January 30th, 2009
09:26 PM ET
7 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. Jean

    The 'stimulus' bill is pork.

    Wake up!

    The Nanny State is upon us.

    January 30, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. ran

    Can not say this guy is not really trying. Now lets see just how much the Republicans are ready to do for the people. Based on the house vote I am very sceptical.

    January 30, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Gracie, MD

    I honestly believe that after all is said and done, President Obama has reached across party lines. It's very disheartening that Republicans like Eric Canter, John Boehner, etc. continue to "show boat" by mouthing off about Tax Breaks when Republicans have been running amuck when it came to giving tax breaks to the RICH and WALL STREET!!!

    When did Eric Canter and John Boehner and other Republican Leaders voice any OBJECTIONS to all the BILLIONS they spent in port barrel spending, and tax breaks to the RICH.

    I commend President Obama for trying, but enough is enough. These Republican leaders have their heads in their butts!!

    January 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. bb


    January 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    Gotta love Obama, I am sooo enjoying his presidency and it's only been 2 weeks. What a refreshing change. He has done more in two weeks for the average american than bush did in 8 years. By by rethuglicans, see ya!

    January 30, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. PA Republican for Obama


    January 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. proud american

    Bush considered bi-partisanshipo to be giving dumb nicknames to lawmakers of both parties.

    What a refreshing change we have in our new President.

    January 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Observant


    January 30, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Shirley in California

    I'm a big football fan but somehow this year,I really didn't care who won. My biggest concern is the economy. Everyone is being forced to take pay cuts why can't the football/basketball, etc., players? Until I see their paychecks cut (they make too much money anyhow), I won't be watching. Anyway, I hope they have fun watching. Go Steelers! Even though I'm a Colts fan.

    January 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Ken

    What does this president think he is doing? Party this and party that! Obama is acting like a kid with a new play toy (the White House).

    I hope that our taxpayers dollar's is not going to pay for this recreational gathering? I hope that Obama needs to be paying for this out of his own pocket.

    While American citizens are having trouble putting food on the table and trying to keep a roof over their heads, this President is having a football party! What a JOKE!

    January 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. JamesRShaffer

    To President Obama
    This is how we can save the country and save the people within it. Implement a financial bailout plan that focuses on people who are faced with foreclosures and low-income families. Essentially, give 100,000 to every household so that they will have enough to make their payments to their mortgage for the next two years; support their family during a time of economic hardship; allow for educational upgrades and/or time needed to find a new job until such time the your green jobs have evolved; And allow American families the ability to survive on one income for those that have children until such time that both can afford to work and pay for childcare; and relieve some stress from the burden of a healthcare system that does not work. As well, give 25,000 to every privet sector job that is in need of a boost. And to ensure the success of this plan, personally elect your own team to allocate the designated funds, instead of banks that have failed society and have lined their personal pockets with gold and silver. According to my research, over 300 million people reside in the US; and technically, you could in reality give every man woman and child 1-million dollars, stimulate the economy with your Bill, and still have enough to feed all of India. Now perhaps we can help America by giving back some money we have lined with tax dollars over the existence of America itself.
    James R Shaffer

    January 30, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Franky

    "Gibbs joked that his deputy, Bill Burton, would provide seven-layer dip. But he said there’s no wagering allowed at this party."

    Booooo, we ain't going then, LOL!! Come on, they did back in the day, what's the worst thing it can happen?? Well...we are in tough economic times...and two wars...O.K, you win, LOL!!

    January 30, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Gail

    Barack Obama is so cool! One notable guest who is missing from the list is John McCain. Wonder who he'll be rooting for? : > )))))) GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. whites need not apply for stimulus????

    Laid off yesterday, boat builder in Seattle Wa.

    Search Utube, Reich,Rangel, Non-white construction workers

    Non-white construction workers????

    Am I excluded as a white person and a construction journeyman from a stimulus that my tax dollars help to fund?

    I voted for change, I voted for unity……if I am excluded, if I lose my house …..
    I'm ready to move on and begin impeachment on this new guy right now!

    Please help, open a discussion to understand what Rangel and Reich are talking about.

    Sincerely, a friend, a supporter, a contributer, An American citizen, tax-payer, stimulus plan funder,…. laid off proffessional

    January 30, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Party man

    butwhen it comes to politics, he is an extreme liberal leftist socialist.

    January 30, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Celusil

    He get to enjoy some of the perks of the whitehouse before getting back to work on Monday.

    good for him

    January 30, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Give me a break!

    January 30, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Ray Ray

    Great... spend more of our tax-dollars, Obama. Call it "bi-partisan" so the media will praise you spending money on booze and high-priced cheese.

    January 30, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. sandy garrido

    I think it's great thta he is doing things like this....also, glad he is rooting for the Steelers.....GO STEELERSSSSS!

    January 30, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Lauren

    And we care????? This is news?????

    January 30, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. itbeme

    good to see he picked the winner for Sunday! Go STEELERS!

    January 30, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. yuri

    All these endeavors by Obama stand out in striking contrast to the GOP stance adopted by a serious Bush. It sure is a fond hope that such amicably social gestures are taken notice of by the GOP with less dose of skepticism.

    January 30, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. jean albert

    We always get more done when we all act as one. There are many great lessons we can still learn from the mother nature,I think we should work as ants do. President obama is a very smart man,he never underestimate what this country can accomplish as one.

    January 30, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Gaby from Florida

    President Obama sure knows how to pick them. First with his cabinet picks and now with the Steelers. Go Obama and Go Steelers!

    P.S. Glad McCain isn't on the guest list.

    January 30, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Donald Beckwith

    Man, that's a Super Bowl party I would like to join. How about it, Mr. President?

    January 30, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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