From Sunlen Miller
The president this weekend will host his annual Super Bowl party at the White House to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. But among the usual guests, including members of Congress, Cabinet Members and White House staff are J-Lo and Marc Anthony, the First Lady’s Office confirmed today.
Some members of Congress and their families, most of whom have a particular allegiance to their home state’s team, were also invited.
Those members of Congress who have so far RSVP-ed are the Senators from Pennsylvania – Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democrat Sen. Bob Casey. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc) and State Rep Rafael Anchia (D) from Dallas, TX will also attend.
Members of the president’s cabinet, including Attorney General Eric Holder, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will also watch the game at the White House.
White House staff will also attend the party that will be in the state floor of the White House.
The president, a Chicago Bears’ fan, has said that he remains neutral on who to root for during Sunday’s game.
“Now that the Bears have lost, I've got to stay neutral,” Obama told YouTube’s Steve Grove last week, “And may the best team win.”
Mr. Obama traveled into both team’s territory within the last week. Last Wednesday the president spoke in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and today he was in State College, Pennsylvania in both places speaking about the economy.
The president that he visited both states, “in the spirit of fairness,” leading up to Sunday’s big game.
The president’s Super Bowl party has turned into somewhat of a tradition.
In 2009, shortly after taking office Mr. Obama hosted a bipartisan group of Members of Congress to the White House to watch the Steelers face off against the Cardinals and in 2010 the president also hosted a party with members of Congress, with one lone Republican , to watch the Indianapolis Colts play the New Orleans Saints.
The president will take a brief break during the Sunday’s festivities for a pre-game interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.