Newt Gingrich, who for all intents and purposes is running for US president, went on Fox News on Thursday in order to slam Obama for publicly stating his NCAA basketball bracket during a time of crisis (by which I assume Gingrich is referring to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan). But it is the strangest slam I’ve heard in a long time:
You know, the president has this fixation with the Final Four. Spent time on ESPN giving us his version of what really mattered to him, which is the Final Four.
I like basketball. I think the president knows more about it than I do.
He may well be right about Kansas, although I must say I have a personal affection for Duke, where my best friend from high school went to school and where they have a great coach, and I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for Duke winning. But Kansas is a great school, so maybe the president is right.
But what’s strange is — with all of these crises — how can you focus that kind of time and attention as president of the United States? Not as a private citizen, not as a spectator, not as a hobby.
On second thought, maybe the crisis Gingrich is referring to is the fact that he hasn’t been elected to any office in a while.