The March Madness begins this week and America is working to achieve its “bracket”. Every year since 2009, President Barack Obama also made his predictions for the U.S. college basketball tournament. Which is not to everyone’s taste his constituents …
Fever seizes the United States each year, in March. It is during this period that begins on university basketball tournament.
68 teams compete for the NCAA title in 2014 on neutral ground since last Tuesday, with a Final Four to be held at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (April 5 to 7). “March Madness” is a social phenomenon overseas, with a lot of grotesque consequences. USA Today reports for example that some clinics offer promotions and special offers for vasectomies during the three weeks of competition. If it is difficult to judge, several organizations ensure that U.S. productivity decreases substantially during that March Madness! Especially, we see sixty million Americans fill their “bracket”. Understand is that they make their predictions on each match of the tournament in a table provided for this purpose.
Obama, Like Everyone Else
A little game that interests well beyond the circle of lovers of big orange ball, a bit like the Superbowl Foot U.S.. And that goes up, the White House. Since 2009, President Obama, big fan of basketball in general and the Chicago Bulls in particular, indeed gives his “bracket” on ESPN.
With random success. As everyone. The NCAA Tournament is one of the most unpredictable sporting events that are. So much so that Yahoo and Quicken loans have teamed up to provide $ 1 billion to the one who manage to correctly predict all the matches of the tournament. Given the number of possible combinations, the organizers of this giant tombola can sleep soundly. Note that the “bracket” 2013 Obama (photo below) was even relayed by the official blog of the White House.
If he had announced the victory of North Carolina in 2009, he had none of the four semi-finalists in the following two years, 2010 and 2011. In 2012, however he had two Final Four participants in four (Kentucky and Ohio State), and last year (Louisville). A lack of “success” that approximates its citizens … The administration who all have their little tricks to determine their choice. Some adopt almost scientific methods and others based solely on their knowledge of the game There are also a number who have less orthodox techniques, such as vote according mascots of the teams involved, Barack Obama is definitely in the second category. We can note, however, it does not take a lot of risks in its predictions and that almost always breaks the hierarchy to give the victors.
The “Bracket” Obama Does Not Please Everyone
The participation of the President of the first world power is in any case a beautiful symbol of the attraction of March Madness in the United States. Although this is not necessarily to everyone’s taste in the land of Uncle Sam, “This is a serious mistake in terms of leadership that workers and taxpayers see the predictions of President Obama to the Final Four (NCAA tournament) while they are still waiting for the president’s budget, “let go of an elected Republican, Steve Scalise, last year.
I must say that Barack Obama has proposed a few times its draft budget with a few weeks behind the U.S. Congress in the past. Even with two months late last year. But his detractors will find other angles of attack for criticizing the president since the draft budget for 2015 was presented Tuesday, March 4 last Congress. Tensions with Russia and Ukraine crisis however, have not forced President Obama to pass his turn to “bracket” 2014. He sees Arizona, Florida, Louisville and Michigan State go to the Final Four in men, and Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame and Stanford among ladies.