The President has spoken: liberal Berkeley over Stanford.

President Obama picked second-seeded Cal as one of his four schools to reach the women's Final Four, ESPN reported Tuesday night.

Cal, which opens the tournament Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, against Fresno State, is in the Spokane regional with top-seeded Stanford (31-2). The schools are headed toward a highly anticipated showdown April 1 in the Elite Eight with the winner earning a trip to New Orleans.

The Bears (28-3) tied the Cardinal for the Pac-12 regular season title after the Bay Area rivals spit their two-game series in January.

Mikayla Lyles raises her arms in celebration as she and other members of the Cal Women’s basketball team react to the announcement of their number
Mikayla Lyles raises her arms in celebration as she and other members of the Cal Women's basketball team react to the announcement of their number two seed in the Spokane Region of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in the Field Club at Memorial Stadium on the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. on Monday, March 18, 2013. The seed is the program's highest ever in the NCAA tournament. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

In his fourth year of picking the women's tournament President Obama chose Baylor, Cal, Connecticut and Notre Dame to reach the Final Four. His complete "Barack-etology" will be unveiled Wednesday on ESPN. The President also took Florida, Indiana, Louisville and Ohio State for the men's tournament.

The Cardinal starts its quest to reach a sixth consecutive Final Four on Sunday against No. 16 Tulsa at Maples Pavilion.

According to ESPN President Obama will explain his picks in an interview to be aired Wednesday. But when it comes to dissing the Cardinal one has to wonder: Is something conservative Stanford prof Condoleezza Rice said?

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