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March Madness: Obama picks McCain's team to lose in first round

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But he didn't do that entirely.

In the first round he did pick No. 11 VCU over No. 6 UCLA.

"VCU, I think, has been playing strong, and I hate to say this, because my brother-in-law is in the Pac-10 right now, but the Pac-10 has been looking pretty weak this year," Obama said. "I like that as an upset."

The folks over at Bruins Nation ain't happy with this pick.

"Talk about a presidential diss," writes Zinlinez. "Come on now people. First ridiculous members of [mainstream media] and now the leader of the free world?

He chose No. 11 Temple over No. 6 Arizona State in the first round as well.

McCain?

But it was the selection of Utah over Arizona - not an upset at all - that made Katz wonder if there was a McCain thing going on.

"It has nothing to do with McCain," Obama said. "I think Arizona is a great state. I love playing golf there, but they just squeaked in based on reputation."

The Big Dance

Ask any of the teams on the bubble (especially St. Mary's). They'll agree with that. Arizona getting seeded - all reputation.

The president seems to know his basketball. So, how can you knock his Final Four picks?

In the end, Obama selected North Carolina and Louisville to advance to the big game.

No pressure

If it wasn't nerve-racking enough to participate in the tournament -- let alone the final game -- how about getting a warning from the President of the United States not to blow it?

In selecting North Carolina to win it all, Obama had a message for the team.

"Now, for the Tar Heels who are watching, I picked you all last year -- you let me down," Obama said to the TV cameras. "This year, don't embarrass me in front of the nation, all right?"

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