The president did host bigger bashes earlier in his first term, although he received some poor marks for his party etiquette. In Bob Woodward’s The Price of Politics
, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg described being invited to the White House Super Bowl party, to be held just a day after the so-called “Snowmageddon” storm. Despite braving the storm to attend the party, Obama spoke with the executive for just 15 seconds before disappearing to watch the game with some personal friends.
Carney also said Friday that he wasn't sure who the president would be rooting for in the showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.
"I don't know who he favors, in fact, in this particular match-up," Carney said. "I think, again, absent his beloved Chicago Bears, he probably just has an interest in a close and good football game."