June 22nd, 2009
04:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama not yet committed to going to World Cup

President Obama has to decide about the World Cup, Gibbs said.
President Obama has to decide about the World Cup, Gibbs said.

(CNN) - President Obama has plans meet with FIFA President Sepp Blatter, but has yet to decide if he will attend next year's World Cup in South Africa.

"I'm told for scheduling that the president has accepted a meeting with the head of FIFA World Cup but that we have not yet all together made plans," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday in response to an ESPN report that the president had already committed to attending the event.

But Gibbs, who noted he was a soccer player in college, joked that he and a handful of other staffers are urging the president to go.

"I can assure you a small group have assembled in order to move the president in that direction," he said.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Island girl

    Neumann. I feel the same way about some news items too but guess what? I save my wrist from carpal tunnel syndrome and channel my energy by diverting to other topics of more importance. In other words, a cursory glance; a hiss of the teeth, a click of the mouse. No worries, man! By the way, not because you find this un-newsworthy it means the whole world is in your corner.

    June 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Scott L

    I love it. Iran in a pivotal moment in its history. N. Korea threatening to launch a missile towards Hawaii (US State if I must remind you) and we are talking about Obama's Soccer plans.

    You voted for him! Not me.

    June 22, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Marc in Virginia

    You tell 'em, Susie. I'm really getting tired of paying for dinners with Joe, family vacations, date nights, ice cream at Dairy Godmother's, entertaining Lebron James, etc. Doesn't this dummy have a job to do? Please, Mr. Obama, people are suffering, and now you're thinking of flying overseas for a soccer match. I know you think you can do anything you want because you won the election, but I'm asking you as one human being to another, have some sympathy for the rest of us. Please cut back on the partying and do your job.

    June 22, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. jt

    Is Mark Sanford being paid by the state of SC citizens for days he just disappeared from the office?

    June 22, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Simmy

    I shudder to think of the multi-contortions Republicans will experience...How much more can they stand? Jealousy is taking them over the edge.....All of their plans for failure are about to bite off their noses.....

    June 22, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Independent in Virginia

    Wow! It almost worked! The headline of this article distracted me from the big red -200 next to the letters DOW on CNN's front page for about 5 minutes.

    June 22, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. RealityKing

    NK testing nuclear weapons while shipping who knows what to Berma, Iranians being shot down in cold blood for voicing their opinons, ABC pushing an unsustainable national healthcare that will only cover an additional 17 million, while the Obama administration jokes about his trip to South Africa. What a joke our progressively state run media has become!!

    June 22, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. RepubliKLANs Are Stupid As Stupid Does

    GW Bush was in Beijing, China at the Olympics last year dancing his behind away at the opening ceremony while the US economy was tanking...and he was on tax payers dime too! – so does that make GW Bush a "socialist?"?

    So what's the beef, GOPer's?!!!!

    June 22, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. RealityKing

    DOW -200.72-2.35%
    8,339.01

    There one thing Obama is obviously committed to.., the end of American's prosperous life style..

    June 22, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. yuri

    During these days of economic hardships, we think it will be prudent for BHO to set an example by not indulgin' in unnecessary trips in Air Force One.

    June 22, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Steve

    Gibbs is such a wang.

    June 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. the folly of the gop continues. . .

    Ready for the republican blast of indignation . . .

    June 22, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Dawn in Pa

    Why would he attend the World Cups, that is really stupid... I may voted for him, but right now we have a crisis! I know sometimes you can take a deep breath and say I am home, but yes North Korea can send a missle toward Hawaii and that is not an act of war, can you tell me than what is it? If they can fire a missle can we board their boat? Under the United Nation's Flag...

    June 22, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    So, the nut-job neo-cons responses are:

    !. OMG!!! There goes Obama spending OUR money, going OUT of the country, OUT on dates with his wife, blah, blah, blah !!!!!!.

    OR

    2. That stupid Obama can't commit to anything . . . EVEN going to a Soccer game!!!!!!!

    God, you people make me tired.

    June 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Cue the hate-filled responses

    Hey Dutch...Good to see that you are once again so quick to jump on Republican for being critical of this. Why don't you pick up a history book every once in a while and realize that is has more to do with President Obama being African-American and the World Cup being held in South Africa. You really need to take a break from the ticker every once in a while. Come on out of your Mother's basement and get some fresh air. The musty air down there is making you more and more hateful every day.

    June 22, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Justin

    I'd run for President if I knew it could get me tickets to the World Cup!

    June 22, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Liberals have Mental Disease

    We could be talking about Gerald Walpin but we are talking about the World Cup??? Is this really politics or is it CNN just promoting this President.

    June 22, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    @ Marc in Virginia

    "Dinners with Joe" . . . well, he IS the VP and all.
    "family vacations" . . . . one very short one. Maybe a couple of days at best
    "date nights" . . . . yeah, a couple
    "ice cream at Dairy Grandmother's" . . . .yeah, with his daughters on FATHERS DAY!

    You, sir, are the "dummy"! How many times did you complain while Bush was on vacation in Crawford?????!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Don't worry, he'll go. He hasn't apologized to South Africa yet.

    June 22, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. citizenjane

    Classy 57, June 22nd, 2009, 4:09
    ---------------------

    Are you for real? Congratulations on the most ignorant comment of the day.

    June 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Zero.

    But they play Footie in Europe. When did you ever invite europe to your Sports?

    June 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Susan

    Yes, he should go and enjoy the party. and go on a big date.....how abt a burger lunch?

    McCain was right. he is a celebrity... but still i do not have a choice except to vote for a Dem..... because Repubs are more crap......and their cheerleaders Rush, Glenn and Hannity chase me towards Dems.

    June 22, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Jc of Ohio

    Golly gee folks

    Someone commented that ...
    "Please, Mr. Obama, people are suffering, and now you're thinking of flying overseas for a soccer match. "

    So what did you have to say after Katrina when GWB was too busy because he was at a BBQ celebrating McCains birthday?

    As far as him (Obama) taking his wife out to dinner or his kids for frozen yogurt ...
    How do you know he didn't pay for it out of his own pocket?

    He does have a salary you know!

    June 22, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. ThinkAboutIt

    I don't think President Obama should go – the World Cup is always a security nightmare. Best to just watch it on the telly at home.

    June 22, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Jim

    more republicans spouting tripe. why don't they see that fostering good feelings is just as important as official state functions.

    and when will these republicans offer up any ... ANY ... solutions.

    they are still proving they are the party of no

    June 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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