Ohio Winning Streak
March 20th, 2012
06:13 PM ET

Ohio Winning Streak

Ohio is on a winning streak. Not only does it still have four teams left in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament but it has also elected the winning president in twelve consecutive elections. President Barack Obama knows just how important the Buckeye State is – he will be visiting it later this week – his nineteenth time since taking office.

"Ohio is a state that in some ways fits the averages very well and that means it's going to be a microcosm of the rest of the country," said political science professor Paul Beck at Ohio State University (OSU). "So they [Obama and Biden] are really going to spend a lot of time here."

Thursday, just hours before the intrastate battle between OSU and Cincinnati in Boston, President Obama will be on the Buckeyes campus in Columbus to deliver a speech on the administration's energy strategy. Mr. Obama likes the Buckeyes, he picked them to make it all the way to the Final Four. They are one of four Ohio teams still alive in the men’s basketball national championship.  The others are Xavier, Cincinnati and Ohio University. According to the NCAA, it's the first time in tournament history that four teams from one state have made it to the Sweet 16.

This has the state's leader, Governor John Kasich, bursting with excitement. During a Cincinnati radio show on Monday, talk of basketball took the forefront, over taxes and oil exploration. "This is unbelievable.. I don’t care who gets there as long as one of us gets there," Kasich said giddily, referring to one of the Ohio teams possibly winning the championship. It may be hard for the republican governor to root for the other Ohio teams since he is a graduate of Ohio State but he claims he will be rooting for all of them.

The president and governor won't be alone in keeping an eye on Ohio.  House Speaker John Boehner’s congressional district includes parts on Cincinnati, the home of Xavier University. "I’m thrilled that Ohio teams are doing so well in the NCAA tournament – especially my alma mater, Xavier. Go Musketeers!” Boehner said in a written statement.

Just last week, President Obama headed to Dayton, Ohio with British Prime Minister David Cameron to kick off the first day of the tournament. During a half time interview the president said he brought the prime minister to the game as a chance to see his very first basketball game but also "to see the great state of Ohio," adding "the heartland is what it's all about."

Voters in Ohio will have little control over whether a basketball championship trophy comes back to the state for the first time since 1962, but come November it certainly hopes to play a large role in deciding whether Obama gets to fill out another presidential basketball bracket.


Topics: Ohio • President Obama • The Buzz

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Iamnotfooled

    He will get to fill out this year's bracket and four more after that. Obama-Biden 2012

    March 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Howard

      First, the radicals, marxists, and progressives, highjacked the democratic party ... now they are highjacking America. Obama, and his anti-American followers must be stopped, or America is doomed.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • jerry

        well said.

        March 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      That's right...Go Obama!

      March 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  2. Sponge-Bob

    Obama is the most intelligent, merciful and wise person ever to be born.....ooops, somebody spiked my soda with kool-aid. I'm getting the urge to not work and sponge off others.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      @Sponge-Bob...very funny...Ha-Ha-Ha-!! You're wrong for that though Spongey! ARE YOU SERIOUS?? What about these apples? People in America of all 'flavors' started STOPPING work, when their jobs and even professional careers began to be snatched away from them, sent overseas sometimes back during the Reagan administration. Corporations and Companies started merging! You know where there were two or three companies, now there was only ONE! Of course they didn't need as many employees! People lost their jobs, were laid off indefinitely!! You ever heard of terms like attrition and downsizing? Well that's what that means,...no work..no longer working! Got to find another job, but where?? No many were hiring! The downslide of employment has been ON ever since! Temporary agency jobs began to open up for some folks, but people needed stability!! They lasted for a while and then...back to the streets you go! UNEMPLOYMENT is what has saved Americans for a long time and your ILK want to get rid of it! One of the 'safety nets' that Mitt Romney said he'd look at to see if it needed to be revamped. I bet you a dollar the GOP and their 'THREE STOOGES' beat him down with a wet noodle for even saying that! Hadn't heard that speech anymore!! LOL! So that's right, try it you might like it!! Maybe if you keep getting 'high' off of that great tasting, smooth liberal kool-aid, you may find that it's not half bad!! LOL! Obama has been the one in DC who's been making sure that Americans would be able to hold onto that life-saver at least!! He's trying to get jobs brought back into America and is doing it!! BTW, without the help of your beloved GOP! Do you remember his 'American Jobs Act'?? They said they weren't signing it and didn't!! You notice that after they lost the 'JOBS' spitball war they were waging against him, they immediately 'about faced', re-upped and started throwing darts at him, blaming him for the gas prices!! Now he's trying to figure a way to go in and do what no other President has ever been pressed to do..and that's reduce the gasoline prices!! When and if he were ever able to maneuver a way in to do that, watch the GOP/Teabaggers' firestorm!! 'He's not doing it for the American people'! 'He's only doing it for politics'...'He's just trying to get votes'!! Yep keep drinking that old 'Dem' kool-aid..LOL! It beats that hot-vinegar the Teabaggers and the Greed Over People Party 'cons' keep trying to force BACK down America's throat!

      March 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  3. John

    Hey CNN we get a story like this, but nothing on the executive order BO signed last week? Below is the jist of several articles I read about this order.
    The timing of this Executive Order is jarring, even if the specific changes to the order are not. The power it conveys is staggering, and cannot be safely entrusted to a single branch of government, much less to a single man. The Congress needs to reassert control over the exercise and implementation of the Defense Production Act before it can be utilized by a power-hungry cabal of leftists eager to fundamentally transform America. There is a door no one has locked, and our home is not secure. Close the door, lock it and throw away that key.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Chris, Austin

      Why wasn't anyone running around panicking about this when Bush re-authorized it in 2003 and 2008?

      NOW it's suddenly a huge threat to liberty. Right. Because the same power, which existed since the Korean war, and which has been in the hands of every president since then, is in the hands of a president you're afraid of because his skin color is too dark. Get a life.

      March 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • jerry

      what makes this alarming is obama over step from the Libya war to healthcare to...and it goes on and on and on. He does not have an American brain and he continues to prove it.

      March 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Yes,
    From time to time the Buckeye State screws up. However they correct it next election. Go Buckeyes! And Go Obama. Anywhere but here. Preferrabily to the unemployment line.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:25 am |