Obama Sides with the Steelers

Jan 29, 2009 4:33pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports:

President Obama’s beloved Chicago Bears are not in the Super Bowl this year –- so he’s thrown his presidential support behind the other team “closest to his heart” –- the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In this Sunday’s match up of Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals, Obama made clear that even though the Cardinals have a compelling story the Steelers are still one of his long-time favorite teams.

“I wish the best to the Cardinals. They’ve been long suffering. It’s a great Cinderella story,” Obama said of the team that suffered a number of demoralizing late-season defeats just to come back late in the game to reach the Super Bowl. “Kurt Warner is a great story, and he’s closer to my age than anybody else on the field.”

Mr. Obama may have also indicated that his pick for this weekend might have a little something to do with not just his sports loyalty — but perhaps his political loyalties as well — referencing the support the team has given to him during his presidential run.

“Mr. Rooney, the owner, was just an extraordinary supporter during the course of the campaign. You know, Franco Harris was campaigning for me in Pittsburgh,” Obama said of the Steelers who campaigned with him through the lead up to the Pennsylvania primary.

Mr. Obama is expected to watch the Super Bowl game at the White House this weekend –- and his Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he might have a little bipartition party in the works.

“We’ll have some folks over probably this weekend to watch,” Gibbs said.

– Sunlen Miller

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