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Barack-et-ology Watch

By Dan Froomkin
12:14 PM ET, 03/19/2009

President Obama takes his college basketball brackets very seriously. Check out his lengthy disquisition on his picks with ESPN's Andy Katz (below).

Ryan Teague Beckwith writes for the Raleigh News and Observer that Obama "picked the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the same team he picked last year, when it lost." But, he notes: "In a handwritten version of the bracket made available by the White House, Obama appears to have struggled with his final choice, crossing out Louisville to write UNC and putting a large question mark next to the match-up."

The Associated Press reports that Obama's brackets have ticked off at least one UNC hater. "Somebody said that we're not in President Obama's Final Four, and as much as I respect what he's doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said from the Blue Devils' first-round site in Greensboro, N.C.

And blogger Nate Silver does a little regression analysis and concludes that Obama was "more inclined to select teams from swing states."

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