March 16th, 2011
06:08 PM ET
With the world seemingly in crisis, Barack Obama went on ESPN to announce his NCAA tournament picks – and to encourage viewers to visit USAID.gov for a list of charities where they can donate to the people of Japan.
Cue the swift, fierce, and predictable denunciation of the Commander-in-Chief from the Twitterverse, blogosphere, and talk radio.
Rush Limbaugh weighed in, saying "the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down nearly 300 right now. My guess is that the Street really doesn't like Obama's NCAA bracket."
Reince Priebus of the RNC tweeted, "How can @BarackObama say he is leading when he puts his NCAA bracket over the budget & other pressing issues?"
FOX News blasted in an online editorial, "Obama Fills Out NCAA Bracket But Is Missing In Action on Japan, Libya and the Budget."
The conservative Hot Air blog mocked, "Anxious World Looks To White House And Wonders: Who's Obama Picking For The Final Four?"
When NBC's Mike Viquera questioned Jay Carney in today's regular press briefing if it was "appropriate" for the president to talk basketball and the situation in Japan in the same ESPN segment, Carney said he believed it was.
Here's what the White House spokesman had to say: