Obama: 'The Bears are going to the Super Bowl'

HARVEY, Ill. -- New Orleans' football season is all but

That's the message Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has for Saints
fans when their team comes to Chicago for Sunday's NFC Championship

"The Bears are going to the Super Bowl," a gleeful Obama told
reporters Monday outside a church in suburban Chicago. "I am happy
for New Orleans. I think it's a wonderful story for their city, but
this fairy tale ends when they come to Chicago."

The winner of the Saints-Bears matchup will head to Miami to
play either the Indianapolis Colts or New England Patriots in the
Super Bowl on Feb. 4.

The prediction from the state's junior senator,
considered an early favorite for the 2008 Democratic presidential
nomination, struck little fear into Louisiana's congressional

"All I'll say is that the Saints reflect the same spirit of
hope and recovery that the people of New Orleans have," said Adam
Sharp, a spokesman for Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. "Every challenge
that comes up and is put in front of them, they surmount every one.
And we're looking forward to the game."

Obama said he was pleased with quarterback Rex Grossman during
the Bears' 27-24 overtime win against Seattle.

"The defense bent but it did not break," he said. "And
Grossman looked all right."