President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are "hosting a personal party for friends and family to watch the Super Bowl today," a White House spokesman said late on Sunday afternoon, following the President's pre-game show interview with CBS's Scott Pelley.
The Baltimore Ravens are taking on the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, and the menu will be "in honor of the two teams," the White House said. It will include "Chesapeake Crab Cakes" in honor of Baltimore, and "San Francisco Cioppino Stew with Sourdough Toast" in honor of Fog City. The dish originated there, and is typically made with crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish.
Beer will also be served in honor of the dueling teams' home cities: Anchor Steam from San Francisco, and Clipper City from Baltimore.
Clad in a dark suit and tie, President Obama told Pelley during his 4:30 PM live interview in the Blue Room that he'd be enjoying wings at his Super Bowl party, a dish the White House didn't include on the released menu.
"It's going to be a great game, I've got some wings waiting for me upstairs," President Obama said as the interview ended.
Who is the First Fan rooting for? Pelley didn't ask the President, but since his beloved Chicago Bears aren't in the mix, Mr. Obama "just has an interest in a close and good football game," Press Secretary Jay Carney advised reporters on Friday.
UPDATE: During the game, which had a delay of more than half an hour due to an electrical power failure after halftime, Mrs. Obama tweeted her congratulations to halftime performer Beyoncé and then to the winning Ravens, who beat the 49ers 34-31 in what became a tight battle in the fourth quarter.
"Watching the #SuperBowl with family & friends. @Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her! -mo," Mrs. Obama tweeted on her @FLOTUS account to her 221,398 followers.
"Great game! Congrats to the @Ravens. See you at the White House! -mo," Mrs. Obama wrote after the game.
The White House earlier on Sunday tweeted a photo of President Obama on Soldier Field in Chicago, home of the Bears, and wrote "Happy #SuperBowl Sunday!" A photo of Mrs. Obama striking the Heisman Trophy pose with some Dallas Cowboys players at a Let's Move! event last year in Dallas was tweeted from the @LetsMove account. On Sunday morning, a photo of President Obama tossing a football on the White House colonnade was tweeted on the @BarackObama account, with the words "Game Day."
Before enjoying the Super Bowl, on Sunday at 12:57 PM, President Obama traveled to Chevy Chase, Maryland, to watch daughter Sasha, 11, play in a basketball tournament at the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center. He returned to the White House as a light snow was falling an hour later. On Saturday, the White House released an official photo of President Obama shooting targets at Camp David last year, another topic Pelley didn't ask the President about.
Past Super Bowl celebrations...
The last time the White House unveiled a Presidential Super Bowl menu was in 2011, when the President and Mrs. Obama hosted a huge party for about 200 guests, including Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, state and local officials, and Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The party menu also honored the competing teams, and featured the public debut of the history-making White House Homebrewed Beer.
The 2012 Super Bowl came in the midst of the President's hard-fought re-election campaign, and the President and First Family spent it quietly at the White House. Obama for America used the game to fund raise, offering supporters the Obama Family Chili Recipe and the opportunity to donate $15 for "The Big Game Pack," a "limited edition" combo of the campaign-logo'd Joe Biden Can Holder and Coaster Set.
The Super Bowl tweets, including the First Lady's:
Great game! Congrats to the @ravens. See you at the White House! -mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 4, 2013
Watching the #SuperBowl with family & friends. @beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her! -mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 4, 2013
Happy #SuperBowl Sunday! twitter.com/whitehouse/sta…
— The White House (@whitehouse) February 3, 2013
Get active on #SuperBowlSunday! Pic: First Lady Michelle Obama strikes the Heisman pose at a @letsmove event in Dallas: twitter.com/letsmove/statu…
— Let's Move! (@letsmove) February 3, 2013
Game day. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 3, 2013
*Photo at top by Pete Souza/White House