November 19th, 2009
03:33 PM ET
9 years ago

President Obama to appear with NFL players for Thanksgiving public service announcement

President Obama to appear with NFL players for Thanksgiving public service announcement.

President Obama to appear with NFL players for Thanksgiving public service announcement.

Washington (CNN) - Several White House officials confirm President Obama will appear in a public service announcement with NFL players DeMarcus Ware, Drew Brees, and Troy Polamalu. The 90-second spot will air during the NFL Thanksgiving games, and a shorter version will run throughout the football season.

The ad has Obama playing touch football on the White House lawn with local children and the Pittsburgh Steelers safety Polamalu, New Orleans Saints quarterback Brees, and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Ware. The spot is to promote the NFL's Play 60 campaign which tackles childhood obesity by encouraging physical exercise, and Mr.Obama's community service project United We Serve. During the spot the president wears a Chicago Bears jacket recognizing his home team.

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  1. PhillyPhan

    I'd be interested if we could watch Polamalu sack His Holiness...

    November 19, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. charlie in Maine


    In all the time George W Bush was President (and it seemed like forever to me) I was never critical of him for his Public Service announcements. If you idiots complain about every single thing he does it will lose it's impact. Sooner or later he will mess up on something. It is only human nature (I bet when he does he will admit it and try to LEARN from it but I think we can all agree he is no George W) Here's the thing though , when he is wrong you Obamaphobes out there will look like the boy who cried wolf. He will be wrong and no one will believe you. That is why we need a credible opposition. You folks just seem grumpy.

    November 19, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. single mom

    I appreciate the efforts of the President and the First Lady to promote healthy living for the rest of the country, BUT he was elected to run the country. Not play basketball/football, or campaign non-stop or traveling non-stop – he's logged more miles in Air Force Once since January than Bush and Clinton.
    Please, Mr. President, stay in DC for a couple weeks without the need for a road trip!

    November 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Crazy Harry

    So sad that there is such hate for our country and our leader. When will they stop pouting and try to come together to work for the betterment of our country.

    November 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. wow

    I see why as a nation, we lag behind the rest of the world. Some of the comments here are just crazy. From he needs to fix the mess he got us in, to he decides to have an interview with CNN because Palin has a book out, to he is delaying making a decision on Afghanistan, so he's putting the solider in danger, to the very best (WORST) of all, it's a photo op.

    Get over it people. A rational person would be glad to see the president in a public service announcement. As much as I disliked President Bush, I was glad when he or Mrs Bush would do things like this to help others.

    Some people need to really look inside themselves and find out why they hate President Obama so much.

    November 19, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "By-the-way, thank you Sarah palin for filling the GOP coffers with $9MM this past month! Go Sarah, the best campainger for Sarah palin is Barrack Hussein Obama, uhum, um, um"

    By that (il)logic, I suppose we get to thank Palin for filling the DNC's coffers with $11.2M last month, a full 27%+ more than the RNC received?

    November 19, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. virginia nielsen

    This message is for Marc in Virginia... Do you know who left this country almost go down, creating two wars, giving privileges for friends in the oil industrie and makink Wall Street a CASINO for his biddies ? GEORGE W BUSH and the maquiavelic DICK CHENNEY ,and since January OUR president BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is trying to fix all the big problems that they left behind !!! Get alife and THINK or move to another country, after 11/04/2008 America showed why we're the most powerful nation on this planet, WE ELECT OBAMA !!!

    November 19, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Not the Steelers!!!!

    Gosh dang it, there is only one team for me...

    win or lose, well mostly lose now, but still only one.


    Raider nation, let me hear you shout, or just cry with me today...

    ...but there is always the next season, hopefully with somoone other than JaMarkus Russel, LSU please come back and take him away from us, please....

    November 19, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Republican: I only help those who can already help themselves

    Thats right, keep complaining about everything the president does. Kepp crying wolf, eventually not even your own people will listen to you.

    I know you all "woke up" this year but just to give you a quick history lesson, he's not the first president to do this and he won't be the last. Get off your high horse, "sleepy heads".

    November 19, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    This idiot does EVERYTHING except fix the economy and the unemployment.

    His dumb butt will be off to Copenhagen soon to receive his FAKE nobel peace prize.

    Next he will travel everywhere else but not solve the US problems.

    He is pushing us into socialism and driving the economy into the ground and all the idiot can think about is a public service announcement. You are a worthless lying individual barack.

    November 19, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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