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. Baby Boomer

    The President is a better person then me. I couldn't stand to be around people who obstruct every constructive thing I've tried to do for the past 13 months. Guess that's why I'll never be in office...

    February 5, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Did Michael Hsu play football? I missed his college and pro stats.

    February 5, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. EMMA

    You don't have to like me and I don't have to like you. But out of respect let's work together because the common goal is what is right for the people. NOT was is right for ME but for the people. I don't give a hoot who is the President of the United States, whether I voted for that person or not, but since we are suppose to be on the same team let's work it out. It's like the Dems and the Repubs are 4 year olds, you stole my candy, no you stole my candy are fighting over somehing that can be shared. For goodnes sakes what an embarrasment to be an American from other countries views. I pretty sure that the comments on this blog came from very intelligent people that have degrees, etc, but sometimes I wonder the ignorance is just overwhelming.

    February 5, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I do not know why republicans are so afraid of facts and fact checking. Hey right wingnuts, the truth will set you free!

    February 5, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    To the person who posts @Obama worst president ever. I have met a lot of dim bulbs and morons in my 65 years, but you take the cake.

    February 5, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Wisconsonite

    Obama = WORST president EVER February 5th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

    "Who cares...just keep Obama off my TV for one day"

    Turn your TV off then, dummy! Or better yet, turn it to that "I'm Smarter Than a Fifth Grader Show" and you can see how you're NOT!

    February 5, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Alex Winter

    I wonder how loaded folks will get at this party?

    February 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    "this President is setting the tone for America"
    "Gracious as always! President Obama, thank you for constantly reaching out to the Republicans, who keep spitting in your face"
    Rah, Rah! Put the pom poms down for a minute! Didn't he say something about civility, rather than slash and burn? As soon as he gets in front of the Dems, slash and burn all over again!

    It is a superbowl party, people, not an invite to help craft legislation. If you are honest you would know his stumbling blocks are Reid and Pelosi!

    February 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Ann Marie

    Tell it like it is "If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge". Just look at Detroit, Baltimore, Newark – oh wait never mind.

    February 5, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. T

    I wouldn't go even if invited. 1) DC is not my idea of a fun time. 2) Don't have a president that has a clue. 3) Have you seen the forecast for the snow to hit DC?

    February 5, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. FISH

    Hey Orange Curtain, the 3, 2, 1.... is really played out.

    February 5, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. J.D.

    To Greg, who says Obama sucks as a president....just think of the nightmare that would have been a McCain presidency. It would have been Mavericky chaos from day one. If we were not already at war (Iran, North Korea?), we would be heading there. And that doddering guy instilling confidence in us all...yeah, right. Obama can sit on his couch for four years playing X-Box and he'd still accomplish something significant for the U.S....keeping McCain from being president, and the totally world-ignorant Palin from being VP.

    February 5, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. RN

    The people who are so critical of every vacation/ party Obama has were just fine when Bush went off to vacation in Texas for weeks at a time. Bush did nothing and no one complained. Obama works very hard to repair the damage of the past 8 years and everyone complains that after 1 year he hasn't solved all the problems yet. Do any of you actually work as hard as Obama has been working? without a day off?
    If he walked on water you would all complain it was because he nevre learned to swim.

    February 5, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Cry baby tea-baggers.
    Try to trash Obama for ANYTHING & EVERYTHING. If they heard he was using toilet paper to wipe his butt they'd whine about it was the wrong color!! Get a life, while Bush established himself as the worst President ever you all supported everything he did no matter how rediculous or wreckless. And now you want to over scrutinize whatever Obama does. What a sad joke.

    February 5, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Florida Joe

    Yep this is what the Repubs worry about a Super Bowl Party..meanwhile a US Senator holds the Senate hostage until he gets hi BILLIONS of $$$$ for his state...WAKE UP

    February 5, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Chris

    I would like to come and represent the American taxpayer .......

    February 5, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Alex

    Wiscon"son"ite...you are an embarrassment to WisconSIN, especially because you can't spell OUR state correctly. Maybe you should take some grammar lessons; God knows what kind of a job you'd do in office based on that alone.

    In my humble opinion, Obama is doing a wonderful job, given his inheritance. He is working on fulfilling his promises, despite the obstinacy on both sides of the aisle. Think about where we were this time last year. It's interesting that no Republicans were putting up road blocks or questioning GWB's decision-making skills, when he was in office. What we need to give, is a little deference and a lot more respect. It is due, to President Obama and his family. Period.

    We now have a Leader who confronts challenges instead of hiding from them: this Superbowl Party is one means of bipartisan communication...not necessarily of a political nature in and of itself, but a means to a very crucial political end.

    February 5, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. D.

    Our president is good at parties, social events, joking, etc.
    I wish I could say it about policies, delivery and transparency!

    February 5, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Marie Laveaux

    This is about having people over for snacks and watching the Super Bowl. How can so many of you turn it into an excuse to insult the President? Some of you really need to get a life.

    February 5, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. mfhpr

    Hey GREG:

    You and so many others just don't get it...

    Do you really think that the downward spiral (losses across the board) were going to just STOP by Obama putting a cork in the drain? Man, you people can be stupid. One fact for you to chew on:

    The bid banks that handed out loans like snickers on Halloween did us all such a disservice by creating a whirlwind of construction of new homes that now sit empty. The people lost those homes also lost just about everything they have, including money to spend in our economy. So, again, just one fact. No money being spent on new home bldg due to the saturation of every major market, and no money to spend on everyday goods and extras. So, can you or anyone else on here please tell me how that catastrophy could've been put to bed in one month, one year, one term??? Please, tell me...I, along with Obama, need to know!!! I sure know he's trying to implement, but getting NO cooperation. It's truly a shame, especially if the right wingers that keep saying NO just so he won't win get re-elected.

    February 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Outside Influence, World

    Americans…wake up. You’re in the driver’s seat! China & Europe are sitting sandwiched into the passenger seat beside you and the rest of the world is packed jam tight into the trunk, just going along for the bumpy ride....As the driver of the car… you need to keep your eyes on the road and get your act together. Stop making cheap shots at Democrats and Republicans and work together on turning the economy around, you owe it to the rest of the world to do so. It’d be wise while your getting your priorities straight to distribute the troops so they are fighting for those that need to be fought for, yah I said it, Iraq wasn’t your smartest move, but be concerned about radical Islam. Catch Bin Laden, he’s making you look stupid. The world didn’t fight two world wars so like minded idiots like him run the show in the 21st century. Here’s just a tip, access to free health care and free emergency surgery is a pretty good idea. The wait times won’t be perfect and yes, government run organizations tend to take their sweet time doing much of anything but it’s not going to cost you your grandmother’s home when she needs cancer treatment. You should pat yourselves on the back for helping the Haitians. You do a lot of good in the world, but you leave a mess sometimes. Global emissions are something that should be cut back on, regardless if glaciers are melting or not, regardless if you consider temperature change normal earth behaviour. Think about a thousand Olympic sized swimming pools of oil being burnt into the atmosphere every day of the year and you’ll begin to think that it’s not such a great idea in the long run. You’re in the driver’s seat. You are stuck with the responsibility of driving with good judgement. Some day you may lose the privilege of being in charge of world affairs and the American Empire will be judged like the British Empire, Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire and the Egyptians’ Empire have been. It’s much bigger than one President, It’s much more important than a super bowl party. American’s will be judged by an entire century of dominance & leadership….Don’t let the world live to regret that you took the wheel…

    February 5, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Scott


    I am afraid it is you that need to get your facts straight. Unemployment percent and jobless rates are two very different entities. We were losing jobs at a clip of one hundred thousand a month when Bush left office, that was his inheritance, oh, and two wars unpaid for. Jobless claims have gone down incrementely since jan 2009. Unemployment is the last of the economic indicators to turn around and it's very much on the way. if the GOP can be a little less obstructive towards every piece of legislation Obama offers we would already perhaps be at 8 percent.

    February 5, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. mfhpr

    Did Michael Hsu play football? I missed his college and pro stats.

    I like that!!! I did Google him and about 500 Michael HSUs came up. Didn't see any football players in the bunch. But I did see an interior designer...

    February 5, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. mfhpr

    Post by T:

    February 5th, 2010 4:45 pm ET

    I wouldn't go even if invited. 1) DC is not my idea of a fun time. 2) Don't have a president that has a clue. 3) Have you seen the forecast for the snow to hit DC?

    Yes you would, LIAR. And you'd tell your rep cronies that you only did it so you could get your tax money's worth of food. I'm going to call FOX "News" to demand a reporter be sent to your home with a bunch of Teabaggers to demonstrate with LIAR signs!!!

    February 5, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    Bless his heart for continuing to try. However, wasn't he who said that we can't continue the same failed policies, expecting different results?

    February 5, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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