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May 18, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
The Steelers are going to the White House to visit with President Barack Obama on Thursday. Well, most of the Steelers.
James Harrison has no interest in visiting Obama and the White House as a member of the Super Bowl champion. This is certainly not a political statement, as Harrison also neglected to make the trip to the White House after the Steelers 2006 Super Bowl victory. Harrison said a trip to the White House wasn’t “that big a deal to me.” He also seemingly believes that the invite to the White House might be disingenuous, because the Steelers were invited only because they won the Super Bowl.
"If you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don't win the Super Bowl," he told Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV. "So as far as I'm concerned he would have invited Arizona if they had won."
As far as you’re concerned?
Of course he would have invited Arizona if they had won. The Super Bowl champion always visits the White House. People get invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments, not because the president wants to be your friend. You don’t see Medal of Honor winners saying if the President wanted to see them, he should have invited them before they were deployed.
Steelers' Harrison Won't Visit Obama - ESPN