CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte girl's honest letter to President Barack Obama about his bracket picking skills not only earned her a reply from the president, but a call from the White House for help this year.
Eleven-year-old Emilia, from Charlotte, wrote to President Obama last year after his bracket was busted fairly early into the 2015 NCAA Basketball Championship, at least for the men's tournament.
Obama correctly predicted the Connecticut Huskies would be the women's NCAA basketball champions, but he got less than half of his men's bracket correct.
"Dear President Obama, My Name is Emilia. I am eleven years old and I live in Charlotte North Carolina," Emilia wrote to the president in 2015. "I just wanted to tell you that I saw your 2015 NCAA bracket pick and I beat you. You are a great president, just not the best bracket picker."
The president seemed to take the letter in stride and even wrote Emilia back last summer.
"You're right - when it comes to my basketball bracket, I don't have the best record," he admitted. "In addition to helping keep me honest, your note gave me the sense you're a talented young lady with some serious potential."
"Always remember that nothing is beyond your reach as long as you are willing to set your sights high and put your best effort into everything you do," the president continued. "I expect big things - and great brackets - from you in the years ahead."
The letter included a signed photo of the president saying "next year I'll check with you first!"
According to the White House, Emilia got a call recently asking for her thoughts on this year's tournament.
In his men's bracket, the president has Kansas, Texas A&M, Michigan State, and UNC headed to the Final Four. He predicts the Jayhawks will win the national title.
In the women's tournament, Obama picked Connecticut, Florida State, South Carolina, and Notre Dame to reach the Final Four. In the end though, he thinks it will be the UConn Huskies cutting down the nets come April 5.