NCAA Tournament brackets are becoming President Obama's Crawford ranch
Barack Obama is quickly developing a Crawford ranch situation.
Only Obama's unnecessary, largely inexplicable and increasingly annoying distraction isn't a ranch in the middle of nowhere Texas where he avoids the press and pretends like he's clearing bush and cutting wood.
Instead, it's the NCAA Tournament brackets.
The president will be at again today on ESPN, going through his college basketball bracket with a painstaking precision and attention to minute detail that's seldom been seen in any administration's legislature planning sessions.
Obama's already revealed his Final Four (Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova and Kansas State if you're wondering) because the leader of the free world has to dole out this NCAA Tournament knowledge in increments. He wouldn't want Vladimir Putin to get all of our state secrets at once after all.
This marks the second straight year that Obama has given out his March Madness choices on ESPN. (If it makes you feel better about the glacial-pace-movement on universal health care, the president did correctly select chalk pick North Carolina to win the championship last year). And maybe, it wouldn't be so bothersome if he didn't seem to have spent so much time preparing for these crucial moments with the SportsCenter gang.
You get the idea that while Obama's aides were pestering him to prep for today's sit down with always-friendly Fox News, he waved them off to hear more about what type of offense Cornell plans to use against Temple's matchup zone.
And even if watching Dick Vitale scream on about how every major college coach in America is a great humanitarian provides Obama with a little bit of relief from the pressures of the presidency, does he have to show us that?
You don't have to be dumb like another recent president. But can't Obama just play dumb when it comes to the NCAA brackets.
I think a lot of people would feel better about things if Obama just came out on ESPN and made some crazy-Sarah-Rufca-level pick. How about Northern Iowa to win it all!
Yes, everyone loves March Madness. Yes, we get the whole want-to-look-like-the-common-man thing. And yes, while we're at it — Division I college football needs a playoff system too.
But are these really issues that should be associated with our nation's president? Priorities? The Crawford ranch doesn't have to be a ranch.
Maybe, recent Iraq and Afghanistan war widows should start picketing Obama's NCAA picks.
And if Obama suddenly stops making tourney selections when he's out of office, deserting the brackets as quickly as W. fled his ranch for a posh Dallas suburb ... well, a whole lot of worlds will be shattered.