March 21st, 2009
12:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama weighs in on ACC upsets

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama leave for Camp David on Saturday.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama leave for Camp David on Saturday.

(CNN) – President Obama turned commentator-in-chief Saturday as he addressed the performance of basketball teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

As he and first lady Michelle Obama were leaving the White House for Camp David, a reporter shouted out, ““Is the ACC overrated?”

“Apparently so,” Obama replied with a grin.

Obama’s sports commentary comes the morning after two ACC teams – Wake Forest and Florida State – were upset by lower-ranked schools in the NCAA tournament.

Wake Forest, a No. 4 seed, fell to Cleveland State, a No. 13 seed. Florida State, a No. 5 seed, lost in overtime to No. 12 Wisconsin.

Obama, however, picked an ACC team to win it all, predicting the University of North Carolina will beat Louisville in the championship game.


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  1. welches, oregon

    I just LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing President Obama deboarding from Air Force One and knowing Michelle and the Kids will be with him at Camp David. This IS what we have all been waiting for!

    March 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. betty

    Why would anyone think of going to Camp David as a 'vacation'? I suspect no president, even Bush, got a real vacation ,as we generally think of it. They are on 24/7 no matter where they happened to be located.

    March 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Ohio Woman

    All of you who knock President Obama for "spending" I ask that you kindly remember we are STILL spending $10 BILLION Dollars each month for the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld war in Iraq. That money could have fixed America's problems and we broke Iraq and we will be maintaining it for YEARS thanks to Bush's Administration. Now we must pay to mend America.

    March 21, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. The Bu

    This economy was not destroyed in 3 months, so let's not all think that in any way it will be corrected in 3 months. As much as I support the President and the administration that he has put in place, there are a lot of unanswered questions, but I don't want to be as reactionary as I have seen many citizens and politicians. I am willing to give everything time. It took an entire eight years to get us where we are today.

    March 21, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Andrew

    Funny how Republicans come out of the wood work to criticize Obama for going to Camp David when Bush is the all time record Holder.

    Bush as President
    Days Spent at Camp David: 487
    Days Spent at Crawford Ranch: 490

    I wish I could have 977 days of vacation in 8 years and that doesn't include his trips anywhere else.

    March 21, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. CAW in MD

    So far the ACC has been showing it is overrated. Wake Forest (4 seed), Florida State (5 seed) and Clemson (7 seed) all lost in the first round, two of them to the supposedly weaker Big 10 clubs.

    March 21, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Richard Manelick

    It is good to read about something other than bonuses. That topic has been run into the ground and most of the common public who need help and do not get bonuses would rather that the News Organizations concentrate on something else. Enough is enough! No one complains that the professional athletes get giant bonuses for playing in a game.

    March 21, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Mark, AZ

    Now we have a real President. A President that relates to our everyday needs. A President that relates to us as humans. A President that understands the plight of everyday Americans – the rich and the poor and everybody in-between. Have a nice weekend Mr. President. May God bless you. May God bless America.

    March 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. lb

    Steve.....I totally agree!
    Mr Obama seems to feel 40 hour workweeks are all that is necessary. He certainly is enjoying the benefits of his title as well as taking an american monument and digging it up for a vegetable garden. 4 years it too long for this man.

    March 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Comrade

    Hey Andrew, you cite all the time Bush spent at Crawford but that was known as the Western White House so that wasn't necessarily vacation time as he also did a lot of work there...typical liberal trying to spin the truth to fit his purpose. Bush also wasn't seen carelessly on tv in the midst of an international crisis...how would that have looked had Bush been on the Tonight Show right after Sep 11?

    March 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Dolores

    Obama is doing a great job but GO PITT!!!!!

    March 21, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Paul Revere

    Obama signed into law the AIG bonuses!!! Geaux Tigers!!!

    March 21, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. M.A. Moore

    Hay Steve......... This man was a husband and a father before he became president, and when he is no longer president, he will still be a husband and a father, they still deserve some of his time. There is a 10 year old and a 7 year old who still need their daddy. So I guess he is suppose to give up their concerns for yours. He is doing his job, so give the man a freaking break. He didn't put this economy in this mess, never forget that. Just because he is president doesn't mean he can't have a life. And I enjoy seeing the family time. I'm happy to see a man that regardless what he is facing, or dealing with, his family is still going to be important to him too. You're always in my prayers, Obama Family.

    March 21, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Paul Revere

    "Hay" M.A. Moore

    Ask your self this...Would you go get a loan to get out of debt? Silly question right? Well that is exactly what Obama and Congress has just done. Smart? I think not!!

    March 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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