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WASHINGTON, DC (ESPN) — President Barack Obama is going back to Carolina in his NCAA tournament bracket.

The president, who correctly picked North Carolina to win the 2009 NCAA championship, has the Tar Heels as the team to beat in his 2012 bracket, which was unveiled Wednesday.

Obama has North Carolina beating Kentucky, the overall No. 1 seed, in the title game. Ohio State and Missouri are his other Final Four selections.

Obama filled out a bracket for the fourth consecutive year. The past two seasons, he picked Kansas to win the title. The Jayhawks were eliminated early both times.

“I am going with North Carolina getting revenge for the regular season victory (Kentucky beat the Heels in December),” Obama said. “They are an older team more of experienced team. I think Kentucky is unbelievably talented, but I think (guard Kendall) Marshalls’ play — (forward Tyler) Zellers’ play — I see North Carolina winning it all.”

Obama said he went back and forth on North Carolina and Kentucky, but finally settled on the Tar Heels.

“I think this will be a great game,” he said. “I think it will come down to the wire. But in the end — I think it goes back down to Chapel Hill.”

The president has a couple of surprises in his Sweet 16 — New Mexico, the fifth seed in the West, and North Carolina State, the 11th seed in the Midwest.

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  • SurfCityTom

    him courtside at the opening round of the NCAA tournie? Was with the British Prime Minister and who knows how many security agents. Guess what this little excursion cost the taxpayers?

    During the 70s when fuel was an issue, I remember both former Presidents Nixon and Carter flying on commercial airlines in lieu of Air Firce 1.

  • Guest111222333

    I’m so glad that given our current economic state that the president is finding time to worry about basketball. Wake up!

  • John A. Difloure

    What American would want endorsement from a Marxist hack?

  • Mike T

    The house I grew up in and the schools I attended taught me that regardless of party our President is the elected Commander in Chief and the leader of the free world. Being such earns respect from the American Citizen. Using slang and off color remarks only shows your shallow upbringing. I sense that the color of his skin is eating at you like a cancer. Please show some respect along with your right to criticize. We will all be better people when we do this.

  • GuestOB

    Look, he has logged more hours in Air Force 1 than any other President. His wife is just as bad in taking air force planes somewhere a couple of days ahead of him. They both are a joke.

  • Das Weibstück

    That is not true. As of now GW Bush logged more per year. Chain emails normally are not true so stop reading them.

  • SurfCityTom

    are you blabbering about? Who, other than you, brought W into the discussion?

  • GuestCommonScents

    Wipe that drool off your chin, old man and remember, if you can, this is an open discussion board and he can bring up what he wants to.

  • Das Weibstück

    Was in response to the previous poster. Sorry to get you all upset.


    The reality is that President Obama treats his job like a normal everyday person. On your time off do you worry about your work? On your days off dont you try to relax by doing something you enjoy? on your days off…come on people wake up…he is human just like you and me! At least I leave my work problems at work! No one kept complaining about President Clinton and what he did on his time off…It was forgotten and it didnt keep him from his presidential duties!

  • Guest2020

    People would probably criticize his down time if:
    1. he would take less of it, and
    2. he was more productive with his up time.

  • Citizen of the Republic

    I think President Clinton had a couple of “oval office duties” that were not forgotten. I don’t think Ms. Lewinsky thought of herself as a “Presidential Duty”.

    As for treating his job like a normal everyday person, I don’t think many citizens have had 17 vacations during his time in office.

    However President Obama hasn’t lied like Mr. Clinton, except about shovel ready projects that were not shovel ready in reality. And the fact the CBO has estimated the $900 billion Obamacare plan was actually going to cost 1.7 Trillion dollars.

    The Office of the President I respect, this particular President I don’t.

  • Guest2020

    I picked the Tar Heels to win. Where’s my picture? Where’s my news story?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Mikey, you are a paraplegic from the neck UP! It has nothing to do with the color of his skin. It has to do with the color of his politics….good old fashioned Commie RED!

    BTW, how convenient to forget all the Left said about Bush…..and my money says that never bothered you in the least, Mikey.

  • John A. Difloure

    I could care less what his color is. He’s a communist and you liberals are blind!

  • John A. Difloure

    Since you’re so quick to call me a racist – put your name out like I did. Or are you embarrassed?

  • Grand Ole Party

    The house I grew up in taught me that respect is EARNED. Period. Once again we have another idiot that assumes if we don’t like this clown it must be because of his color. Does this also apply to G.W.Bush? If you didn’t like him does it mean you hate white people? Or does this only apply when it fits you? I can see that his failure as a leader is eating at you like a cancer. As Americans we have right to criticize our elected officials, it’s called freedom of speech and many a men have died to uphold that right, so if you don’t like it, you have the right not to read it!!

  • Grand Ole Party

    It’s funny how you ask someone to show respect, while you call someone a racist without a single fact to back it up. Real respectful moron. Try again!

  • Guest what

    Yes and back then they still had prayer in school and said the Pledge of Allegiance to The Flag of the United States of America. If God was still allowed in school, people would have a differnt attitude because at least people would hear of him, but the liberals kicked him out also. One Nation Under GOD…

  • guesty

    His socialist programs are what is eating away the American way of life like cancer. Being president doesn’t automatically get respect, it is how you act as the president that earns respect. He hasn’t earned it.

  • Guest CommonTater

    “earns respect”….. no he hasn’t. And I realize that no matter what, if you have something negative to say then you are automatically labeled a racist. **chuckle** Who’s shallow here Mike T?

  • Guest1165

    I hve seen you call Obama a Socialist and a Communist. Which is he? Or do you know the difference?

  • Why is it that whenever someone tells a truth about Obama people (like you Mike T.) call them a racist? You show how very shallow and in denial you really are. It just makes YOU look stupid so why not try an intelligent response?

  • Guest22

    Anything to get a vote.

  • Das Weibstück

    With a screen name like yours you would think you might check your facts before you type a bunch of nonsense.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Alright we are all listening, please enlighten us. Exactly what facts are wrong? Or are you just blabbering?


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