There was a time when President Obama was an underdog in the sport of presidential politics. But there were only hints of the Cinderella mentality when the president made his annual NCAA March Madness predictions with ESPN’s Andy Katz.
“He has North Dakota State over Oklahoma, which is a trendy pick by many people, and he does have Harvard over Cincinnati,” Katz told “Top Line” following his annual “Barack-etology” with the president.
Having covered the president and his interest in college hoops since he was a presidential candidate in 2008, Katz said Obama has an impressive grasp of the sport.
“Every year, I am less surprised because he continues to be highly knowledgeable on the sport,” he said. “Dan Pfeiffer, the White House adviser, was telling me earlier that essentially, when he can, on Air Force One late at night … he's watching ESPN, and he's paying attention.”
That’s in addition to making in-person appearances at a number of college games this year, Katz noted.
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