Saturday, February 02, 2013

President Obama's Plans For Super Bowl XLVII

Watching from the White House, the President will be hoping for "a close and good football game"...
UPDATE, Feb. 3: CLICK HERE for the President's Super Bowl party menu

On Sunday at the White House, President Obama will watch the Baltimore Ravens battle the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl XLVII "with interest," even though his favorite team, the Chicago Bears, aren't playing, Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Friday.

"I know although his Bears are not in it, he looks forward to the game, some interesting dynamics there--brother versus brother," Carney said, referring to the teams' coaches. 

But Carney said he doesn't know if the First Fan is rooting for the Ravens or the 49ers.

"I meant to ask him yesterday and I forgot," Carney said. "I don't know who he favors, in fact, in this particular matchup.  I think, again, absent his beloved Chicago Bears he probably just has an interest in a close and good football game."

Carney declined to say if Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress, or celebrities will join the President for a viewing party on Sunday, as they have in years past.

"I don't have any announcements to make about who is going to be there," Carney said.

A close presidential friend will be at the Super Bowl: President Obama will get to see superstar Beyoncé singing live during the halftime show, something she admitted on Thursday she didn't do at his inauguration.

"His inauguration was, unfortunately, at a time when I could not rehearse with the orchestra, actually, because I was practicing for the Super Bowl," Beyoncé said when explaining why she decided to lip-sync the National Anthem to a pre-recorded track of her own voice.

If she's joining the Super Bowl fun, First Lady Michelle Obama will be treated to the interesting spectacle of her biggest celebrity Let's Move! supporter promoting Pepsi, which is sponsoring the halftime show thanks to Beyoncé being the company's global spokesperson. Update:  Mrs. Obama tweeted congratulations to Beyoncé after she performed, hailing her as "phenomenal." 

Before the battle begins in New Orleans, the President will do an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley that will air at 4:30 PM ET during the Super Bowl pre-game show, taking advantage of the opportunity to speak before millions of viewers, as he has in years past. 

Past Super Bowls, and a favorite gridiron snack...
In 2012, in the midst of his campaign for re-election, President Obama and the First Family watched the Super Bowl at the White House in what aides called "a family affair...together in their home."   Mrs. Obama had pre-billed  the day as "a quiet Super Bowl this year," and announced that the President's favorite snack while watching football is guacamole, because he "loves avocado."

"That's his favorite snack food, a chip dipped in some guac," Mrs. Obama said. "You know nachos are always good, [if] it's fresh tomato sauce and you get it on sort of a good quality tortilla."


"My weakness is nachos," President Obama said during an interview on the eve of Election Day.  "If I get nachos and guacamole I can go to town on that stuff. I asked my team to restrict my intake.  If they put it in front of me it’s gone."

Mr. Obama's re-election operation, Obama for America, used the 2012 Super Bowl 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 Obamas' 2011 Super Bowl party was far bigger than 2012, and had about 200 guests, including Cabinet Secretaries, lawmakers, and Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The party menu featured the public debut of the history-making White House Homebrewed Beer.  Nineteen months later, the White House released the recipes for two of the homebrews the Obamas' chefs have created.  (Above, a White House photo of the homebrew, released on the night of the 2011 Super Bowl party)

*Photos by Pete Souza/White House