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Obama Violated Ethics Rules With Bracket Picks

From the Washington Examiner:

Obama’s brackets may have violated ethics rules banning NCAA betting at work

By Paul Bedard | MARCH 19, 2014

President Obama’s NCAA bracket, distributed by the White House, and his comments to ESPN that he would buy the first lady some shoes if he won, may have crossed strict ethics lines barring federal workers from doing their own brackets while on duty…

[There is] a federal memo that different agencies have rewritten to fit their workforce… [O]ne from the Air Force, reads:

It’s that time of year again, sports fans! College basketball conference tournaments are in full swing and ‘March Madness,’ the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, starts this week. It’s time to send out that e-mail to the squadron and let them know who the point of contact is to collect everyone’s $5 entry fee, right? Wrong. Like it or not, participating in a money-betting pool for NCAA basketball games in the workplace on duty time violates ethics laws and subjects employees to disciplinary action.

The memo cites “Code of Federal Regulations, Title 5, Section 735.201,” which prohibits civilian and military employees from “participating in any gambling activity, including the operation of a gambling device, a lottery or pool, a game for money or property, or selling or purchasing a numbers slip or ticket while on government owned or leased property, or while on government duty.”

Billionaire Warren Buffett is offering $1 billion to anyone who picks a perfect bracket… [Obama] stepped into the gambling area in an ESPN interview…

Asked what he would do if he won the money, Obama said: “You know I’m sure somebody would ask me to pay down more of the federal debt.” “Michelle might want a few shoes,” he jokingly said of the first lady.

Apparently, Obama can’t even avoid his Presidential responsibilities and goof off without screwing up.

And, sure, it seems like petty thing to point out. But if he were a Republican President, we would hear spittle-flecked outrage from our media guardians about how stupid and irresponsible this was.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Violated Ethics Rules With Bracket Picks”

  1. Astravogel

    TCP is not a Federal worker.

    What goes “Bam! clop clop, Bam! clop clop.

    An Amish hit and run in Pennsylvania

    And the horse was heard to say, “Help, I’ve fallen
    and I can’t giddyup!”

  2. canary

    What role models

  3. Right of the People

    Not only is it an ethics violation, not that he has any but he’s stupid or vain enough or both to go public with it. He really does believe he is above all of us.

    • canary

      Obama loves the camera. Kobe Bryant’st ObamaCare commericial should have showed a woman in a hotel room getting rough unprotected sex or getting near beat to death by sports fans.

      But, then just Kobe Bryant’s mug brings women’s health care to mind, but theres all those new little kids who didn’t hear what a monster he is that cost him that purple diamond ring to his wife that stayed with him.




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