Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tiger on Obama

The independent in the UK interviews famous black Americans about what Obama means to them and how they will feel about an O presidency, and most of them are really pumped.
Except for tiger woods, who uses the opportunity to give a shout out to 'all politicians,' saying how much he admires their ability to think on their feet.

Tiger Woods, Golfer

I've seen him speak. He's extremely articulate, very thoughtful, I'm just impressed at how well, basically all politicians really do, how well they think on their feet. Especially those debates. It's pretty phenomenal to see them get their point across. But I just think that he's really inspired a bunch of people in our country and we'll see what happens down the road.

I don't know what this says about tiger woods. It is interesting that he boils it down to a skill - the ability to think on your feet. He sees a politician as analogous to an athlete, in this way, I guess.

Something ominous in the 'we'll see what happens down the road.' He doesn't have a ton of hope, like the others.

Why is this? Tiger Woods is, after all, the Barack Obama of golf. OH! No, maybe he is angry at being outshined! A black golfer doesn't look so important next to a black president!

I doubt that. Tiger would not be so petty.

Maybe he is afraid of alienating his golf loving republican fan-base. Maybe there are apolitical stipulations in his contract with Nike. I am assuming that golfers are republicans 3 to 1.

Or maybe he has a deep seated loathing for other black people, sees them as inferior and incompetent. This would be the hardest to prove, and probably the most insulting.

Or maybe he is just smart and really weary of all politicians. But still, shouldn't the black guy thing make him happy anyways, even if Obama were kind of a dink? Wouldn't it mean something to him, like the others, in the context of the civil rights movement?

Or maybe he is actually ecstatic about Obama and this just didn't come across in the interview and in the text.

Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer who ever lived, though. You've got to give that to him.