Big Game Brings Big Names to the White House
While you're watching the big game this Super Bowl Sunday, and let's face it a lot of you will be, look around at those beside you. Does your guest list include music moguls and government leaders? Probably not, but that's ok because they were probably invited to the White House, anyway.
President and Mrs. Obama will welcome celeb duo Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, who are no strangers to the Obama household, for a little game watching and socializing at the White House Sunday afternoon.
The rest of the guest list is a little less flash and a little more pinstripe.
But, come on, who else would J-Lo and Marc Anthony want to socialize with than Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano? The two cabinet members are among the 100 people who have RSVP-ed 'yes' to the Obamas. In fact, most of the guest list will be made up of government insiders and policy-makers.
Still, the group may have more in common than you'd think. Anthony and J-Lo are actually part-owners of the Miami Dolphins NFL franchise, so there's no faking their interest in the sport.
And Mr. Obama famously brags about his Education Secretary Arne Duncan's sports' skills. Okay, Duncan used to play basketball, but surely the Miami power couple has been spotted courtside at a Heat game.
Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, will help help boost the bipartisan atmosphere but he'll also bring along his love of sports. According to Toomey's official Senate website, he used to own sports-themed restaurants. "The restaurants, called Rookie's, were casual-dining, sports-themed establishments where patrons could enjoy a great meal while watching their favorite teams play anywhere in the country," says the site.
Speaking of food, the White House won't give up the menu until Sunday, but Fox News is told it will be Super Bowl fare, to be sure. Fox's informed culinary sources note that the fine china you might find at a state dinner will be eschewed for this casual gathering.
Surely there won't be paper plates?! After all, the group will be convening on the State Floor of the White House, where many official and stately things happen.
It's unclear how many were on the original invite list, but we are told that Sasha and Malia will join the party.
Here is a portion of the guest list, courtesy of our own Mike Emanuel:
Cabinet Members: Arne Duncan-Education; Attorney General Eric Holder; Ray LaHood-Transportation; Janet Napolitano-Homeland Security, and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
Senate: Sen. Pat Toomey, (R-PA) Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and their families.
House: Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) *represents Green Bay
Mayors: Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, WI & Dave Cieslewicz Madison, WI
White House staff
Texas State Rep. Rafael Anchia, an Obama friend.
Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
Fox News White House Correspondent Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.