President Obama has once again picked North Carolina as the team to beat in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Obama, who correctly picked the Tar Heels to win the 2009 championship, has UNC beating Kentucky in this year’s title game. Ohio State and Missouri are Obama’s other Final Four selections.
“I am going with North Carolina. They’re an older team, more experienced team. And since they won it for me the last time, hopefully I’ll be able to get a little redemption for the last two years,” Obama told ESPN’s Andy Katz.
The president has gone public with his bracket each year since coming into office. The past two seasons he incorrectly picked Kansas to win the title. “They broke my heart each year,” he said.
“I just want to point out that last year, I was doing great through the first round and it was all downhill from there,” he joked.
The president filled out his bracket Tuesday at the White House before heading to Ohio, where he attended a first-round game with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
It will not escape notice that in this election year the president selected a large school from the swing state of North Carolina to win the championship.
Democrats are targeting North Carolina, which the president narrowly won in 2008, and will hold their convention there late in the summer.
To see NCAA brackets through a nakedly political prism, check out “Swing State Brackets” as envisioned by ABC’s Political Director Amy Walter and other members of the political team.