Barack Obama's signature domestic initiative is under threat from the Supreme Court. Unemployment remains high. Foreclosures continue apace. Guantanamo Bay remains open.
But there are glimmers of progress. For years, fans of college football have suffered under the vagaries of the Bowl Championship Series. "Let's not contaminate college football with the infectious excitement the playoffs provide in most other team sports," said absolutely no one who didn't have lucrative vested interest in the BCS.
As a candidate, Obama promised hope and change on this vital issue. During a Monday Night Football broadcast the night before the 2008 election, Obama said, "I think it's about time we had playoffs in college football. I'm fed up with these computer rankings and this that and the other. Get eight teams — the top eight teams right at the end. You got a playoff. Decide on a national champion."
As with the public option during the health care debate, the president didn't get all he wanted. Yesterday, a committee of university presidents approved a plan for a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners of the top football conferences, rather than the eight-team vision championed by Obama.
There's no word on whether Mitt Romney will attack Obama for this failing, but his hesitancy can be forgiven on account that Romney and the BCS computer were manufactured in the same facility.
At the very least, with his campaign now based on bribing voters with ice cream and improving college football, Obama is proving that he's a real American.
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