January 29th, 2009
04:42 PM ET
9 years ago

Politics plays a part in President Obama’s Super Bowl pick

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/29/art.steelers.gi.jpg caption="The Steelers are this year’s presidential Super Bowl pick."](CNN) - President Obama made a major endorsement Thursday, announcing his support for the Pittsburgh Steelers in this Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown.

“I wish the Cardinals the best. Kurt Warner is a great story, and he’s closer to my age than anybody else on the field,” he said. “But I am a longtime Steelers fan.

Watch Obama make his Super Bowl pick

“Mr. Rooney, the owner, was just an extraordinary supporter during the course of the campaign. Franco Harris was campaigning for me in Pittsburgh…Coach [Mike] Tomlin was a supporter.

“I wish the best to the Cardinals - they’ve been longsuffering, it’s a great Cinderella story. But other than the Bears, the Steelers are probably the team that’s closest to my heart.”

In the midst of the firestorm over Obama’s “bitter” remarks, Rooney endorsed him in advance of the Pennsylvania’s April primary.

"True sports fans know that you support your team even when they are the underdogs," Rooney said in a letter then. "Barack Obama is the underdog here but it is with great pride that I join his team."

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  1. marge

    Lori January 29th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

    Well, the economy is spiraling downhill, Obama's already broken campaign promises, our soldiers are risking their lives in an unnecessary war, and oh yeah . . . there was an ice storm to end all ice storms recently.

    But at least now I know BO's Super Bowl pick . . . I can rest easy tonight.
    228rory January 29th, 2009 4:42 pm ET

    I cant believe it…..Steelers Fan!!! Is this the change we voted for? I bet Ayers favorite team is the Steelers… What a terrorist sympathizer. How much did ACORN have to do with the influence of Barry's choice of Super Bowl Champion. Go ahead crazy left libs… drink the Steeler Kool Aide. Wake UP America!!!

    I cant wait for Palin 2012 at least she is an honest Cardinals Fan.
    These 2 posters are perfect examples of STUPID!!!!!!
    Most of US in Pittsburgh are Steeler kool-aid drinkers!!!!!! 228rory is just plain stupid!!!!!

    January 29, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Glenn Thomas

    I am a long time Browns fan and I voted for Pres. Obama and I will vote for him in 2012, but I hate the "Squeelers" and wish you would have picked Arizona. Pissburg sucks big time.

    January 29, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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