Sunday, March 22, 2009
Lay Off Obama Doing His NCAA Bracket
For full disclosure, I'm a registered Republican. I also don't care that President Obama decided to do a bracket for the NCAA Tournament.
Some people are bent about it. They say that he has much more to worry about that doing some stupid ol' brackets. That is technically true, but he can take about a half hour out of his year to do something that many, many people in offices all around this great nation do. Most of us have more important things to do at work than doing some stupid ol' brackets. Get back to work!!!!
Maybe you do your brackets on your own time. I know we like to think that the President is always on duty ... and he is ... but he is allowed to have his own time. Even salaried employees all over the world have their own time. What's the difference in his doing his bracket on ESPN from the White House than, say, President Bush flying to various baseball parks and throwing out the first pitch. Or in 1994 when President Clinton flew to Charlotte (my hometown) to watch the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Final Four? Twice. Those trips cost taxpayer's money for Air Force One to get him there and the security to make sure nothing pops off.
Obama is known in these circles as a Sports President. He loves sports and loves to express his opinions. Hell, he would make for an outstanding blogger! But don't think he's the first to love sports like this. Eisenhower played golf more than Tiger Woods does now. Neither Bush missed an opportunity to show up at a major league ballpark. Richard Nixon was diagramming plays for the Washington Redskins.
The point is that these guys have the highest of stressful jobs and having a few moments to "get away" and do something fun isn't a crime. It has to be healthy.