Barack Obama may no longer be president, but he’s still a basketball fan.
On Wednesday, Obama tweeted his brackets for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, warning: “Just because I have more time to watch games doesn’t mean my picks will be better.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 14, 2018
His men’s Final Four appears to be pretty solid, if safe: No. 1-seed Virginia, No. 2-seed North Carolina, No. 1-seed Villanova and No. 3-seed Michigan State, with Michigan State beating Virginia for the championship.
On the women’s side, he picked the heavy favorite, UConn, as the winner, with Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville making the Final Four.
Since his election, Obama has picked the eventual men’s winner twice — picking North Carolina in 2009 and again last year, after he left office.
It doesn’t appear that President Donald Trump will continue the presidential bracket tradition. He declined an invitation from ESPN to play last year, and this year he has not mentioned the tournament, which tips off Thursday on CBS CBS, -1.21% and Time Warner Inc.’s TWX, +0.25% TBS, TNT and TruTV.
Another notable Washington insider also posted his bracket Wednesday: James Comey, who Trump fired as FBI director last year, tweeted his picks, as well as some friendly trash-talk toward the former president, who appointed him:
“I don’t have personalized bracket stationary like @BarackObama but I got the substance (and a smoother shot tbh).”
— James Comey (@Comey) March 14, 2018
Comey picked Virginia over Villanova in the men’s final.