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

Obama weighs in on ACC upsets

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/21/art.obama.gi.jpg 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.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Cue right wing nut cases screaming about Obama not spending every waking moment thinking about the economy and daring to take a day off. Steve, by August 2003 Bush had taken 250 days off for vacation. Give it a rest.

    March 21, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Who else has a job in this country that only does their job and nothing else? We all deserve a personal life where we talk sports and everything else. Even the President of the USA. Get over it and quit being a nation of whiners!!!

    March 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Courtney of VA

    Good choice Mr. Obama. I couldn't agree with you more. Go UNC!!!

    Now get back to work and help fix this economy!!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Mark

    Wisconsin Rocks! AAC is soo overrated just like the current celebrity in chief

    March 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Obama is spending some time on this subject. I hope he isn't watching every game. The country is in turmoil, Mr. President.
    And your picks are lousy.

    March 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. stillsupportspresident

    Come on, the bottom line is that the love an hate for the president seems to be all personal and barely ideological. Some people have accepted that he is Black (most minorities, we rarely discuss his race and talk about policy...at least my friends do) but most people have not. We hear the racist conversations over the water cooler before you know we are in the office, we hear what you say in the supermarket aisles. We know that if Rush says it, it is law to you but we don't hold a grudge. We just want him to be given a chance like you gave Bush's first term.

    For those who question whether or not it is news, there are plenty of links filled with pestilence and destruction to appease your negative appetite.

    March 21, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. jumbo

    cant pick basketball winners or cabnet members......

    March 21, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Chris

    Republicans = jealous haters

    Go Tar Heels! I'm with you Barack!

    March 21, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Barbara Askew

    Since he has two young girls, I wish President Obama would recognize the Women's NCAA tournament with 1/2 the enthusiasm he has shown for the men. The women's championships include some awesome teams! Especially the UConn team which had a 33-0 season!!

    March 21, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Voterinohio

    You are the president, you don't get free time anymore pal. Get to work. I can't get a job, I don't care about your worthless opinion on march madness. I can't get a paycheck, and here you are throwing parties in the white house every wednesday with taxpayer money and blabbing about basketball. I'm glad you are financially ok. Oh, and CNN, thank you for the useless news.

    March 21, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. david utvols

    I wish you and the first lady a peaceful and relaxing weekend.
    May God keep your family safe.
    Go Vols

    March 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. William in Chapel Hill

    At least you picked the right team to win it all. Go Heels!

    March 21, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. DC

    I pulling for syracuse president obama...they will upset there way to the championship!!!

    March 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Bonnie

    to Biased: get a life and get over yourself. Just because they did not clear their social calendar with you or send you a special picture does not mean the daughters are not with their parents. Maybe, just maybe, they didn't feel the need to have them in the picture. Did ya ever think of that? you are a nut case, and you should not be that interested in the little girls. it's not healthy.

    March 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Cali

    You Libs who say Thank God for Obama, don't even believe in God! This guy is in so far over his head and you Libs just keep drinking the kool aide. Tell me, do any of you libs pay your taxes because none of your Democrap leaders do? Why can't BHO fill his cabinet and treasury post? Truly amateur hour in DC. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are probably the worst leaders this country has seen. America will be lucky to recover. I don't hate him, and I hope for our country's sake that he succeeds at something, but you libs who believe that he is the second coming need to grow up. Pathetic how you slobber over this guy who has never done anything in his life and has now run up more debt than we can pay. His appraoch to Iran was real successful, wasn't it? HA, they laughed at him. So much for his olive branch.

    March 21, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. kj

    Wake loses this one game, and President Obama thinks the team is overrated? If a group isoverrated it's his cabinet if you're comparing job performances. As a Deacon fan, I'm proud of the record this group of young men had, and I would not judge them on this one game. I would imagine that probably only 2-3 of those on the team have a higher IQ than his cabinet members'combined .

    March 21, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. RNC "Sit Down, Shut Up"

    "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."

    –the Democrats and President Obama instilling in people the belief that they can be winners and do anything they put their mind to?! Oh shame on them, they're ruining the years of work that the Republicans put in to keep the rich, rich and the poor, poor.

    Give me a break Republicans, this is the LAND OF OPPORTUNITY!

    Democrat for the FAILURE of the Republican party!

    March 21, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. SouthernMan

    UNC has a history of good basketball teams. I haven't followed B-ball in a long time, but without knowing anything about what teams are in the tourney I'd go with UNC.

    March 21, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Yanick O'Meally

    The president is entilted to his opinion and so what if he likes one team over another we all do

    March 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. patrick

    Go obama he's going a great job trying to slove more then one problem at a time take the weekend I sure you still be working even at camp david

    March 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Jim B

    Maybe more people should just give our newly-elected president some time to try to solve the numerous problems now in this country, and stop criticising every move he makes or every word he says. Could you solve a nation's problems in only 60 days?! Would you have the guts to even try to run a nation of over 300 million people? I give any person credit, no matter what political party affiliation, to occupy that office and take on that job.

    March 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Bemused

    More evidence, if more were needed, that neither the left's nor the right's criticism of the media is valid. There is no left wing-media conspiracy and there is no government-media collusion. No conspiracies: the U.S. Media is simply so mired in and obsessed with trivia (be it flag pins or ACC basketball) that it has no time to research, investigate and report in any depth on those issues that have a real impact on us, individually or as a nation.

    March 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Rob from Pa

    For kicks and giggles we added Obama to our Office pool. Out of 352 entries, Barry O'Bomber is currently sitting at 350.

    I sure hope he has made better choices outside the basketball world.

    March 21, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Crockett - La Habra Ca.

    This just proves that being President , you can still relate to the rest of US...Enjoy your weekend Mr. President!

    Thank You ,for all that you have done!

    March 21, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Jimmy

    Good job Obama. Keep giving money to AIG.

    March 21, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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