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

Obama weighs in on ACC upsets

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. jay

    Hellooooooooooooooooooooooo, mr. President and first lady? Enjoy, you are working hard for Americans, thank God for you!

    March 21, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. S Callahan

    Being a Siena grad, I can tell you that the SAINTS are no losers...they have more spirit than I've seen in many teams in a long time....

    I am SO PROUD of them from last nights play......all of them did a tremendous job, including little man (smile)......

    GO SAINTS!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Republicans for failure

    Every team and every American will now believe they have a chance to win with President Obama in office.Thats what scares republicans the most.

    March 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. gg

    Is palin gonna comment on this too?

    March 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Obama,Queen & The Cosmos Rocks!

    »President Barack Obama "commetator-in-chief"?!=Aaah! NICE one! Aah!

    March 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Obama,Queen & The Cosmos Rocks!

    »President Barack Obama "commentator-in-chief"?!=Aaaah! NICE one!Aaah!

    March 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    stop moderating me's so annoying....

    Go SIENA...Go SAINTS!!!!

    March 21, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Obama,Queen & The Cosmos Rocks!

    »President Obama is the...MAN! Yes.

    March 21, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Kyle

    If anybody understands the concept of being overrated it's Mr. Obama.

    March 21, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Biased

    As he leaves for Camp David he quotes on basketball, but where are his daughters? He declared he couldn't go to the Gridiron Dinner because he wanted to spend time with them yet where are they?

    March 21, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Louisville Ky

    Go Saints Beat Louisville!!! It would be wonderful to see them beat the Cards.

    March 21, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. MS

    He really knows how to offend!!!!

    March 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Why is this minutia even reported. CNN should be ashamed.

    March 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Steve

    OK, with the Country in Economic Crisis, He's been on the job less than 100 days and he's decided to go to Camp David for some R&R? Ridiculous! If I had just started a new job and then went on vacation I'd get fired! Quit worrying about the Tournament, and late night comedy shows, and Camp David get-a-ways and do YOUR Job Obama!!! I am so sick of this!!

    March 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Ahh I see CNN is reporting on the "Hard News" again.

    March 21, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Sarah

    I love that we have a multi-dimensional President and First Lady! How sweet it is!

    March 21, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    President and First Lady Obama, enjoy your stay at Camp David, you deserve it.

    March 21, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA




    March 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. sr

    is this really news????????????????

    March 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Holy TARP Money Batman

    for eveery one who criticizes this president for taking time out and filling out brackets, where was the outrage when YOUR president took more vacations than any other president sin the history of the USA? Were you asking why he wasn't taking on four items at once. The hypocricy (sp) among the republicans is astounding

    March 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. JM

    Maybe he should pay more attention to filling his cabinet with qualified people who don't have tax problems rather than commenting on college basketball games and Jay Leno.

    March 21, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. adam

    Just so you know steve bush took quite a bit of vacation when he was in office!!! Atleast obama isn't going to a seclude ranch in tx, but somewhere he can relax and do some work!!! Get over yourselves where was bush when 911 happened?? Coming back from vacatio!!!

    March 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Tom in Delaware

    It's not that I care whether Obama has an opinion on March Madness, it's just that it's not political news, so keep it off the Ticker.

    Everybody needs to have interests outside of their work, and this is one of his, that's fine.

    So I would hope that people could lighten up a little about this diversionary nonsense.

    March 21, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Albert

    Who cares about the news about Obama's weigh in on ACC? Is this CNN's priority to report this? What exactly can we get out of this reporting?

    We would like to know how much he spent on the trip to Late Night show?

    March 21, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Mike of Maryland

    Thank GOD for OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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