If President Obama’s Super Bowl guest list is any indication, he’s feeling less bipartisan than a year ago.
This year one Republican came to the White House to watch the pro football title game, compared with four Republicans last year, The Huffington Post reports.
This year’s Republican was Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana, the first Vietnam native to serve in Congress. Cao’s district includes almost all of New Orleans, home of the Saints, who won their first Super Bowl in their upset victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Obama hosted three Democratic Indiana congressmen at the party: Andre Carson, Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill.
Last year’s Republican attendees included Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (soon to convert to the Democratic Party), Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, and Michigan Rep. Fred Upton. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 Super Bowl.
Last year, Upton told the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune that the party got “pretty rowdy.” This year’s event apparently was tamer.
Perhaps that’s because Obama has less to celebrate this time around, with his approval rating hovering near 50 percent and his party having lost the 60th Senate seat that protected it against Republican filibusters.
The other party attendees this year included Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.
The following Cabinet members also attended: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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