Happy March Madness! As teams from across the country get their dancing shoes ready, President Obama sat down with ESPNâ€™s Andy Katzto discuss his picks for the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Nicknamed â€œBarack-etology,â€ filling out brackets for both the men’s and womenâ€™s tournament has become an annual tradition at the White House.
Asked and Answered:
In 2015, President Obama correctly predicted that the Connecticut Huskies would be the womenâ€™s NCAA basketball champions. However, he didnâ€™t do so well with the menâ€™s bracketâ€”something an eleven-year-old girl from North Carolina pointed out in a letter to the President. â€œYou are a great president, just not the best bracket picker,â€ Emilia wrote.
Dear President Obama,
My Name is Emilia. I am eleven years old and I live in Charlotte North Carolina. I just wanted to tell you that I saw your 2015 NCAA bracket pick and I beat you. You are a great president, just not the best bracket picker.
Inspired to do better with his 2016 brackets, the President wrote her back. â€œYour note gave me the sense you’re a talented young lady with some serious potential.Always remember that nothing is beyond your reach as long as you are willing to set your sights high and put your best effort into everything you do. I expect big thingsâ€”and great bracketsâ€”from you in the years ahead,â€ he wrote. In the hopes that the President would get more than 40 percentof the games right this year, the White House even called Emilia to get her thoughts on the tournament.
Thanks for your letter about my bracket picks this year. Youâ€™re rightâ€”when it comes to my basketball bracket, I donâ€™t have the best record!
In addition to helping keep me honest, your note gave me the sense you’re a talented young lady with some serious potential. Always remember that nothing is beyond your reach as long as you are willing to set your sights high and put your best effort into everything you do. I expect big thingsâ€”and great bracketsâ€”from you in the years ahead!
The President also sent Emilia this signed picture:
President Obama’s 2016 Picks:
In his men’s bracket, the President has Kansas, Texas A&M, UVA, and UNC headed to the Final Four. To the excitement of many Kansasfans, the President predicts the Jayhawks will win the national title.
In the womenâ€™s tournament, the President anticipates that Connecticut, Florida State, South Carolina, and Notre Dame will reach the Final Four. In the end though, he thinks it will be the UConn Huskiescutting down the nets come April 5.
Danielle Cohen is an intern in the Office of Digital Strategy