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

Obama hosts bipartisan Super Bowl party

 Obama is rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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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  1. Obama 2.0

    He should tak the gang to the ball court during halftime and shoot some hoops.

    January 30, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Boogie

    I dont care ho wins the Super Bowl im a Texan fan!!!!!!!! Obama is still sticking to his word of bi-partisanship even when he is at home chillin.

    January 30, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |

    Oh, yea...are you using "bail out" money to keep that grill lit up?

    January 30, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. James

    Don't be sceptical people, this is the most real President we have ever had and he continues to show that he is about the people. Those of you who continue to criticize have negative attitudes and should just keep that to yourselves. Positive is as positive does.

    January 30, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |

    I thought I smelt money burning from that direction!

    January 30, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Amie

    People don't like these kind of comments but....God sent Barack Obama to this nation for such a time as this....He is the right man for the job....He is in the right place at the right time in history. His very footsteps are ordered by God. Like it or not!!!!

    January 30, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. David

    OK – I am impressed Obama with your bi-partisanship. Now, quit worrying about your parties and abortion funding projects and fix the dang economy before we are ALL out of work!! It was easy for you and the rest of the Democrats to blame Bush for everything, including the failed democratic congress' blunders (such as the Community Reinvestment Act) so now it's your turn! We are waiting........

    January 30, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Dianne

    President Obama, hope you enjoy the game. I am rooting for Arizona and your Presidency. God Bless!!!

    January 30, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. JIM...TX

    All these WHINERS need to get a life...almost everybody in America is interested in this game including the Prez..Wish the hell I would have got an invite:)

    January 30, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. Geo.

    You can't afford a Super Bowl Party? I've got eight years of incredible tax breaks (if ya make over 250K) thanks to George W and all you republicans. I'm a democrat having to finally pay my fair share this year!

    January 30, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. john

    this is why i voted for Obama he is down to earth no bs good guy

    January 30, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. Texas Trail Kitty

    Why don't you people give President Obama a break? He is trying to fix the mess that President Bush created and I see so many complaints on the blogs. Seriously, why don't you create and submit a financial plan for the country if you don't like the stimulus package. Or are you just big-mouth whiners? Jean, how do you know if the plan is pork? YOU wake up! I actually don't think you would know a Nanny State if it slapped you in the face. Be a part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

    January 30, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Independant Thinker

    To Nick – West Hills (L.A.), CA

    Bush actually worked with the democrats in a BIPARTISAN way, Obama calls it bipartisan when he meets with republicans but then MANDATES the way things are going to be.

    Obama bipartisan, yeah right, he has no clue what bipartisan means.

    Obama = Typical Chicago politics.

    January 30, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Wayne

    In response to Aimee who wrote...

    January 30th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

    People don't like these kind of comments but….God sent Barack Obama to this nation for such a time as this….He is the right man for the job….He is in the right place at the right time in history. His very footsteps are ordered by God. Like it or not!!!!
    Yeah, God sent Barack Obama to free up funding for Abortion clinics overseas. Get a clue!

    January 30, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. CD

    To all who do not like the idea of Barack Obama being the 44th President of the United States and feel as though they cannot live with it, and are constantly complaining, they are most welcome to take up citizenship in Canada, Cuba, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran or Africa. He has only been the President for 10 days. Remember it took eight LONG years to create the BIG mess that we in!

    January 30, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. shannon

    Will, I'm not an Obama hater, I'm wondering why all we here about is parties, weekly cocktail parties, superbowl parties. Times are hard, and people are suffering, why don't you stop with the name calling, and open your eyes to the problems we face. You remind me of a Bush supporter, people weren't allowed to question him either, his crazed supporters would call names and spew hate also.

    January 30, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Chris in LA

    Most of the anti-Obama comments on here are beyond childish. Take heed of what Mr. Obama said during his inaugural address: "The time has come to set aside childish things." Grow up, Republicans. You had 8 years. Your guy tanked it all. Everything. And he had the greatest approval rating in history after 9/11 but instead of uniting us further, he tore us apart. Now, why don't you stop doing the same thing and give the guy a chance. 1 week is not a chance.

    January 30, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Sojourner2008

    Ken (and the rest of your friend who forgot all of W's vacation days)

    If I am not mistaken, the POTUS receives a salary. Hopefully, like YOU and ME. I think he can more than afford to have guest at the PRIVATE living quarters for which he and his family are tenants for the next four years. In other words, "get over it."

    January 30, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  19. bzaulds

    Cool... the man needs a break...

    January 30, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. Carl

    This President talks the talk AND walks the walk. This is why the American people approve of him right now in BIG poll numbers. He is making the effort to show that he wants a working...friendly relationship with the GOP. While George Bush preferred his privacy, Obama wants his bipartisan guest list to show that the White House really is the PEOPLE'S HOUSE. President Obama does not want to live in a bubble and this is just another example of his reaching out to the other side. Well Done Mr. President!!!

    January 30, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. anti-scott

    Man, Scott, at least check your facts before you say stupid stuff on here. Obama has the most racially diverse cabinet in the history of the country. Asians, African-Americans and women make up more than half of all of his cabinet appointments.

    January 30, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  22. M. Taylor

    cathy smithson – He is not going to a football game. He is watching it on TV like most Americans. Also, it is at the White House, so he is ON-CALL like a doctor or a nurse who works at a hospital. He might be watching the game but he is not out of the country.

    January 30, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. Pretty Penny

    Be a RepubliCAN not a RepubliCAN'T...Abuse of power my arse! I voted for this stimulus plan the moment I voted for Obama. That is what America did as a whole. New ideas people! New and progressive ideas..

    January 30, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. cnnnewser

    Go Steelers!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. steve r.

    I'm against President Obama on this one: Pittsburg allowed the refs to cheat for them in the Superbowl against Seattle 3 years ago!!! We will never forget that.

    January 30, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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