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Obama may become first sitting president to attend a Super Bowl

Barack Obama, Drew Brees, Rita Benson LeBlanc, Gayle Benson, Tom Benson

President Barack Obama stands with, from left: New Orleans Saints football quarterback Drew Brees, Saints part owner Rita Benson LeBlanc, the owner’s wife Gayle Benson, and team owner Tom Benson, as he welcomes the 2009 NFL Super Bowl NFL Football Champions New Orleans Saints during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


President Obama said Wednesday that if his hometown Bears are in the Super Bowl, he’ll be there, too -- which would make him the first sitting president to attend.

Oh, if the Bears are in the Super Bowl, we’re going,” Obama said.

It wasn’t clear whether Obama was making a firm commitment to attend or if he was just making a joke about how excited he was about the Bears. But if he goes, he’ll be doing something no president has done.

A sitting president has never attended the Super Bowl, but three sitting vice presidents have attended: Al Gore in 1994, George H.W. Bush in 1982 and Spiro Agnew in 1971.