November 19th, 2009
03:33 PM ET
4 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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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Bluebonnet

    Boy, what that one won't do for a photo op! Disgusting.

    November 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. D.

    Delay delay delay Afghanistan decision Mr. President, at least until you get the Nobel Prize (so you avoid the personal controversies, even if the troops suffer). Play with the players....

    November 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. President George Hussien Washington

    its a wonder if he didnt blast off to the moon with the shuttle. whereever a camera is you'll find Obama: Reminds me of forrest gump, the guy in every major event in history

    November 19, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. dan smith

    What an ego maniac. Obama just can't stand it if someone else is in the spot light for a moment. Example-Palin's book comes out and he feels its necessary to have an interview with CNN just to announce that he isn't going to read her book,big news there. The man is utterly out of control. Never has there be a President as conceited as he is.

    November 19, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Jim in Florida

    But he cannot decide on troop levels in Afghanistan until AFTER Thanksgiving.

    I guess Obama has to have his priotities. It's all politics with this empty suit.

    Obama lies.
    Americans die.

    November 19, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Okay – let the HATERS begin to criticize this one for NO REASON!!!

    This is why we need a man like President Obama in office because he feels he is NOT ABOVE everyone else – while he governors and make the RIGHT decisions for America and the World!!

    November 19, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Eddie

    I was wondering if the NFL would have a Turkey for Thanksgiving or not........fitting!
    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

    November 19, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. mark

    please, i don't need to see obama while i am trying to enjoy myself. why don't you make an afghanistan decision obama...

    November 19, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Marc in Virginia

    Mr. Celebrity is at it again. Will he be doing "Dancing with the Stars" next? Please get back to work fixing this mess you've created NoBama.

    November 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    UH OH I'm sure the GOP and right wingers will find something wrong with this also just so get ready for it. They'll probably say the president is going to try to force his beliefs on NFL players and they won't let their children watch football games anymore.

    November 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Get Smart

    What bunch of players is he going to embarass. Also how much did he embarass us overseas on his last trip with all his bowing and kissing rear apoligizing for what America's done to them. GOOD GOSH GET RID OF THIS IMAGE OF A MAN.

    November 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. ob08

    Very positive move.

    November 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Sgt. USMC

    Can't wait to see it.

    OBAMA 2012

    November 19, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. ggb

    Please Mr Obama, step up to the role as commander in chief and start by making a decision about Afghanistan. While you have your photo ops, men and women are killed because they do not have the necessary man power to do their jobs. Let the military run the war so the job gets done!

    November 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    A noble cause. Now, where's my popcorn....gonna sit back and gigle at the ignoble responses from the GOPers...

    November 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. aware

    The poster child has no leadership ability but he is good at entertaining photo ops! He is living proof that you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear! :)

    November 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Get Smart

    Playing football with a bunch of children on our White house lawn. He is making big bucks to do something for this country instead of destroying the image of what a U.S. President should be.

    November 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Uh oh...big mistake Brees and Polamalu...now the GOP is going to boycott the Saints and Steelers for distracting Obama from "doing his job for another photo op" or some such nonsense.

    November 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    It will be interesting to hear from the wing-nuts about what's "wrong" with this.

    November 19, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. K

    Kudo's to our beloved President......

    Barrack Obama is a person that carry's himself in a way that bring about TOGETHERNESS, he loves ALL PEOPLE regardless of race, creed, or religion....

    He's basically the opposite of what Republicans seem to be good at...

    People like Rush Limbaugh and the other dispicable Republicans wouldn't be welcome in a forum that is refelective of AMERICA....

    The NFL is a place where no one is viewed from a Racial or political perspective, so this is also why Keith Obbermann is welcome their....

    November 19, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. WIlly Brown

    Mute button

    November 19, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. mjm

    United We Serve, huh?

    Why are Democrats always trying to get people to mow their lawn for free?

    November 19, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Rony-Die hard Steeler Fan

    Troy Polamalu & President Obama !!! I couldn't be more PROUD to have that combo together !!! Here we go Steelers, here we go !!

    This news just made my Day !!

    November 19, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Kelly

    Maybe they can help him make a decision on Afghanistan. Polamalu knows more about defense than Oba Mao ever will. Brees can teach this fool how to call the shots like a real quarterback and team leader.

    November 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Pam

    Maybe Obama can take Cutler's place in Sunday's game. He couldn't do much worse.

    November 19, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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