Video: White House bracketology

posted at 7:11 pm on March 16, 2011 by Allahpundit

A bit of palate-cleansing video candy from our Townhall cousins, Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich. As I write this, I’m watching Gregory Jaczko of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on CNN defend his dire warning earlier about “extremely high” radiation levels necessitating a 50-mile evacuation zone around Japan’s nuclear plant. Meanwhile, on ESPN.com, there’s video of Obama explaining why the Jayhawks are the team to beat. I don’t begrudge him a little lightheartedness or “down time” even during a major crisis, but if he’s going to devote 10 minutes to tournament picks, how about a 10-minute address from the Oval Office presenting the facts about radiation to a public that’s increasingly jittery about the news? People are stockpiling iodide tablets to minimize a risk they’ll almost certainly never have to face. Obama could help put them at ease by giving them the hard data — Chernobyl was much worse, the threat to the U.S. is negligible, we routinely endure much greater health problems (like … obesity!) without a second thought. This is no idle wish for a hug from a daddy president, either; stress from anxiety about radiation was actually a huge health problem in its own right after Chernobyl and, given the reports about stockpiling, is apt to be so again this time. From WaPo:

“The psychological effects were the biggest health effects of all – by far,” said Fred Mettler, a University of New Mexico professor emeritus and one of the world’s leading authorities on radiation, who studied Chernobyl for the World Health Organization. “In the end, that’s really what affected the most people.”

Fears of contamination and anxiety about the health of those exposed and their children led to significantly elevated rates of suicidal thinking and anxiety disorders, and rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression about doubled, Mettler and others said.

“The effect on mental health was hugely important,” said Evelyn Bromet, a professor of psychiatry at Stony Brook University who studied the aftermath of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. “People’s fears about getting cancer, or their children getting cancer, and family and friends dying from radiation exposure were very intense.”…

In fact, radiation is a far less potent carcinogen than other toxic substances. Studies of more than 80,000 survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts have found that about 9,000 people subsequently died of some form of cancer. But only about 500 of those cases could be attributed to the radiation exposure the people experienced.

There’s only one person in America with a megaphone big enough to beam that reality check out to most of the population. (Okay, two.) How about it, champ? Maybe squeeze in a little impromptu presser during the dinner break in tomorrow’s first-round games?


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I saw this on twitter…

“Obama’s NCAA bracket matches his foreign policy: no risks and underdogs get crushed”

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 7:14 PM

great video

commodore on March 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Now I know why he cannot make a decision, he saves them all up and uses them for brackets once a year!

bluemarlin on March 16, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Maybe he could compare the fall out in Japan currently to the fall out from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2011 at 7:22 PM

There’s only one person in America with a megaphone big enough to beam that reality check out to most of the population. (Okay, two.)

Yep only ONE

President Palin your attention is required to address a serious matter as the boy who pretends is making basketball picks, going to Rio, Partaying and golfing!

As you do so well good lady step into the void and address the nation Madam President!

dhunter on March 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

I don’t begrudge him a little lightheartedness or “down time” even during a major crisis…
-AP

At some point enough is enough. I just don’t get why he isn’t phoning it in enough to look like he’s working.

Ampersand on March 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

I see he has finished his waffle and now has time to move on to more pressing matters.

Lily on March 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I saw this on twitter…

“Obama’s NCAA bracket matches his foreign policy: no risks and underdogs get crushed”

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I bet the vegas odds makers are cursing the luck as Urkel just jinxed the four favored teams. Whats intrade look like have OBLKh BLhs picks tanked yet?

If Ohio State looses because of this jerks pick he looses Ohio and the presidency watch out for the under DOG Hillary!

dhunter on March 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 7:14 PM

perfecto

cmsinaz on March 16, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I just don’t get why he isn’t phoning it in enough to look like he’s working.

Ampersand on March 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Exactly. He can’t even hide behind a slobbering, complicit media anymore.

It’d be comical if the world weren’t truly on fire.

Bee on March 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

The people who voted for O’bama had a field day with Bush doing a bracket during March madness a few years ago-even called him an “ERRORIST”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9x3MAqqG5U

Del Dolemonte on March 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

What a playboy.

blatantblue on March 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

If Obama gave a crap, that would have left a mark.

Chuck Schick on March 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

He won’t want to be wrong. If he personally assuages people’s fears, and something horrible happens, he doesn’t want the blame.

BUT I do call on the media to simmer down now. They have the ability to report without all this speculation. I just had to turn off John King- John King!- because he was devoting time to the difference between US advice and Japanese advice and what it all may mean about who means what and who can be trusted.

The reporters are all just bored because there are no high winds and no screaming looting people.

MayBee on March 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Fears of contamination and anxiety about the health of those exposed and their children led to significantly elevated rates of suicidal thinking and anxiety disorders, and rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression about doubled, Mettler and others said.

Sounds like life during an Obama presidency.

Bee on March 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

I don’t begrudge him a little lightheartedness or “down time” even during a major crisis

yeah tell that to the lsm and the dems during W’s term…gave him holy heck for working from his ranch, etc….he even gave up golfing because of the crap he was getting…

cmsinaz on March 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Dum dee dum dee dum… oh hey, basketball!

Kenosha Kid on March 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

There’s only one person in America with a megaphone big enough to beam that reality check out to most of the population. (Okay, two.) How about it, champ? Maybe squeeze in a little impromptu presser during the dinner break in tomorrow’s first-round games?

That would require him to give one iota of a damn about anything outside his sheltered little world…which he clearly does not. If it requires any effort, aside from his petty amusements, you can forget it. Like getting blood from a turnip, it is.

AUINSC on March 16, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Change every word on John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success to its opposite, and you’ve got Barry’s Pyramid of Power.

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM

This video shows what an absolute fraud that Obama is.

portlandon on March 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM

I see he has finished his waffle and now has time to move on to more pressing matters.

Lily on March 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Yupp on to Brazil so he can take the kids on a nice spring break trip.

bluemarlin on March 16, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Baracket Obama

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Baracket Obama

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

nice :)

cmsinaz on March 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM

“… how about a 10-minute address from the Oval Office presenting the facts about radiation to a public that’s increasingly jittery about the news?”

Maybe when he comes back from vacation…

… after the “Coming Home” golf games,

followed by the “Vacation Picture” gala at the White House…

… immediately followed by a fund raiser.

Meh…

… He’ll get around to it eventually.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM

… He’ll get around to it eventually.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM

heh

cmsinaz on March 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I’m glad he spends time jacking around with this stuff.

I just wish his minions like Napolitano, Holder, Chu, Sunstein, were busy doing crap like this instead of regulating us to our knees.

PappyD61 on March 16, 2011 at 7:47 PM

What a playboy.

blatantblue on March 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

In a way, yes, he’s kind of like the playboy son of a European King or a South American dictator that doesn’t really do anything, just plays all day at whatever strikes his fancy.

slickwillie2001 on March 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM

One minor quibble. There’s no longer a dinner break during the games Thursday and Friday. They go wall to wall from noon to past midnight on four different networks. So games will also be starting around 4:40 and 4:50.

JammieWearingFool on March 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM

President Obama “Im winning”

Present

William Amos on March 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Flying Down to Rio next on the agenda.

Being President is hard, don’t you know?

INC on March 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM

We have an imbecile for a President.

Jaibones on March 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM

All that hard work deserves some time off in Brazil. Who’s up for funding a half million dollar vacation for the First Couple?

Rambotito on March 16, 2011 at 7:53 PM

how about a 10-minute address from the Oval Office presenting the facts about radiation to a public that’s increasingly jittery about the news? People are stockpiling iodide tablets to minimize a risk they’ll almost certainly never have to face. Obama could help put them at ease by giving them the hard data

Exactly, although I would not recommend turning the podium over to his “science advisor” John Holdren. Or his Surgeon General.

Buy Danish on March 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Maybe squeeze in a little impromptu presser during the dinner break in tomorrow’s first-round games?

Sorry, no breaks this year. If it happened last year…maybe. No dice this time though.

stldave on March 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

we routinely endure much greater health problems (like … obesity!) without a second thought.

This is what people don’t get about the dangers of radiation. The air in Cincinnati is probably worse for me than the radiation I’d get within a few miles of the Japanese plant. And I’m hoping it doesn’t get much worse.

And I’m hoping the MSM and others (esp. Ed and Allah) report this story with some perspective. I.E. report how bad it gets, and tell the truth about the consequences. Help us put it in perspective.

Paul-Cincy on March 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM

JammieWearingFool on March 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Play in games tonight on TruTV. TruTV????? Like everyone gets that station.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Obama’s new title: Bracket Creep.

profitsbeard on March 16, 2011 at 8:10 PM

What if Kansas wins?

a capella on March 16, 2011 at 8:13 PM

(Okay, two.)

Honestly, I would find an Oval office address from Charlie Sheen the more reassuring of the two (and more entertaining!)

bitsy on March 16, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Watching that video gave me the creeps…..

President Chilli-dip is nothing but a talking head. He gets up in front of a camera, he reads what ever gets thrown in front of him. He has absolutely no input to what ever speech he’s giving!!! None!!

He is not driving the cart.

BigWyo on March 16, 2011 at 8:23 PM

The White House has absolutely no clue what is going on in Japan….

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/03/16/whs_carney_to_tapper_ask_your_own_reporters_on_japanese_nuclear_situation.html

ted c on March 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Patriots dying in Libya? Mr. Obama commented, “Fore!”

Mason on March 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

I think he’s finally actually lost it.

Alana on March 16, 2011 at 8:42 PM

I prefer Iowahawk’s brackets:

Your Bracket Awaits, Mr. President

Ward Cleaver on March 16, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Obama? Exhibiting leadership? Oh, AP, you nutty prankster you!

Jim Treacher on March 16, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Rio, here we come.

Too bad the carnival is over. The clowns arrive late.

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I am sure a lot of folks in Japan, and in Libya and a lot of other places around there world are simply fascinated by Obama’s b-ball picks. I mean, it is not like there is anything else going on around the globe that in former days might require a bit of attention from the White House.

But…after a difficult week determining bracket picks, a well-earned time out down in Rio is a welcome relief for our beleaguered President.

675 days to go.

coldwarrior on March 16, 2011 at 9:22 PM

The world laughs, freedom loving people world wide weep, while this wannabee Dick Tator brings America to her knees!

Thanks Presstitutes and 52% idiots paybacks gonna be fun!

dhunter on March 16, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Without a doubt, Barack Hussein Obama is the worst president in the history of the United States of America. He must be defeated in 2012.

16MPG on March 16, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I find that professionally made “Presidential Bracket” board utterly insulting and demeaning to the WHOLE WORLD!

Yes the world!

golfmann on March 16, 2011 at 10:45 PM

The person that should be watched like a hawk is Valerie Jarrett. She runs the whole country. O’Barry, has proved beyond any scope of keeping stats, is that he has no interest, at all in the administration level. He was handed out “Cliff Notes”, still failed,but the only two times I have seen unguadred emotion is over this college basketball predictions. Saw it last year. Only pure emotion did I detect. Same today.

betsyz on March 16, 2011 at 10:52 PM

oh my gosh! Now it all becomes so clear….THIS is what he meant by Winning the Future.

EternalVigilance on March 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

The Obowma presidency would make a great movie spoof if it we’re not so damn disgusting..

dthorny on March 17, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Did he make sure he could spell his picks this year?
Last year:
Obama Misspells Syracuse on His NCAA Bracket; ESPN edits video.

Brat on March 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Whom to pick.
Whom to bow to.

Just one tough decision after another.

TimBuk3 on March 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

It figures that the only thing O is willing to make a decision on is something that, in the scheme of things, doesn’t matter a whole lot.

Beaglemom on March 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

All that hard work deserves some time off in Brazil. Who’s up for funding a half million dollar vacation for the First Couple?

Rambotito on March 16, 2011 at 7:53 PM

You mean I have a choice finally???

runawayyyy on March 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

But only about 500 of those cases could be attributed to the radiation exposure the people experienced.

“Only” 500?

Would anyone welcome a substance in their environment that would be guaranteed to kill 0.7% of those exposed?

oakland on March 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM