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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 01/19/2011

President Obama plans to attend Super Bowl if Chicago Bears are in it

By Cindy Boren

If his beloved Chicago Bears advance to Super Bowl XLV, cancel the party at the White House. President Barack Obama plans to do something no other president has done: attend the game.

"If the Bears win, I'm going no doubt," Obama said, via CNN's Ed Henry, after an Oval Office media availability with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

No sitting president has ever attended a Super Bowl, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via Twitter. Three sitting vice-presidents have attended the game: Spiro Agnew (Super Bowl V), George H.W. Bush (Super Bowl XVI) and Al Gore (Super Bowl XXVIII).

Obama's Bears play the Green Bay Packers for the NFC championship Sunday in Chicago. The winner advances to the Feb. 6 Super Bowl in Dallas against the winner of the AFC title game Sunday between the New York Jets and Steelers in Pittsburgh.

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 1:16 PM ET
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Obviously he just wants to see that glorious new stadium.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 19, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Gee, what a surprise...

I guess all Caps fans should get ready for metal dectectors and pat-downs on March 13th.

Posted by: CapsNut | January 19, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he can get tickets?

Posted by: wstclair | January 19, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he knows anyone who plays for the Bears? He couldn't name one player on his "favorite" baseball team, the White Sox. What a phoney!

Posted by: hammeresq | January 19, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

let's see he's a chicago politician that is now the president. maybe he should say he's a jets fan.

Posted by: heatseeker690069 | January 19, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! It's nice to know this President appreciates his team. I'm sure lots of folks will find something to hate in even this everyman's fun. Go ahead, write your mean, narrow comments. You'll be saying more about yourself than you are about him.

Posted by: stillAfan1 | January 19, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

More wasted taxpayer money. Wouldn't an HDTV be cheaper?

Posted by: VirginiaLonghorn | January 20, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Some of these comments kill me, but what's else is new when it comes to President Obama. What is the big deal if the man wants to go and root for his favorite football team? And really can any of us true football fan name the entire team? I mean really who is the long snapper for the Redskins? Get off the President back and let him enjoy his team. Shoot at least his team made it this far, my Skins were out of the playoffs in October.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | January 20, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I guess that means.... if Obama travels to root for the bears.... then the Bears will lose.

Look at the record... practically every sports franchise & Olympic bid that Obama has put his weight behind since taking office resulted in a loss or failure.

I think the Bears owner should encourage the big O to be mum about his support and stay home, should they go to the SuperBowl.

Posted by: alutz08 | January 20, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Super Bowl XLV will be in ARLINGTON, Texas not Dallas. Get your facts straight!!!! Just because the DALLAS Cowboys play in Arlington at COWBOYS STADIUM, does not mean the City of Dallas gets any tax dollars from this venue. The citizens of ARLINGTON paid for over 50% of this monstrosity, at least give them the respect of acknowledging their existence!!! Or say NORTH TEXAS, as last year's SUPER BOWL was in SOUTH FLORIDA, not Miami. Our media standards continue to crumble.

Posted by: shemphunchxton | January 20, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Need a valium there, Shemp?

Posted by: 7900rmc | January 20, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

This is not a political comment so I would appreciate those who side with Obama politically to not have a knee jerk defense of the man...but anyone with any perception at all can see quite clearly that projecting himself as a jock is very important to President Obama....even though he is anything but. It's also very important to his ego to project himself as some kind of sports fanatic, again when nothing could be further from the truth. The question then is when is President Obama going to stop falsely projecting himself?

He already humiliated himself during the Nationals game this past season when he couldn't name a single Chicago player, past or present.

He embarrassed himself previously when he bowled a 37 (out of a possible 300):

He continues to shame himself by throwing opening pitches in baseball like a 90 year old grandma using the wrong hand:

And we have all seen how uncoordinated he is on the basketball court, unable to dribble without looking directly down at the ball, which leads to clumsy injuries like bleeding lips.

He should stick to golf and other sports where it's harder to tell how uncoordinated he is. And as for claiming to be this huge Chicago sports fan, I seriously doubt the man can name any players on the Bears...if he follows them as closely as he does the White Sox.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 20, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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