(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday picked Indiana University
to win the NCAA annual men's college basketball tournament, joining in the
"March Madness" office pool craze that sweeps America every spring.
The president, an avid sports fan, forecast that Indiana would defeat the
widely favored University of Louisville in the championship game.
"I think this is Indiana's year," he said in an interview on ESPN, the
sports cable network.
Obama, who began a three day trip to the Middle East on Wednesday, taped
the interview on Tuesday.
Millions of Americans are obsessed with the annual National Collegiate
Athletic Association basketball tournament, which pits the nation's top
teams against one another in 67 games over several weeks.
Betting in office pools is widespread, and celebrities and analysts share
and discuss their picks, known as brackets.
The national champion will be crowned on April 8 in Atlanta.
The president was a backup player on a high school basketball team that
won a state championship and continues to play in reportedly vigorous
games of pickup basketball. He has shown a detailed knowledge of college
basketball players, coaches and teams in explaining his picks.
Last year, Obama missed picking the winner, the University of Kentucky,
which he predicted would advance to the final but would lose to the
University of North Carolina.
However, UNC lost in an earlier round.
In a reflection of the bitter fight between the president and
congressional Republicans over spending and taxes, a leading Republican
criticized the president for devoting energy to basketball even though the
Obama administration has yet to release its budget and unemployment
"American families want the president to focus on the economy and
controlling spending, and it's time for the president to get to work by
spending a little less time preparing his brackets and a little more time
doing his job of preparing a budget," said Representative Steve Scalise,
chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus of the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
The White House has said its budget submission is expected the week of
April 8 and is delayed because of uncertainty over the outcomes of
negotiations between the administration and Congress over tax increases
and budget cuts that were scheduled for January 1 and March 1.
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