Obama, 'Da Bears' Super Bowl bound?
January 19th, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Obama, 'Da Bears' Super Bowl bound?

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.

Topics: President Obama • Super Bowl • The Buzz

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. USPatriots38

    Can he not come up with something Original. Maybe this is why he had to ask Bill Clinton to come in and help. He is incapable of being a President of a nation. Obama your health care bill stinkls to high heaven. I notice than none of the Congress or you are on it. Or will be on it. GREAT AHs.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Slciliano

      Are you joking? The entire Congress and administration are on the Federal health care system. That includes the right-wingers who demagogue against it but refuse to give it up. The president wants everyone to have affordable health care, why are you against that? A single payer system would be the best option, or a public option after that, but it's better than the horrendous system we currently have, which is bad even for many people who have health insurance today. Go Bears, go Jets!

      January 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  2. jjr @ Minneapolis

    He can plan on being home since the Packers will win on Sunday!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  3. rickster

    As a life-long Bears fan, the last thing I want to see is the girlish Barack Obama jumping on the bandwagon now. I've seen how he throws a baseball, I'm betting he hasn't the faintest idea how to even hold a football.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • SouthSider

      Give it a rest "Rickster" and put the cheetos down.

      January 19, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Casey

      Quit hating!

      January 19, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • kapess


      And that is how you define a man, can handle a football? I feel sorry for the people in your life, especially any sons you may have.

      January 19, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Tim

      You realize Obama has been a Bears fan for a long time, right? I mean, he did an intro for MNF back in 2006 against the Rams and said the Bears were going to the Superbowl that season too.

      January 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • Gramin

        Actually, hate to burst the bubble, but Obama is really a Steelers fan. He's a Bears fan only because he was an IL senator.

        January 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • MJ

      i think obama is from Chicago

      January 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  4. Razmataz

    Not to worry, Rickster, Obama won't be going anywhere. Go, Pack! Go!

    January 19, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  5. MJ

    rickster – get over it. He will be there and you will not.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  6. Avonne Thompson

    I, too, am a life long Chicago Bears fan. I think it is great that he is supporting the Bears. Many people do not know the correct way to throw a football but spend lots of money and time supporting the Chicago Bears.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  7. DJ

    as a Steeler fan, I say Go Packers!

    January 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Fantine

      A wonderful job. Super helpful infomrtaion.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  8. Rush Goebbels

    I love how little Rickster sits in his mommas cellar all day and plays his WI machine,pretenting hes somebody,hahahaha.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  9. dickster

    highly doubt ditka would be proud, he leans pretty hard to the right.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  10. Jackilson

    If it is a requirement that every fan should know every detail of how to play a game, there would've been no fans. And assuming that he doesn't know how to hold a football shows how smart you are...lol..

    January 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Hope the Packers beat the Bears.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  12. sj7777

    So what do you call folks who are involved with Dancing with Stars and reality shows?

    January 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  13. Randall

    So what does that cost the taxpayer. One more reason to back the Packers. Superbowl tickets are expensive enough without Air Force One and all the staff. Unless of course he's taking the rest of us.

    January 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  14. Siren

    I've never played football. I've never even attempted to throw a football. So by your definition, I should not be a fan? Screw that. Love the game and love the Bears! And just an FYI, the President plays a damn good game on the basketball court.

    January 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  15. Em

    Keep your ass in Washington, Obama-we do not want you in DFW or anywhere else in the Lone Star State.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Em; With folks like you down in the LONE STAR STATE, I certainly hope OBAMA thinks about that move 'real good' before he makes it, because you all do have a history of getting rid of presidents! NOVEMBER 22, 1963 was one of the saddest days thisnation has ever seen. The late great JOHN F KENNEDY never got out of there alive.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriots38; NO! He asked Bill Clinton to come in and help him because he's another DEMOCRAT; a WHITE MAN! somebody he thought just maybe you fools could believe when he told you the health care plan was good for the US! He may have realized that you wouldn't believe it until a 'whiteman' said it. You usually don't! That's just how biased, and stupid some 'patriots' of this nation are! Furthermore patriot, read the bill before you condem it; don't just ride with the FOX NEWS on it! I bet they've got ins!

    January 20, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriots38; OH YES! He's come up with an original! When he CAME UP with the audacity to run, with the possibility of even having to sit on the 'hot-seat-toilet', left by George W Bush & Co, won and stepped into office; that in itself was an 'original'! Finally, this nation 'under GOD',that claims to be the land of opportunity and freedom for all stepped up to the plate after 43 white presidents; never even a NATIVE AMERICAN one, and 'ELECTED', not SELECTED, it's first black president! THAT'S AN ORIGINAL!

    January 20, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    OBAMA'S been put through HELL ever since he's been in there, but we expected that. We knew that the whole state of the nation, which took years of bad decisions, misconduct, and corruption, was inevitably going to be twisted, spinned and ginned systemically, to blame on the black man! That's why to some of us thoughtful, intelligent political watchdogs, even though his win brought us pride, their was also a bitter-sweet emotional ride. WE DRESSED AND BRACED FOR THE UPHILL BATTLE FOR HIM! GOD BLESS OBAMA!

    January 20, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Harry Pelosi

      Shut the hell up already!

      January 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
      • Ducky

        Extremely helpful aritcle, please write more.

        June 23, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  20. Mark L.

    Does Obama even have one thought how it would look for the President to be going to the Super Bowl while millions of Americans can't even afford to buy a football? For such a sheer act of hubris, I say GO PACK GO!

    January 20, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Harry Pelosi


      January 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Mark L; Why's OBAMA always the president that's expected to give up his personal choices, presidential perks, and whatever else you try to take from him, because the nation is in recovery from what would have been a complete depression; due to no fault of his own? I guess he knows WELL how it looks! It looks just like CLINTON, BUSH and any other president who's been seen sitting in stadiums watching games and pitching the first baseballs, while many AMERICANS had no shelter or couldn't buy a loaf of BREAD!

    January 20, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • frespch

      Hey Liz- You are a Georgia peach- loved all your comments- I was starting to think we had lost all the sane rational neighbors
      to our South.Enjoy the rest of your day

      January 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • Jimmy

        Great post with lots of impoartnt stuff.

        June 24, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Harry Pelosi

      Liz Carter loves Obama sausage!

      January 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  22. Proud citizen

    really people, lighten up, Obama is a people person, he's one of us, he happens to be running our country at the moment, but he's a breath of fresh air, he's normal, does not only "claim to understand the plight of the common person" but is the common person, that's why he got elected, now everyone rags on him for it...morons.

    January 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  23. Scott Boston

    Unbelievable. How selfish. Does he have any idea of the turmoil his security will create if he attends. That is why sitting presidents don't go to these things. He's in his own world and in 2 years he'll be in that world alone. What a joke this man is.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  24. Felix

    Obama is a Harvard educated lawyer, Nobel Prize winner, self-made millionnaire, President of the United States, and de facto leader of the real world.

    Yeah...your ability to throw a football makes you a more accomplished person than Obama...NOT!!!!

    January 21, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  25. Felix

    sorry..meant leader of the FREE world

    January 21, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  26. Harry Pelosi

    Obama is still a turd!

    January 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  27. alan

    The Super Bowl is in Arlington. Not Dallas. If anything, call it the DFW Metroplex or North Texas. Dallas is a suburb in this main event.

    January 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  28. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Harry Pelosi, NO! I do love and respect the OBAMAS, but my biggest emotion is HATE for the whitewashed, daily biggoted, racist, and hurtful antics tossed at them!

    January 22, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Arlington TX Tax Payer

      I LOVE how Obama supporters ALWAYS throw out the race card . . . Most people who are not big fans of Obama, DO NOT LIKE HIS POLICIES . . . I laugh hysterically when you show your TRUE simpleminded COLORS by throwing down race.

      PLEASE CHICAGO - LOSE! . . . Save my hometown headaches and save the taxpayers a fortune
      for our jet-setting president to act like a "bigwig" . . . President Obama - stay away from Arlington, TX! We have to deal with your policies . . . I don't want to deal with your entourage and your self-involved presence.

      January 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  29. thor

    go pack go sorry oblahma

    January 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  30. Hue Heldman

    The East-West Shrine Game is today. Here are a few guys that Viking fans should be keeping an eye on http://bit.ly/fUG1Nd.

    January 23, 2011 at 3:10 am |
  31. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Hey! frespch; some of us old soldiers are still 'marching' down south! Things hadn't changed that much! They have only been hidden under the systemic cloak of percieved progress, so to speak. I only pray that the rest of the Georgia Peaches come on back in to the barracks from R and R, so we can soldier on together! We know down here! Thanks!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Kris

      Suerpbly illuminating data here, thanks!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  32. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Arlington TX Taxpayer; I hope he reads and heeds your warning! We know what happens to 'CHANGE', LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS IN TEXAS. I wish somebody from down there had sent a message to THE LATE GREAT JOHN F KENNEDY to stay away! Most of us from the SOUTH have always known how racists TEXAS is, and it always has been! COWBOYS and GIRLS, shoot'em up bang-bang!

    January 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm |