Obama’s NCAA Picks: One for Five

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The Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski presents President Barack Obama with a copy of the NCAA bracket during an event in honor of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion Duke Blue Devils.

Never mind Ukraine.

Forget about Syria.

And Edward Snowden? Long gone.

Today, President Barack Obama addressed the issue gripping much of Washington and water-cooler crowds everywhere:

He picked Michigan State to win the men’s championship in the annual ritual of NCAA basketball appropriately known as March Madness.

“Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach,” the president told ESPN today. “I’ve got Michigan State going all the way.”

For anyone modeling their picks on the predictor-in-chief’s “Barack-etology,” however, it’s best to consider his record in such matters:

One for five.

In the five years that Obama has publicly announced his choices, only North Carolina made him look good, and only once, in 2009.

The president predicted Carolina in 2009 and 2012, Indiana and Kansas in 2010 and 2011.

The year he got it right, North Carolina defeated Michigan State — this year’s first pick.

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