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All of Obama’s Final Four Picks Eliminated — Update: Naturally That Won’t Keep Him From Appearing During the Final Four Telecast

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By Doug Powers  •  March 28, 2010 11:40 AM

–Obama campaigned for Creigh Deeds: He lost.
–Obama campaigned for Jon Corzine: Another loss.
–Obama campaigned to get the Olympics in Chicago: Out in the first round of voting.
–Obama campaigned for Martha Coakley: Epic fail.

Michelle calls it the “Reverse Midas Touch,” (the First Lady has it too), and it’s something that is alive and well as evidenced by the fact that all of Obama’s Final Four picks are out of the tournament:

President Barack Obama went 0 for 2 in the NCAA tournament Saturday when Kentucky and Kansas State lost in the regional finals, knocking out his two remaining picks for the Final Four.

In his ESPN.com bracket, Obama predicted that Kansas, Villanova, Kentucky and Kansas State would reach the Final Four. Kansas and Villanova were upset in the second round, then Kentucky and Kansas State went down Saturday.

Believe it or not, this is the second time Kentucky has been bitten by Hope. In late January, Kentucky’s basketball team, #1 in the nation with a 19-0 record at the time, got a phone call from President Obama before the game. What happened? You guessed it, Kentucky lost to South Carolina.

Please, Mr. President, go campaign for Harry Reid again… and again… and again… And while you’re at it, please pick Tennessee to beat Michigan State today.

Update: In comments, jsmiddleton hints at something Obama might want to consider for next year’s tournament, and that’s to simply give his picks recess appointments into the Final Four and avoid the regular process.

Update II: Yessss!

Update III: If you thought for one second that the Final Four telecast next Saturday would be Obama-free, CBS has a reminder for you:

This Thursday, CBS “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith will go one-on-one with Pres. Barack Obama in a court-side interview. Then, Smith and his CBS Sports colleague NCAA basketball analyst Clark Kellogg will shoot hoops with Obama on the White House basketball court.

Smith’s interview and clips from the game will air on The Early Show Friday. Kellogg’s interview with the President, and the game, will air Saturday afternoon and evening during CBS’s coverage of the Final Four.

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