"Clearly presidential popularity, any leader's popularity, is an essential element of their persuasive power to the extent that they can say they've got public preferences behind them, they get a lot more clout in negotiations," said Gary Langer, ABC News Polling Director.
"What the president is trying to do in bringing the World Cup here, bringing the Olympics here, is the same thing mayors and county executives and governors do, which is try and drum up some economic development and get credit for it," Langer said.
From soccer to the Olympics to even the college football championship system, Obama certainly has been outspoken on sports issues. But is the president risking overexposure by weighing in on so much outside the political arena?
"The big question in the country right now really is should Brett Favre sign with the Minnesota Vikings as quarterback? And I will wager that before the week is out, the president will have weighed in," quipped conservative pundit George Will on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.