The Washington Times - January 29, 2009, 03:54PM

President Obama told reporters just now he is pulling for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s Super Bowl.



“I am a longtime Steelers fan,” he said.


Obama said the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, is a “great story” and added he is “closer to my age than anybody else on the field.”


He said, “I wish the best to the Cardinals. They’ve been long-suffering; it’s a great Cinderella story.”


But, Obama added: “Other than the Bears, the Steelers are probably the team that’s closest to my heart.”


Earlier today in the press briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs hinted Obama would root for the Steelers, noting the Rooney family’s support for him on the campaign trail.


“I have not asked him specifically who he’s rooting for, but I will — which I will do. I know he has a tremendous respect and affection for the Rooney family, who we saw at many different points along the campaign trail. The best breakfast place we went to in the entire campaign was a place that we went with Mr. Rooney on — in Pittsburgh,” he said.


Gibbs also said as part of his outreach to members of Congress from both parties, he may be hosting a Super Bowl party Sunday at the White House.


Obama mentioned the family as well when making his comments to reporters briefly before a private economic meeting.


And way back in August, which seems like a million years ago, Obama met Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin on the campaign trail.


“If I didn’t live in Chicago I’d be a Steelers fan,” Obama said then.


Here’s what I blogged about it that day.


Today, Vice President Biden was in the meeting, and as Obama praised other Steelers folks, Biden reminded him that Tomlin had also campaigned for them.


 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times

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