Video: Smartest president ever wrestles with pressing national quandaries

posted at 10:01 pm on March 18, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Just kidding. This is just the preview of him filling out his horrible bracket. Stay tuned for the whole scintillating thing tonight on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter!

Real quotes from this segment, which they’re calling “Barack-etology,” and which likely got more access to the president this week than anyone with a question about Crimea:

“Did have a couple of double digit seeds with osme upsets at least early in the NCAA tournament.”

“Really wrestled with how far to advance Creighton and Wisconsin, what to do with Louisville as a No. 4 seed in that loaded bracket in the Midwest.”

“How far to push Wichita State, the only undefeated team coming into the NCAA tournament.”

“Kentucky with all their freshman certainly has intrigued the president. Also, Michigan St. and Florida with their veteran players certainly have caught his eye.”

“How far does he take Duke…another question he sort of pondered as he was filling out the bracket.”


Meanwhile, the AP is petitioning the Most Transparent Administration in History to be allowed to cover some news please, President Obama:

The Associated Press is seeking to broaden independent news coverage of the White House under an administration that is hypersensitive about its image and which frequently bars the press from events involving President Barack Obama.

AP White House correspondent Julie Pace and chief White House photographer Charles Dharapak (DAR’-uh-pak) described the AP’s efforts Tuesday at the Newspaper Association of America’s mediaXchange 2014 convention in Denver. Those efforts include ongoing negotiations for greater access by photographers to events the White House deems private.

The Obama White House routinely bars news media from meetings with foreign leaders and other events, then releases its own photos of those events — including a February meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama. In doing so, it’s acknowledging that events barred to journalists are of public interest, the AP reporters said.

Dharapak called such handouts “visual press releases” that leave out details news reporters usually seek.

“We don’t fault them for using these methods of social outreach,” Dharapak said of the White House in an interview after his presentation. “Just don’t shut the independent press out.”

“Once we lose access, we’ll never get it back,” he told convention participants.

Look, we get it. The president loves sports. I love the tournament, too. I just wish Wichita State’s likelihood of choking hadn’t been the hardest question he faced in public today.


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Yeah, this is important.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

B! I! S! H!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Evenin’, COL!

Ain’t DAT Da Troof!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

What a ridiculous jackass they elected as the President.

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

How’d he spell Syracuse this time?

jon1979 on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Intrepid blogger writes 3 posts in one day! Hey, make AP extend his vacation!

22044 on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I bet President Milli Vanilli has someone else fill his brackets out for him.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Obama wrestles? Who knew? [I know, I know -- Reggie knows ...]

Is there a weight class below Pinweight or Strawweight or Light Flyweight?

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

jon1979 on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Has he tried with a “C” yet?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Obama’s most stressful quandary is whether to use a 5 or 6 iron.

Blaise on March 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Bantam Rooster weight?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

No, not again. Please. I beg you stop, stop, stop. I can’t take him anymore.

Franklin100 on March 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Blaise on March 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I was thinking a mashie niblick…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM

The Associated Press is seeking to broaden independent news coverage of the White House under an administration that is hypersensitive about its image and which frequently bars the press from events involving President Barack Obama

…oh?…AP’s knee pads aren’t big enough?

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM

This “NCAA tournament bracket” that you speak of — it doesn’t involve the drawing of any red lines, does it?

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Bantam Rooster weight?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

LOL.

I’m pretty sure that’s racist or something …

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Intrepid blogger writes 3 posts in one day!

22044 on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I may just do it again tomorrow!

Mary Katharine Ham on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

What a ridiculous jackass they elected as the President.

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

What a ridiculous jackass of a network to keep fawning over this clown. I can’t stand ESPN. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a non-political sports network to watch?

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Obama wrestles? Who knew? [I know, I know -- Reggie knows ...]

Is there a weight class below Pinweight or Strawweight or Light Flyweight?

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Balsaweight

Franklin100 on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Bantam Rooster weight?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Why do you want to insult roosters?

kringeesmom on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

I may just do it again tomorrow!

Mary Katharine Ham on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Intrepid, thy name is MKH!

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Hmmm. Seems Dear Leader spends much more time on his all important bracket than he did on Benghazi.

He is a POS. How he sleeps at night is beyond me.

NavyMustang on March 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Nero Obama, filling out “brackets” instead of fiddling.

VorDaj on March 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Intrepid blogger writes 3 posts in one day!

22044 on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I may just do it again tomorrow!

Mary Katharine Ham on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM


(:->)

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Balsaweight

Franklin100 on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Paperweight?

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Obama wrestles? Who knew? [I know, I know -- Reggie knows ...]

Is there a weight class below Pinweight or Strawweight or Light Flyweight?

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Pimple-On-A-Tick’s-Buttweight?

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Obama wrestles? Who knew? [I know, I know -- Reggie knows ...]

Is there a weight class below Pinweight or Strawweight or Light Flyweight?

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

…Pindick!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I may just do it again tomorrow!

Mary Katharine Ham on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

I certainly hope so.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Intrepid, thy name is MKH!

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Are you sure? I thought it was “Mary.”

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Intrepid blogger writes 3 posts in one day!

22044 on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 P

That’s nothing. Intrepid President fills out 3 “Brackets” in one day!

VorDaj on March 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Is there a weight class below Pinweight or Strawweight or Light Flyweight?

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

He gets his own special class, Berryweight.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Registration has started for the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge, offered by Quicken Loans and backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRKA). Fill out a perfect March Madness bracket, predicting the winner of all 63 games in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, and Buffett will hand you $1 billion—sort of.

kcewa on March 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

kcewa:

So, Hopey probably has a War-Room set up, going there endless scenarios
on possible game-match-ups!!:)

Ugh!

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Are you sure? I thought it was “Mary.”

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

*sigh* You aliens and your technicalities. Ok, ok.

Intrepid, thy acronym is MKH.

Is that better? *frickin’ egg-laying,duel-mouthed, acid-blooded weirdo*

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

For some reason when I think(seldomely) of barky and basketball the opening Scene of Steve Martin in “The Jerk” comes to mind.

Not sure why.

wolly4321 on March 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Mentally I see a big red nose nowadays whenever I see a picture of Obozo the Clown anymore.

NotCoach on March 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

He gets his own special class, Berryweight.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Heh.

Perhaps Dingleberryweight would be more apropos …

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Where is the QOTD?

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

If it ain’t golfing,…it boinking basketball!!

Leader of the Free Holes,…..!!!!

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Or,…….Movie Watch’n:

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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 2h

Also tomorrow, @espn airs Pres Obama interview on March Madness picks – also pegged to WH “sweet 16″ reasons to enroll in ObamaCare.
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Also tomorrow, Pres Obama will host a screening of “Cesar Chavez,” new film on the life of the farm worker labor organizer.
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Pres Obama will do interviews on the minimum wage w/ local anchors from New England, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dalls, Phoenix & San Diego.
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Tomorrow at the WH: Pres Obama again pitches his plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
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canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Are you sure? I thought it was “Mary.”

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

*sigh* You aliens and your technicalities. Ok, ok.

Intrepid, thy acronym is MKH.

Is that better? *frickin’ egg-laying,duel-mouthed, acid-blooded weirdo*

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

.

Could be; I’m not sure. Human is not my native tongue.

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Sorry. “Tongues.”

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Is that better? *frickin’ egg-laying,duel-mouthed, acid-blooded weirdo*

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

predator:0

**RACIST**!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Where is the QOTD?

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

We decided to start early in this thread. We’re waiting for MKH to sub-title it “QOTD.”
.
Didja see what I done there with them acronyms, predator?

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:29 PM

kringeesmom on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Used to have a few. Cluck, crow, scratch, eat and, well, what they eat has to come out sometime…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Wrong Ham. He is not the smartest. How did you get blogger of the year anyway?

I’m smart. I know things.
#Fredo voice#

SparkPlug on March 18, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Never thought I could have a lower opinion of a president than I had of jimmy carter or of bill clinton. I was wrong. They have elected the enemy, and he’s a moron to boot. May God have mercy on the souls of those who were not complicit.

Naturally Curly on March 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM

SparkPlug on March 18, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Because she’s that good. Besides, anyone who has to pit wits with Juan Williams when Juan’s drunk the Kool-Aid NEEDS an award!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Oh, for f*cks sake.

Sleep well, America. Barack is at the helm.

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

President Obama speaking largely truthfully and somewhat knowledgeably.

It happens one time each year.

forest on March 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

**RACIST**!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Wait/what? Aliens last name is Obama?

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Perhaps Dingleberryweight would be more apropos …

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Haha. LOL. That’s him and that’s his weight. Perfect. An ugly mental picture and oh so acurate.

Franklin100 on March 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Used to have a few. Cluck, crow, scratch, eat chase the hens,and, well, what they eat has to come out sometime…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM

And that stuff that comes out makes for some mighty fine garden amendment. This process still makes roosters more useful than The Wun.

kringeesmom on March 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Obama wrestles? Who knew? [I know, I know -- Reggie knows ...]

Is there a weight class below Pinweight or Strawweight or Light Flyweight?

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Dime-bag weight.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

kringeesmom on March 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Ya got me on that one, Mom!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I cannot even mock the guy or write witty/sarcastic comments about his behavior any more. The visceral reaction I have at this point…I have no words that can adequately capture and convey…

4Grace on March 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Didja see what I done there with them acronyms, predator?

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Yer learnin’. Of course you’ll always be behind the me on human-speak because I occasionally let one survive. If, that is, I find them “useful.”

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:33 PM

But I have Twitchy mentions. Does Ham?

SparkPlug on March 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

We all know he is complete failure, but my question is who in the White House, with everything going on in the world and his domestic failures piling up, decided he should show how out of touch he is by doing this? Did anyone say Mr. President, this only makes you look like a complete fool?

Ellis on March 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

“We don’t fault them for using these methods of social outreach,” Dharapak said of the White House in an interview after his presentation. “Just don’t shut the independent press out.”

Independent press. What a joke!

bw222 on March 18, 2014 at 10:40 PM

MKH… you tease.

Hog Wild on March 18, 2014 at 10:40 PM

What’s a bracket?

sharrukin on March 18, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Did anyone say Mr. President, this only makes you look like a complete fool?

Ellis on March 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Trying to look cool for the “youth vote.” He’s managed to fool them twice, so why not carry on? He still needs ‘em for DeathCare.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

That’s nothing. Intrepid President fills out 3 “Brackets” in one day!

VorDaj on March 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Ha!
I’m sure he isn’t making the picks. He delegated that out to his sycophants.

22044 on March 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Dime-bag weight.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Heh.

I’m convinced Barky’s permanently medicated, whether the drugs are prescription or “illegal” (“If the President does it, that means it’s not illegal”) …

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

MKH, you forgot the graphic. :)

(Top.)

Axe on March 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Where is the QOTD?

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Here it is

climbnjump on March 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Intrepid blogger writes 3 posts in one day!

22044 on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I may just do it again tomorrow!

Mary Katharine Ham on March 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

MKH: You Go Girl,….and bring dat Hammer:)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

But I have Twitchy mentions. Does Ham?

SparkPlug on March 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

She’s a piker. Your blog is 100 times better. Or it will be, when you get a blog.

Axe on March 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Wait/what? Aliens last name is Obama?

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

predator:Lol,..Oops my mistake, carry on,…———————:0

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

This world is getting very dangerous while Obama films out his brackets. Bad guys are on the move everywhere. We are in deep trouble with this pretender leading the nation.

Techster64 on March 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM

The One says;

Who cares about the world? I’m fundamentally transforming America into a thought leader in egalitarian socialism!And I’ll do the same to the NCAA with my awesome brackets!

President Gibbering Dingbat, D-Whoville.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 18, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Intrepid blogger writes 3 posts in one day! Hey, make AP extend his vacation!

22044 on March 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

But who would then make a post of every stupid poll out there, or put up the “Whine about The Walking Dead” thread?

Oh, right, who cares?

Adjoran on March 19, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Is there a weight class below Pinweight or Strawweight or Light Flyweight?

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Feather-boa weight.

soundingboard on March 19, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Obama is putt-tee in Ras-Putin’s hands.

MaiDee on March 19, 2014 at 1:38 AM

He’s just stepping down from his awesomeness to try to commune with us little people.

/nonpartisan

CurtZHP on March 19, 2014 at 6:52 AM

He knows more about college basketball than he knows about how the economy works, foreign affairs, or anything else. He’s done an incredible amount of damage to this country and the rule of law. I would be happy if he would spend the next 3 years making brackets and talking basketball.

TarheelBen on March 19, 2014 at 7:13 AM

The president loves sports. I love the tournament, too. I just wish Wichita State’s likelihood of choking hadn’t been the hardest question he faced in public today.

Bravo! That right there is varsity snark! The world around us is in flames and upgrading some medals and filling out his barakets were the only things on this lazy stupid coward’s schedule. You’d think he would be more engaged and the press corps would be more curious.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:14 AM

You’d think he would be more engaged and the press corps would be more curious.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Didn’t you get the memo, HN?

The Press Corpse is dead …

ShainS on March 19, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Smartest president ever wrestles with pressing national quandaries

I thought Obama was still the President?! Well, whoever it is, I hope they can clean up the mess Obama has gotten us into!

easyt65 on March 19, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Look, we get it. The president loves sports.

Loves sports? Cominsky. He loves posing.

86 on March 19, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Quandries? His biggest still is pretending to help America while he is openly dismantling it!

Don L on March 19, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Look, we get it. The president loves sports.

Loves sports? Cominsky. He loves posing.

86 on March 19, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Another skeetshooter denier…..

Don L on March 19, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Bravo! That right there is varsity snark! The world around us is in flames and upgrading some medals and filling out his barakets were the only things on this lazy stupid coward’s schedule. You’d think he would be more engaged and the press corps would be more curious.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Hey, give the guy a break! He did that interview with Zach Galifianakis last week. What more do you want?

monalisa on March 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Everyone knows the only perfect bracket this year is Kim-Jong Un.

nazo311 on March 19, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Crickets on the lost plane. Strange isn’t it? Media is all over this like a rekindled love affair and no questions for the Won about it.

Kissmygrits on March 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

It’s like living in a dream.

I almost forgot to wish Mrs. Obama, her daughters, her mother and a host of retainers bon voyage on their junket to China.

Mason on March 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I’m willing to concede that many people are smarter than I am, sometimes much smarter — for example, Ted Cruz. It’s also clear from his record that Ted Cruz is smarter than almost everyone else, including the people who are currently running the country.

Ted Cruz graduated with honors from Princeton and the Harvard Law School, one of whose most distinguished professors, Alan Dershowitz, has gone on record to say that Ted Cruz was one of the most brilliant students he ever taught.

Senator Cruz also served as a Supreme Court clerk; came from far behind in the polls to win his Texas Senate seat; and in a matter of little more than a year in Washington has become a front runner for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination, picking up the most coveted Conservative endorsement — Sarah Palin’s — along the way.

Ted Cruz is an expert at winning, and if he thinks he can win the presidency in 2016, who are the rest of us relative mediocrities to disagree with him? After eight years of President Obama, only a towering genius will be able to undo the damage. And Ted Cruz is the only candidate who even remotely qualifies. Rand Paul, his principal opponent, is a mediocre product of nepotism; he inherited his father’s supporters.

Do we want a better country or not?

Sandbear on March 19, 2014 at 10:50 PM