For the eighth year in a row, Barack Obama made his NCAA Tournament picks with ESPN’s Andy Katz on Wednesday, and you know what that means…angry people on the internet calling out the president for wasting time filling out a bracket!
Now, to be clear, this is a totally ridiculous line of criticism because the commander in chief is allowed some down time, and if he wants to spend it on ESPN picking Hawaii to beat Cal because he’s a homer and then hardly picking any other upsets the rest of the tournament, that’s his prerogative.
Anyway, on to the disgruntled. We’ll start benign.
Kinda funny how Barack Obama has time to make a march madness bracket but I don't…
Look everyone, it’s Brian, the world’s busiest man, who doesn’t have a spare 15 minutes over the course of three days to fill out a bracket. In the time it took Brian to compose this tweet he probably could have picked one region.
Barack Obama's gleeful willingness to fill out a March Madness bracket but not predict the winner of the Super Bowl has always annoyed me.
— David Yung (@DavidYung) March 16, 2016
I can't tell what's worse: Obamacare or Obama's bracket
— President Trump (@FightOn21) March 16, 2016
Considering Obama finished in the 40th percentile of all brackets last year and hasn’t picked the winner since getting North Carolina right in his first year in office, probably his bracket. What’s your point?
Would you believe some people also don’t like that the president fills out a women’s bracket?
— Tim Bryant (@timbonole) March 17, 2016
Just think, there is someone out there genuinely interested in Obama's women's bracket, let alone his men's bracket.
— OTG (@the_otg) March 16, 2016
Obama would fill out a women's bracket #Soft
— Anthony Jones (@A_Jones16) March 16, 2016
Ok, let’s turn up the idiot dial a bit and see what we get.
Nero definitely had Rome making the Final Four.
So clearly some people are worried about how Obama’s bracket will affect domestic affairs, but what about foreign policy?
Forget about the Supreme court justice & that kid in North Korea, the important thing is Obama's March Madness bracket picks. ISIS can wait.
— John McMahon (@bennhoo) March 16, 2016
Doesn't Obama have ISIS to worry about, the hell does he spend time making a Tourney bracket every year!
— YungDean (@DarshansWorld) March 16, 2016
Adviser: “Mr. President, you can either stop ISIS or fill out a bracket. Only time for one.”
Obama: “The people are counting on me. I’m going with the bracket.”
Props to Stephen Witt for summing up all this anger more succinctly than anyone else:
One silver lining for Obama: None of his mostly chalk picks in his bracket (he has No. 1 overall seed Kansas winning it all) were his most controversial choice of the day.
Obama only announced a Supreme Court nominee so he could have 1 year where people didn't get mad at him for doing an NCAA tournament bracket
— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) March 16, 2016
Given both frontrunners for our next president aren’t known to be overly interested in basketball, this maybe our last year to enjoy or detest the annual POTUS bracket tradition.