Obama's Bi-Partisan Super Bowl Party

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure, it's all about bipartisanship. Not to mention the perks of watching the Super Bowl at the White House with the first fan playing host.

President Barack Obama is inviting a group of lawmakers - some Republicans, many Democrats, and a few from Pennsylvania and Arizona - to join him for Sunday's championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals.

With no Chicago team for Obama to cheer, the president said he's rooting for Pittsburgh against the "long-suffering" and "great Cinderella story" Cardinals, and he wished the Cardinals the best.

Steelers owner Dan Rooney, a longtime Republican, endorsed Obama's presidential bid and campaigned for him. Obama also noted that Franco Harris, one of the most beloved former Steelers, campaigned for him in Pittsburgh, too.

Five of the 15 lawmakers invited to join Obama are from Pennsylvania, and two are from Arizona. There are four senators and 11 representatives. The group includes 11 Democrats, four Republicans and three women. The White House released the guest list on Friday.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said the gathering is another step in the president's continuing effort to reach out to lawmakers and get to know them better in hopes of reducing the partisan rancor as they work together on the people's business.

Since becoming president, Obama has met at the White House with congressional leaders, traveled to Capitol Hill for private sessions with House and Senate Republicans and invited a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the executive mansion for cocktails.

The invited lawmakers are: Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; and Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Artur Davis, D-Ala.; Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.; Charlie Dent, R-Pa.; Mike Doyle, D-Pa.; Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Paul Hodes, D-N.H.; Patrick Murphy, D-Pa.; Fred Upton, R-Mich.; and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.

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  • by James on Feb 2, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    Hey Moderator can you put that in dummy terms for us non broadcast journalists?
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Feb 2, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    Sam- Super Bowl did a 42 rating/65 share nationally.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 2, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    I wonder what percent of people in the United States watched the superbowl, or at least had the television on the superbowl? If I had to guess, I would say 95%. Obama I am sure was just being another guy who is all into the wide world of sports. If it was me as president, I would not want to be getting all kinds of publicity, I would just want to be another person when it comes to this. They should change the Superbowl to where it is set up on a Saturday instead of a Sunday night, so less people would have to go to work the next day. Other than that, then Superbowl Sunday should be a national holiday.
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 1, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    "Anonymous", obviously the franchise owner did. Have a good night! Go Steelers!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    no one cares who obama wants to win
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 1, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    Buzz, you are right too many educated people on this blog.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 1, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    "i got the news",scr*** the football, I'm glad you are not in Ky., but some how I really wish you were. The president can't do any thing except use his power to push FEMA, I don't guess G. Bush should have been bashed for New Orleans, RIGHT.....
  • by jon on Feb 1, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    How much is this going to cost us. All he's been doing is having parties and wasting our money. Those same Dems. who would be moaning and groaning had Bush done this make up excuses for B.O. we are gonna here excuses for the next 4 years just wait and see.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    He's been so busy his first week and a half flushing the country down the toilet ..give him a rest and pass the chicken wings!
  • by i got the news Location: itsinmypants on Feb 1, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    MrT OH MY GOD I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT! YOUR A GENIUS!! Boy do I feel stupid. I was talking about government jobs. Banks, government offices, and even libraries are closed on Sunday. I pity the fool who doesn't believe that hospitals and emergency teams aren't working on Sundays. I believe the President should watch the Super Bowl if he wants too. He is the President. Who cares what he does? Cactus, what can the President do about it if the governor can't even do anything. Do you want the President to fly over and crack the whip on the electrical workers? I am sure he wants people in Kentucky to have power just like everyone else does. All I am saying is it is a football game. Anyone on this forum can agree that any stressful job deserves a break so they can watch the biggest football game of the year.
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