Posted by Brian
Nothing that this President does is without political calculation. First off, I'd like to commend the POTUS on his ability to study so thoroughly the March Madness basketball brackets. While the economy continues to be anemic, the American people struggle to make mortgages, or to be able to afford gas for their vehicles, and put food on the table, Obama has learned how to multi-task and fit March Madness into his schedule. Bravo Mr. President!
Equally impressive is that, like past presidents, he has added another annual tradition for the occupant of the Oval Office. Truman began the Thanksgiving tradition of pardoning a turkey. Rutherford B. Hayes began the Easter Egg Roll in 1878. Obama has added annual Hawaii vacations and March Madness picks to the traditions calendar.
His choice of UNC to win it all is, in my opinion, a not-very-well concealed attempt to pander to North Carolinians, who not coincidentally, will be hosting the Democrat Convention this year. He doesn't want the image of pissed off N. Carolinians aired during this Democrat's signature event. His approval ratings in the Tar Heel state remain low, with 51% disapproving of his handling of the economy. Snubbing the state in his picks wouldn't have looked good, and UNC is a natural pick. He can get away with not picking Duke after Coach K. said that "the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets" back in 2009.
This man-child doesn't roll out of bed without checking poll numbers. You can bet his NCAA picks were just as politicized as every other move he makes.
Obama picks North Carolina to win NCAA championship
President Barack Obama is relying on North Carolina to take home the trophy for the best team in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
After two consecutive years of choosing the wrong team, Obama correctly chose the Tar Heels back in 2009 when the team went on to win the championship game against Michigan State, winning 89-72.
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