Super Bowl, Another Defeat for McCain; Obama Invites Steelers to White House
UPDATED, 12:56 p.m. ET
It's a good thing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wasn't at President Obama's inaugural Super Bowl party last night (as other members of the Pennsylvania and Arizona delegations were).
(Photo -- Reuters)
After losing the presidential election, losing last night's title game to Obama's Pittsburgh Steelers - thanks to Santonio Holmes' spectacular catch with just 35 seconds left - while sitting in the White House - with the man who beat him - would have been too much for any mere mortal to bear.
At one point last night things looked good for McCain. The Cardinals' comeback in the 4th quarter must have reminded him of his own come-from-the-dead moment when he won the New Hampshire primary last year.
And to hear McCain talk about the game this morning, it sure sounds like the Super Bowl game gave the 72-year-old flashbacks to November's election in which he was defeated by a 47 year-old.
The Swamp's Frank James caught this exchange between McCain and anchor Harry Smith on CBS's "Early Show" this morning:
SMITH: Mm-hmm. Sorry about your Cards last night, Senator.
McCAIN: Where - the old guy, Warner, almost won. For a change, an old guy almost won. I'm proud of him.
(That's Kurt Warner, the Cardinals' quarterback, who at 37, is a bit of an old-timer in the NFL.)
UPDATE: The Super Bowl champs are going to the White House!
A White House aide tells us that after the awards ceremony last night, President Obama called Steelers Chairman Daniel Rooney "to congratulate him and the team." The president also spoke with coach Mike Tomlin and Big Ben Roethlisburger and invited Rooney, the players and the coaches to visit the White House.
A date for the visit hasn't been set yet.
The menu at Obama's party was a typical all-American Super Bowl bash: pizza, hot dogs, vegetable platters, chips and dip, a sundae bar and cookies.
The guests, not so typical. The bipartisan list of invitees from Congress included:
Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Arlen Specter, a Republican; Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
House members included: Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); Obama pal Artur Davis (D-AL); Charlie Dent (R-PA); Mike Doyle (D-PA); Rosa DeLauro (D-CT); Trent Franks (R-AZ); Raul Grijalva (D-AZ); Patrick Murphy (D-PA); Paul Hodes; (D-NH) and Fred Upton (R-MI); as well as Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC).
Mary Ann Akers
February 2, 2009; 9:29 AM ET
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