January 30th, 2009
09:26 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama hosts bipartisan Super Bowl party

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/30/art.obamafootball.gi.jpg caption=" 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. Pat in Snohomish

    It'll be Sunday. Let the man have some fun. I'll bet half of you will be doing something similar. I'm sure he will be "back to work" Monday trying to dig us out of this mess we have got ourselves into. Oh yeah, Boo Steelers !!

    January 30, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. LM

    Glad you are having a party with our tax dollars. While the country is going in the toilet.

    January 30, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Brian

    I am not a sports fan, but I am very happy for Obama and his special guests !!

    So, even though I do not follow sports, I may tune into watch the game periodically on Sunday.

    I hope Pittsburgh wins the Super Bowl !!

    Yes they can !!

    January 30, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Amie, by that reasoning, God sent Bush too.

    January 30, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Jacqueline 4

    Where is my invite?

    January 30, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. becky

    I think it is great! Of course the CARDNIALS will win!!!

    January 30, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. k-wag

    If you can't fight 'em, join 'em - THEN fight 'em. Way to go Prez Obama!

    January 30, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Luigi

    Maybe this might be a sign of things to come. How about a friendly basketball game between republicans and democrats in the future?

    January 30, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Mr E

    Obama chose the steelers based on the electoral map because he will need PA in 2012

    January 30, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. Jeff G (NY)

    Lets not read too much into the 'reaching across the aisle'. The two GOP Senators he invited represent the home states of the teams playing (PA AZ)

    January 30, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. ABob

    Whatever party you are affiliated with...I just hope Obama keeps his attitude and personality the way it is now. He just seems like he is just a regular guy who got lucky. I hope they do not change and get stuffy and uptight.

    January 30, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. MONGO,,,,,,,,MONGO


    LIST ? ? ? I CAN'T SEE HOW 2/15 MAKES BIPARTISANSHIP,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


    January 30, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. arc, Lugano CH

    Patricia T.: You're right. President Obama is inviting some people over to make better their acquaintance and watch the football game; nothing more than that.

    How some people are able to unearth some negative political motive on the part of President Obama in regards to watching the Super Bowl truly takes some concentrated effort. It’s kind of sad. It's also kind of funny.

    January 30, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  14. bluemarlin

    Please give our new President a break, he needs it. Besides, personal meals, laundry, dry cleaning and anything spent that has nothing to do with government related work is billable to the President and his family. The only thing free is the rent....so please don't think this is paid for by the White House.

    January 31, 2009 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. serious?

    why is this news?

    January 31, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Mike in San Antonio

    Wonder if they will be serving more pork at the game?

    January 31, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  17. Jesse in Dallas

    According to the Washington Post and other records "W" spent more than 20% of his time on vaction during his two terms in office.

    I did not hear one word from all of you conservative complainers...

    President Obama has done more in one week than "W" did in one year.....

    Get over it!!!!

    January 31, 2009 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  18. Critical Thinker

    I think the media should not report on such stories. I think President Obama is being sincere in his effort to be bipartisan and approachable. But hateful people will find the negative no matter what. Even if he was able to feed all the hungry and house all the homeless, the hateful folk will say he didn't do enough or do it right – amazing how some people enjoy being miserable.

    So why waste such info on such hateful people? Let them work to make-up their own negative spin on things...

    January 31, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  19. Cathy, Peoria AZ

    All, the man is throwing a Super Bowl Party and inviting people to watch with him just like many others this Sunday. Enough with the comments about the economy, enough with the comments by Bay Buchanan, enough with John's comments!
    Cathy Smithison and those of you complaining about his taking time to watch the game on Sunday – GROW UP, even the Lord rested on Sunday. Oh, both McCain and Kyl were invited and declined.

    January 31, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. Katherine

    Even the small things like Obama Superbowl parties cheer me up. We have someone genuine in leadership...someone who gets that it's all about relationships, authenticity, and keepin' it real......enjoy the day Mr. President!!! You continue to make mine.

    January 31, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  21. JRS

    Funny, shortly before the election, Obama campaigned in Philadelphia and told them he was rooting for the Phillies. Then he spoke in Tampa and said he was rooting for them. Just a light-sided example how his campaign was based on telling people what they wanted to hear, instead of what is really best, even if it doesn't sound good. Now that he's won, he has no need for batting from both sides of the plate.

    January 31, 2009 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  22. John Q

    I'm guessing that even if he would have only invited 1 Republican he would have touted his Super Bowl party as being bipartisan.

    January 31, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  23. Whatever

    Wow....women were invited to the party too. Where's 'Chelle?

    January 31, 2009 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  24. carol

    Hey Mr. President, after the super bowl party, please have the treasury dept write every adult american a stimulus check for big bucks. What good is a tax cut if we don't have jobs to even have the taxes cut.

    January 31, 2009 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  25. North Carolina...it's cold outside...

    shannon January 30th, 2009 6:23 pm ET

    good for him, maybe while they are partying they could try to remember the American public is suffering. I'm tired of hearing about cocktail parties, and football parties. I'm tired of hearing about celebrity meetings. Get to work!

    With your comment, it looks like Obama hasn't done anything since taking the office on last Tuesday. I do not agree. I believe he has done quite a bit and is still working. Who do you want to get to work if I may ask for clarification? As far as "cocktail parties" the only parties I know of are the "traditional" Inauguration balls. What are you waiting for them to "get to work on" that they haven't been working on in the first place?

    January 31, 2009 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
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