining if all he invited were cabinets members and supporters. Grow up; it's not a manifesto of bi-partisanship- it's a freaking game and he can invite who he wants.

    January 30, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Terry

    I think this is very smart business on behalf of President Obama. Building a personal relationship with his partners on the hill — across party lines — opens opportunities for team building. Team building on the hill is what we need to build a consensus on good policies that will get our country back on it's feet. We need a unified team of leaders working together for the common good of all Americans, not just for the wealthy. — GOCARDS!

    January 30, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. allen

    youguys have fun and watch a great game who cares who wins jut pigout on the food and drinks and dont forget the boose you will all be working hard for the next eight years so grab life by the horns and have a blast i know i will.

    January 30, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. No Incumbents 2010

    well that is that, I guess the Steelers will win now that Obama wants it.

    January 30, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Adam

    Alan sounds like he expects his Obama check in the mail any day now. Tell me Alan, how much research outside of what you see on tv or cnn.com did you do before you voted? If you were of age to vote and even bothered to show up.

    Do you even pay taxes? Or are you expecting a refund regardless?

    January 30, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Meredith

    Watch out for those pretzels!

    January 30, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. good idea, I hope he didn't doom the steelers

    they need to drink some beer, tell some stories and work on their problem solving / sitting down and discussing skills

    I hope this leads to that and am glad they are trying

    January 30, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. T in NV

    Shannon- Seriously? You expect them to work 24/7? Do they get to sleep? Bush took more vacation time than any President EVER! Obama hit the ground running and you want to be snotty about a Super Bowl party?

    Susan Gail – Obama did more talking and compromising with the opposite party in the first 8 days of office than Bush did in 8 years!

    January 30, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. TrueIndependent

    @ Shannon – 6.23: You seem to be a tad tired.
    What do you think the president has been doing for the last 2 weeks? You are almost sounding like Rush!

    January 30, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Ula Nejad

    Over chips? Ha ha. Sure no problem I'm sure for the interestd republicans. Just don't mix business with pleasure that Dems are fond of.

    January 30, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. KLS

    How wonderful to have a president who opens the White House to both political parties. A lot of deals are made on the golf courses so who knows what will happen during the super bowl.

    January 30, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Beth

    Whatever.... Go Cardinals!

    January 30, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. elmo

    who cares

    January 30, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. CA Indie for Obama

    If Pres Obama was really reaching out across the aisle, he would invite Cardinal fans, too!

    Sorry, Mr. Prez, I may have voted for you in Novmeber, but I'm against you this Sunday ($20 @ 40-to-1 on Arizona; Go CARDS!!)

    January 30, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. Dittohead

    for once i agree with obama – go steelers.

    January 30, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. Nina

    Love this! Bringing people together!

    January 30, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. Debbie

    I hope that President Obama can relax a bit too. He's working a lot harder than the Vacationer-in-Chief ....

    January 30, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. David Sonne

    Don't think that the President overlooked any representation of California. Nobody here can afford the airfare or the dip or chips for that matter. Besides, it's going to be a brisk eighty degrees here.

    January 30, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Bonnie

    Good for you president Obama you deserve a little fun and I hope you have a great day we love you and your family

    January 30, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Proud Yankee

    Yessah! That's what I voted for.

    January 30, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. Kerwin

    If Kurt Warner was running for President, our country would be in much better shape. He didn't. We're not. Go Arizona!

    January 30, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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