As he does every year, on Wednesday, President Obama took a few minutes out of his day to fill out a bracket for March Madness. And as they do every year, on Wednesday, everyone on Twitter took a few minutes out of their their day to react.
Some folks were brimming with irrational outrage, others with lukewarm support, while some others were kind enough to offer helpful suggestions to the president about ways his time could be better spent. Surely, he appreciates the latter most of all.
Let’s take a look at how Twitter reacted to this brief, and relatively mundane, annual event:
Obama puts more thought into his bracket than he had in his health care reform— Alex Cesna (@Alex_Says_Nah) March 19, 2014
Say what you will about Obamacare, just don’t say it took five minutes to create. I’m pretty sure the bill alone was like 900 pages; unless it was generated on SparkNotes, the timeline really doesn’t work.
obama Focus's On Ukraine Crisis,Fixing obamacare- Not Really, Spends Day Filling Out March Madness Bracket On ESPN http://t.co/5MA00YgaUf— Brian (@Holyfield67) March 19, 2014
Brian Holyfield67 (think he’s related to Evander?) would prefer President Obama spend the day focusing on the Ukraine crisis and “fixing” Obamacare. Something tells me he’s got far lower expectations for his own Wednesday accomplishments.
Obama's bracket- apparently he really likes teams that happen to come from swing states- http://t.co/XEriSMMJmbErik Leiden (@ErikLeiden) March 19, 2014
— Ever the shrewd politician!
I love the time of year where people get pissed off when Obama fills out a bracket. Get over yourselves.
Why doesn't Obama stop worrying about his bracket and get us out of debt instead? #MarchMadness— Kaylub (@iKaleb97) March 19, 2014
Yeah, OBAMA! Go get us out of debt already. The last president who presided over a debt-free America was Andrew Jackson...so just go do exactly what he did. Well, maybe not exactly.
— Ryan Scheidt (@rscheidt_27) March 19, 2014
Speaking of people getting pissed off...
Did Obama seriously make an ncaa bracket shouldn't he be busy running the country?!— Flat Stanley (@nickjimenez94) March 19, 2014
Yes, he really did. He really does it every year. Maybe next year, the White House should consider having Joe Biden swear in as acting president while Obama fills out his bracket.
The best thing and only thing Obama has done during his presidency is pick the NCAA bracket with decent accuracy every year. #MarchMadness— Jacob Wynkoop (@therealwynkoop) March 19, 2014
At least the guy does something right!
Just by looking at Obama's bracket, you can tell he is a terrible decision maker.— Seth (@SethBoner5) March 19, 2014
Oh, spoke too soon.
I may not agree with his policies, but by no means does that mean i havent used the Obama bracket for the past 7 ncaa tournaments— Opi (@BROpie_) March 19, 2014
Wait! Maybe he does!
I have the same final four as Obama....time to rethink my bracket— Matty Ice (@matt_ina17) March 19, 2014
Ugh. Never mind.
Jim Geraghty of the National Review, obviously enamored of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent actions in Crimea, would rather President Obama focus his time on redrawing our nation’s borders and enforcing his whim with military action.
Political reporters trying to make this a political story are really reaching. Also, it’s nice that Chris Christie took time out from his very busy bridge-closing schedule to fill out a bracket. Maybe Democrats and Republicans aren’t so different after all? Deep down, we all love nothing more than screwing around at work.
did i mention how much i appreciate knowing that President Obama still has time for March Madness... still waiting for his women's bracket— Jake Trimble (@ordinary_jake) March 19, 2014
As a longtime supporter of the sarcastic arts, this one really touches my heart.
Instead of filling out an NCAA bracket why doesn't Obama fill out a coherent jobs plan?— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) March 19, 2014
CounterMoonbat has a very good point here. The American Incoherent Jobs Act was a good first effort, but focusing on incoherency was a big miss.
President Obama's bracket has me feeling some type of way.— Colin Williams (@ColinWilliams22) March 19, 2014
Join the club. President Obama’s bracket has a lot of people feeling a lot of ways. Most of them are some variation on crazy angry.
To be fair, who doesn’t hate Iowa State. I kid. The Hawkeye State is one of our finest states that starts with the letter “I.”
I have interest in Obama's ncaa bracket. At all.— Jeremy Nutting (@JNutt) March 19, 2014
Is it just me, or is J-Nutt sending mixed signals?
Obama finished his bracket before i even looked at the teams in the tournament #whoops— Matthew Levine (@M_levine54) March 19, 2014
Looks like someone’s slacking more than Obama is on fixing various crap that he could fix if only he weren’t so busy slacking.
The House and Senate aren't even in session this week, but you're right, President Obama wasted so much time by filling out a bracket.— Josh Bramlett (@SonofConway) March 19, 2014
Typical “gotcha” journalism.
To understand President Obama’s March Madness bracket, you have to appreciate his father’s Kenyan anti-colonialism. #benghazi— Schmendrick (@ATLGreg1) March 19, 2014
Exactly. We’ve still never seen a birth certificate. It’s about time someone got to the bottom of this.
Dear Obama, As a kid who picks Michigan State to win every year I must inform you that your bracket is doomed. Sincerely, This loser— Negro on Sports (@NegroOnSports) March 19, 2014
As someone who always picks Pitt to advance beyond the second round, I totally know where this guy is coming from. But in a much sadder way.
I'm not an Obama fan but criticizing him for taking the time to fill out a bracket is petty. Like, is he not allowed to have free time?— Jessica (@jessgreenSN) March 19, 2014
That’s oddly measured and rational. So confused. That's just not what Twitter is all about.
So Obama picked Michigan State, got to change my bracket now— Nathaniel Curtsinger (@NCurtsinger) March 19, 2014
The most uncreative and recycled Obama bracket “joke” on Twitter. If you’re going to steal something, at least steal something that’s funny.
Obama typed his March Madness bracket but mine is handwritten. This is the kind of unprofessional crap that keeps me from being president.— Barnes Hamilton (@VerbalWordsmyth) March 19, 2014
I’m not gonna lie—this is one of the few tweets that actually made me laugh. And I read through thousands.
I don't care about "Obama's" bracket ESPN— Bo Campbell (@BoCampbells) March 19, 2014
“Obama,” as if that’s only allegedly his name.
Pres. Obama forgo your march madness bracket and talk to someone who been an American Pres. and ask them what you should do. Your clueless— S W (@SteKat711) March 19, 2014
Hopefully Obama is getting a check for all the free PR Kenya’s received over the last eight years or so. All publicity is good publicity, right?
I don't care how my bracket does as long as it's better than Obama's.— Thomas Leemon (@ThomasLeemon90) March 19, 2014
Politics aside, you have to appreciate the competitive spirit.
Obama nobody cares about your bracket at all you suck at all sports related things and that makes being president a sport too I geuss.— drew (@demakas) March 19, 2014
Absolutely flawless logic. I suck at all math related things and that makes being a writer a math too I geuss.
Wow Obama made another bracket. How cute. Can't wait to have a real president again— Rusty Swaryak (@RustyAllDay) March 19, 2014
Because real presidents don’t fill out brackets. They redraw national borders indiscriminately, apparently.
i don't understand why the GOP doesn't issue an official response bracket to obama's bracket— pete beatty (@nocoastoffense) March 19, 2014
It’s only a matter of time.
I'm just going to copy Barack Obama's bracket because he's the president. #MarchMadness— Rose Jones (@yogivemeabeat) March 19, 2014
If only congress was so agreeable, amirite?!?