Obama's final four revealed
March 20th, 2013
08:05 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama's final four revealed

(CNN) – President Barack Obama spent Wednesday morning touring Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, but back home his NCAA bracket was also making big news.

The president chose Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State and Florida to reach this year's final four. That includes two number one seeds – Louisville in the Midwest region and Indiana in the East.

Obama has the Indiana Hoosiers topping Louisville in the national championship game, slated for April 8.

It's the second year he's picked Ohio State to reach the final four. The Buckeyes are seeded number two in the West region. The Florida Gators – Obama's pick to win the South region – are seeded three behind Kansas and Georgetown.

Like in years past, Obama revealed his picks in an interview with ESPN. He's also filled out a ballot for this year's women's tournament. His picks? Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and California.

Last year Obama chose North Carolina to win the national championship, and took British Prime Minister David Cameron to a first round game in Ohio.

The Tar Heels didn't make it past the Elite Eight.

Filling out his bracket didn't come without some political sniping from Republicans, who have criticized the White House for missing the February deadline to release a budget. On Tuesday, the House GOP Conference released a web video highlighting the delay.

"Clutch with his brackets. Late with his budgets," the video said.

The White House has said they would likely release the budget the week of April 8. They explain the delay was caused by arguing over tax rates and spending cuts with Congress.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Shame, shame, shane, Mr. President. Did you forget about Gonzaga? I am really curious as to who his brother-in-law favors.

    March 20, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Get the economy goin screw the sports

    March 20, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    uninterested....this is about as relevant as the lying Anchor Babies taste in music

    March 20, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Why is this under Political news? More red meat for the wolves. Fox-Lite strikes again.

    March 20, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. king

    these repubs have to redocule this president at every turn. why they want him to put out a budget when they already know that they are not going to vote yes on anything this president does or say. this is just going to be the usual cabooki theatre the repubs have been slinging for the past 5 years. they all they want is cut cut cut, while our country's infrastructure is sliding back into the 20th century faster than a speeding cheetah, while pouring money to wall street for them to modernize china and its military.

    March 20, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Blue Dog

    Florida, no way.

    March 20, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Chris

    Obama's final four: Swing state, swing state, swing state, swing state. His last year projected champ: swing state. I know he can't run again. Maybe he's trying to help his party. Maybe it's a coincidence. Just sayin'

    March 20, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Twit Romney

    Somehow the Republicans will blame the loss of either Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State and Florida on Obama.

    March 20, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Anonymous

    amazing he can get his bracket in on time but a budget on time?

    March 20, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. wolfpackbob

    This news is worth another visit to The View. Oh boy!

    March 20, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Mark

    Typical Obama...I only hope he puts more time into fixing the large national deficit he is adding to, as well as other pressing national issues than he has in the brackets. We also can not forget his golf outings. It is good to see where his priorities truly are. Now that the election has been over for awhile, he has a lot of spare time to do all the fun things he enjoys. Just like Nero, who fiddled away while Rome burned.

    March 20, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. tony

    thanks for the article CNN now if the president can actually fix the economy that might be news

    March 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    This failed administration can't seem to get anything else done. But at least he finalized his final four bracket. We have become an Idiocracy.

    March 20, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. John

    Good to see him doing his job. What a joke for a President.

    March 20, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |