Barack-Etology: March Madness 2016-Kansas Jayhawks

 

President Barack Obama has picked Kansas to win the NCAA title, with the hopes of correctly selecting college basketball’s national champion in the first and last years of his presidency.

Obama will leave office in January 2017. He correctly picked North Carolina in his first year in office in 2009, but he hasn’t selected the winner in the past six brackets.

Obama also picked the Jayhawks to knock off Texas A&M and the Tar Heels to beat Michigan State in the Final Four before meeting in the final on April 4th in Houston.

This is the third time he has picked Kansas to win the title; he also selected the Jayhawks in 2010 and 2011.

Barack’s “big upset” is his prediction of his home state Hawaii, to beat the higher seeded California.

Barack Obama discusses that a lot of his choices for his predictions are based upon choosing teams with great coaches as he believes they can coach any players to victory. Thus, Obama has a lot of faith in Coach K of Duke, Coach Izzo of Michigan State, Coach Calipari of UConn, and of coarse, Coach Self of his predicted champion, Kansas.

Obama believes that Kansas will win due to the talents of Coach Self, and star players Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden as well. He believes that Buddy Hield of Oklahoma will be the next great NBA player and believes that Denzel Valentine of Michigan State is the best player in the tournament.

You can find Barack Obama’s March Madness interview here.

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Kanye West: U.S. President 2020?

Kanye West for President of the United States?

Kanye West’s career trajectory has always been full of the audacious, the memorable, and the newsworthy. His announcement of a presidential bid in 2020 at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 30 was all three, and whether the plan ever comes to be executed, the idea of a Kanye West presidency is the source of excited conversation and conjecture that is beginning to blend the world of Hip-Hop and politics in a way that seeps into other aspects of popular culture.

New Yorker magazine, the 91-year old rag considered by many to the quintessential publication for the cultured and political, has ventured into uncharted territory, making Kanye West the boldest representation of Hip-Hop in its history. The issue last September 14th, features a political cartoon starring Yeezy as not a rapper but a politician deeply entrenched with American political history.

That’s because the cartoon is a joke within a joke, a replica of a historic photograph taken in 1948. In the photograph, President Truman was seen holding up November 3’s Chicago Daily Tribune, which erroneously reported that New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey had defeated the incumbent Truman, marking one of the newspaper’s biggest gaffes in its history (and any newspaper, for that matter).

In the 2015 version created by Barry Blitt, Kanye West is Truman, and the paper’s headline reads “Trump Defeats Kanye,” opting for the rapper’s first name. Because Kanye. The tongue-in-cheek choice for cover artwork by the New Yorker speaks not only to ‘Ye’s status as a pop culture giant, but also to Hip-Hop’s; the music aside, its influence in American politics has always been an important element, but it has certainly edged its way into the forefront as of late.

Kanye West’s image is now forever entwined with one of the most iconic images in history. And it’s not even 2020 yet.

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Barack Obama’s Wise Words on Future U.S. President

Barack Obama in a press conference announces his concerns for America’s future in a well thought out, meaningful, and wise speech.

Barack Obama goes on to explain, “I think foreign observers are troubled by some of the rhetoric that has taken place in these Republican primaries and debates.”

When asked about he thoughts on Trump, he says, “I don’t think it is [the trouble] restricted by the weight of Mr.Trump. I find it interesting that everyone is focused on Trump, as he simply says in more interesting ways what the other candidates are saying.”

He addresses his concern on Climate Change when saying, “They are all denying climate change, which is troubling to the international community since the science is unequivocal. Other countries know that if influential countries like us don’t act on such a crucial issue, then no one will.”

He expresses his hope in the American people when he says, “I have a lot of faith in the American people and I believe that they recognize that being president is a serious job. ”

Obama explains what is needed for a president when he says, “It’s not hosting a television show,or a reality show. It’s not promotion, it’s not marketing, it’s hard, and…it’s not about doing whatever will get you on the news on a given day, and sometimes it requires you to make the unpopular, tough decisions. However, as you get closer, reality has a way of intruding in and these are the people I have faith in.”

This was a noble speech from Barack Obama, which may demonstrate how the media can be so influential in decision making. The media almost forces us to conform to what’s popular regardless of whether or not what we are hearing is truly rational. Truly wise words Mr. President.

You can find the video of the speech here.

“I Love J.Cole”-Barack Obama

Barack Obama during his speech admitted his admiration for rapper, J. Cole, who performed at the Democratic National Committee Show on March 11th. On Twitter, Barack Obama wrote, “I Love J.Cole!” and explained, “You know, this is the benefit of having teenage daughters. I actually keep up.”

Obama also revealed that he was able to speak with Cole’s mother and grandmother before the event.

During his performance of “Be Free” on the Late Show with David Letterman in December 2014, J. Cole was somewhat critical of Obama’s Presidency.

“No disrespect in terms of change I haven’t seen any / Maybe he had good intentions but was stifled by the system / And was sad to learn he actually couldn’t bring any,” J. Cole rapped.

It has been shown that Barack Obama openly received the criticism and even has shown gratitude for J. Cole’s powerful and meaningful lyrics.

Throughout his tenure as President, Barack Obama has voiced his appreciation for a variety of Hip Hop artists, Kendrick Lamar being a notable example. During an interview with People last December, Obama named K. Dot’s “How Much A Dollar Cost” from To Pimp A Butterfly as his favorite song of 2015.

Last October, Kendrick Lamar paid a visit to the Oval Office as part of the “Pay It Forward” initiative that promoted mentoring youth across the country.

More recently, Obama was asked his opinion on the potential winner should Kendrick Lamar and Drake ever square off in a Rap battle.

“You gotta go with Kendrick,” President Obama told YouTube star sWooZie. “I’m just saying. I think Drake is an outstanding entertainer, but Kendrick…his lyrics. His last album [To Pimp A Butterfly] was outstanding. Best album I think [that came out] last year.”

Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole

On March 11, 2016, President Barack Obama will have the chance to voice his opinion on why the world needs a collaborative album with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. You are probably wondering, “Why does Barack Obama want to put in so much effort for a couple of rappers?” The truth is, Kendrick Lamar’s hit “How Much a Dollar Cost”, was Barack Obama’s favorite song of 2015. Thanks Obama. You’re the man.

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