Unlike former President Barack Obama, who spent valuable time filling out NCAA Tournament brackets with ESPN every year of his presidency, sitting President Donald Trump has “respectfully declined” to fill out a 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket on ESPN.
“We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket,” stated ESPN network. “They have respectfully declined.”
According to ESPN, “White House spokesman Hope Hicks, in an email to The Washington Post, said: ‘We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future.’”
The bracket challenge tradition started under former President Obama, “an avid basketball fan,” says ESPN, back in 2009 and continued throughout his presidency.
Below is a listing of former President Obama’s picks throughout the years:
Former President Obama’s 2010 archive can be seen on the ObamaWhiteHouse.archives.gov page here. Obama picked Kansas to win it all in 2010.
On ESPN, Obama again picked Kansas to be the NCAA Tournament champion in 2011.
In 2012, “Obama filled out a bracket for the fourth consecutive year,” noted ESPN. He picked North Carolina to win over Kentucky for the championship.
“Obama, a die-hard basketball fan who has filled out a bracket for ESPN since he became president in 2009, picked Kentucky to beat Villanova in the title game,” said ESPN, reporting on the former president’s picks for the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Obama returned to picking Kansas to win the NCAA title in 2016 “with the hopes of correctly selecting college basketball's national champion in the first and last years of his presidency,” reported ESPN.