DENVER (CBS4)– When CBS4’s Jim Benemann interviewed President Barack Obama at The White House last month, the president refused to make a Super Bowl prediction. Just hours before kick off on Sunday, Mr. Obama did make a prediction.

CBS This Morning’s Gayle King interviewed the president and First Lady Michelle Obama on Sunday afternoon. She asked Mr. Obama to circle the winner in a card and sealed that envelope. The envelope will be opened live on Monday during the CBS This Morning show.

“This is a lot of pressure,” said Obama. “You’re going to read this tomorrow.”

President Barack Obama being interviewed by CBS4's Jim Benemann (credit: CBS)

President Barack Obama being interviewed by CBS4’s Jim Benemann (credit: CBS)

Last month, Benemann asked Obama to make a prediction.

Benemann: Mr. President, first things first — the Bears are no longer in it, so you can be objective. What’s your Super Bowl pick, Broncos or Panthers?

President Obama: You know what? I’ve got to see a little more information but I think it’s a great story for Peyton Manning to be towards the end of his career in a Super Bowl again … and the defense that the Broncos have is unbelievable, but Carolina looks tough; this is going to be a close one.

Other leaders in the political world are not so shy about expressing their outcome for the Super Bowl.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tweeted out her hopes on Sunday afternoon while literally wearing her prediction on her blouse.

Albright was born in Czechoslovakia but after her family was driven out by the Nazis, they moved to Denver in 1948. Her father, Josef Korbelova, was the founding dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Albright attended Kent Denver School and held a summer job at the Denver Post where she met her former husband, Joseph Medill Patterson Albright.

She served as the first woman Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. An exhibit showcasing her jewelry titled “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” was featured at the Denver Art Museum in 2012.


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