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President Obama picks Indiana to win the title

Mar 20, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

Barack Obama, John Calipari

President Obama is riding with the Hoosiers.

As has become his annual tradition, the self-proclaimed basketball junkie made his bracket picks public, and he’s taking the Hoosiers to win it all. (He must follow me on twitter. I should drop some hints about how to reduce the budget deficit.)

This may actually be a curse for Indiana, as Obama hasn’t correctly picked the tournament champion since 2009, when North Carolina won it all. He even missed on Kentucky last season.

The rest of the Commander-in-Chief’s Final Four looks like this: Ohio State in the West, Louisville in the Midwest and Florida in the South. DC’s about as liberal as it gets, but I’m not sure how the city will feel about him picking against the hometown Hoyas.

On the women’s side, Obama selected Baylor, California, UConn and Notre Dame to advance to New Orleans. Baylor, UConn and Notre Dame are all No. 1 seeds and California is a No. 2 seed. (View the full tournament here.)

At the end of the day, I’m not too concerned about the accuracy of Obama’s picks.

He should be spending his time monitoring the escalating situation with a nuclear North Korea instead of easing the tensions between John Calipari and Tom Crean.

His full bracket can be seen below:


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  1. cw3214 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    What a waste of 30 seconds.

    • imaduffer - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      It took you 30 seconds to type that comment?

  2. rich859 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Was this before or after he picked the next drone target in Pakistan to kill innocent children in the name of national security?

    • critter69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      I guess mountain bike riding, or ‘chopping brush’ are more important?

      Or maybe attending a Senator’s birthday party when a major American city is drowning?

  3. ddjesus - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Wisconsin in the elite 8? I’m feeling very patriotic today.

  4. rmfields - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Very safe (read: boring) picks. No lower than a 5th seed in the Sweet 16. Le sigh.

  5. eagles512 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Pick an upset or 2. Same thing as last year. Another reason I didn’t vote for him.

  6. midnightmaurader - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Smart man. Didn’t fall for that “vcu will upset michigan” trap that the rest of the beltway seems to be doing.

  7. creek0512 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Only 9 toral upsets, most by only a seed or 2.

  8. seanb20124 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Obama is amazing

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