Obama welcomes NCAA bracket ‘competition’ from Bush 41
George H.W. Bush on Thursday shared his selections for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and invited a bit of friendly competition with fellow former President Obama.
“Respectfully differing with @BarackObama so out on a limb here, but I have a gut feeling my @TAMU @aggiembk #Aggies are going the distance,” Bush tweeted.
Respectfully differing with @BarackObama so out on a limb here, but I have a gut feeling my @TAMU @aggiembk #Aggies are going the distance @marchmadness. #GigEm pic.twitter.com/E63a0UNnv7
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) March 15, 2018
Bush picked Texas A&M to pull off a series of upsets and win the national championship. His other Final Four selections included the University of Virginia, Villanova and Duke.
The latter three picks overlap with Obama’s predictions for the men’s tournament.
“I like the competition. And the loyalty to the home team,” Obama responded.
41: I like the competition. And the loyalty to the home team. – 44 https://t.co/XG3ChMtW0M
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 16, 2018
Obama unveiled his brackets Wednesday for this year’s NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, in which he picked Michigan State and the University of Connecticut, respectively, to win.
“Just because I have more time to watch games doesn’t mean my picks will be better, but here are my brackets this year,” Obama tweeted, along with images of his selections.
Obama, a passionate basketball fan, would typically appear on ESPN when he was in office to talk through his yearly NCAA picks.
President Trump declined to publicly fill out a bracket last year or for 2018.
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