By Peter Gleason
The nation’s Hoophead in Chief went all ga-ga yesterday for Villanova’s NCAA basketball championship team.
President Obama lauded the Cats, not only for winning the national championship but for doing it in style.
“Maybe the best title game of all time,” Obama said of Villanova’s victory over North Carolina in the April 4 contest decided on a three-point shot at the buzzer by the Wildcats’ Kris Jenkins.
“That was a good shot,” the president told Jenkins at a White House ceremony honoring the national champions.
Obama confessed he had the Wildcats going out early in the NCAA tournament, despite the prediction by Vice President Biden — whose wife Jill attended Villanova — that they would go all the way.
“This is the type of wise counsel that you are looking for from a vice president,” Obama said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t follow his counsel and so my bracket was busted.”
Obama also praised Wildcats coach Jay Wright, calling him “the best dressed man in college basketball” and “the George Clooney of coaches.”
Wright returned the favor, praising Obama and awarding him a pair of Villanova jerseys.
“We welcome you to the ‘Nova nation,” Wright told the president.
A gaggle of lawmakers and government officials with Villanova connections attended the White House ceremony.
“We have some big ‘Nova fans here,” Obama said, “from both sides of the aisle in Congress.”