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Super Bowl on the mind at the White House

By Ed O'Keefe
President Obama plans to host Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families, nine Cabinet secretaries and a handful of lawmakers on Sunday at the White House to watch the Super Bowl.

Before the big game, Obama will sit with CBS's Katie Couric for a live interview to air during the network's pregame show, an opportunity to reach pigskin fans less than two hours before kickoff. The president sat for a similar live interview last year during NBC's Super Bowl pregame festivities.

In addition to the injured veterans and their families, the First Family also will host Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Joseph Cao (R-La.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) are also slated to join the party.

Cao, Carson, Ellsworth and Hill hail from Super Bowl states Louisiana and Indiana, home to the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.

No word yet on the evening's menu selections or how the guests plan to get to the White House as Washington recovers from an historic snowstorm.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  February 7, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
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