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For Obama's sake, down with Kansas

March 23, 2011 - Steve Schulwitz
Last week I was watching television and jumping back and forth between CNN and ESPN. I was tracking the situations in Japan and Libya on the news network, while enjoying sports highlights and analysis on the sports channel.

It was during a segment about March Madness when my confusion set in and my frustration increased. Several times during the hour-long show, a segment featured President Obama's basketball tournament bracket where he went through and explained many of his picks and added some humor to what could have been a very stale bit.

My issue is that as things continue to unravel around the world, and his popularity decreases, maybe it would have been best if he submitted his bracket without all the hoopla of actually having to make an appearance. In other words, his face and his voice of explanation were on the wrong channel. His job is leading the country and being supportive to others when needed.

Now don't get me wrong, Mr. Obama has his fair share of press conferences and appearances on CNN much more than ESPN, but to some it could reflect badly that he is carrying on about how Kansas failed him in last year's tournament and he is going to give them another chance to make amends this year, when a nuclear emergency is going on in Japan and the Middle East is crumbling in front of the world.

We need him to be the voice of reason and to be the shoulders that can help carry us through these turbulent times. Instead we get his insight on basketball and some half-hearted laughs. For things to get better, he is going to have to separate himself from March Madness and his other side hobbies and act how a leader should act. It is for this reason I am pulling for Kansas to lose early in the tournament, because if they continue to advance, we might not see our president on CNN again until early April, or after he throws out the first pitch for the start up of the 2011 baseball season.


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