March Madness hits the White House Posted by Staff
President Obama offered his NCAA Basketball tournament picks this week to ESPN... if only Obama could speak about the Crimean situation with as much fluency and historical understanding as he can pontificate on college basketball. For a man who devotes much time to manicuring his public profile on ESPN and the Ellen show, it could be useful to pick up a history book on Russian despotism or Iranian culture.
President Obama has not successfully picked an NCAA tournament winner since 2009, and this year his politically safe picks of top-tier bracket seeds seem to be calculated to avoid any sports-related criticism. The Administration probably hopes that a solid bracket will distract young people from some of Obama’s less-calculated decisions, such as mandating health care nationwide against the will of the American people.
Byron York - Columnist for the Washington Examiner, Fox News contributor, and author
Eli Lake - National security correspondent for The Daily Beast and Newsweek
Jonathan Martin - National political correspondent for The New York Times