February 5th, 2010
04:05 PM ET
13 years ago

President Obama to throw bipartisan Super Bowl party

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/05/art.obama.helmet.gi.jpg caption="President Obama will host a Super Bowl party this weekend at the White House."](CNN) - President Obama will hold his second bipartisan Super Bowl party this weekend, his aides announced Friday morning.

It will be a much smaller affair than last year when more than 75 people gathered to watch the game at the White House theater. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said about 40 people altogether are invited Sunday to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

White House aides say House and Senate lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, representing competing states on behalf of the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts have been invited. So far those who've accepted the invitations include Indiana Democratic Reps. Andre Carson, Baron Hill, and Brad Ellsworth, and Louisiana Republican Rep. Joseph Cao. Military service members who've been injured fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan will also be guests, along with their spouses and children.

Gibbs says the White House will put out a more complete list of attendees later in the day.

Last year the president hosted fans of the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers. Guests that year told CNN the president went walking from room to room serving them brownies and oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies. Also on last year's menu: hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chips and salsa, soft pretzels, hot fudge ice cream and pizza.

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  1. Carrie

    Oh for crying out loud!! Grow up people. The guy works his butt off for the American people every day and you can't give the guy part of one day to enjoy himself? Give me a break!!!

    February 5, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Objective Thinking

    C'mon guys give Obama a break. You're just like the ones who complained that Scott Brown wasn't doing his job, when he said he'd like to play a game of basketball with Obama–and at the time, he wasn't even sworn in yet!

    February 5, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Vote for GOP based on their ideas, which are.......?????

    I love when everyone comes in here and says "let's get back to work creating jobs".

    1. If the govt creates jobs, isn't that interfering in the Capitolist market.

    2. Last time I checked, President Obama doesn't create legislation. But 1/2 of the people on here cannot even tell you the branches of govt and their functions.

    3. When is the last time you came on the CNN ticker and a good piece of legislation was presented? And who's fault is that? And how did those people get their jobs?

    The End

    February 5, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. John from LA

    3 Republicans.....WOW BO you're SUPER BIPARTISAN!!!!-

    February 5, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. polly

    Bipartisanship = Teamwork.
    Go Colts!

    February 5, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    LIP February 5th, 2010 3:03 pm ET

    How about we skip the parties and get down to business.
    Lets get Americans back to work. How many American jobs are being performed by illegal aliens? If we fined the complanies enough to make them think twice about employing these people, would they stop? If these jobs went to Americans, what would this do to the unemployment figures?
    No one has earned the right to take a break and party.

    How much are illegal aliens paid by the hour to do the work that you claim American citizens are willing to do? The next time you're in the grocery store, ask yourself if you're willing to pay twice as much for a tomato or whatever to pay the extra cost so an American citizen would be willing to grow it and pick it. Please stop blaming others for our problems. If you want to find someone to blame, look in the mirror. We can all do that.

    February 5, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Bessy

    Hey Laura,

    Why don't you settle down. Things like this are paid for out of his own pocket. People like you make me sick. Always worried about if it will cost you a dime. Where were you when all the other presidents were doing things like this.

    February 5, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Vote for GOP based on their ideas, which are.......?????

    So if he's working he "destroying the country" but when he takes a day off you have the nerve to complain?

    The Republicans who cried wolf.

    The End

    February 5, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Max, Concord

    Who cares?

    February 5, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Debby

    40 people is a drop in the bucket. Look what we pay for when he takes his Medea family reunion trips to Hawaii.

    February 5, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Vote for GOP based on their ideas, which are.......?????

    @Willy Brown,

    Actually, your right it's not Bush's fault.

    It's yours and every Republican who voted for him.

    I blame YOU for destroying America, not your puppet.

    February 5, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Sandy in Portland

    After reading these comments, I must say that never have I seen such ugliness, viciousness, and downright racisim. What the hell is the matter with the American people? We don't deserve anything better than some nut job like Palin. Just remember, what goes around, comes around.

    February 5, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. kacie

    to LIP: how many americans WANT to do the jobs that illegal immigrants do? if we send them all home are you gonna pick apples all day for less than minimum wage? illegal immigrants do us a favor by doing the crappy jobs we aren't willing to do. what the gov. needs to do is get all illegals (and a whole lot of lazy americans) OFF WELFARE!

    February 5, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Hammerer

    Maybe Obama will explain how the jobless rate fell to 9.7% with a reported 20,000 new job losses. No one has mentioned how the Labor Dept suddenly found 500,000 jobs that appeared out of thin air.
    These people should be transfered to the treasury dept to figure the national debt. In no time we would be debt free and could stop paying taxes.

    February 5, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Big Z

    Why waste the time to invite anyone from the "just say no" party.

    February 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Yogi

    Hey Arch –

    G W Bush was the cokehead. I guess you got confused (again).

    February 5, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. trish

    To all haters.He is the hardest working President of all time.He is themost intelligent and classy President we have had for many years.Where the h?ll were you when bush and chaney sodomized this country?And a better question is where were the republicans and teabaggers when our children were dying in a senseless war and our country was being raped by greed?Don`t bring your sarcastic messages to Obama,at least he`s man enough to step in to help this country recover from a tragic lack of leadership while you haters do what you do best......nothing.That`s why bush/chaney was allowed to ruin America.You voted for them TWICE,and know you`re angry at Obama.....Bipolar idiots.

    February 5, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Bob

    Will the Salahis be invited? -:)

    February 5, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Mark

    Obama needs to STOP playing and get to work. GHEESH!

    He's always on vacation or looking for the next camera photo op.

    February 5, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Bull

    Is everyone who is part of the Tea Party Movement either over 65 years old or mentally retarded?

    February 5, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Jack

    if he didn't throw a little party Obama would be criticized for being stand-offish and un-American not having a Superbowl party. You can't win with these unpatriotic, xenophobes who can't tolerate compromise and a little good cheer once in a while.

    February 5, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Michele Flynn

    This repulses me. I've read about all the money being spent on White House parties (probably not different that what has been spent in past presidencies but...), we have unemployment rates that are off the chart, we have people who do not have enough to eat, children who live in substandard housing, government bail-outs to companies that take the money then reward their employees with bonuses, we fund war efforts in countries who do not want us/who do not like us, we supply support for disasters in other countries but did not do the same for our own during Katrina and other disasters...
    We have a president and first lady who are seem to seek celebrity more than solve the issues of our country. When the president's plans are scoffed, he turns his attention to another issue to divert attention (health care, No child left behind, Gitmo). Nothing is being accomplished. Frustration is increasing among the masses. I personally am on the verge of losing my home; my daugher has faced unemployment over the past year, she has 22-month old sons who need medical insurance. I'm 61 years old, have worked since I was 16, have supported my own children and now helping to support my grandchildren. Something is wrong with the direction of America.

    February 5, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. CF

    A lot of the people commenting here are idiots. The president earns a salary. He is allowed to do with it what he wants, just as you are. If he wants to throw a Super Bowl party with it, good for him.
    Secondly, just because Republicans REFUSE to even acknowledge the president, doesnt mean the president is not bipartisan. He has done nothing but reach his hand across the aisle since day 1, only to get it spat on every time. YOU are the ones being partisian, GOP. Bipartisanship is on YOU, too.
    President Bush spent 60% of his presidency on vacation, and you all defended him. Now you criticize Obama for not "presidenting" 24/7. You act as if the man isn't allowed to blink or use the bathroom until every problem in the U.S. is fixed. It doesnt work that way. He is getting things done, but he is a human being too. If you dont like the speed at which things are progressing, how about stop getting in the way on every step?
    Fact is, fixing all our problems cost money. So don't whine about the deficit. You cant have it both ways. We wouldnt be nearly as deep in the hole right now if the GOP had been responsible during their time in charge.
    I mean, come on. Do you mindless teabag followers even recognize that a casual gathering between members of both parties like this is not a bad thing, and might even be good? Put down Going Rogue, turn off Glenn Beck and Limbaugh, and start learning some truth and common sense.

    February 5, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Lisa P

    To Fitz in Texas: Yup, stupid wars of choice are expensive and don't produce much return on investment (to the contrary...). Maybe you should think about that next time some dumb GOPer from Texas gets his undies in an uproar over an imaginary national security "threat." Maybe you should think about investing in the future of America instead.

    February 5, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Gues

    Guess he doesn't have an "real" work to do. Party, party, party and no I'm not a Republican, registered Independent. You call everyone who disagrees with Obama a hater, you are denying the very thing to others you supposedly support....Freedom of speech. A bit hypocritical, don't you think?

    February 5, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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