Obama's teaching moment – bracketology
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron watch the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers take on the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils in the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament ,
March 14th, 2012
10:43 AM ET

Obama's teaching moment – bracketology

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.

"The storied relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is steeped in tradition and last night as president I shared with the Prime Minister a uniquely American tradition of bracketology.  March Madness," said Mr. Obama.  "He has learned to appreciate one of our great national pastimes.  His team has told me he has decided to install a hoop at Ten Downing Street."

The prime minister responded with thanks "for the lesson last night."  He added, "I will leave America with some new words:  ally oops, brackets, fast breaks.  And who knows?  Maybe that hoop will be installed in Downing Street after all."

Topics: Basketball • President Obama

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  1. David in FL

    That's heartwarming. Later on they'll noursish 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. My mistake.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • sonny chapman

      If this were Ronald Reagen or George W. doing the same thing, you'd call it American Optimism. Change the players & you reach a totally different conclusion.

      March 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • John

        Actually Bush stopped playing golf and stopped attending these kinds of events because he was taking so much from the media and dems.

        March 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • AL In Palm Beach County, FL

        Well, Bush quit playing golf in public... just because Faux News didn't show it to you, doesn't mean it didn't happen.

        Quit with the 1/3 truths.

        March 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • AL In Palm Beach County, FL

        John, stop lying.

        Bush was caught on tape more than once playing gulf after he declared he'd stop playing. Now, he only did stop when the truth came out about Iraq, abu-grab, water-boarding et al.

        He didn't want to have to answer impromptu questions regarding them.

        March 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Howard

      Teaching Moment ??? When it comes to an inept, manufactured phony, like obama, a moment to teach others, is a moment too long !!!

      March 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • HomeSweetHome

      Let see the House works two week and is off for one week. This has been going on since January 2011. They take an additional 30 days for summer and for the holidays they are off 30 days and then they take a week or two for President's day. I think I have that right. I may have missed a week or two of off time for them.

      They get paid a 6 figure salary plus and we get to help pay their health care. Nice JOB if you can get it.

      In the mean time they get to pass bills that will take away our right to Health Care. Make our seniors more dependent on us while at the same time they want to do away with women's health care rights and peoples right to vote and then to make everything more fair they want to give the rich more tax breaks so they can create more JOBS overseas.

      These are the people that you say are working for the good of the USA. They make their own base life difficult because they want to make this President a one timer. While at the same time they are not feeling the results of their hate and bigotry. Their children are going to nice schools. They get a pay check on time. Their Health Care is payed for by the very people they want to take Health Care from.

      They will not pass one JOBS Bill unless they make the poor and sick pay a price for it. They want a pipeline running through the middle of the US that will not benefit anyone but the Kock Brothers, China and the Oil Companies. They will not pass a JOBS Bill that will put tens of thousands of Americans back to work but want a Pipeline that will only put at most 5000 people (Canada's words) to work for maybe two years. Yes, this will really help the debt. The cool part for them is if the Pipeline fails (and it will), destroys farm land, water, messes up the air in the south and kills a bunch of Americans the GOP would be able to blame it on President Obama. Because we all know the GOP does not take responsibility for its actions.

      The other cool part is they get to call the American People lazy and dependent. Of course, they forget they created this mess with their greed.

      The really crazy part is they want us to vote them back into Office so they can continue this madness. They make no bones about what their plan is. They just keep pushing hate, bigotry, tax cuts for the rich and their base keep buying it.

      I can see why this way of thinking has not been in power since the 1920's. The sad thing is this will happen again because the American People have very short memories. Case in point Bush – Clinton – Bush years.

      The United states is not a Corporation. It can not be run like a business. To understand this you have to understand a Corporation is not a person. The GOP does not understand this concept.

      The American People are the Government. They make this whole thing run. As you can see from the debt, if you leave them out the Country does not run it can not pay its bills. The GOP does not understand this concept and it never will. They think they can cut themselves to a balance budget.

      Obama/Biden 2012 for the USA. We need to take back the House and keep the Senate.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
      • Lizzie

        And Sen.Reid says we don't let anything come to the floor of the senate and then blame the republicans for not getting anything done. You tell us to look back when Pres.Bush was in office, we do we also see that the DEMOCRATS took over in 2006 and everything went downhill.

        March 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • jerry

      this guy (obama) can't keep his mug out of the press...constant media posing...and WE get it. He has failed domestically and abroad... it is a sad day when the president of the US calls a college student as she goes on a TV talk show to make political points...pretty much shows who he is...and that is not the leader of the free world. We need dedicated adult leadership not a strutting narcissistic college lecturer with a big mouth.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  2. Seamus the dog

    Loves me some Obama!

    March 14, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  3. nintex

    I'm getting so tired of the Republicans with their same old bashing of President Obama. The President and the Prime Minister will discuss world issues – should they go to McDonald's and do it over a hamburger? What's wrong with an elegant state dinner – I guess Republicans don't have the class to understand things like diplomacy, hospitality, etc. And I think it's great that President Obama likes the sport of basketball and acts like a real human being instead of a stuffed shirt like some GOPs I could mention.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • sonny chapman

      It's a diagnosable Mental Disorder: Hatefulness.

      March 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Howard

      This poor excuse for a President, is ALL about posing, not leading ... and, if anybody has the audacity to call him on his lame leadership, an army of Obama stooges is waiting in the wings to pounce on you, as they are doing here. The American people are finally waking up to the deception, and are tired of the empty platitudes and lies coming from this President. As Lincoln said ... 'You can't fool all of the people all of the time' ... but, you can fool some of the people all of the time ... that's one reason why the Obama stooges, who constantly defend him, with a knee jerk reaction, are the real fools !!!

      March 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  4. judy

    It is obvious that republicans have no clue how diplomacy works or the job of the president. The continual bashing only shows their ignorance of political matters and their jealousy that Mr Obama is in office. He is not doing any more than his republican predicessors but you would think so from all the negitive comments made about him and his family. Their arguemnets are about a stupid as they come. Britian has been or friend and fought with us when others would not. We should show the Priminister the best time possiable. Thats what the artical was about and all the other stuff the repos have to say is just their usual mean crap. Obama 2012

    March 14, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Lefty

      You'd drink battery acid if Obama told you to. Is there even ONE thing you question about his policies or do you just worship in perpetuity?

      March 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Is that why we are told the world loves him.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  5. SkekLach

    Obama isn't doing anything different from previous candidates from either party and I believe that is the root of the criticism. Nobody said anything about Republicans being any better, so can we stop leaping to conclusions? It's insulting for any president to be seen relaxing more oft than working when the people they serve spend much more time working with no hope of enjoying such leisures. In his defense though, I'm sure it's Bush's fault.

    March 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  6. NClaw441

    Presidents should be able to relax.... from their efforts to LEAD the country. Mr. Obama is not leading. He cannot get Congress, even his own party-led Senate to propose legislation, even a budget. Everyone needs time away from the office, but that is earned by actually doing some real work. I was no Clinton fan, but the guy did bust his hump for the policies he thought were important. Not so this President.

    March 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • sonny chapman

      "The PRIMARY goal of the Repub. Senate is to make sure that Mr. Obama is a one-term President"–Sen. Mitch McConnell.of the "Country First" party.

      March 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • Lizzie

        Did not the DEMOCRATS have the the slogan.

        March 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • HomeSweetHome

      I really have to ask you where have you been in the last three and half years. The President has bent over backwards to work with the GOP to the point of making his base mad at him. The GOP has so much hate and bigotry that no one can deal with them not even their own people. The Prime Minister can see it. Really the world can see it.

      Other countries have been able to sit and talk to this President in the last three and half years. This is not something Bush could do. Most of the other countries did not want to be in the same room with Bush let along sit and share a meal with him. This is not the case now. America is back. With no help from the GOP I should add.

      The GOP created so much trouble in the world it is a wonder the President as been able to do what he has done.
      I guess there is something to that saying "Walk softly and carry a big stick."

      Of course, this maybe why the GOP is so upset. They would rather bully countries and start wars to fill their pockets. The time is over for kind of thinking. Get use to it. Obama/Biden 2012.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Lefty

      Agreed, however I see no effort to relax from.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  7. Ramana7

    The undeserved hatred for this president is unprecedented. He's been the Jacky Robinson of American politics and borne the insults with grace and dignity. He's piloted the ship through some of the darkest waters any president has faced and we're not only afloat, we have found calmer waters. At a time when world opinion of America was at an all-time low after Bush, he's shined a light that has benefited us all.

    It is sad that this all goes unrealized by those on the right. It's incredibly sad that the media has been labeled "the liberal media" (hardly the case at all) and the right has created this bubble around itself where facts cannot penetrate and a sort of bizarro world now is blooming.

    History will not be kind to the haters of this president. Looking back 50 years from now, most Americans will be ashamed of the way this GOP crew has behaved.

    This man is head and shoulders above the GOP field, but one of them may benefit, not because of any monumental goodness or trait of theirs, but simply because of the hatred that has been manufactured for this man.

    March 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  8. giolynn

    President Obama likes people and is truly a fan of American sports but he is bashed for loving basketball! Bush barely left the White House. He secluded himself with what was comfortable for him....whatever. No need to bash the President for showing one of our Allies a good clean healthy time.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Linda

      I am tired of the President having so much fun at the expense of the taxpayer. I sure do not have any money left to do anything fun. Yea, run Air Force One again – Can you give me a ride to Florida.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  9. Lefty

    Obama's brackets haven't been accurate since they've been doing this. It'll be the same as previous years, he gets a few right, he's a "genius" but after he collapses in one regional or another it never gets reported on again. He's in the middle of the pack picking these games, just follow it at ESPN. It seems his brackets picks are a little better than his leadership decision making.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  10. Susan

    This guy is a complete waste as a president.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • HomeSweetHome

      And any of the following will be great for America:

      Mitt – the corporation flip flop man
      Gingrich – the crazy "ideas" man
      Santroium – the out of touch man
      Paul – the bubble man

      All four of them are out of touch with reality.

      Can you really see one of these people talking to leaders of other countries let alone running the US?
      They all want to take us back to the 1950 – 1960. Just a reminder we are now in the 21th Century, there
      is no going back. That "Back to the Future" thing was just a movie.

      To help you see this, think back to the 8 years of Bush.

      None of these people will be running the US it will be the corporations all over again. And where did that get us? Lies, Wars, debt and the rich getting richer, JOBs leaving the US, families losing homes, health care cost going up, people dieing, states in debt. This will be our reality again.

      Without the help of the GOP we are getting better. Just think of what we can do without the GOP in our way.

      It is called the Grand Old Party for a reason, its time has come and gone. Time to move on.

      The World, let alone the USA, can not stand another dose of the GOP it will kill us all.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • Lizzie

        When Pres.Obama flip flops then you tell us he has grown and changed his mind. If pres.Obama HAD any ideas and not just rich bad, poor good, working bad, union good. H e is out of touch when he thinks everyone should bow to his policies and NEVER question anything. Last , he believes he lives in a bubble.

        March 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  11. jerry

    This cost the tax payer over $350,000.00 and put at least hundreds if not thousands of Americans through the ringer for this idiot to attend a sports game and pose for the media... we need a leader not a media pig as our president.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • VoiceofReason

      Are these facts or just your assumed calculations?

      March 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  12. VoiceofReason

    The minute I saw the president attending the game I was watching, I knew his critics would find some message board to post the typical complaints about him spending money we don't have and accuse him of not caring about the current state of the country. The same old argument we have been hearing since the man took office. Congratulations, you have done well.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm |