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Super Bowl 2012: Obama ‘can’t call it’ between Giants, Patriots

President Obama delivers remarks on college affordability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where, not surprisingly, football managed to sneak its way into his remarks. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Barack Obama wears many hats, and “First Prognosticator” is a bonus cap the avid sports fan generally welcomes.

But this is an election year, and as a result, it seems the man who on Tuesday night told Congress to stop playing politics is doing just that.

In an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, Obama was asked for his Super Bowl XLVI prediction. His response: “I can’t call it.”

“I can’t call it,” Obama said. “When the Bears are not involved, I can’t make predictions because I will get into trouble. But both are great teams. Brady obviously one of the best quarterbacks we’ve ever seen. Eli Manning playing as well as he’s ever played, and it’s going to be a fun Super Bowl.”

It looks like we’ll have to wait until March to breakdown the President’s NCAA tournament bracket.

Sawyer also asked Obama if he’d rather be Tom or Eli next Sunday. In return, Obama gave Sawyer a recap of Chicago’s second-half collapse.

“I can’t throw a spiral as well as either of those two guys, so you know, but I’m a huge fan of both teams,” he said. “I’m a little frustrated that my Bears who were pretty hot got hurt. Cutler, our quarterback, got hurt, then Matt Forte, our best running back got hurt. So, we were on a good trend there. Next year.”

Next year, indeed.

But just because the President won’t pick a winner, doesn’t mean you can’t...

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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