Barack Obama & NCAA March Madness

by Suzie Raven*

Senator Barack Obama believes in providing more funding for public schools while demanding more accountability, working towards energy independence, and that the University of North Carolina will win the NCAA mens' basketball tournament.

A historic presidential campaign took on a new twist when Sen. Obama (D-IL) threw March Madness into the mix. He explained his bracket picks this week on the morning radio show for 850 The Buzz (WRBZ-AM), located in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Some wonder if he is trying to win votes before the North Carolina primary on May 6th, or earn the favor of John Edwards. Former Senator Edwards of North Carolina has not endorsed a candidate, but has a full basketball court on his property with a huge UNC logo in the center. One commentator noted that Obama didn’t pick one of the tournament’s Pennsylvania schools, such as Pittsburgh or St. Joseph’s, before that state’s critical primary on April 22nd. As the top tournament seed, UNC is a much more obvious choice than any of the Pennsylvania schools.

I would like to think Obama picked UNC because he believes in their fast break, not because he hopes to gain superdelegates. However, a presidential candidate with no ulterior motive – or at least without consideration of the impact on his campaign – would be asking too much. It’s a smart move on his part. Obama is obviously not claiming that his time in the Senate makes him an expert on college basketball, but talking about it helps the average voter identify with him. March Madness speaks to a much wider audience than the effect of interest rates on the mortgage crisis.

As usual, showing his human side sets Obama apart from Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). She said she would defer to her “basketball advisor” (her husband). She passed up easy choices in number 2 seed Georgetown, her husband’s alma mater, and Pittsburgh, considering she was in Lancaster, PA when asked. Basketball advisor?

In the grand scheme of things, the Iraq War is more important to our country than who wins the NCAA basketball championship. Still, Obama knows that if you want to catch people’s attention, talk about what interests them. I have no doubt that more Americans filled out a tournament bracket than can tell you about the latest clash between Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militias.

(The University of North Carolina Tar Heels beat Mount St. Mary's 113-74 in a first round match-up, Friday, March 21. UNC meets Arkansas in Raleigh, NC in the second round of the tournament, tomorrow, Sunday, March 23.)

*Suzie Raven is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.

(In the photo, Barack Obama is pictured in the center of his high school junior varsity basketball team at the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1977. School yearbook photos, such as this one, are generally regarded as part of the public domain.)

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Loki said...

Well MSNBC doing it again,,,I see Bill Oreilly,, “Oh I mean Keith Oberman who acting like Bill Oreilly”
OutRage, just out rage,,, about OBama Passport,,, He more up set about it than Michelle Obama..
Get a grip,, Everyone know you have this love feast with Obama,, but know as Always Billo ops I meant Keith.
Speaking out of term again,, It no just Obama Passport,, it Hilary McCain. Barack .
But Of course in your eyes , it only going to be about Obama try to make the public,,, give only him
Sympathy ,,, You’ve always wrong lately,, Your not wrong about bill OReilly maybe you should just stick with him..

LOOK at the blunder you did with your special comments on Hilary and Ferarro… how she was out of line for her comments
But when Obama Racist pastor does something or its a different story,,a man he knew for 20 year,, not only did he lie on your
Station,,, saying he never Heard those remarks or ever hearing him saying those remarks,,, then he came out a week later say yes he was in church when he said some remarks,,,and then he will not denounce Jeremiah Wright ,,, Yet he He did say last year, Imus should get fired for those remark against the woman basket ball team,,, but Jeremiah Wrights comment are alot worst,,, And still yet Billo Oberman, Now he is saying,,, talking about his grand mother, she a Typical white woman,,,, all the racism coming from Obama camp.
Obama want to unite everyone ,,, it will happen but not by Obama,,, the Obama camp been on CNN and Msnbc & Fox saying if the Super Delegate give Hilary the delegates, The obama Voters are going to vote for McCain,, Well that a big to blog out there,,, Most of us are learning from the Obama camp,,, If Obama wins the Primary,,, Hilary voter will vote for McCain, ,,,What goes around comes around,,, there many blogs on this,,,Why don’t MSNBC Just call them selfs MSNBC Barack Obama head Quarters.who who will be the main Anchor,, Billo Oberman. The Worst Person in The World,

Loki said...

To all
Obama speech ,,,, Not sure if you caught Not only did Obama,,, Refuses to denounce him,, but even More,, He say in his own words,,,
Barack Obama was in church when Jeremiah Wright,, was spewing Anti-American, Racist ism ,,,, Those were his own words,,, barack was there
After going on keith Oberman ,Show obama said he would denounce that if he heard that language he would leave and not tolerate it , and denounce it
After he went on MSNBC,, he went on FOX CNN ABC< all the news station saying he was never there,,, in his church when he said these things,,
But Now today during his speech,,He states flat out Say’s HE was there,,, Last week Barack Obama Lied,, went on all the news stations, and Lied,,
But your not reporting that,,,, You can rest assure,,, cnn ,,, Fox , ABC,,, Msnbc,, are getting more on this ,,, they will be reporting on this, and we will see
If you chose to report, Obama Lying on tv,,, If this was Hilary clinton lying and caught lying on all the new station,,, you can be sure,, you would talk about it every hour
people will be on your station debating this,,,, people analysing , if it is hilary clinton but it was not her it was Barack Obama, ,, it bad enought He lied, about being in church
With Jeremiah Write, when he said these anti american ,,,,,and still refuse to denounce him…all the news agency want to do is speak on how good his speech was,
Not that he lied,,, Last week on all the news agency ,, He was never there today in how own speech He say I was there,,,,should play all Obama videos from last week
stating he was not there,,, or heard any of the anti-american Jeremiah Write, said in his churc then play his speech today saying he was there and he did hear him in church and refuse to denounce Jeremiah Write,,,

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