March 18th, 2009
12:58 PM ET
14 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. Steve

    Wow, Republicans really are unhinged, getting het up over the Prez having an opinion on basketball. This guy's already working harder in two months than Bush did in 8 years, and they're peeved that he's taken a minute to notice his favorite sport. You guys are risking credibility complaining about this.

    And the reason he's going on Leno is the same reason he's doing town hall meetings; he's trying to explain what the government is doing about this financial crisis and restore some consumer confidence, and Leno, being a popular show, is a good way to reach people who might otherwise ignore the news. I think it's a great idea.

    March 18, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Tina, NC

    You people criticizing Obama for this lead very sad lives. I really feel sorry for you. Maybe you should watch/play some basketball get all that hate out.

    March 18, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. jt

    How many of those complaining that the president is wasting time are doing so on a work computer,during work hours? and where were they when w took the most vacations of any president, ever? you can look it up

    March 18, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Seth


    I think you need a reality check, W got anything but a free ride. It makes perfect sense, the media as a whole leans left (see Katie Couric interview with Palin as example), and they didn't approve of Bush from day one. You have to be lying to yourself if you think the "media" gave Bush a free ride. PUHLEEEZ!

    March 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Bob in Pa

    Now I have to change my picks !

    March 18, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |



    March 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Franky

    No, no, he's doing it all wrong, god do I always have to do everything??

    I know who's gonna win it, and I predicted last years winner, why? Cause I'm good, that's why and this year winner is...Chattanooga! Go ahead, bet on them, that's a bigger investment than Wall St that's for sure, LOL!!

    March 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Chipster

    Edgar Friendly: FYI, Bush did make sports picks and I'm not aware that anyone objected to the President taking a moment to relax and be human. So, your effort to suggest that Obama is allowed to be human and that President Bush wasn't is nonsense. A President doesn't need to spend every waking minute managing the country, although getting it off his mind is probably difficult. Sometimes even a President takes a break to play with the kids, walk the dog, watch a ball game, take a nap, or even eat a meal. There have actually been complaints on these blogs that Obama has the nerve to take time to eat a meal,.

    March 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. blaster

    Tell me again why I should care about this?

    March 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Michael

    I'm supprised Obama even likes competive sports. After all some players have more talant than others and are more successful. And some teams have more good players than others and are more successful. That is not fair to less talanted player and teams. I think Obama should make the teams with more good players, give some of their players to teams that don't have as many good players. Then all teams would have an equal chance to be successful.

    March 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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