Friday, January 21, 2011

Obama: If The Bears Win I’m Going To The Super Bowl

A reason to root for the Packers, I think, and that’s not just partisanship talking.

ARLINGTON — If it’s possible, security for Super Bowl XLV just got tighter.

During a photo opportunity with the president of China on Wednesday, President Obama said that if his hometown Chicago Bears win the NFC championship game this weekend, he will be coming to the big game at Cowboys Stadium.

“Oh, we’re going,” the president said. “If the Bears are in the Super Bowl, we’re going — no doubt.”

The President even hinting at going to the big game is already putting a strain on the Secret Service as well as local law enforcement, not to mention creating big headaches for fans who are also attending:

That puts local law enforcement agencies on alert. No sitting president has ever been to a Super Bowl.

Agencies from the Secret Service to the FBI and Arlington Police all have to come up with a plan — just in case President Obama wants a ticket to the game.
The FBI told News 8 that a presidential visit changes everything.

First of all, the Secret Service will want final say on just about all aspects of game day, including:

The timing of the arrival of Air Force One, the presidential jumbo jet
The handling of the motorcade to get President Obama to the game
Air and ground traffic around the stadium

It could also mean more screening for fans who will be streaming in to Cowboys Stadium on February 6.

The cost to the taxpayers of Obama’s attendance is going to be enormous, at a time when our government can hardly afford it, and is it really fair for the President to spoil the day for football fans by adding hours of screening to the day?

Maybe the President should sacrifice for the greater good and just watch the game on television.