Tags: march | madness | barack | obama

Obama's March Madness Pick Is a Flop

Tuesday, 05 Apr 2011 07:23 AM

By Jon Friedman

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
What was President Obama thinking when he predicted that Kansas would win the national championship?

First of all, he should have known better than to pick a program that has lost in recent tournaments to the likes of Bradley, Bucknell and Northern Iowa (not a misprint), and now to VCU. Maybe he didn't know what VCU stood for. But even so, he should have his finger on the pulse of the nation. Mr. President: Never, never, never pick Kansas!.

More crucially, why did President Obama pick Kansas in the first place? He should have gone for a school in a state he needs to win in 2012 — or has a prayer of taking home. He'll never win in Kansas. He should have taken, oh, Northern Iowa or Bucknell, located in states he needs to capture.

Mr. President remember the Rule of A-B-C: always be closing, sir. Think politics in 2012! Even if you thought all along that the Jayhawks had what it took, so what? What's that going to get you, anyway?

You have to think of the bottom line — your re-election campaign. I hope your campaign-trail speeches are better thought out than this waste of a March Madness pick.

The president has to show sharp-elbow instincts in the next year's campaign. The Republicans are sure to throw everything they've got against him. They'll try to make him look underprepared, overconfident, out of touch, in fat cats' back pockets and unsympathetic to the plight of the ever-shrinking middle class.

Sure, Barack Obama can stand the heat but he had better get used to it. To combat all of his foes, he has to employ all of his weapons. That's why he had better not pick Kansas in 2012 to win it all in March Madness.

Always be closing!

Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com.
Click here to read his latest column.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Media Professionally Cover Malaysian Flight Tragedy

Monday, 21 Jul 2014 10:52 AM

The U.S. media actually covered the sad story of a downed Malaysian airplane in a sober, calm, professional way. . . .

Is Hillary Ready to Be President?

Monday, 14 Jul 2014 08:12 AM

Nobody with Obama’s charisma has emerged, in either political party. Victory appears to be hers for the taking, right? B . . .

Welcome Change Comes to the GOP

Monday, 07 Jul 2014 09:31 AM

Will the Republican Party go further in allowing young people to exert their influence and continue to present interesti . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved