Da Bears to receive overdue White House honor
The Chicago Bears celebrate after defensive lineman William Perry scores a touchdown during Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 26, 1986.
September 22nd, 2011
07:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Da Bears to receive overdue White House honor

(CNN) – This is one visit President Obama will look forward to.

The president will make good on an overdue promise this October when the 1986 Super Bowl Champions, the Chicago Bears, finally get their visit to the White House.

A White House official confirmed Thursday that the 1985 Chicago Bears– who won the Super Bowl, but were unable to visit the White House because of the space shuttle Challenger tragedy– have 26 years later been invited by President Obama to visit on October 7th.

The '85 Chicago Bears trounced the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XX.

And though greeting the 2011 Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers–and Bears arch rival– at the White House "hurt" President Obama "a little bit" following the Packers' defeat of the Bears in the 2011 NFC championship game, the visit from the '85 Super Bowl champions will likely soften that blow.

–CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian contributed to this report.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. StevenB

    While it is certainly understandable to cancel the visit because of Challenger, why on earth was this not rescheduled for a couple of months later or during the off season? Or as part of the pre-Super Bowl festivities the following year?

    September 22, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Jim

    What about the 2002 Bucs who never got the visit due to the war?

    September 22, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. wentzr

    too bad sweetness won't be able to make it. RIP Walter Payton!

    September 22, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |

    Too bad my favorite player of all time, next to Ickey Woods, Walter Payton is gonna have to stay consistently illusive and pass. . .

    September 22, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. DJ Twiddle

    Sorry . . . Elusive...RIP #34

    September 22, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Anthony... proud tax payer

    Well thats pretty American. Its football, its the Champs, its the White House. Whats to complain about? Oh.. riight... Obama is the President, so ANY thing he does is going to be dissected as dumb, wasteful, or failed. I get it. Divisive politics by those commoners who have been duped into thinking Republicans have their best interests at heart... Why cant we all just enjoy it for a change and laugh at these guys who are now 50 something trying to do the Super Bowl Shuffle on the steps of the White House.. can we? for at least 1 day just enjoy our country? *shrugs*

    September 22, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. John

    Well, I will sleep better tonight knowing the president has righted another horrible injustice.

    September 22, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |