Obama attending March Madness tip-off game

President Obama attending March Madness tip-off game

3/13/12 in NCAABB   |   JoeKukura   |   486 respect

When the NCAA Tournament kicks off with the first of two play-in games Tuesday night in Dayton, some of the courtside seats will be occupied by guys who pulled rank to get those seats.

The ranks they pulled are impressive -- President of the United States, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

U.S. President Barack Obama will be attending tonight's Western Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley State game with British Prime Minster David Cameron as his guest.

Not bad for a game involving two 16-seeds.

The British Prime Minister is reportedly a huge tennis and cricket fan, but knows little about basketball. British Ambassador Peter Westmacott told the AP that Cameron has been "busy briefing himself on March Madness."

Prime Minister Cameron, this "Madness" does not involve a cow's disease.

President Obama is well-known to be a fan of college basketball. His brother-in-law Craig Robinson coaches the Oregon State Beavers basketball team, and Obama attended the season-opening Veteran's Day game wherein Michigan State and North Carolina played on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier.

The President's attending Tuesday night's game is not the only example of Baracketology 2012. President Obama's web site also features the Obama Bracket Challenge, wherein you can fill out your own free NCAA Tournament Bracket and then see how it compares to that of the President.

And what can you win if you score a perfect bracket on the Obama Bracket Challenge? Absolutely nothing. "Spread the wealth around", my rear end!
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3/14/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I'm pretty sure Obama picked Kansas to win the Nat'l Championship both of the last two seasons, and that didn't work out so well, so maybe I'm happy he didn't go with the Jayhawks this year.