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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  1. Yvonne

    I think it's great that the white house is alive again!! President Obama deserves to have a day of fun, after his busy week trying to get this country back to 8 years ago!! "GOOD FOR HIM" Yvonne in Maryland

    January 30, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. george oyieno

    Mr. President, may i come please? i will bring my own soda and nile perch please..

    January 30, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Dave

    Hey Donna, please, tell me what Obama has done. If he's done more in two weeks than Bush did in years, you're a baffling idiot and no wonder this country is headed to the toilet. Uneducated people like yourself.

    January 30, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. cw

    Shannon @6:23

    Lighten up please and let the President enjoy a little time off. Remember: All work and no play etc. ....

    January 30, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. Gloria CT

    Glad to see Rosa will be there. As others have already stated ..you all have a good time, enjoy the night, go steelers!

    January 30, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Steel Curtain XLIII

    Why is Rep. Doyle the only western PA representative invited? Looks to me like at least 3 or 4 other members of Congress got snubbed here - especially Jason Altmire, who lives within spitting distance of Pittsburgh and was also a heckuva football player back in the day...

    I'm probably... okay, *definitely*.... taking this too seriously. Go Steelers!

    January 30, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Kentuckywoman

    POTUS should take a break to watch Puppy Bowl V with his daughters; maybe they'll find their "furever" friend.

    January 30, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. The Truth

    Good. At least for four hours it'll keep them from doing any more damage to the country.

    January 30, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. David

    Yo, B....I make a mean queso and can be there in 30 min. I'd offer to bring some interns but that's so 12 years ago....

    January 30, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. mytabloids

    Obama digs Steeler Nation! Is this the best year ever?

    Sixburgh rules!

    January 30, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Karl

    For the idiots on here saying, "get down to business, because the nation is suffering", in the worst of times, it's good to have some enjoyment. Besides we're only talking about 3 or 4 hours max. Get over being so serious. I'm currently living in a transitional home, and I'm not taken aback by this at all! My life condition is not so ideal, but it's doesn't consume me, either.

    January 30, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Roger in CA

    A great idea. People in neighborhoods become closer when people mingle and interact with each other. This is a good thing. People in congress need to become closer to reality and more understanding of each other. Keep the lobbyist's out.

    January 30, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Maryann Rose

    Well, this story sure put a smile on my face.

    And I'm not even a football fan!

    Has this ever been done before?

    It's hard to screw someone over when you've shared some chips and bean dip at their home!

    I hope he continues inviting our representatives and giving us daily briefings. Even as busy as he is, he takes the time out to communicate.

    What a huge difference from the previous administration.

    January 30, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Jacque Bauer

    Mr. President, you are on the clock and according to you yourself these are the most desperate days since cave men. Get to work!

    January 30, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Jwal

    Obama is still the same – always treating 'people' as people, with such respect, regardless of party differences. It is his innate ability to find the common good in all people. Thank you President Obama for being the leader that you are.

    January 30, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Bertin Evina-Ze

    Nice move Barack you are truly a cool guy!!

    January 30, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Independant Thinker

    Chicago politics.

    Obama is trying to BUY their votes like Blago.

    January 30, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Thomas

    What I don't understand is the Arizona Cardinals ? They should change there name to the Roadrunners or Sidewinders , something that is Cool !

    Maybe SUSAN GAIL gets it !

    January 30, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Barb

    Some may consider this get-together not important, but it is a way to get to know people. I have confidence that President Obama knows what he is doing.

    January 30, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Norm

    It about time people get together and become people instead of "politic's". They should all relax and enjoy themselves, get to know one another and trust each other enough to lead each and everyone of us to a better future. Party on!

    January 30, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. Kin (Anaheim, Ca.)

    BET THE HOUSE !!!!!!! No suits or ties needed... JUST JEANS !!!!!

    GO EAGLES GO... next year !!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. marge


    January 30, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Super

    Maybe they will do the wave. That would be awesome.

    January 30, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. maria

    Mr. presisident, win or lose, don't forget the sugar at night. the lovely lady is more important then a stupid game, God i hate football!

    January 30, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  25. Sam Jones

    Anyone who is deriding Obama over parties like this is honestly missing the point – honest collaboration occurs through trust, and trust takes time to build. Just consider the relationship you have with good friends – did that happen overnight? No – it took work and opportunities to like each other outside of a professional setting so you could understand where somewhere is coming from. This is all work whether people realize it or not – and frankly, underscores how wise Obama is. Instead of finding things to criticize, be grateful Obama's not just worrying about bills, but building bridges too.

    January 30, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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