Political Headlines March 27, 2013: President Barack Obama Says His NCAA Bracket Is ‘Busted’

POLITICAL HEADLINES

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

Obama Says His NCAA Bracket Is ‘Busted’

Source: ABC News Radio, 3-28-13

Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images

When asked how his March Madness bracket is doing, President Obama on Wednesday responded with one word: “busted.”

Eleven of the president’s picks are among the Sweet 16 and his Final Four are still in the men’s NCAA tournament, but his teams in the Western division did not do as well….READ MORE

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Full Text Obama Presidency July 18, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech Honoring the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion Baylor Lady Bears

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

Remarks by the President Honoring the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion Baylor Lady Bears

Source: WH, 7-18-12

East Room

2:31 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  Hello!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Everybody please have a seat.  Welcome to the White House, everybody.  And congratulations to the Baylor Lady Bears on their undefeated season and second national championship.  (Applause.)

There are some proud members of Congress who are here today.  We’ve got a bunch of proud Texans in the house.

I want to thank all the outstanding young women who are behind me, and the coach, for making my bracket look good — at least on the women’s side.  (Laughter.)  I picked Baylor over Notre Dame, but I have to say, I wasn’t the only one.  It wasn’t that hard.  (Laughter.)  Because if there’s one thing to describe this team, it was dominant.

Last season, the Lady Bears scored more points than any team in women’s college basketball history.  (Applause.)  They became the first team ever — men’s or women’s — to win 40 games in a season.  (Applause.)

Now, this is not to say that success came easily.  After a tough loss to Texas A&M in the Elite Eight last year, the Lady Bears decided they weren’t going to go through that again.  So they buckled down, they spent all summer in the gym.  And they have not lost since — not to the Aggies, and not to anybody else.  (Laughter.)

So obviously, a lot of credit goes to Coach Kim Mulkey.  This is Coach’s fifth national championship — she just — she likes to win if you haven’t noticed.  (Laughter.)  She won two as a star player at Louisiana Tech, one as an assistant coach, and now two as head coach at Baylor.  That’s an incredible thing.  (Applause.)

I want to point out that’s the first person in college basketball history to win titles in all three roles.  I heard she plans to win her next one as mascot — (laughter) — so that she can — but — (laughter) — I mean, she’s got to figure out what else she can win at this point.  But we want to congratulate Coach Kim for leading this team and being named Coach of the Year in women’s basketball.  Congratulations.  (Applause.)

Now, obviously, a great winning team requires a great coach, but it’s not as if on the court the players were slackers, either.  We can’t say enough about Brittney Griner.  This young woman is the new face of women’s basketball — she blocks shots, she rebounds, she’s got the jump-hook, she’s got the dunk.

She won just about every award that you could win last season.  And I have to say that there have been times in the past where I shot around a little bit with the visiting team, but this time I don’t think I can get my shot off, so — (laughter) — I’m not doing that this year.  (Applause.)  Not doing that this year.

She’s not the only one I’m scared of.  You’ve got Odyssey Sims, who just owned the backcourt, earned her reputation as one of the premier perimeter defenders in the country.  Senior Terran Condrey, or “Big Shot T” —

TEAM:     Yeah!

THE PRESIDENT:  Where did she go?  Right here?  Knocking down jump shots.  Three other seniors — Ashley Field, Lindsay Palmer, and Cherrish Wallace who anchored this team for four of the most successful years in school history.

So we know that the Lady Bears are talented on the court.  But when practice is over, they worked just as hard.  Some made the Big 12 Honor Roll with perfect GPAs.  That’s worth an applause right there.  (Applause.)  They read with students at elementary schools in Waco and served meals to the homeless.  They traveled around the world, caring for infants at an AIDS orphanage and building houses in Kenya.

The Lady Bears also made a difference in one little girl, who is so special to them that the team brought her along for today’s visit.  Haley Klepper, who is right here — hey, Haley.  (Applause.)  Haley is as brave as can be and has just gone through some struggles.  But when the team found out about Haley and all the stuff that she goes through every day, and she’s such a brave little girl, they immediately took her under their wing.  So she has her own spot reserved in the Baylor locker room, and — she’s a pretty big fan.  She cheers from the sidelines just about at every home game, is that right?  (Laughter.)  So we’re thrilled to have Haley here.

This team just sets a terrific example for girls everywhere — as athletes, as scholars, as leaders in their community.  I could not be prouder of this team.  And I’ve said — I was saying to them before we came out, as the father of two daughters who are tall and beautiful just like them, it is great to have role models who can show that women can be strong and athletic and competitive, but also play as a team.  That’s a terrific lesson for my daughters and it’s a terrific lesson for girls everywhere.

And so we could not be prouder of them.  And since they’ve got all five starters coming back, I suspect that they’re the odds-on favorite for my bracket next year as well.  (Laughter.)  So congratulations, everybody.  (Applause.)

END
2:40 P.M. EDT

White House Recap March 10-16, 2012: The Obama Presidency’s Weekly Recap — President Barack Obama Hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron for Basketball, State Dinner & Press Conference

WHITE HOUSE RECAP

WHITE HOUSE RECAP: MARCH 10-16, 2012

West Wing Week: 3/16/12 or “Leveling the Playing Field”

Source: WH, 3-16-12

This week, the President pressed for support of advanced manufacturing, held a series of “Live from the White House” Interviews, made a major announcement on trade rights, hosted Prime Minster Cameron for an Official State Visit and a trip to an NCAA game, and spoke on energy and job creation in Maryland.

Weekly Wrap Up: Standing Together and Working Together

Source: WH, 3-16-12

No Quick Fix: Speaking from Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland on Thursday, the President explained his all-of-the-above strategy to develop every available source of American-made energy. “We need an energy strategy for the future,” the President explained. “Yes, develop as much oil and gas as we can, but also develop wind power and solar power and biofuels.”

Rock-Solid Alliance: On Wednesday morning, President Obama – together with the First Lady, the Vice President and Dr. Biden – welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron and Samantha Cameron to the White House during the Official Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn. Later that evening, the Prime Minister and his wife were honored with a State Dinner, where they were joined by dignitaries from both countries. “In war and I peace, in times of plenty and times of hardship,” President Obama remarked, “we stand tall and proud and strong, together.”

Announcing a New Trade Case: After forming the Trade Enforcement Unit two weeks ago, President Obama announced on Wednesday that, “we’re bringing a new trade case against China – and we’re being joined by Japan and some of our European allies.” The effort is focused on expanding American manufacturers’ access to rare earth materials, which China currently supplies and, due to their policies, prevents the United States from obtaining.

Bracketology: Before the madness began, the President took time to fill out his brackets for the 2012 NCAA men and women’s basketball tournaments. While Kentucky, Ohio State and Mizzou made his Final Four, it’s the North Carolina Tar Heels who he selected as his national champion. On Monday night, the President headed to Dayton, Ohio with Prime Minister Cameron to catch some early round action in person.

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