Last year, shortly after his historic inauguration, President Obama hosted his first Super Bowl party as President of the United States. In a show of good faith, he invited a number of guests -- including a number of Republican lawmakers -- to watch the big game with him, the first family and close friends.
Sunday, President Obama is hosting another bash at the executive mansion to watch the showdown between the Saints and Colts, according to Politico.com.
Some administration officials and White house aides, including Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, are expected to attend the event.
A few lawmakers will also be there. But not as many as last year, when the White House made an overt effort to extend invitations to Republicans in the spirit of bipartisanship.
This year, a number of Senators, including a few Dems -- perhaps fearing the perception of coziness with the White House during an election year -- have turned down invites to the big party. Among decliners, reports Politico, are senators Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), David Vitter (R-La.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind) and Evan Byah (D-Ind).
One Republican congressman from Louisiana, though, is excited about his invitation. Rep. Joseph Cao, the lone Republican to vote in favor of health care reform in the House, says he will definitely be there.
Cao told the Associated Press, he can’t think of a better way to spend his Super Bowl Sunday, and he’ll use the opportunity to tell the President about problems facing his constituents.