President Obama: Super Bowl Is 'Going to Be Close'

Commander-in-chief won't choose sides, doesn't want to "alienate an entire city."

Posted: 02/01/2015 05:21 PM EST

Everybody knows President Barack Obama is the nation's Sports Fan-in-Chief, but the president employed a little diplomacy when asked by NBC News which team he was rooting for in this year's Super Bowl. President Obama declined to predict whether the Patriots or Seahawks would win Super Bowl XLIX, instead telling Savannah Guthrie, "It's going to be close."

The president refused to play favorites between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks because he "didn't want to alienate an entire city." He did, however, chime in on "DeflateGate," saying, "the Patriots were going to beat the Colts regardless of what the footballs looked like." 

But he was quick to add that the Patriots shouldn't be able to get away with foul play. "If you break the rules, you break the rules," he said.

The president also gave Guthrie a peek into the White House's proprietary craft beer selection, pointing out that he is the “first president since George Washington to make some booze in the White House.” 

Ale to the chief, indeed!

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(Photo: NBC News)

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