President Barack Obama filled out his March Madness bracket today! As part of an annual ESPN segment the network likes to call “Barack-Etology”, the President took a moment to speculate wildly about his favorite college basketball teams.
This is fun every year, but it was extra special in 2016 because it’s the last NCAA tournament that’s going to take place while he’s in office.
[SPOILERS: He picked Kentucky.]
You can watch a video of the President making his picks here, or check out his full bracket below:
To see how the President’s done in the past, let’s take a look at his picks for the final four in each of his previous seven years in the White House.
[Click the links to see his full brackets.]
2015 PICK: KENTUCKY
KENTUCKY vs. ARIZONA // VILLANOVA vs. DUKE
KENTUCKY vs. VILLANOVA
[Actual Final: Duke vs. Wisconsin]
2014 PICK: MICHIGAN STATE
FLORIDA vs. MICHIGAN STATE // ARIZONA vs. LOUISVILLE
MICHIGAN STATE vs. LOUISVILLE
[Actual Final: Connecticut vs. Kentucky]
2013 PICK: INDIANA
LOUISVILLE vs. OHIO STATE // FLORIDA vs. INDIANA
LOUISVILLE vs. INDIANA
[Actual Final: Louisville vs. Michigan]
2012 PICK: NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH CAROLINA vs. KANSAS // KENTUCKY vs. MISSOURI
NORTH CAROLINA vs. KENTUCKY
[Actual Final: Kentucky vs. Kansas]
2011 PICK: KANSAS
KANSAS vs. PITTSBURGH // OHIO STATE vs. DUKE
KANSAS vs. OHIO STATE
[Actual Final: Connecticut vs. Butler]
2010 PICK: KANSAS
KANSAS vs. KANSAS STATE // KENTUCKY vs. VILLANOVA
KANSAS vs. KENTUCKY
[Actual Final: Duke vs. Butler]
2009 PICK: NORTH CAROLINA (*WINNER*)
LOUISVILLE vs. MEMPHIS // PITTSBURGH vs. NORTH CAROLINA
LOUISVILLE vs NORTH CAROLINA
[Actual Final: North Carolina vs. Michigan State]
2008 PICK: NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH CAROLINA vs. KANSAS // PITTSBURGH vs. UCLA
NORTH CAROLINA vs. UCLA
[Actual Final: Kansas vs. Memphis]
Unfortunately, Barack doesn’t have great luck when it comes to choosing brackets, but you know what they say: “unlucky at brackets, lucky at… achieving most of your stated agenda while serving as chief executive of the United States”.
You can also learn a little more about the President’s bracket, including his pick for the Women’s NCAA tournament, by visiting this link to Whitehouse.gov.
[Photo Courtesy of Whitehouse.gov]