March 8th, 2012
06:03 PM ET

Obama to kick off March Madness Tuesday

A White House official tells Dan Lothian President Obama will attend the first game of NCAA's March Madness next Tuesday in Dayton Ohio. And he'll be bringing along a special guest: British Prime Minister David Cameron.

From the White House official:

On March 13, as part of the State Visit of United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to the United States, and to emphasize the special relationship between our two nations President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron will attend a first round game during the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First Four at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.   The University of Dayton Arena is steeped in basketball history, serving as the stage for many great tournament moments and as host to more Division I men’s games than any other arena in the country.  The President and the Prime Minister look forward to a great game between some of our nation’s finest collegiate athletes.  More details will be released in the coming days.

Topics: President Obama

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. 23 from texas

    And there he goes spending our money again... What happened to not resting until every American has a job??

    March 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Steve

      How is that spending tax payers dollars to attend a game? The President deserves a little R and R every now and then. Do you get days off at your job? Well, so does the president. A lot of people don't have a job because they either don't have a education or don't want to work. That is not the president fault.

      March 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
      • John

        People don't want to work? Be careful Steve....

        March 9, 2012 at 6:47 am |
      • 23 from texas

        The fuel for the plane is expense enough, but then there is SS that has to maintain security in a crowded atmosphere, there is traffic that has to be stopped for his motorcade to go from the airport to the stadium, there is the airport its self that has to be shut down when the pres lands there... I could go on... this will be an expensive trip, and one that I can assure you he will not be paying for.

        PS. I pay for my vacations.

        March 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        It's nothing but hate Steve. Did they cry when Bush and any other Presidents went to concerts and games?? No way...they were 'their' Presidents! Quite a few of them have already said Barack Obama is NOT 'their' that means in 'their' biggoted minds, he doesn't have the same privileges as the ones before him!! It's hateful and pathetic!!

        March 12, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  2. Daytonian

    Bucket List- Everyone knows you should see a game at UD arena before you die if you care about basketball.
    British Prime Minister, David Cameron Welcome to The U.S.! Welcome to Ohio! Welcome to Dayton! We hope you have a great time! Enjoy the game...........despite the company you'll be keeping. Sorry about that Prime Minister.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  3. Tyler Stone

    Reblogged this on My Senior Honors Thesis and commented:
    This is great! Imagine being in a seat in the general vicinity of two Heads of State.... 🙂

    March 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  4. john

    if obama wants to go to a sports function then get the heck out of the white house, he couldnt run a bread store, military personal are losing lives and obama goes to a basketball game what a joke..time for change vote obama out of office, asap..he is hurting this country, obama needs to go back to kenya where he is from..obama is nothing but a joke..

    March 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Really??

      where was your anger when bush kept going to vaction after vacation even after the attacks of 911?? oh wait i forgot we have a black president now and bush was a white guy everything he did was just perfect...

      March 9, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • Georgia Tee

      I'll give everyone, 20 – 1 odds, that John is as DUMB as he sounds..

      March 9, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • Drew

      George W. Bush took more vacations than any president in history. In his first 3 years he took nearly 3 times as many vacations as Obama has taken.

      Were you super mad about that too?

      March 9, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  5. john

    i hope obama gets booed out of the stadium like his wife did in florida last year at the nascar race, which i thought was very very funny..

    March 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Georgia Tee

      So is the idiot who made that comment....LOL

      March 9, 2012 at 5:54 am |
  6. george of the jungle

    john your a real jerk. . This is the president and i hope he is shown respect es[ecially with the prime minister there. Nascar . what else would you expect.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  7. Jim Colyer

    Obama should coach basketball and forget about being president.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  8. not surprised

    only in America..does the ruler of the free world get no respect..because he is black...past presidents have always garnered respect regardless of whether people agreed with their policies or not...r/

    March 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  9. Paul2012

    How fitting that Obama is mention in the same sentence as MADNESS

    March 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  10. mikle

    New logo from Obama. Before "yes we can", now "not my fault"

    March 9, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  11. Quin

    Everyone deserves a break here and there. Plus he is connecting to so many other "regular" joes who will be at the game. In response to the "haters", do you really think that any of the Republican candidates are going to help with the economy stabilizing. Nothing happens during a presidents first term, it's always the second term where the president's really have balls. And if people can vote Bush president twice why not Obama. The country is still seeing changes and the hope is still there.

    March 9, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  12. Jerry

    Always the performer wannabe (president wannabe?); now, the sports figure wannabe. All on our dime too!!! America, hold on real tight to your wallet!

    March 9, 2012 at 6:12 am |
  13. Sue, Vienna, VA

    I'm with Georgia Tee and george of the jungle! And there are a few more that could be added to the DUMB list!

    March 9, 2012 at 6:25 am |
  14. John

    "What I was suggesting - you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith..."
    —Barack Obama, in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who jumped in to correct Obama by saying "your Christian faith," which Obama quickly clarified.
    Some are accusing others of being dumb in this site. How dumb is it to forgrt what faith you are? Or how many states there are?
    "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died - an entire town destroyed."
    —Barack Obama, on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people – Can anyone imagine if Bush said something like this?
    "Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money."
    —Barack Obama, on Wall Street reform, Quincy, Ill., April 29, 2010

    March 9, 2012 at 6:56 am |
  15. Guess What

    this is news, wow, hey sand lizard obama, get off your ass and tell your beatch to quit spending our tax dollars and you do something instead of the constant lieing, whining and blowing smoke, you better do something for America, because a Storm Is Coming that you cannot handle and its going to sweep you away

    March 9, 2012 at 6:57 am |
  16. J.V.Hodgson

    Such vitriol from so many bloggers about President Obama including He's Kenyan etc etc its time for reasonable media to either stop publishing These kenyan stories abd claims re his birth certificate and its genuine ness and moderate out such blogs or continue publishing them only if you believe they are true and are prepared to sy openly you agree with such blogs
    If it is so important to KTH our politicians, then you have a duty to you total viewing audience not to Siton the fence adn keep yourself and you station and its reporters with thr integrity and honestly they say is the hallmark of good Journalism.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:17 am |
  17. J

    I welcome President Obama to Dayton, Ohio. I hope he and the Prime Minister enjoy the game.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  18. tamara reina

    Good I'm glad saw the game now he see how good I look on a man playing basketball but I look better on myself

    March 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Mayo

    I hope that he uses for his pool this year. Of course, he'd use taxpayer money for that too I bet.

    March 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm |