After lambasting Wall Street bankers for giving themselves $18 billion in bonuses while taking federal bailout money, Obama was asked Cards or Steelers in the Super Bowl? The president wished Arizona well, but said that he is a Steelers fan.
“I have to say, you know, 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 long-time Steelers fan. Mr. Rooney, the owner, was just an extraordinary supporter during the course of the campaign. Franco Harris was campaigning for me in Pittsburgh. So –.”
Biden then reminded Obama that Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin also supported him. Obama continued, “Right, Coach Tomlin was a supporter. So I — you know, I wish the best to the Cardinals. They’ve been long-suffering; it’s a great Cinderella story. But other than the Bears, the Steelers are probably the team that’s closest to my heart.”
With this announcement President Obama will never have to worry about winning another vote in Western Pennsylvania again. He will have no trouble here ever again. Obama did get a ton of public support from Steelers owner Dan Rooney. This was newsworthy because Mr. Rooney has never been very public about his usually conservative views. However, Rooney has long been a progressive voice of equality in the NFL, so it wasn’t a surprise that Obama would strike an emotional chord with him.
As a Bears fan, it makes sense for Obama to like the Steelers. The Steelers and Bears play the same tough blue collar style of football. The differences between the two franchises are that the Steelers have Big Ben and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, while the Bears can’t seem to find or keep a quarterback healthy. I must say that it is nice to have a full blown sports fan in the White House.