President Obama watched the Super Bowl Sunday night with Michelle and the girls.
I assume the campaign stepped in on this one.
Since taking office, Obama has had a number of disastrous PR events that were also known as Super Bowl Parties.
The tradition is that the president invites members of Congress from the states of the competing cities, and perhaps other favored lawmakers, to hang out with him and watch the game go down. It’s a chance to build some bridges and have a nice time, while nobody gets hurt except the football players.
But Obama, it is well know, eschews the schmooze.
The president, who famously hates to speak with members of Congress, is known to pass out some cookies and then ACTUALLY WATCH the game while largely ignoring the cackling politicos trying to get in some presidential suck up time.
He probably sets back the cause of Congressional relations more than he advances it.
Here he is watching the 2009 Super Bowl, looking a little isolated among his guests.
In 2010, the Beacon of Bipartisanship invited only one Republican to attend. It was, lo and behold, Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana who – what do you know – was the only House Republican to support Obamacare.
Things got really bad last year when for some reason Obama decided to glitz things up by inviting Jennifer Lopez and her then-squeeze Marc Anthony. I’m sure unemployed voters were very impressed.
J.Lo said she was a little mystified because she didn’t even know the Obamas, but she and Anthony went anyway.
The first lady, meanwhile, who is literally forcing vegetables down kids’ throats, served a variety of heart attack and stroke inducing treats to her guests, including bratwurst, kielbasa, deep dish pizza, cheeseburgers, buffalo wings, german potato salad, and ice cream.
Oh yeah, and salad.
With no apparent upside in sight to having anyone over, it appears the White House just decided a family 2012 Super Bowl viewing event was the best choice of all. I’m surprised, given the current Obama makeover that’s occurring, that they didn’t hold some kind of religious service just before watching.
Or perhaps Obama was just sick of all the Super Bowl silliness and simply wanted to see the game. In which case, he made a very good choice.