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SBD/Issue 83/Sports & Society
Tiger, Breaking From The Norm, Speaks At Obama Inauguration
Published January 19, 2009
|The Usually Apolitical Woods
Speaks At Obama Ceremony
HEAR MY ROAR: ESPN.com's Jason Sobel wrote under the header, "Another Impressive First For Tiger." Woods for years had "remained apolitical to a fault, effortlessly shooing away questions regarding government affiliations and legislative decisions with the same deft touch he shows at Augusta National each April." However, with agreeing to speak at the inauguration event, perhaps Woods is "ready to change, to exercise his power in more influential ways." Woods' speech "might prove to be a pivotal moment for our nation," and could also "serve as a turning point for its greatest golfer" (ESPN.com, 1/16). In N.Y., Larry Dorman wrote by "appearing at an event celebrating the inauguration of the first black President, Woods obviously has decided to mark another first in his own life" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/17). ESPN Radio 980 DC's Al Galdi said, “Getting up on the Barack Obama bandwagon right now is a pretty safe move in terms of public reaction ... but to see Tiger do this is pretty surprising." Washington Post reporter Michael Lee: “This is a great step for him to come out and make some sort of statement.” Comcast SportsNet’s Russ Thaler: “It’s a safe first step into the political forum” (“Washington Post Live,” Comcast SportsNet, 1/16).