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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Amy Pa

    @shannon January 30th, 2009 6:23 pm ET
    Get a LIFE!!!

    January 30, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. aware

    It will take more than a party to be authentically bipartisan. It will take walking your talk Obama! 🙂

    January 30, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. KEITH

    I would like to know how big the screen is? I wonder how many of them give a hoot!

    January 30, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Who cares!

    We need to stop treating our President like a celebrity. What is this Perezhiltion.com?

    January 30, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Ernie in LA

    Obama needs to quit partying and fix the economy. We can't afford to party.

    January 30, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Darian

    I'm rooting for the cardinals
    but wow.. ... what a great step in
    a new direction for our country
    our president extending his hand
    and being a real leader...

    go obama

    January 30, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Ora Hale, West Memphis, AR

    President Obama: Don’t let the Washington Bureaucrat's change you! Enjoy the game, have some fun and get back to work.

    January 30, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Brian in Oregon

    At least these are not as biased as most Blogs any more. Maybe football is the answer. Or drowning everyone on the far right or left , center is where it is at people. Just because there is too much Steeler people here I hope the Cards win and always bet on the under dog – odds are better. Hope everyone has a good day may be a while.

    January 30, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. RobS

    No Susan, bipartisanship does not mean simply changing a bill until the other party decides to accept it. It means compromises from BOTH sides. Your party had three times the amount of filibusters than any other time in history for the last two years. Three times the worst record.

    This isn't bipartisanship, it just another example of the Republicans being willing to do anything to stay in power. It doesn't matter if our country goes down in flames, as long as they get to blame it on someone else. So they are doing their same old schtick and Obama is trying hard to win enough real Americans over. Yes, I said it- real Americans. If your GOP representatives really cared about this country and its people, they would make an effort to compromise. You lost. Your policies bankrupted our economy and made us the target of hatred for the world. Quit whining and truely give us a chance to fix things- rather than follow a policy of obstructionism for politics sake.

    January 30, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Coherent1

    I hope you all get a good understanding of one another. Some people may not realize it, but it helps to break the ice when meeting with those whom you typically disagree. Just wait, there will soon be a little give and little take and I'm trusting that it will all balance out for the good of America. Enjoy! Start fresh Monday morning like the rest of us. Go Colts!!! Oops.......I mean Steelers, I guess. : 0)

    January 30, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Mark Sr., Middletown,DE

    Steelers !

    January 30, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. theo

    Man, the guy sure likes to socialize and attend parties. Will he ever act presidential, or realize this isn't a big frathouse!!

    January 30, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. Abbie (ON Canada)

    Even though I am Canadian, I would have voted for him. Now that I know he is a Steelers fan makes me like him more.

    January 30, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. terrie

    Paul Hodes rocks.

    January 30, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Paul

    Go Obama.
    I am Canadian and it's great to see your going to have a Super Bowl Party. How normal of you to do so. Nice to see normal. For all the people getting their feathers up about another party, the guy is normal. He is doing what 99% of Amarica will be doing, watching the Super Bowl. After it's all over, he will get back to work and so should everyone.
    Enjoy the game everyone.

    January 30, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Ester

    Gotta love Obama!

    January 30, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. John

    A man that drags in to the office at 9 am deserves a little rest and relaxation. And a man that signs executive orders to torture little innocent babies deserves to be tortured himself....His day is coming

    January 30, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. John

    A man that drags in to the office at 9 am deserves a little rest and relaxation.

    January 30, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Griff

    To Barack Obama... The Moment is Right.... Be Prepared.,..

    January 30, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Paul

    Sorry, in my comment, America was spelled wrong.

    January 30, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Steve Frank

    I bet there is no Pork in that dip because it all went into that bill he's trying to push through.

    January 30, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. cliff

    how come sean hannit y and rush limbaugh are not on the list all you have to do to pick the opposite team they will agree upon to win
    for they have a track record of picking losers especially when they are surrounded by winners OH YES! sarah palin who can see the
    super bowl from her house has the best view

    January 30, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Gracie, MD

    Have a GREAT time Mr. President, I think after the week you've had you need some "super bowl" time. Hell, I'll need a drink too!

    January 30, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. tntaz

    As a diehard republican, I gotta say the Democrats do have a winner in the White House. I absolutely like what Obama has done so far.

    January 30, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. temmy


    January 30, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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