What do Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have in common? Well, other than being two of the most winning golfers in history, the champions are united in their comments about how the office of the presidency should be viewed.
Just recently, Tiger Woods said that the office should be respected, no matter who inhabits that office. Nicklaus voiced his agreement with that mindset.
“No matter who’s president — whether it was Barack Obama or Donald Trump — I think you respect the office, and I’m much in Tiger’s camp on that,” Niklaus told Fox News.
Now how would those two golfers happen to get involved in even discussing such issues? Well, they weren’t the ones who brought it up. As politics seems to creep into so many areas of life and in unexpected ways these days, just the other day Woods was completing his round for the PGA Tour in New Jersey when he got a question about politics, not golf.
A reporter from The New York Times (not exactly President Trump’s favorite publication) who was more interested in politics than golf asked Woods this:
“Your relationship with Donald Trump, how would you describe that personally and professionally?”
“I’ve known Donald for a number of years. We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. And so, yeah, I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency,” Tiger responded.
And the reporter didn’t give up:
“At a time, especially 2018, I think a lot of people, especially people of color, immigrants feel threatened by him, by his policies. He’s thrown himself in sports debates in terms of race with LeBron James, with the anthem. What do you say to people who might find it interesting, I guess, that you have a friendly relationship with him?”
“Well, he’s the president of the United States and you have to respect the office,” Woods said. “And no matter who’s in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”
The reporter still didn’t back down:
“Do you have anything to say more broadly about the state, I guess, the discourse of race relations?”
“No. I just finished 72 holes and I’m really hungry.”
In his Fox News interview, Nicklaus expressed his agreement with Woods’ view, saying he handled the line of questioning very well.
It was completely inappropriate and irrelevant, in an interview that was supposed to be about a golf tournament, for a reporter to even initiate that conversation and then keep pressing Woods.
What did President Trump have to say about all this? He tweeted the following soon after Woods’ interaction with the reporter:
“The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say. Tiger wouldn’t play the game — he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!”
It seems that these days, one can’t even retreat to a peaceful golf course to escape the craziness of media and politics.
~ Liberty Planet