It will take some time to decide if President-elect Barack Obama will know how to run the country, but the prez-in-waiting knows football.
Before Oklahoma and Florida universities stepped on the field, Obama was asked by New York Times political reporter John Harwood who would win the national championship between the Sooners and the Gators. Obama chose Florida on Jan. 7.
"In an interview "¦ Mr. Obama predicted that Florida would defeat Oklahoma in (the) BCS championship game, especially if its speedy running back Percy Harvin is healthy," the Times reported.
As it turned out, Florida won the game 24-14.
Obama picking Florida really isn't a surprise. The President-elect took the Sunshine State's 27 electoral votes on Nov. 4, 2008. And as that election night played out, Oklahoma became Obama's worst loss. Republican presidential candidate John McCain won the Sooner State by his widest margin of all his election night state wins. As a mater of fact, Oklahoma was the only state where Obama did not win a single county.
So, should it have been a surprise Obama picked Florida over Oklahoma? It probably didn't matter which team he actually thought was better. It would be a surprise if Obama had an OU doll clutched in his hands during the game and poked needles into the doll's belly every time OU quarterback Sam Bradford dropped back to pass.
But choosing a national champion didn't stop there. Obama went on to say he wants to see college football adopt a playoff system.
"I think a football playoff system makes sense. I've spoken about this quite a bit, and I think if you look at knowledgeable sports fans, they agree with me."
Not even sworn in yet and already throwing his weight around the football field. Hope he can pick this economy the way he can pick football games.
"You know, I've got to pick and choose my battles," Obama said. "I probably am going to be spending more time focusing on creating "¦ three million more jobs."