No matter who you are, even if you have only a passing interest in football, this is the game that most Americans watch. That includes those people in Washington, D.C. who are fumbling with national policy like a receiver wearing boxing gloves. You know the ones……politicians.
That includes President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who are throwing a Super Bowl [arty of their own at the White House. The guest list includes some of the many unelected and unaccountable czars that the President appointed , as well as Cabinet members and members of Congress.
Of course in the spirit of bipartisanship that the President has only recently found to be so important, all the guests at this presidential Super Bowl party are Democrats.
Ahh……Oh wait…..I got that wrong. President Obama did invite one Republican…….one.
Can you guess who it was?
I bet you can’t.
It was Congressman Joseph Cao.
Cao (pronounced gow) is from Louisiana. New Orleans to be exact.
Cao won a special election to replace disgraced Congressman William Jefferson and is the first Republican to hold that seat since 1890.….. That’s 1890, not 1980. He is also the first Vietnamese American elected to Congress and now the only Republican to be invited to the Presidential Super Bowl Party.
Now one could claim that Cao being a Representative of New Orleans is the reason he was invited. With the New Orleans Saints in their first NFL championship game, it would seem natural. But I have a feeling that Cao’s invite was due less to who he represents than it was for what he voted for. You see, Joseph Cao was the only Republican in the House of Representatives to vote for the House version of healthcare reform.
Could this all be a coincidence? Maybe, but somehow I think the reasons for the invite of the only Republican at this event had less to do with the White House’s desire to see the Saint’s come marching in and more to do with the hopes of Cao becoming as loyal a supporter of the President’s policies as he of the New Orleans Saints.