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OMG: Obama did what?

Conservative media are abuzz with the fact that President Obama has filled out his bracket for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Some are talking heads and members of Congress are even aghast.

Aghast, you say, because he filled out a Men's bracket and not a women's bracket? No.

Aghast because he has an awful lot of safe picks, like three No 1 seeds in the Final 4, plus Memphis, a No. 2 seed, and thus is showing signs of being too careful in basketball as well as the economy? No.

Aghast because he didn't pick a particular team favorite? Mostly no, although Duke's Coach K thinks Obama should worry about the economy not the tournament..after the president had the nerve to pick Pitt over Duke in the Elite Eight.

Aghast because bracketology is a gateway bet to gambling addiction and nights spent on Texas Hold 'em, Blackjack and the Slots? No, although the Christian Conservative movement hasn't weighed in yet on that point.

No, they're just aghast because, as the most powerful person in the entire world, with the economy failing and unemployment rising and a war in Iraq and Afghanistan and God-knows-what-else on his plate at any given moment, he has the gall to take time to fill out his bracket.

And, to show up on ESPN, explaining his picks. So people who sit around watching sports all day might actually find out who that tall skinny guy with protruding ears is.

Note to those hellbent on being aghast: John McCain released his picks, too.

Note to Zags fans: Obama has Gonzaga in the Sweet 16, but losing to North Carolina, which, let's face it, is probably what most of you have on your bracket, too.

Want to see if you're doing better than the president? Click here to see his picks.

And for the record, as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday, he's not doing any better or worse than me. But it's early yet.


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