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. U Chandra

    These overtures increases productivity among our politicians. I am used to hear these things used to happen in camp David. The new president is using opportunities such as a super bowl to advance talks and agenda's. This is kind of change I expected with this presidency. I think I am getting a bang for my buck!

    January 30, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Deborah Rankin-Moore, Roseville, MN

    Doggone it Amy!! I thought for sure we would be seeing you at Ricky's Super Bowl Party on Sunday.

    Oh well, we'll try to have fun without you.

    You try to do the same. (Klobuchar for VP in 2012, if Biden steps down).

    By the way, Amy, are you bringing Tater Tot Hotdish?!?

    January 30, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Zachery

    Perhaps McCain was invited but had other plans. After all, McCain is from Arizona, so maybe JUST MAYBE, he would rather go to the game and watch it live. Did you even bother to consider that?

    January 30, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Rashad

    Shannon and Susan, get off your high horse! Its Super Bowl Sunday. They are sitting around and watching the game. The same thing about 100 million Americans will be doing.

    January 30, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Ed

    They'll be writing down the names of all of the advertisers to see who to attack next...Can't have people making so much money that they can afford to advertise in the Super Bowl now can we?

    January 30, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    WOW!! Only TWO guests from the Arizona side.. A little lop sided there don't ya think President Obama. Personally I hope the Arizona team wins. The Steelers have won so many times the thrill should be a little off by now.

    January 30, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Moe, NY

    Hope you enjoy your Super Bowl party Obama!

    January 30, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Socializing at the White House

    For Valentine's Day, President Obama is having a pajama party sleep over at Camp David. I wonder if Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank will share a sleeping bag.

    January 30, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. AJ in Fla

    Mr. President I have a good one for you...!!!!! Do you think that will be the day that you can go on with the business of the Presidency without having to excuse tax evaders in your team or separate yourself from shady or questionable characters..???

    January 30, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Jacqui

    See? We all really can get along!

    When there's a game on, anyway...

    January 30, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Socializing at the White House

    Rooney and the Steelers gave Obama the wrong jersey # – he should be wearing #44 like so many famous black stars before him ......

    January 30, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Socializing at the White House

    Senator McCain is not coming but he sending over his famous Jalapeno Pepper Dip -– called "Chernobyl" to spice up the party.

    January 30, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Sakimasg

    If the Steelers are the team they were when Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swam played for them they will win the Super Bowl.

    January 30, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Xena


    January 30, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. RealityCheck

    Just another photo-op!

    January 30, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. T

    what about Ronald Burris?

    January 30, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. BB

    I think some of the nut cases making irrational statements in some of these posts need to take Sunday off and re-think (or maybe just finally think) about what they're saying and how it sounds.

    I believe they are so obsessive that it must be eating them up.

    Hope everyone has a fun-filled and relaxing day Sunday !!

    January 30, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Marie

    Boy Susan Gail one can really tell your not a people person

    January 30, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. John

    Go Cardinals!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. John

    Obama should get out there on the field and get tackled,, show him what a little torture is like. Maybe then he'll stop torturing little innocent babies!!!!

    January 30, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. m.

    Of course he's rooting for the Steelers! Isn't McCain from AZ?

    January 30, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. arnie

    Obama accepted input from the Republicans but that was not enough! They would rather play hard ball than put people back to work. Oh, BTW didn't we try the Republicans plan the last eight years how did that work out? Let ssee, we now have the worst economic condition ever! He probably shouldn't listen to them but he did any how.

    January 30, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    You go, Mr. President!!! Enjoy the game and I sincerely hope you make some headway with the Republicans.

    January 30, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Charley

    I think this is a great idea, oregon is right!!! I LOVE what obama has done thus far and I look forward to 8 (hopefully) of his voice of change and progress – a little bit of working together for everyone and its amazing what you can accomplish

    January 30, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. To Shannon

    America may be suffering, but drive down any street Sunday night and you'll see a party going on. People had fun, even during the Depression. It's not a sin! For a few hours, it's needed now more than ever. And it will make everyone more relaxed and productive on Monday. I have no problem with it.

    January 30, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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