Super Bowl XLV: President Obama Has Love for the Pittsburgh Steelers

David Kindervater@TheDGKCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2011

WASHINGTON  - MAY 21:  U.S. President Barack Obama (L) holds up a jersey as Pittsburgh Steelers as President Art Rooney II (3rd R), looks on at the South Portico of White House May 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Steelers deafeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.   (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
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Once his hometown Chicago Bears were eliminated from playoff contention in the NFC Championship game almost two weeks ago, President Barack Obama announced he wasn't going to be attending the Super Bowl in Dallas.

That means, of course, that he will be watching from home. But who is he pulling for—the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers?

"I've got some love for the Steelers," Obama said today while on a road trip through—where else—Pennsylvania. So, does that mean he's a Pittsburgh fan this Sunday when they play the Green and Yellow in Super Bowl XLV?

Not necessarily.

Just last week, "in the spirit of fairness," President Obama wished the Packers good luck while visiting a Wisconsin factory town.

But the 44th President of the United States does have a bit of history with the Steelers. Not only did he welcome the entire team to the White House in celebration of their Super Bowl XLIII win over the Arizona Cardinals just two years ago. He's also good friends with Steelers owner Dan Rooney.

Plus, the Packers just beat the Bears.

Still, this is politics. President Obama will simply balance the feelings of football fans across two critical electoral states.

And may the best team win.