Is Obama Planning a Super Bowl Trip?

Seattle vs. Chicago Running back Chester Taylor (29) of the Chicago Bears reacts after scoring on a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
Getty Images/Andy Lyons
Getty Images/Andy Lyons

President Obama is without doubt an ardent Chicago Bears fan. But will he be headed to the Super Bowl if his favorite football team makes it to the big game?

"Oh, we're going," Mr. Obama said in response to a reporter's query today. "If the Bears are in the Super Bowl, we're going."

The question came during a photo op Mr. Obama had with Chinese President Hu Jintao in the Oval Office.

The president's home team plays the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship on Sunday.

Back in 2006, with speculation swirling about his political future, then-Sen. Obama appeared in a video in which he teased viewers about a possible presidential bid -- but instead cheered for the Bears to win the Super Bowl.

"I'd like to announce to my hometown of Chicago and all of America that I am ready," Mr. Obama said, putting on a Bears baseball cap, "for the Bears to go all the way, baby!"