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March Madness at the WH: Obama's Bracket


By Garance Franke-Ruta
The economy is in shambles, American International Group's CEO is being grilled on the Hill, and the president is heading to California -- but on WhiteHouse.gov, the top story of the day is President Obama's NCAA Tournament bracket.

The president filled out his bracket yesterday, and Andy Katz of ESPN was there as Obama explained his choices in detail. The first round of games begins tomorrow, and Obama told Katz that "chances are high" that he'll check in on them during his busy day. The president will be overseas as the Final Four weekend commences April 4-6, but he won't let that deter him either, he told Katz.

"We're going to be watching it, but it will probably be 2 in the morning where we are," Obama said. "I'm not going to be able to watch any game the whole way through, but we're going to be checking the scores."

The official line on his picks from the White House: "President Obama played it safe for the most part, picking Louisville (1 seed), Memphis (2), Pittsburgh (1), and North Carolina (1) as his Final Four to meet in Detroit. After some deliberation, the First Hoops Fan is calling the Tar Heels as this year's national champs."

Click here for the high-resolution version of the hand-written bracket.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 18, 2009; 1:44 PM ET
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Comments

"Where's the women's tournament bracket Mr. President?" - the_moo

The President, apparently like a lot of basketball fans, may not like women's basketball. I don't.

Just look at the NBA versus the WNBA:

http://outsports.com/jocktalkblog/2008/10/02/wnba-ratings-up-but-still-not-good/

"The average rating of a WNBA game this season was 0.32 on ABC and ESPN2. That is shockingly low. Embarrassingly low. The number of average viewers? Up to 413,000. Last season, ESPN averaged over 1.4 million views for its NBA games, and ABC’s lowest average rating was a couple years ago with a 2.2. Who’s responsible for these much lower ratings?"

Posted by: gabefig | March 20, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Where's the women's tournament bracket, Mr. President?

Posted by: the_moo | March 20, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

For all of you that said "I don't have a job and this guy is wasting time filling in NCAA brackets" I have a question: When you made this post were you using your home computer? You shouldn't be. The internet is a luxury item not a necessity. The local library provides free access so that alone could put some crucial money back in your pocket.

Do you watch television on cable or satellite? You shouldn't. Radio is free and why are watching television when you should be looking for a job or some kind of work? Sounds to me like a waste of time.

As an earlier poster said none of us have any idea what kind of pressure President Obama is under. Relaxation is absolutely critical to our overall health and well-being so he's actually doing himself and ultimately the country a favor by taking his mind off of things. Don't take my word for it. Take the Mayo Clinic's: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/relaxation-technique/sr00007

I suppose it's easy to criticize when we can anonymously post derogatory remarks against our President because in doing so we can hide from personal accountability. Let's be realistic: no one can honestly say "I worked every second I was at work except bathroom & lunch breaks". We've all taken a break to shoot the breeze, check sports scores (or fill out brackets), shop online, etc. It's human nature because everybody needs a break once in awhile including the President.

Sincerely,
Gabe
Who is grateful to have a job and still watches basic cable.

Posted by: gabefig | March 19, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

This man is an embarrassment to this country. While he is looting the treasury to send money overseas and to the world bankers, we are losing our 401Ks and homes.

If there is a hell he's going there. What a piece of crap!

Posted by: username | March 19, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

All of you apologetic morons trying to convince us that "0bummer inherited this" are truly idiots!
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As I stated before, President Obama is just that-President. You don't have to like him or agree with anything he does. People who don't agree with your opinion aren't morons. We have the right to support our President and you have a right to RESPECTFULLY complain. Maybe you can channel that negative energy into something positive.

Posted by: deltagirl7 | March 18, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh would NEVER fill out a bracket! And he would never pick an elitist, liberal school like UNC to win it all.

Rush Limbaugh in 2012!

Posted by: bdwright23 | March 18, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Guess what America, we finally have a president who can not only walk and chew gum at the same time (sorry W), but who can also think about more than one subject and speak in complete, cogent sentences on a wide variety of topics, including the interesting but inconsequential.

Here's hoping that his thoughts on the economy are clearer than those on UNC (Fr3d prepares to eat his words!)!

Posted by: fr3dmars | March 18, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

All of you apologetic morons trying to convince us that "0bummer inherited this" are truly idiots! Bush warned FOURTEEN TIMES between 2003 and 2008 about the fraud going on at Freddie and Fannie. The RATs shot him down. True .. Bush started the bailouts, but 0bummer has raised it to insane Olympic-sized levels! What we are seeing now are the results of HIS doing! And in only 60 days! The AIG mess? His doing. The stock market tumbling 60% since his election? HIS fault! The only people you are fooling are yourselves. The rest of us know that the TOTUS ("Teleprompter Of the United States") is a fraud. And we knew it BEFORE the election!

Posted by: user4 | March 18, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Good lord, people.

It only takes a few minutes to fill one of these things in, so it's not like he's neglecting the country to do this. And I guarantee you that most of the offices in the country right now have some kind of pool going on.

Cut him some slack.

Posted by: presto668 | March 18, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

"Either way, we are not treating him as a president. Maybe this article's intent was simply to report on the novelty of the president doing something so purely American as filling out an NCAA bracket, but when seen in the context of the endless basketball analogies used with this president, its hard to see this article as anything so naiviely innocent."

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BINGO!!! I second that.

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | March 18, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, whatever happened to applauding someone for learning from bad choices and doing something positive with their life? I dare say most of us have done something in our life that would warrant us being arrested, even if we never were. (ever took office supplies? that's illegal) I guess if you spend all your time trying to find fault, you are bound to find it. Happy hunting, hope it's productive and fulfilling.

Posted by: deltagirl7 | March 18, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

THE MADNESS AT THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT LIMITED TO THE MONTH OF MARCH-
When you come from Chicago politics this is nothing at all. White House computers are not really important to protect are they?
Obama's computer chief once shoplifted 4 shirts

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 18, 2009; 4:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- Now it can be told: The mysterious petty theft that President Barack Obama's new computer chief committed at age 21 was shoplifting four dress shirts worth $134 from J.C. Penney.

A 1996 Montgomery County, Md., police report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday under a public records law shows Vivek Kundra was observed by a security guard putting the men's shirts into a shopping bag and leaving the store without paying. Sgt. Tom Stanton wrote that Kundra was arrested after a brief foot chase and the property was recovered.

Kundra pleaded guilty, paid a $100 fine and $55 in court courts and was ordered to do 80 hours of community service. The White House has called it a "youthful indiscretion" long ago resolved.

Posted by: mharwick | March 18, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

ALL POLITICIANS ARE LIARS, NOTHING WILL EVER COME FROM THEIR PROMISES. This includes St. Obama. So fill out your bracket.

Signed,
An Independent

Posted by: VAtoLA | March 18, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

In a perfect world, we would all be able to sit down and work together to solve our problems. This isn't a perfect world. I agree focusing on liberal vs conservative can distract from the real issues, but so can focusing on race. The argument from this article should really be about who will be in the Final Four: ) All I'm saying is, love him or hate him, President Obama is just that- President. There are many ways to voice your complaints without disrespecting or belittling him or people who don't agree with your criticisms. Go Tar Heels!!!!

Posted by: deltagirl7 | March 18, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Great. Another story about basketball to reflect our nation's mature attitude towards our new president.

I know that filling out an NCAA bracket is a nearly universal thing to do for any American, but I don't remember this being news with any other person.

Either A) We have gotten carried away with our basketball analogies with Obama (I can't even count the number of times I've seen headlines along the lines of "Obama puts together a slam dunk of a team," referring to his cabinet). or B) We are still treating him like a celebrity, releasing news reports every time he does some mundane task.

Either way, we are not treating him as a president. Maybe this article's intent was simply to report on the novelty of the president doing something so purely American as filling out an NCAA bracket, but when seen in the context of the endless basketball analogies used with this president, its hard to see this article as anything so naiviely innocent.

Posted by: aucegypt2009 | March 18, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

htruman, wangbang747, jschw10, did I say something to offend you? Sorry, let me apologize. Was it when I said I was a white guy or that I was fifty-something?

Posted by: 2tired | March 18, 2009 4:56 PM

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That's right, htruman h8's whitey, but looovvveesss tax cheats and single welfare moms and pedophiles! Whatever I have to say to conform to your little mass produced perception of what progressives feel affinity to.

Btw, there's a reason why the U.S. manufacturing base isn't coming back. It's called cheaper factor inputs in SE Asia and elsewhere in the developing world. A simple subscription to the Economist would suffice in filling that information gap, but go on deriving your economic input from Fox and Rush. It's your life after all, waste it any way you see fit :)

Posted by: htruman | March 18, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

deltagirl7, I am blaming the mess on the two-party political system that creates partisan standoffs so the business of the country goes undone. It is not just a left or right problem, and people who state it is are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Posted by: 2tired | March 18, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to see that the President has not lost the sense of being a normal American.
Just because other presidents didn't exposed their lighter side to the public doesn't mean they didn't partake in such activities to release some of the steam.

Posted by: sr_1945 | March 18, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

In response to 2tired, I don't know what color you think is the "right" color but problems are color blind. There are people all over the world who are facing struggles, setbacks and tough choices due to the current economic problems. However, many people of color (Black, Hispanic, Asian...) were facing financial difficulties before this crisis escalated and know how to survive with less. In regards to "And one last thing, no more trying to blame the mess on someone else. Very unbecoming for a president and shows great weakness to the world.", who exactly are YOU blaming for your current situation? Sounds a little hypocritical to me. Fill out a bracket, catch a few games and lighten up already!

Posted by: deltagirl7 | March 18, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

htruman, wangbang747, jschw10, did I say something to offend you? Sorry, let me apologize. Was it when I said I was a white guy or that I was fifty-something?

Posted by: 2tired | March 18, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Wait a second. All you bashing Obama on taking a breather for a minute are probably the same ones that when Bush was saying the "economy was fundamentally strong" you were shaking your heads, "yes". Obama DID inherit this mess because Bush refused to accept the fact it was going into the tank. He looked the other way when these banks were F'in up and he didn't grasp the fact that people making $40,000 a year were buying $300,000 homes was a bad thing. Yeah maybe he inherited a recession from Clinton but my guess here is, for those who are unemployed now and are bashing Obama for not having one, you probably had a job in March 2000...months after Clinton left office.

Anyone who has ever taken econ101 knows that the economy goes in cycles so recessions are not uncommon. When you have a brainless ex-president who wants the rich to fuel the economy and then does nothing about the slide until it is too late, that is when jobs are lost, grocery bills go up, and heated finger pointing debates like this come up. So what if Obama took a minute make picks...I'm sure YOU ALL did this during your work hours! The next thing you'll be bashing him for is eating dinner...or even taking a crap. If you have a solution to this mess, do something about it!!

Posted by: cheez | March 18, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Righwingers hate basketball! A sport invented in the US! Why do they hate America?

Posted by: nita3 | March 18, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

ChangeWhat - Since you bring up the whole "Barry" charge, as in Barry HUSSEIN Osama Mama #$%&!!!!! (I'm pissed off white trash!!!!!) why don't you enlighten the rest of us ignorant folks (as in the convincing majority of Americans who elected Obama) as to why the Republicans won't allow Piyush (you know, Bobby Jindal) to say his first name.

Why can't we say his name!
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Okay, as fun as this has been, my try at playing a lobotomite Republican talking head is now over.

Posted by: htruman | March 18, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats said the same thing before the 1994 midterm Congressional elections."

Because we all know that history repeats itself, right? So what may (or may not--providing a link would help support your argument) have been said in 1994 MUST apply to what will happen in 2010, right?

God, please send America smarter rightwingers. The ones we have now are weak and not terribly bright.

Posted by: castanea | March 18, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I would like for Nobama to spend money on rebuilding the U.S. manufacturing base, spend money on retraining American workers to compete in a new world order, and spend money on rebuilding American infra-structure. Appointing tax cheating losers like Geithner was a step in the wrong direction. I like to see Noabama be a man of principles and that says what he means and means what he says. No more money to banks, car makers or insurance companies without absolute assurances that we the people, know where the money is going. No more lame excuses that Nobama only found out last week. Baloney, they were giving billions since January, they should have known then. AIG CEO Liddy stated in testimony today that the Feds knew all along. And one last thing, no more trying to blame the mess on someone else. Very unbecoming for a president and shows great weakness to the world. Oh yea, one more thing, I would like to see ultra-liberals be forced to serve in the military for a two-year period.

Posted by: 2tired | March 18, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"Dear Nobama, Thanks for sharing your NCAA picks. Gotta say they really gave me a boost today. I am out of work after having been laid off due to the economy. I have been especially blue today because I keep thinking about the fact my two kids are going to have to give college a break until the economic situation gets better. My family really appreciates all you are doing for the morale of the country. We really love hearing about your Wednesday afternoon parties at the White House and the Kobe steaks for dinner which cost $100 per steak. Oh yea, we would have loved to have been flies on the wall when you had Stevie Wonder come over and perform for you in your own home. Well, gotta go. Good luck with that AIG thing. I kinda wonder why all the taxpayers are mad about all the wasted money. What's a few trillions down the drain when our Presdient is so into basketball."

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While I am really sorry for all of your woes (really I sincerely am), it wasn't President Obama who started all this mess. As another poster stated: he inherited it. I just don't understand why people expect him to have everything back on track and he's only been on the job for two months. Remember it was President Bush who had checks ready to hand to Ford, Chrysler and GM when they landed in DC in their million dollar planes.

As for your comments about their parties and dinners and Stevie Wonder being at the White House, why shouldn't President Obama and his family have relaxation time? This man is under an incredible amount of pressure. More than you or I could ever imagine. Did it offend you when Bush didn't go to Iraq to fight in the war he started based on lies? Did it bother you to see the two Bush girls on the cover of Vogue magazine dressed in fancy-pants gowns and lounging on fancy-pants chairs? Now, mind you, this cover photo appeared a month or two after the war started -- you know ... when American families and friends were beginning to receive their dead husbands/wives, fathers/mothers, sons/daughters, nieces/nephews, cousins and friends back from a war that shouldn't have occurred anyway.

I'm curious. Did any of that bother you, too?

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | March 18, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 18, 2009 3:53 PM
All work and no play makes for lousy decision-making.
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So does all play and no work.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | March 18, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

2tired - Let me guess, that's why you voted to give the richest tax bracket a cut in 2000 and 2004?

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Posted by: htruman | March 18, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

For those who don't enjoy college basketball, completing an NCAA bracket wouldn't make sense. For those of us who look forward to this tradition, President Obama completing a bracket makes complete sense. He's a normal person. He was sworn into office January 20, 2009. It's March 18, 2009. He's done more in 2 months than the previous administration did in 8 years. So maybe you should be a little more patient and a little less critical. I can't remember this level of outrage over former President Bush's many trips to Crawford, TX and Camp David during wars, floods, hurricanes...

Posted by: deltagirl7 | March 18, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: castanea | March 18, 2009 4:32 PM
Keep dreaming about hypotheticals, sweetheart.

Meanwhile, the reality is that the Democrats control both houses of Congress and will continue to do so for quite some time. Too bad the Republicans are obstructionists and don't feel the need to help Americans recover from our economic woes.
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Democrats said the same thing before the 1994 midterm Congressional elections.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | March 18, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

gee, relax people, it is just a game. don't politicize things.

just a few days ago you wingnuts criticized him for doing too much, now you criticize him for doing too little. what a bunch of hypocritical losers.

Posted by: JoeBridgeman | March 18, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Many of these comments confirm my belief that very, very soon, the word "retarded" will be synonymous with the word "republican".

This will be quite sad for retarded people, as many retarded people actually do know what socialism is, while republicans clearly do not.

Posted by: jschw10 | March 18, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

2tired, you're a loser. You have a loser attitude and that's why you're a failure. Quit blaming people and whining about your predicament and maybe you'll get somewhere. I doubt it though, because you sound like you're one of those people with a permanent victim complex.

Posted by: wangbang747 | March 18, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I am a fifty something white guy who started working at age six. I have been laid off for 3 months and cannot find a job. I have two kids in college who will probably have to wait a year before they can continue due to the fact we are running out of money. I got a college degree with no affirmative action and paid for every penny myself. I want this lamo president to quit playing games and get to work. No one has offered me a free home to live in. I guess I am not the right color.

Posted by: 2tired | March 18, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"Support for the Democratic Congressional candidates fell to a new low over the past week, allowing the GOP to move slightly head for the first time in recent years in the Generic Congressional Ballot."

Keep dreaming about hypotheticals, sweetheart.

Meanwhile, the reality is that the Democrats control both houses of Congress and will continue to do so for quite some time. Too bad the Republicans are obstructionists and don't feel the need to help Americans recover from our economic woes.

Posted by: castanea | March 18, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Typical rightwing nutjob response: "How dare Obama spend a few minutes filling out an NCAA tournament bracket when the world is going to the devil! He should escape to a ranch in Crawford, Texas for a few weeks and 'clear brush' to avoid reality instead!"

Morons.

Posted by: castanea | March 18, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Any bail out provisions for teams that lose or don't match his bracket picks??

Posted by: Justlistening | March 18, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Time for a new PR push, Leno, NCAA, Prime Time news conference. Got to get that South Chicago head fake flashy smile out front. Time for another marketing push to support the ACORN Barry brand.....


Support for the Democratic Congressional candidates fell to a new low over the past week, allowing the GOP to move slightly head for the first time in recent years in the Generic Congressional Ballot.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 41% said they would vote for their district’s Republican candidate while 39% would choose the Democrat.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | March 18, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

tnsailorguy:

Well put. I'm with you on Memphis (my alma mater), but think UNC will give them a run for the championship.

As for everyone crying about Obama taking the time to fill out the NCAA brackets, obviously you don't understand much about March, college basketball, or leadership. It took me about 10 minutes max to fill mine out today (the last day you can do it, btw), and helped me figure out a few pressing issues while letting my mind wander.

If you don't believe me, go whack some weeds in Crawford like Bush did for about 1/4 of his so-called presidency.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 18, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I love hoops as well. But I am out of a job and now is not the time to see and hear about a current president partying and appearing on late nite television. Pretty lame and arrogant. And another thing, I am sick and tired of hearing about lamo Nobama inheriting a recession. Bush inherited a recession as well. True, not as bad as this one but things got decidedly worst as soon as Nobama won the presidency. What I want is for lamo Nobama to take care of the economic mess then play games with turning the U.S. into a socialist nation. $100 is almost what my family eats in groceries in a week.

Posted by: 2tired | March 18, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, he doesn't have a clue about the economy, or much of anything else, so, perhaps he has hit on something he can handle.
Amazing to see the naive stunts he's pulling. Now he lowers the stature of the presidency by going on Leno's comedy show.
If the nation weren't so bad off, it would be fitting for this nitwit to be on Leno's show.
As it is, Obama is nothing but an inexpereinced rookie who doesn't knnow what he doesn't know.
I wonder if he's taking his teleprompter with him? Probably not since it made him look like a fool last night.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 18, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

For heaven's sake...the man is allowed to take a few minutes to have a personal life! He is a huge basketball fan and an American and March Madness is part of our national consciousness. I would rather see him take a few minutes for himself doing something that brings him happiness than have a stroke or heart attack from all the stress and pressure he is undoubtedly under right now. Even the POTUS gets to be a normal human being every now and then...

Posted by: GenerationYforChange | March 18, 2009 3:27 PM

Sorry not while the country is crumbling. All this has done is shown Osama's true colors. But we've only got to endure him for 4 years. So things are looking up.

Posted by: askgees | March 18, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The guys loves hoops. how long do you think it took him to fill this out? Ten minutes at most. I just hope that anyone who voted for Bush's second term has not made a negitive comment on this. Can you people even begin to understand the pressure this man is under? He inherited the biggest mess since Roosevelt. Personally I think Memphis is going to be the national champs but the guy is pretty busy so I forgive him for missing that one.

Posted by: tnsailorguy | March 18, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I have a sneaking suspicion that all of you who are seemingly outraged at President Obama taking a few minutes to fill out a tournament bracket were not equally offended by the fact that our former President took the most vacations/vacation days in Presidential HISTORY after starting two wars, letting the U.S.'s education system slip even farther behind other industrialized nations and generally trashing the U.S.'s image abroad.
My feeling, as an admitted liberal, is, if using teleprompters and filling out a tournament bracket are the two worst things you can say about Obama, keep the insults coming. History will judge who was REALLY asleep on the job.

No but maybe you should add this to Obama's list.

SPENT MORE MONEY THAN EVERY PRESIDENT (INCLUDING BUSH) THAN ALL OTHER 20 CENTRUY PRESIDENTS ADDED TOGETHER.

Posted by: askgees | March 18, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Dear Nobama, Thanks for sharing your NCAA picks. Gotta say they really gave me a boost today. I am out of work after having been laid off due to the economy. I have been especially blue today because I keep thinking about the fact my two kids are going to have to give college a break until the economic situation gets better. My family really appreciates all you are doing for the morale of the country. We really love hearing about your Wednesday afternoon parties at the White House and the Kobe steaks for dinner which cost $100 per steak. Oh yea, we would have loved to have been flies on the wall when you had Stevie Wonder come over and perform for you in your own home. Well, gotta go. Good luck with that AIG thing. I kinda wonder why all the taxpayers are mad about all the wasted money. What's a few trillions down the drain when our Presdient is so into basketball.

Posted by: 2tired | March 18, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The point here is that, as someone else here said, Rome is burning and the top posting at Whitehouse.gov is Obama's final four picks. To make matters worse, he's blowing out of DC to be on the Leno show. I don't get this guy, he never seems to want to get in there and get his hands dirty with the issues. Too concerned about his image.

Posted by: BubbaRight | March 18, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I have a sneaking suspicion that all of you who are seemingly outraged at President Obama taking a few minutes to fill out a tournament bracket were not equally offended by the fact that our former President took the most vacations/vacation days in Presidential HISTORY after starting two wars, letting the U.S.'s education system slip even farther behind other industrialized nations and generally trashing the U.S.'s image abroad.
My feeling, as an admitted liberal, is, if using teleprompters and filling out a tournament bracket are the two worst things you can say about Obama, keep the insults coming. History will judge who was REALLY asleep on the job.

Posted by: historybride | March 18, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

All work and no play makes for lousy decision-making.

Give Obama a break - geez, he came into office after GWB took about 1/4 of his time in office whacking weeds in Texas.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 18, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind him "having fun", but he's fiddling while Rome is burning....nice sight picture that I'm sure all the unemployed have enjoyed seeing. THEY thought he was working on getting them back to work....duped again, Obama youths! Next time, vote for a leader.

Posted by: powerange | March 18, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

And this is news? When is the Post going to start reporting on the daily bowel movements of Obama? In fact, I need to go take a Pelosi and wipe my Franks.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 18, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

You gotta love a prez that can take just a bit of time to fill out the NCAA bracket. That's called "thinking time" and it helps as he contemplates larger decisions. Really.

And his Final Four is the same as mine~! Cool. Way cool.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 18, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

First, the every Wednesday parties, the St Patty's party, the glad-handing with Stevie Wonder, et al. Now he's also spending time charting up basketball picks! Time to put the crayons away Osama-Obama and do the work "Of the People."

The first sitting U.S. President to go on a fluff comedy show .. WHY? Because he can't take his teleprompter that fills his empty head with words to speak on the Dobson, Cavuto, or similar hard news/economic program. THEY might ask him tough questions that the typist can't type the responses fast enough to make him LOOK "Presidential." Instead, he'll go on the Leno show, where their will no doubt be a swooning audience, doing their "Arsenio Hall" type "whoop-whoop" cheers, and he'll be asked probing policy questions like, "Boxers or briefs?" .. "toilet paper roll OVER or UNDER?" Sheez!

These four years are already a nightmare!

Posted by: user4 | March 18, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

For heaven's sake...the man is allowed to take a few minutes to have a personal life! He is a huge basketball fan and an American and March Madness is part of our national consciousness. I would rather see him take a few minutes for himself doing something that brings him happiness than have a stroke or heart attack from all the stress and pressure he is undoubtedly under right now. Even the POTUS gets to be a normal human being every now and then...

Posted by: GenerationYforChange | March 18, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse


So when will SNL skit this....you cannot make it up.

A teleprompt blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick's Day celebration.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address in Washington when he realized it all sounded a bit too familiar.

It was. He was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.

Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: "That's your speech."
A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally been switched and the US president ended up thanking himself for inviting everyone to the party.

Mr Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the "teleprompt president" over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | March 18, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Chalk city!!

Posted by: Kev29 | March 18, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

TO: President Obame, c/o Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod; Atty. Gen. Eric Holder; Asst. AG (designate) Tom Perez [staff, please forward]

RE: Ongoing, nationwide, federally-enabled vigilante "community gang stalking"


Mr. Holder:


The innocent but apparently "targeted" U.S. citizen who authored the articles linked below cannot leave his home without being relentlessly stalked, tailgated, menaced and harassed by organized community stalkers, equipped with networked GPS tracking devices apparently keyed to his vehicle and cellphone.

Many of these vigilante stalkers appear to be affiliated with federally-funded community watch groups and public safety units such as fire and police departments, and drive publicly-owned or subsidized vehicles.

When he does leave the house empty, there often are signs of surreptitious entry and vandalism when he returns.

The author also maintains that he is subject to the effects of so-called "directed energy" weapons and devices which have been deployed nationwide under a DOJ program.

Local and federal authorities have said they see "nothing to investigate." The author believes that is because they have extensive knowledge of this vigilante activity, and choose to let it happen.

Mr. Holder, an American Gestapo is denying untold thousands of Americans nationwide their civil and human rights. The rule of law appears to have broken down in communities nationwide, including where I live in Bucks County, PA.

Please restore civil liberties in America by taking immediate action to dismantle the officially-funded and countenanced "extrajudicial targeting and punishment network" that appears to be an outgrowth of federal programs known to your staff.

The links:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 18, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

does a private citizen have to petition congress to stop the president from interfering with athletic games ( does he have money on this game, is he getting money on this game)

from shilling his 'products and likenesses" and otherwise conducting himself as if he is soliciting money?

what does it take for someone to stop Obama from doing these things?

what is the matter with the president?


Posted by: JohnAdams1 | March 18, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I applaud and salute our President. I love and cherish America, and things like the Final Four contribute to the sum of our overall goodness. Those who would miss that point are no doubt the "me first" traitorous America hating charlatans of the political right.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 18, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ajlerner1 | March 18, 2009 2:20 PM
MikeJ and beegrace really need to get a life.
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Obama needs to show us he is on the job and not wasting his time filling out tournament charts and watching basketball games. Fix the massive problems facing our country before playing around with this petty stuff. He isn't a bag boy at Giant Foods. He is POTUS and he needs to act accordingly.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | March 18, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

In actually its "The Ones" template.
On how to change us into a Marxist country.

Posted by: dashriprock | March 18, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wp11234 | March 18, 2009 2:11 PM
Oh cut it out. The guy is allowed to have a little fun.
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Obama is fiddling while Rome burns.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | March 18, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

this guy seriously took the time to do a basketball bracket??? what a buffoon! this is going to be a crazy four year term!

Posted by: fred1000120031 | March 18, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

MikeJ and beegrace really need to get a life.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | March 18, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh cut it out. The guy is allowed to have a little fun.

Posted by: wp11234 | March 18, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

What the hell was the person who released this to the press thinking? While I realize this is a widespread and generally harmless practice, I couldn't help wincing when I heard about it. Harmless as it is, it is gambling - are we supposed to assume there isn't a WH office pool behind it? - and the timing is just awful.
While I wouldn't be surprised if other presidents did this, at least they had the sense not to release it to the press.

Posted by: beegrace123 | March 18, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The top story on WhiteHouse.gov is the NCAA tourney? I suggest he forget about basketball and start fixing the economy. Maybe read some of this garbage legislation that Nancy Pelosi is sending him. Had he taken the time to read the crap being sent to him by Reid and Pelosi he could have stopped the AIG bonuses.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | March 18, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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