March 17th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama catches 'Madness' fever


President Obama is predicting that powerhouses Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State and Villanova will beat out other teams to the Final Four. (Photo Credit: ESPN)

Washington (CNN) – President Obama has caught the fever – the one spreading wildly during March Madness.

Obama revealed who he thinks will win – and lose – in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament during an exclusive interview with ESPN Tuesday.

And for the first time, the president also publicly revealed his picks for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, also to ESPN. His female Final Four picks: Connecticut, Notre Dame, Stanford and Tennessee.

ESPN says it will reveal the president's full NCAA Women's bracket on Friday.

As for the men: who will skid, and who will score, in the predictor-in-chief's estimation? ESPN's SportsCenter revealed his full bracket Wednesday.

The president largely played it safe, telling ESPN that powerhouses Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State and Villanova will beat out other teams to the Final Four.

Who will survive and go on to the big dance?

President Obama predicts Kansas and Kentucky.

And the winner?

The president's pick: Kansas.

President Obama could go 2-for-2 if his current prediction prevails. Last year, he chose the North Carolina Tar Heels to win it all. And they did.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    Important...I think not! Try some news every once in awhile. It might surprise to learn something.

    March 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Fitz In Texas


    March 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. DUKE

    Mr. President, I think Duke can pull a win over Nova, but they won't be able to beat Kentucky. I've got Georgetown vs. Kentucky in the championship with Kentucky getting the victory.

    March 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Duck Fallas

    His hand written bracket shows that several times he re-considered his pick. What an elitist communist fascist tyrannical muslim white black guy. He should learn to stick with his first choice and run with it, no matter how stupid it is.

    March 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Picking Villanova over Duke is sure to anger the entire group of confederate states.

    March 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Brink

    Let's see the GOP block his selections or spin them into some type of communist conspiracy.

    March 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. scott

    Yes the great savior has made his prediction. Get to work Mr. President!

    March 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Gale Shipman

    Obama is more fitted to be a basketball player anyway, rather than trying to change the entire country into his socialistic ideas.

    March 17, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    I'd like to get ahead of the "ball" so to speak and before all of you irrational, hate-filled neo-con-baggers start with the "Oh my GOD doesn't he EVER work!" comments . . . I'd just like to invite you all to get a life!

    March 17, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. NC

    Focus, focus, focus........this is whats wrong with this extremely weak president, he spends way to much time on his special interests and not enough on whats important, like the Economy and Jobs. Vote out the crooks in 2010 and 2012......lets get term limits.....Vote Republican in 2010 and 2012......lets get America back on track....

    March 17, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Aaron

    Same as my brackets, but I'm picking Kentucky over Kansas in the final.

    March 17, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. HypocriCNNonsense

    Fantastic Job Mr. President! My Pick Is The University Of Kansas Jayhawks As Well.

    March 17, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Comrade Vladimir Putin

    I pick that Motherland Russia will rule... err, sorry wrong speech, that the Dukies will triumph.

    March 17, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. U.S. Common Sense

    Glad to see he has time to waste.

    March 17, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Tom in IL

    I run a small busines and I don't have time to keep up with the NCAA. It's hard to believe the president does. Isn't he the one whofamously stated that he has a "full plate"?

    March 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Renee

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 17, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Lets all call Limbaugh and crash his computor system

    Its Villanova all the way and President Obama till 2016.

    March 17, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. BUNNY

    Great choices and a lot of what if.....

    March 17, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Stuart

    I am with the President here. I am a humble , disappointed Tarheel fan and supporter of our roundballer -in-chief. I urge him not to bet more than $740 million on the pool, though. Save the rest for a rainy day.

    March 17, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Bobert

    Couldn't. Care. Less.

    March 17, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Madgrandma1

    another reason I love this man.

    March 17, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Tim

    Please, can you help restore some dignity to the office of the President. Who cares who Obama has picked.

    March 17, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. S Callahan

    You've underestimated Sieana President Obama!


    March 17, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Christopher Scott

    Finally....Obama can make a mistake on something and it won't hurt the country.

    March 17, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Rob from Ohio

    Picking Georgetown over Tenn and Ohio State? How many electoral votes is that going to cost him?

    March 17, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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