Obama Rooting For The Steelers This Weekend

(AP)
President Obama has made his preferences known on one important matter this weekend – the Super Bowl.

The president made clear this afternoon that his allegiances were with the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Arizona Cardinals.

"I wish the Cardinals the best. Kurt Warner is a great story, and he's closer to my age than anybody else on the field. But I am a longtime Steelers fan," Mr. Obama said.

Earlier today, press secretary Robert Gibbs said Mr. Obama would follow up on the cocktail party he threw for congressional leaders last night by inviting them and others over again for the big game.

(AP)
In his remarks this afternoon, the president also pointed out that Steelers owner Dan Rooney was an "extraordinary supporter" during the campaign, as were former Steeler great Franco Harris and current Steeler coach Mike Tomlin, at left.

"I wish the best to the Cardinals. They've been long suffering. It's a great Cinderella story," Mr. Obama added. "But other than the Bears, the Steelers are probably the team that's closest to my heart."

Mr. Obama made the comments after an Oval Office meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and after making a statement calling $18 billion in bonuses given by Wall Street last year "shameful." (read more>)

Vice President Biden was at the meeting too. CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports that following Mr. Obama's comments on the Steelers, Biden said: "We agree on that one too, boss!"

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