President Obama reveals his 2014 NCAA tourney bracket

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The First Fan has weighed in on his picks for the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Armed with a marker for his whiteboard, President Obama showed off his choices on ESPN Wednesday morning. This was the sixth year in a row that he made his choices with the network's Andy Katz.

Mr. Obama has top-seeded Arizona and Florida in the Final Four, along with Louisville and Michigan State.

And as for the winner, the president has gone with the Spartans of Michigan State.

Mr. Obama said of his choices, "I know that these are not imaginative picks, but I think they are the right ones."

But judging by his record, that may or may not be true.

He has picked only one "March Madness" champion in six years; that was North Carolina in 2009.

This year's tournament features higher stakes than ever: Warren Buffett's prize of $1 billion for anyone who picks every team correctly in their bracket.

"I did notice already you've advanced Creighton," a reporter asked. "Warren Buffett, a huge Creighton fan, has offered a billion dollars for the perfect bracket. So, if you won, what would happen?"

"You know, I am sure somebody would ask me to pay down more of the federal debt," the President joked. "Michelle might want a few shoes."

Just for the record, the odds that Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will have to pay for the perfect bracket are 9.1 quintillion (yes, quintillion) to one.


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