Obama's teaching moment – bracketology
March 14th, 2012
10:57 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama's teaching moment – bracketology

(CNN) – Finally...the president's NCAA bracket has been revealed! Mr. Obama has North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio State and Missouri in the Final Four.

As part of the kick off to March Madness, the president and British Prime Minister David Cameron attended a first round game in Dayton on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, they were still talking hoops at the official welcoming ceremony for the prime minister at the White House.


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  1. PJ/TX

    I'm happy to see these two gentlemen having a relaxing time together. They seem to be good friends, and
    work well together. Apparently they couldn't have picked a better game to see. Now they will have to
    get to work, in a congenial way, with trust and honesty for each other. That's what the United States and
    Great Britain are all about. Allies forever. Good for you Mr. President.

    March 14, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    How much you want to bet that they ate grits and eggs for breakfast?

    March 14, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. David in FL

    That's heartwarming. Later on they'll nourish their bromance over a casual game of Golf and then tea followed by an elegant candlelight dinner. Its easier to ignore Syria, the economy, Gas prices, and everything else.. Oh I forgot, he can't work with congress and he's taking a few months off in between his exhaustive fundraising schedule. My mistake.

    March 14, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    He doesn't know much about economics real global politics but I am sure that the most inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president we have ever had can sure teach someone about basketball and the anarchist philosophies of Saul Alinsky. He does know that and he practices every day for the benefit of his constituents, the dope addicts, welfare frauds and the corrupt union bosses.

    March 14, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    David – What do you have against diplomacy? The Bush Doctrine did not work well, and served as an embarrassment to America.

    March 14, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. 32mMD

    The superdelegates really picked a doozy. I guess the Dems felt that if the GOP could nominate an idiot for president (Bush), then so could they.

    March 14, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While American media reported that 227,000 jobs were created last month, Fox foreign owned media with a hint of Sauudi instead reported on the Titanic. This further helps right wingnuts become more and more uninformed.

    March 14, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. David in FL

    @ Wire Palladin – you missed the point if you think my comment was to argue that diplomacy isn't important, but then you don't have an answer for the weightier matters, so go back to your bridge game.

    March 14, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Missouri and Kentucky... yes. North Carolina and Ohio State? Nope. Replace those with Syracuse and Kansas.

    March 14, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    It is nice to see the Campaigner-in-Chief take a well deserved break from the long and grueling stretch of campaign fundraisers. I'm sure he'll be well rested before heading back out onto the campaign trail to rake in more money, under the guise of "official business" and at the taxpayers expense.

    Hopefully Obama will have much more time to attend to the March tournament when he is a private citizen.

    March 14, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Lisa P

    What a wonderful, and personal, way to show a visiting foreign dignitary the best that America has to offer! I just hope that Mr. Cameron also enjoys hoops 🙂

    March 14, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Dave

    An ironic quote from our current President:

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    March 14, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    David – When republicans are incapable of talking about any issue other than cheese grits, hugging 12 year olds, the height of trees, and eliminating women's rights, you have to agree that republicans have no solutions. Go back to you meth and mountain dew.

    March 14, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. diridi

    Obama, push on more public transportation, Fuel-Efficiency, Manufacturing in the USA, Made in USA, Agriculture, Strict Immigration, Medicare-Fraud catch, Environment, etc, yes, you got my vote and support. If not we do not show mercy either. Good luck, So far, you are doing fine....Obama2012.
    PS: We do not need big homes, we need smaller, and focus on Roads, Airports, and Rail lines, etc, good luck.

    March 14, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Lisa P - What a wonderful, and personal, way to show a visiting foreign dignitary the best that America has to offer!
    This is one sad statement about the condition of this country. If this is the best this country has to offer we are scaruuudd!!

    I'm wondering how many hundreds of thousands, probably millions, of dollars were spent on all the security for this little "night out"? No problem, the Chinese haven't revoked the credit card YET. Live it up Obama. Chicago awaits you next January.

    March 14, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Marry

    The President is a wonderful host and that is very important to make guests feel welcome and to WORK well together on very important matters. The ability of the President to be graceful on all occasions to all guests, being smart and respectful, makes him very successful in foreign politics.
    I wonder what the GOP “candidates” would do to entertain guests of State…
    Romney letting them ring the bell on Wallstreet?
    Santorum take them all to a Catholic mass?
    Gingrich introduce the “guys” to some hot woman?
    Ron Paul giving them a little lecture on why it is better to have a free "dog eats dog" society?

    March 14, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC


    An ironic quote from our current President:
    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
    His remarks were just as spot on then as they are now. The young Senator was pointing out the folly of the path and direction to which our economic future was set. Obvously, you have noticed the same danger. Sen. Obama foresaw the ballooning deficits and debts, but conservatives continued their unfunded tax cuts, wars and programs.

    So far, the only messages and signals that we have received from Republicans is that they would continue more of the same policies of the Bush administration.

    All of the leading candidates have advocateded for pre-emptive strikes against Iran, which would only lead to an extended war if not all out world war. All of the leading candidates have pressed for economic plans with tax cuts for job creators, all of which would add at least half of trillion of new annual debt. All of the candidates have pressed for constitutional amendments that restrict freedoms instead of expanding and defining them.

    March 14, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. R

    So, how is discussing bracketology between President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron considered a political story? I'm not saying that they shouldn't have some fun, I just don't see how this gets a story in the ticker. I'm sure they're not doing any work or talking about it at the moment.

    March 14, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I wonder how many Secret Service machine guns were present? Had there been a fight on the court, not unheard of in basketball, it would have been interesting to see the outcome and how Obama and Cameron would have been protected and escorted out. They must have been very close to an exit. So was there extra, beefed up scanning of people attending this event?

    March 14, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    i'm wondering how many hundreds of thousands, probably millions, of dollars were spent on all the security for this little "night out"?
    It probably cost a whole heap. Still doesn't change the fact that George W. Bush took off three times as many days as Pres. Obama over the same time span. In fact, Pres. Obama has taken of fewer days than any POTUS since WW2.

    March 14, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |