August 12th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
(WASHINGTON) - President Obama welcomed the Green Bay Packers to the White House South Lawn this afternoon to celebrate their Super Bowl victory last February. He said it was a pretty difficult thing to do considering he's a Chicago Bears fan.
"This hurts a little bit. This is a hard thing for a Bears fan to do. It doesn’t hurt as much as the NFC Championship game hurt - but it still hurts - you guys coming to my house to rub it in," Obama said. "What are you going to do - go to Ditka’s house next?"
He also welcomed the fact that the NFL lockout had ended.
"Like every football fan, I was thrilled to have the lockout ended. Nobody likes long, frustrating negotiations with a rigid opposition, taking it to the brink," he joked.
The president received the standard gift of a team jersey- this time it was the number one with the name "Commander in Chief". Charles Woodson, defensive back for the Packers, also presented Obama with a part ownership of the Green Bay Packers, which is the only publicly owned professional sports team.
"All the fans own the team, and it hurts us a little bit to give you this, as well but we give you shares of the Green Bay Packers," Woodson said.
"We figured this is the only way we could get you away from the Bears," added head coach Mike McCarthy.
February 7th, 2011
07:03 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - In keeping with post Super Bowl tradition President Obama placed a phone call not to a head of state, but to a head coach.
The president “congratulated” Coach Mike McCarthy of the winning Green Bay Packers and commended him “on his leadership in guiding the team through a rash of injuries both throughout [the] season and during the game,” The White House said in a written statement.
While Obama didn’t speak directly with Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, he did ask his coach to “pass on how impressed he was” with the quarterback’s “game and season.”
It was a tough pill to swallow for the president, who would have rather been toasting his hometown Chicago Bears. But alas, they never made it to the Super Bowl. “Look, the president was hoping for a meaningful process that resulted in his Bears being in the Super Bowl,” White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs lamented.
February 4th, 2011
11:44 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obamas are adding a bit of sparkle to their Super Bowl party this year. CNN has confirmed “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez and her Grammy award winning husband singer Marc Anthony will attend the football watching party at the White House.
In an interview on "Extra" on Wednesday, Lopez said she "can't believe it."
"I don't know, maybe that's why I don't want to talk about it. I don't even feel like it's real," Lopez said. FULL POST
February 3rd, 2011
03:43 PM ET
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Last week, President Obama was given a Green Bay Packers jersey before he delivered a speech on the economy in Wisconsin. "They're rubbing it in," the Chicago Bears' Fan-in-Chief then joked, referring to his hometown team's recent loss to the Cheeseheads in the NFC championship game. This week, just days before the Super Bowl, the politics of football may have brought the president to central Pennsylvania, aka “Steelers Nation,” to talk innovation and green energy. FULL POST
January 19th, 2011
10:36 AM ET
Washington (CNN) - It was not quite a Joe Namath-style guarantee of victory, but President Obama came close on Wednesday when he declared that he's heading to the Super Bowl if his beloved Chicago Bears make it to the game.
At the end of a quick media spray of his Oval Office meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Obama was asked by a journalist if he's planning to head to the big game on Feb. 6 in Dallas.
"If the Bears win, I'm going no doubt," Obama said matter-of-factly.
If nothing else, Obama perhaps put a little bit more pressure on "Da Bears" this weekend because they first have to beat their rival, Green Bay Packers, in the National Football Conference championship game.
But there's also no doubt Ditka would be proud of the president, fitting in a little football tack in between diplomacy with the Chinese.