The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting spectacle in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that President Barack Obama is ready for the big game on Sunday night.
In a picture found on his Twitter feed, Obama can be seen in his business casual wear, getting ready to throw the pigskin around the White House hours prior to the game’s 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff time.
Barack Obama @BarackObama
Game day. http://t.co/cHiJ9DZB2/3/2013, 4:15:23 PM
America’s 44th president has a long history with sports—one of the reasons many voters across the land identify with him.
As president, he honors numerous champions from all different areas of the sporting realm, including LeBron James and the Miami Heat less than a week ago.
Obama has thrown out the first pitch at baseball games, including one to open the Washington Nationals' 2010 season.
Obama has teamed up with ESPN’s Andy Katz to release his annual March Madness picks for the NCAA basketball tournament, which have often been quite accurate (including picking North Carolina to win it all back in 2009).
Mr. President is an avid hoops player himself, notably blowing off steam on Election Day last November by hosting a pick-up game that featured former Chicago Bulls stars Scottie Pippen and Randy Brown, plus personal aide and former Duke Blue Devils standout Reggie Love.
The 51-year-old leader is a huge football supporter and recently made headlines when he spoke about how he would “have to think long and hard” about letting his son—if he had one—play football due to the violence and potential for injury.
Obama isn’t afraid to voice his opinion on the state of the sport and what he perceives as injustices, as he once spoke out on the flaws of the current BCS system.
It seems his message was heard loud and clear, as the NCAA voted last summer in favor a four-team playoff system to begin in 2014.
However, when it comes to Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, Obama will likely just be another of more than 100 million expected viewers in the U.S. tuning in to simply enjoy the game.