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Vice-President Pence Had the Best Special Guests for the Super Bowl

Regardless of what side of the aisle you’re coming from – politically or as a sports fan – you have to love what Vice-President Mike Pence did on his way to attending the Super Bowl in Houston on Sunday.

Pence picked up and escorted a pair of wounded service members – one a Patriots fan, the other a Falcons fan – and brought them as special guests to the big game.

Staff Sgt. Anthony Mannino Jr., a New England fan, was injured in Iraq in 2008, while Army Staff Sgt. Frederick Manning, an Atlanta fan, was wounded in Afghanistan last year.

They each brought a guest, Mannino his wife, and Manning brought along his nurse, Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles Stanley.

What a classy move by Pence!


Via the Indianapolis Star:

Marine Staff Sgt. Tony Mannino thought the call was a mistake when he was told he was going to the Super Bowl with Vice President Mike Pence.

“I was like, `This is the White House? Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’” he said.

It likewise took some convincing until Army Staff Sgt. Frederick Manning realized his invitation wasn’t a joke.

“I barely got any sleep last night. I was like a kid waiting for Christmas,” Manning said on Air Force II as he flew to Houston on Sunday. “Ever since I got the confirmation, it’s been awesome.”

In 2011, President Obama hosted a Super Bowl party which featured special guests of his own – entertainers J-Lo and Marc Anthony.

We’d say Pence’s efforts to reach out to wounded warriors and his appreciation for the military easily trumps Obama. Wouldn’t you?

Read more at the Political Insider

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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