March 18th, 2009
12:58 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama's Final Four picks revealed


The White House posted Obama's bracket online Wednesday. (

(CNN) - President Obama's NCAA Men's basketball Final Four picks, unveiled Wednesday, reveals the nation's first hoops fan picked Big East powerhouses Louisville and Pittsburgh, along with Memphis and the University of North Carolina.

In all, the president is taking few risks when it comes to his Final Four teams: Louisville, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina are all No. 1 seeds, while Memphis is seeded No. 2.

But the picks are sure to anger the state of Connecticut, whose Huskies are the only No. 1 seed Obama doesn't have going to the final four.

The president is also not picking an upset many observers have predicted - he has No. 12 Arizona falling to No. 5 Utah in the first round.

Watch: Basketball legends critique Obama's skills on the court

But the decision has nothing to do with the fact Obama battled a senator from Arizona for the presidency last year, he assured ESPN.

"It has nothing to do with McCain - I think Arizona is a great state: I love playing golf there. But hey just squeaked in based on reputation," Obama said.

UPDATE: ESPN has released Obama's full bracket

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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Ohio Man

    Some of you people act like the The Prez of the US.. should be un-human and do nothing but work work .. like you take ur work home everyday and do nothing but work work work.. we have had plenty of Prez in the past that get into sports just as many of you on this blog does..and i'm sure you will be watching the games as well if you are into basketball.. i mean can the man eat, take a nap, take a shower, play with his daughters with you guys jumping down his throat.. GW didnt even get on natinal T.V. but a few time while he was Prez for 8yrs and drag this Country down to its kneess and spent way to much mone on a war that should not have been and everytime he mad a public statement no 1 had a clue as to what he was even talking about more than half the time, but you have a problem with a man that has been working his tail of trying to come up with something to help America out .. not other countries but America .. and he wants to take a few moments to enjoy a basketball game and you have a problem with this .. gotta laught at some of people ..

    March 18, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. michael

    why the hate? you clicked on the link to this article. you say its not newsworthy, yet still went on to check out the article.


    March 18, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. FactCheck

    Boy if G.W. Bush had this type of coverage he would be rated as the best president ever.

    You mean the kind of coverage he got when the collective media all looked the other way when he lied to start a war, ignored the victims of Katrina, drove the country into financial ruin, and destroyed the reputation of the US every where around the world? Seems to me, Dubya got a free ride for the entire 8 years.

    March 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Give me a Break

    Geez will you all let up...He isnt going to please everyone on everything. Basketball happens to be a sport he loves and is making a PIC SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It takes all of 5 min...he can have 5 min cant he??????????? Some of you need to walk in his shoes for a day or so then we can all complain about you and your work day.

    March 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Pamela, CA

    I love this president. Yes, he talks about basketball a lot, but so do most men.

    Kudos Mr. President, hang in there.

    March 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Brian Crooks

    Come on, guys, give him a break. President Bush spent 48% of his time during his first 8 months in office clearing brush in Crawford. Don't tell me our basketball-crazy President can't take 5 minutes to fill out an NCAA bracket. I filled out 4 on my lunch break yesterday.

    March 18, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Dennis

    If GWB had done this he would have been slammed for wasting his time, but when BHO doees a bracket, he's a man of the people. Give me a break!

    March 18, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Sheri in Louisville KY

    Mr. President enjoy yourself. The economy is going to get better. Our prayers are with you and our great country. Love Ya!

    March 18, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. dave

    OMG the nerve!!!! What an elitist!!! Next thing you know... this guys gonna be doing things like watching TV....or ......EATING....... Its socialism I tell ya.... the government is out to get us..... fear everything!!!

    March 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. beelzebub55er

    All the folks who are criticizing the President for making NCAA picks need to get a life. It's refreshing to have a president that just does regular things. Don't be such a stuffed-shirt "Me". He was asked, and he answered...good grief. As long as we have hatem we will never fully recover.

    March 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Capsaicin

    Not too long ago you anti-Obama-at-all-costs folks were criticizing him for his elitism, and Ivy league 'professorial' tone.

    Now he shows a brief moment as an 'average American' basketball lover–in the midst of working hard to fix the economy that the previous president let tank–and you all criticize him for it.

    He played the game in college and still plays pickup regularly; he's allowed to express interest in it.

    Or do you Republicans now want to push for a boycott of the NCAA?

    March 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Jenny

    And this is relevant to the US why? It's irrelevant biased news like this that got this guy in office. Sad.

    March 18, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. greg in jax doesnt like ann

    when you give kids the aspiration of playing games AND getting paid tens of millions of dollars for playing that game... at the same time that tens of thousands of people are losing their menial paying jobs ... well.. it all sucks, good luck on your pics president obama, i will not be making my picks this year.... i get my relief from running, not watching others play a game.

    March 18, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Terry, Dallas Texas

    So it's acceptable to spend lots of time in Crawford (over 70 different trips) cutting brush on your ranch but not acceptable to play a litlle basketball eh? Who here remembers the 5 WEEK vacation Bush took in 2005? This man set a record for vacation time during his 8 years and you think Obama needs to "concentrate on his job" . Amazing.

    March 18, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. supporter

    He is a good man! But keep hammering on him. Don't let up. Nobody let up on GWB.

    March 18, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. This is a joke right....

    I take time off, but I am not the President of the United States either. To go on Leno and work out brackets is not what is needed right now from the President. Yesterday I heard on the radio that he was "hitting his job early today" and it was after 9am!!! So don't tell me he is working even close to 24/7 or even 12/7.

    March 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Jewel, NH

    Hey, he needs some downtime. When he's not focused on the mess t hat George W. Bush created, who was the most stupid president in history by the way, he has to relax in some form or another. He likes basketball. Get over it.

    Mr. President, you enjoy your basketball games and don't listen to the naysayer’s who have nothing else to do but criticize you all day long. Get a life people, the president has one.

    March 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. bob j

    it great to see the prez as a regular guy this man is for real he is one of us by that i mean he is and american i think he is doing a good job an i support him 100% i think he is wrong on his picks i like uconn to win it all go uconn

    March 18, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |

    Thats right Memphis all the way. Obama has a job and he is doing that very well. Get off his jock and let him live his life.

    March 18, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Bob G.

    And Jim Calhoun, the UConn coach, flew in for the inauguration and sat right up front. I doubt any of the other coaches of the final four picks of the president went to that trouble for him. Oh well, politics is fickle.

    March 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Tom in Delaware

    Let's hope he gets this right...then he'll be one in a row.

    March 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Terry, Dallas Texas

    I get it. Lots of time in Crawford (well over 60 different trips) including his famous 5 week vacation in 2005 is acceptable. Bush sets a record for vacations by a president and thats ok. But take a few minutes to talk about sports and its "get back to work" eh? Amazing.

    March 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Tom in Delaware

    Let's hope he gets this right...then he'll be one in a row.

    March 18, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Charlotte from Charlotte

    People have gone stark raving MAD!!
    So now our president can't have a life outside the White House? He's not entitled to his opinion or love of sports?
    You people need to take a deep breath and get over your bitterness – and stop letting the media put inane ideas into your heads.
    Put the pitchforks away and stop the madness. LOL

    March 18, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. dustin

    I could careless if a President picks the Final Four I do however find it funny that it needs to be written about on a news site or did I click on ESPN by mistake?

    btw Memphis will win so at least he got that right!!!!!

    March 18, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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