Alleged Basketball Fan Barack Obama Not Doing Well in March Madness


Barack Obama released his NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament picks Wednesday, but the former president's brackets contained at least one glaring error.

Posted to the Obama Foundation's website, Obama's bracket has Louisville and Baylor meeting in the third round of the women's tournament, with the winner being Notre Dame.

Obama then has Notre Dame losing in the next round to Washington. He also has Notre Dame reaching the championship game, but losing to the dominant University of Connecticut.

A 2014 Rolling Stone analysis found the president was "surprisingly bad at picking March Madness brackets." The publication noted that in six years, "Obama has nailed only one national champion: North Carolina in 2009 … So if he picks your team to win it all this year, do whatever is the opposite of getting your hopes up."

A 2016 Mashable analysis was not much kinder.

"If you're basing your championship picks off of Obama's bracket, you're better off just lighting that $10 pool entry fee on fire," the site warned.

At one point an 11-year-old girl named Emilia felt compelled to write the White House and gloat that she beat the former president.

"I just wanted to tell you that I saw your 2015 NCAA bracket pick and I beat you," Emilia wrote. "You are a great president, just not the best bracket picker."

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

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