(LAS VEGAS) — President Obama picked a Super Bowl winner two years ago in an ABC News interview, but the president on Thursday refused to weigh in this year, saying that he’ll get into trouble if he makes predictions.
“I can’t call it. I can’t call it,” Obama told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. “When the [Chicago] 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.”
When asked if in his daydreams, he is either Manning or Brady, Obama replied: “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. 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.”
Two years ago, Obama told Sawyer he was rooting for the New Orleans Saints “as the underdog.” They ended up winning.
“You know to say I tell you, I love Drew Brees,” Obama said Thursday, referring to the Saints’ quarterback. “I love what that team has meant to New Orleans, obviously recovering from Katrina and they are consistently an outstanding team. I’m sure they’re gonna get another chance.”
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Eric Levenson, CNN
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