March 18th, 2010
05:23 AM 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 (20 Responses)
  1. Michael from Ventura

    To all those saying he doesn't have time for this, etc.......GET A LIFE! This President is a REAL PERSON- That's a CHANGE I believe in!

    March 18, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  2. Omama

    With all the important things going on, why on Gods earth does someone think this is important? what is WRONG with CNN?!

    March 18, 2010 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  3. Janeth Auer Levitt

    Rock Chalk, Barack!

    March 18, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  4. acfaber291

    little wolfie blitzer called this the NAACP.

    is Blitzer still employed?
    can Wolfie be that stupid?

    March 18, 2010 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  5. Rick-in-Sacramento

    The NCAA announced late tonight that the 2010 Men's tournament has been canceled because Obama's picks were "deemed" to be correct and it would therefore be redundant to actually play the games. Throughout Kansas, jubilant fans are pouring into the streets in celebration of their team's victory.

    March 18, 2010 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  6. Slider

    Over half of America caught madness in November 2008; an illness that will be cured in the next two election cycles.

    March 18, 2010 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  7. Willy Brown

    Who gives a flying flip. There more importanat things to work on than someone goofy B-ball picks.

    March 18, 2010 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  8. American

    This "story" is exactly why CNN is tanking in the ratings. I wonder how many reporters were investigating this story??

    People we have a government that is trying to take over 17% of our economy!!! Short and simple get your heads out of the sand CNN!

    -Concerned American

    March 18, 2010 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  9. Marie MD

    I liked President Obama until he chose Kansas State over Syracuse, but he might be right.
    Should be an interesting NCAA!!! 🙂 🙂

    March 18, 2010 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  10. strong

    Yes, this is so very important. It's not like Barky is really doing anything FOR the populace. Have fun with this kid's game.

    It's all a joke.

    March 18, 2010 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  11. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    Maybe this is what the man is most qualified to do?
    CNN shame on you, this is not newsworthy. Why not print the names of the politicians whose health care votes were bought!

    March 18, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  12. TCM

    yeah, he should stick to basketball, and thug street activism; that's his mantra....he's in way over his head in the White House. The Fox News reporter owned him....and he danced around the answers that True Americans wanted to hear; result? He's a socialist, pandering liar..

    March 18, 2010 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  13. Angus McDugan

    After hearing last night that he supports receiving the ObamaCare bill with no vote, I am sure he has some kind of madness for sure and it's not related to basketball.

    March 18, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Barry's March Madness Fever is only surpassed by his fever for socialism. The American People are turning against him in droves!

    March 18, 2010 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    At least while Obama is engaged in this kind of silliness he's not further screwing up the country.

    I haven't a clue what the "NCAA" is, but if it has a president maybe Obama could make a lateral shift into that job–he'd be a lot less of a threat to the US that way, though the members of the "NCAA" might find themselves hit with a big increase in membership dues as well as a requirement to join–and pay for–the organisation's new, expensive, group health insurance plan.

    March 18, 2010 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  16. Obama2012

    Love ya Obama

    March 18, 2010 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  17. Patriot1028

    During the State of the Union Address Pres Obama stated that jobs were priority one. The next thing we knew the employment issues dribbled by the wayside when he immediately picked back up the health care issue. Now we see what his true priorities are. Perhaps someday he will choose to follow his word instead of whatever fancy strikes him.

    March 18, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    This is about the only thing Obama has come up with that I agree with. He must be an expert at basketball...... the interview yesterday sure proved that he mostly likes to hear himself talk his talking points without answering a single question directly.

    Maybe he should spend his time better....maybe finding ways that small businesses will feel comfortable again hiring people rather than telling us bigger and bigger government is the answer to all of our problems.

    March 18, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  19. Cameron Crazy

    Mr. President, Duke will beat Villanova. Looking at your bracket sir, it looks like you had a hard time picking that one.

    March 18, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  20. The Calabash Kid

    I never understood how women could watch soap operas and men could watch sports. There is nothing more boring. It's like the whole world goes nuts and people gather in stadiums to watch grass grow. There's no accounting for taste, I guess.

    March 18, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |