Who’s Going to Obama’s Super Bowl Party?

Posted January 30, 2009 at 4:24pm

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will join President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Sunday to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. Both Pennsylvania Sens. Arlen Specter (R) and Bob Casey (D) will join the Obamas, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), according to a news release from the White House. Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Artur Davis (Ala.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Paul Hodes (N.H.) and Patrick Murphy (Pa.), as well as Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.) will also be in attendance. Republican Reps. Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Fred Upton (Mich.) are also coming to watch the game, as well as Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) — representing the hometowns of both teams. When pressed by reporters about which team he will be rooting for in Sunday’s annual championship, Obama did not hesitate to pick the Steelers — bucking the tradition of presidents not taking sides for the big game. “Other than the [Chicago] Bears … the Steelers are probably the team that’s closest to my heart,” Obama told the Associated Press this week. At least two famous Steelers have supported Obama’s candidacy: Four-time Super Bowl champion Franco Harris campaigned for him and Steelers owner Dan Rooney was also an early endorser. Vice President Joseph Biden, a native of Scranton, Pa., is also rooting for the Steelers.