For the 3rd straight year President Obama has filled out NCAA Tournament brackets for ESPN.
ESPN College Basketball analyst Andy Katz (you can find his blog post here) was at the White House yesterday to host the segment for SportsCenter and the other ESPN platforms. The video is embedded below. Two years ago he correctly picked UNC to win the NCAA Tournament. Last year his pick of Kansas got knocked out in the second round.
You can find Obama’s brackets for both the Mens and Womens tournaments on the White House website. He will appear on SportsCenter again tomorrow morning with Doris Burke to unveil his Womens Tournament bracket. Earlier today on Sportscenter John Buccigross and Doug Gottlieb said that Obama’s signed bracket from two years ago is displayed in the ESPN cafeteria. I’ll post my bracket at some point between now and tip off on Thursday. Really struggling with it this year and coming out with a lot of chalk results and that is why I am not really surprised that Obama is going with the four #1s
Obama’s Mens Tournament Bracket for ESPN
Obama’s Womens Tournament Bracket
From ESPN’s SportsCenter earlier today.
ESPN has entered Obama’s bracket as an entry into their Tournament Challenge. How well will he do? In a usual year I may have criticized Obama for going chalk with his bracket but in talking with other college basketball fans most of us are coming out with brackets very similar to his. Andy Katz has had some nice exclusives with Barack Obama over the past few years.
Neil Best of Newsday pointed out, it is worth noting that Obama picked Kansas to win it all again. They are the only one of his Final Four teams that doesn’t play in a battleground state. Reid Wilson noted earlier today that one of Obama’s first round upsets is Marquette over Xavier (the alma mater of Speak John Boehner). I am not a of over analyzing the bracket from a political angle but sometimes it just can’t be helped.
What I absolutely have to laugh at is those who criticize Obama for filling out a NCAA bracket. A large chunk of the people criticizing him are probably in a office pool of their own. Just take a look at this clip from Fox “News”.
Just because Obama spent a small part of his day with ESPN we are to believe he is not paying attention to what is going on in the world? That sentiment is even more ridiculous when Obama asks people to donate to help the victims in Japan as part of his segments on ESPN. How many people do you think Obama reached out with that message by going on ESPN? I just don’t understand the people who act as though just because he is the President he shouldn’t do anything “normal”. I always point people out to this (and this).
One of the things I wanted to do on the show was, as people are filling out their brackets — this is obviously a national pastime; we all have a great time, it’s a great diversion. But I know a lot of people are thinking how can they help the Japanese people during this time of need. If you go to usaid.gov — usaid.gov — that will list all the nonprofits, the charities that are helping out there. It would be wonderful for people to maybe offer a little help to the Japanese people at this time — as they’re filling out their brackets. It’s not going to take a lot of time. That’s usaid.gov. It could be really helpful.
That is what Obama told ESPN about the events that are unfolding in Japan. What more do people want him to do? Do you have a problem with Obama filling out a bracket? Let me know here.
Houston Chronicle takes a look at just how hard it is to predict the NCAA Tournament. ESPN also takes an interesting look at the NCAA Tournament. I honestly had forgotten that it has been nine years since a #15 beat a #2. As always you can leave a comment here, reach me by e-mail or .
For the 3rd straight year President Obama has filled out NCAA Tournament brackets for ESPN. I am guessing the clips will air tomorrow on ESPN. I will post the videos when they become available. Two years ago he correctly picked UNC to win the NCAA Tournament. Last year his pick of Kansas got knocked out in the second round.
I’ll post my bracket at some point between now and tip off on Thursday. Really struggling with it this year and coming out with a lot of chalk results and that is why I am not really surprised that Obama is going with the four #1s.
We’re read about it and we’ve seen TV shows about it but today we shed some new light on the Reagan assassionation attempt as the Secret Service audio has finally been released. You can listen to it below courtesy of the National Journal.
They even provided a very useful Secret Service code name directory.
Secret Service Glossary
Rawhide = Ronald Reagan
Jerry Parr, Special Agent In Charge, Reagan’s detail
Ray Shaddick, Shift Leader, Reagan’s detail
Horsepower = Presidential Protection Division Command Post
Crown = The White House
Rainbow = Nancy Reagan
Stagecoach = The president’s limo
Halfback = The president’s follow vehicle
Drew Unrue, the Agent driving Stagecoach
Fencingmaster = Code name for the Secretary of the Treasury
In a move I guess we should have seen coming MSNBC terminated the contract of Keith Olbermann today. In his final segment tonight he announced that this was the last edition of Countdown. I have been a big fan of Olbermann’s work with MSNBC over the years. He was the one man on cable news trying to keep the previous administration honest while everyone else was willing to just stand there and look the other way. His segments about “Terror Alerts” were fantastic and showed a pattern of politically motivated fear tactics.
“MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Where does Olbermann go next? Will he end up at CNN and replace Parker/Spitzer? I don’t have any loyalty towards Ed Schultz or Lawrence O’Donnell at this time. CNN would be stupid not to try and land him at this point right?
I will follow Olbermann wherever it is that he ends up but for now I will continue to follow him on twitter. I’ll post some more thoughts on this in the coming days as more news become public.
The only appropriate end to this post is “good night and good luck.” As always you can leave a comment here, reach me by e-mail or
Do you remember what was dominating the headlines in the US on September 10th 2001? Do you remember what America was talking about leading up to 9/11? Do you remember what was dominating the headlines on TV and in the newspapers? Do you remember Congressman Gary Condit taking the 5th?
Remember way back in 2000 when John McCain was actually a respected war veteran and senator? Remember the “Straight Talk Express”? Remember the support he had from the left? Do you remember the McCain as Kerry’s Vice President talk?
A lot has changed in the past 10 years, and yes, that does include John McCain’s stance on post policy issues. I have said in the past that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a politician changing his position on a given subject as more information becomes available. I think there are a lot of American politicians who could sure use the trait. I thought that in 2004 and I still believe that today. What does bother me though is when a politician changes their position on EVERYTHING. John McCain has become that politician. What makes his actions even worse is that he has done it repeatedly for personal benefit. We all know he was treated horribly in the 2000 GOP Presidential primaries but just 8 years later he went to embrace the same people in the hopes of becoming President.
I saw two great clips related to McCain this week so I will share it with you.
Rachel Maddow and MSNBC have been hyping up this interview all week. It is finally here. Earlier today the blog mentioned that Jon Stewart had asked them to upload the entire interview online unedited. Rachel Maddow did of course agree to do that. The full interview is embedded below. I’ll have more thoughts on it once I watch the full version.
Rachel Maddow also appeared on “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” to discuss the interview.
If you haven’t seen Rachel Maddow’s two appearances on The Daily Show here they are.