Like millions of Americans across the country, Barack Obama has filled out his NCAA tournament brackets. As reported by Andy Katz on ESPN, his Final Four is Louisville, Pitt, North Carolina and Memphis.
He picks North Carolina to defeat Louisville in the championship game. You can see Obama’s full bracket entry here.
There are very few upsets in the bracket, with the notable exception of VCU over UCLA. Other than that, he seems to have played it very safe. North Carolina is the favorite to win the championship this year, though the favorite often falls to an underdog in the single-elimination NCAA tournament.
Barack Obama is a big basketball fan. He played at varsity level in high school in Hawaii, and often took time out during his campaign for pick-up games. I guess Obama’s emphasis on basketball is a “change” from previous administrations. George W. Bush was a baseball fan, and part-owner of the Texas Rangers. His father, George H.W. Bush, was an All-American baseball player at Yale.
Bill Clinton was certainly no athlete. He participated in track at Georgetown, but he admits that was only so he could pass the sports requirement for the Rhodes Scholarship. Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford played the most American of all the sports in their youth, football.
This site is very critical of Barack Obama in nearly everything he does, but I have to admit, that I have the same Final Four as he does. And the same championship game participants, and champion.
We were bound to agree at some point.
See video of Barack Obama discussing basketball below: