Obama may become first sitting president to attend a Super Bowl

AP

President Obama said Wednesday that if his hometown Bears are in the Super Bowl, he’ll be there, too — which would make him the first sitting president to attend.

Oh, if the Bears are in the Super Bowl, we’re going,” Obama said.

It wasn’t clear whether Obama was making a firm commitment to attend or if he was just making a joke about how excited he was about the Bears. But if he goes, he’ll be doing something no president has done.

A sitting president has never attended the Super Bowl, but three sitting vice presidents have attended: Al Gore in 1994, George H.W. Bush in 1982 and Spiro Agnew in 1971.

72 responses to “Obama may become first sitting president to attend a Super Bowl

  1. What are the stats on standing presidents? Squatting ones?

  2. If President Obama’s attending the game is dependent upon the Bears beating Aaron Rodgers and his teammates, the President won’t be in Dallas on Super Bowl Sunday.

  3. I’m glad to hear that if the Bears win the NFC the taxpayers of the US are going to have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for protection for Obama to attend this event.

    If he attended this event, it was cause a National Security issue for everyone at the game.

    His time would be better spent if he followed BB’s mantra and Just Do His Job.

  4. Previous Presidents were only able to get standing room tickets due to heavy demand and prohibitive prices.

  5. Barack will be given a large private box. Michelle and the girls will be given smaller ones to sit on as well, but they have to bring their own cushions if they want them.

  6. Barring the security ramifications of a president attending the Super Bowl, it’s a smart move by someone that has the reputation of not being an ‘everyman’.

  7. He certainly deserves to sit down and enjoy his Bears after all the crap he has to deal with from Fox News and the right wing extremists, every single day.

  8. If Jay Cutler threw a pass at your head he would decapitate you. Thats how powerful his arm is. All the Aaron Rodgers sympathizers are going to have their feelings hurt this weekend when the Bears advance

  9. Good….. The more time he spends out of the WH, hopefully the less he screws up our country and what has stopped him before from flying somewhere to have a good time…………idiot……….. 1 TERM

  10. One of the greatest political satire books of all time is:

    The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew.

    It is a book of blank pages. True Story.

  11. awesome… The Anointed One’s sheer aura will be able to push the Bears to Victory…

    How could sweet Jay throw an int with Obama in the stands….

  12. Yea, I never got that one. If I was the Pres, I’d be front and center. Or at least in a decked out luxury suite.

    Security is so tight at the Super Bowl as it is, I don’t really think him being there would beef it up all that much.

  13. I’ve read that Nixon was a rabid Redskins fan. Didn’t he attend ‘Skins games? Would having Obama at the game be a big security nightmare for the league?

  14. ampats:

    I’m glad you’re worried about taxpayer expense. Do you also complain when the military sends a bunch of fuel-consuming planes to fly over the stadiums? I thought not.

  15. Give the guy a break, there’s nothing wrong about him going to the Super Bowl when his team is in it. If its a cost issue then where was the outcry when George W Bush went to Beijing for the Olympics? (Which was also okay!)

  16. Gees, people, grow up.

    I’m sure if he was a person that you politically agreed with, you’d be waving your pom poms of how “he’s just like you.”

    Drop that petty nonsense, or did those people die in Arizona in vain?

  17. As a TAXPAYER this is unacceptable. I just read where social security is dangerously low than expected. Gee. ya think that had to do with giving social security checks to people who NEVER paid in. Sorry…this is an insult to taxpayers, we’re in a sorry stae and you want to spend OUR tax dollars to go to the Super Bowl when the average fan can’t even afford to go to a regular season game? Only in AmeriKa I guess. Goodnight Comrades

  18. I remember in ’82 when Bush Sr. went the Super Bowl at the Silverdome. There was an ice storm that day, so traffic was already bad. Then the vice-presidential convoy closed the freeways for an hour. Causing tens of thousands of people to miss the start of the game.

    Luckily I only lived 10 minutes from the Silverdome at that time.

  19. If the Bears make the Bowl I feel sorry for the fans attending the game if Obama does show up! I was at the 2004 Daytona 500 when Bush went and it was a pain in the azz to get through all the security! Secret Service everywhere doing random checks(my cooler got checked twice before I even got to the gate), metal detectors at every entrance to the grandstands, they checked every single cell phone to make sure it could make calls and wasn’t a bomb, snipers on the roof of the press boxes! I thought I was gonna have to ask permission to go pee or get a beer! It was ridiculous! And Bush didn’t even stay for the whole race! He left less than halfway through!
    I hope I NEVER go to an event that a President is attending ever again! It’s just not worth it!

    If Obama goes to the Bowl it will be just as bad so show up really early if you plan on making it inside to watch all the pregame stuff!

  20. It wouldn’t be hundreds of thousands in costs if he attends the superbowl, it would be MILLIONS. This shows how completely out of touch he is. Politics aside, this would be absurd. UNLESS he takes some of the income he generates soley because he’s President and pays ALL costs himself. Boy would that be a statement. I’d take the under on that….

  21. Where were all of you worried taxpayers when Bush was dumping billions into an unjustified war in Iraq?

  22. The Right is hilarious. No problem with starting 2 wars, but they have a problem with a President that wants everyone to have access to health care. Spending tax dollars to kill people is ok, but spending tax dollars to save people is not.

  23. @thereisalwaysnextyear

    “This shows how completely out of touch he is.”

    Yes, because nothing says out of touch like watching the Super Bowl.

    For the economic geniuses that are complaining about the cost, allow me to clear up some things.

    First, the price of secret service is the same no matter where the president is. The secret service isn’t hiring a new team of people off the street every time the President goes somewhere.

    Second, the security threat would be no different than the inauguration or any other large speech. It will be different, because the president wont be the center of attention, but a football game sized crowd is nothing new for the secret service. Furthermore, anything inside the US is ranked below any international trips on the difficulty scale for security.

    Third, as far as the actual time spent “away from the office,” it is totally hypocritical to complain about this. At this point in their presidency, Obama has taken less vacation days than three of the last five presidents (Bush, Bush, Reagan). Only Clinton, and Carter took less vacation days than Obama has. Don’t believe me? Look it up. Just search “president vacation days” into your search bar.

    If you have problems with policy, that is fantastic. People talking about disagreements in political policies fuels democracy. But bitching about petty stuff like this not only makes you look stupid, but it makes us all look stupid. So instead of wasting your time worrying about pointless things like who will be watching the Super Bowl, why don’t we get back to wondering who will be in the Super Bowl.

  24. Prior to this announcement by the savior–to quote Michael Vick “I’ve got no dog in this fight”–but now, spank my ass and call me a Cheesehead.

  25. I don’t understand why some feel this is a problem. I didn’t vote for him and don’t like his policies. However I don’t see any reason why he can’t or shouldn’t go.

  26. Gee, I wonder if the Bears will get the better end of the calls now?

    Seriously, you’ll only attend if your hometown team is in it. Why don’t you just tell the officials to push the Bears through.

  27. Well if the Bears do go to Dallas then President Obama might rethink his pledge to go to the game because of the security nightmare. He could have a hot line set up so that he could call Lovie Smith and give him plays to try like Nixon did to Shula in ’72. Talk about your arm chair quarterback!

  28. “At this point in their presidency, Obama has taken less vacation days than three of the last five presidents (Bush, Bush, Reagan). ”

    define vacation. Is time spent at their homes a vacation? I work from home. Am I on permanent vacation? Just sayin.

  29. Seriously people? You’re on Obama for policy and direction, if your past presidents have taught you anything it should have been that the presidency is just a face and the position holds little to no power. The Chiefs of Staff run the show. George W. couldn’t run a boggle tournament.

  30. The first president to end his re-election chances in his first 6 weeks in office. I live 5 miles from Cowboys stadium. I don’t want that dude anywhere near here. Most of us here don’t. Chairman Obamao, you aren’t welcome in my town.

  31. 7pints says: Jan 19, 2011 7:53 PM

    Another reason to root against Chicago.
    =====================================

    And we have indoor plumbing too!
    One more reason for you to have the red ass Bubba.

  32. abninf says: Jan 19, 2011 8:22 PM

    The first president to end his re-election chances in his first 6 weeks in office. I live 5 miles from Cowboys stadium. I don’t want that dude anywhere near here. Most of us here don’t. Chairman Obamao, you aren’t welcome in my town.
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    I believe that a U.S. President was murdered in Dallas once.
    Typical redneck.

  33. Yes he can go, sure why not .. and all of you hee-hawing at taxpayer this taxpayer that get a life go recoup the billions on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan..Peace. Wars run deficits and hence that is why we are in the position we are in dim w..s

  34. Even if you don’t like Obama, the facts are that the president makes as much as the lowest paid players in the NFL at about 400 k a year. And he doesn’t get an offseason. Love him or hate him, he’s not getting as much money from you as the players we pay to watch.

  35. “I believe that a U.S. President was murdered in Dallas once.
    Typical redneck.”

    Lee Harvey Oswald was from New Orleans, a heavily democrat city.
    Typical dumbass

    “And we have indoor plumbing too!
    One more reason for you to have the red ass Bubba.”

    And a damn high murder rate. You’re barely under the new York homicide rate despite New York’s population being 3 times as large.

  36. “At this point in their presidency, Obama has taken less vacation days than three of the last five presidents (Bush, Bush, Reagan).”

    Not really. Obama doesn’t count trips to Camp David as vacation days. Obama has also played more rounds of golf already then George W Bush did during his entire term (almost doubling the number). Those are half days away from the office that also are not counted as vacation days.

  37. @dvnelson72

    Fair question. I believe they count it as any time away from the White House that isn’t a meeting. Like his recent China trip would not count as vacation days.

    Honestly though, I’m sure all these presidents work during their “vacations.”

    @zaggs

    I know the exact stat you are quoting and it is wrong. Obama does count camp David time. Either way Bush spent 487 days at David. Time away from the desk isn’t counted by any president. President Bush worked out at the gym more than any other president. Should we count that time? No. Just like we shouldn’t count Obama’s or Bush’s golf games. If you’re going to be a whiner, at least no what you are talking about.

  38. @zaggs

    ““I believe that a U.S. President was murdered in Dallas once.
    Typical redneck.”

    “Lee Harvey Oswald was from New Orleans, a heavily democrat city.
    Typical dumbass”

    Lee Harvey Oswald was raised by mother who is from Texas. I know you have internet access, why don’t you start looking things up once in awhile, or at least before you call someone else stupid.

    It’s a moot point anyway because your whole point is stupid. You misunderstood the original post you were quoting. I believe he was calling the commenter he was quoting a “redneck” not Lee Harvey Oswald.

  39. zaggs says: “Lee Harvey Oswald was from New Orleans, a heavily democrat city.
    Typical dumbass”

    No, he was from New Orleans, Fort Worth, the Bronx, etc. He bounced around his whole childhood. At least in the Bronx, they sent him for a psych eval. He was also a US Marine, a heavily Republican branch of the military. He also defected to the Soviet Union, a heavily communist nation. He also went to Mexico, a heavily Mexican populated city. What’s your point here, “dumbass”? That were you live dictates your political affiliation or are you just showing off that don’t have a clue about US history? Try something new – turn off talk radio and read a history book. Try reading about Reconstruction first. It might open your eyes, but I wouldn’t put any money on it.

  40. cobaltdriver, the way you live in their backsides, you are a Packer fan already. There is no way the “Monsters of the Midway” would miss half a man like you.

  41. @east96th …

    Oh my … you’re intelligent. Guess you realize that also means you’re heavily outnumbered.

  42. This guy is going to a FOOTBALL GAME? He’s going to enjoy himself for a few hours between his never-ending work days? I mean, david5790 is a hardworking American, why should he have to purchase a Super Bowl ticket for Obama? Can’t Obama afford his own? This is an outrage. david5790, tell Obama to buy his own Super Bowl ticket. Better yet, tell him to get back to work. There’s treaties to sign and wars to win and floods in Australia and endangered minnows in our local streams and over-priced coffee at Starbucks, and this guy is going to a FOOTBALL GAME? Let me tell you, I didn’t vote for him!

    Going to a football game…

    Forcing david5790 to buy it for him…

    Having a diet coke and some nachos…probably for free…

    I want nachos for free…why do I gotta pay for my nachos?

    Impeach the tyrant!

  43. Can someone tell me the name of the last president to do nothing but sit behind a desk for 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 4 years? And the last president to never travel for something personal?

    You people complain about the strangest things.

  44. Not really. Obama doesn’t count trips to Camp David as vacation days. Obama has also played more rounds of golf already then George W Bush did during his entire term (almost doubling the number). Those are half days away from the office that also are not counted as vacation days.
    ======================
    Wel, he has to take a break from stealing trillions of dollars, cronyism and record profits for Exxon and Haliburton.

    “You guys throw one hell of a party .. see you soon”
    Satan

    (memo to Dick Cheney and G.W. Bush)

  45. @bobwsc

    It sounds like he is so involved with his work, he doesn’t have time to be an expert on every team he supports.

  46. @jwil444

    “I think the Steelers will win a close one.”

    President Obama said that before the Steelers vs. Cardinals Super Bowl. He also picked the Tar Heels to win the NCAA tournament the year they…won the NCAA tournament.

    Plus how is saying “If the Bears are in, I’m going” picking the game?

  47. Keep clicking, cobaltdriver, but the Bears fans will figure out that you’re really a Pack fan trying to play both sides of the street.

  48. I love my Bears, and (most of) my Bears-fan brethren, but we can do without the phony bandwaggoning chumps.

    Not only could Owebama not name a single White Sox player when asked–on air–who his favorites were, he also called Comiskey Park “KOMINSKEY FIELD”!!

    I wonder if he enjoys watching the Bears play at

    SHOULDER STADIUM?

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