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Tiger: Only Thing Missing Was ‘Thank You, Mr. President.’

tigerwoods.jpgI believe that history will show that Tiger Woods launched his professional political career today, with his well-crafted and publicized press conference. He is no longer the golfer or the celebrity or the superstar. He is the cultural icon who is to society’s stage what a politician used to be to the country.
And like every political leader, today he held a tightly crafted press conference where he entered 90 seconds after the hour, on cue, and spoke to a selected audience in a small room with no questions and answers, with occasional strategic pauses followed by direct addresses beyond the room through the camera to the worldwide audience watching at home, work, restaurants and airports across the land.
He can read, and can give a speech, he can face failure and acknowledge it, he’s got amazing talent and he knows how to underpromise and overdeliver. (“I know I will return to golf one day….I just do not know when that day will be.”)
He will be a future leader in high office of some kind.

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He wasn’t kissin’ babies but he apologized to their moms for failing as a role model. He wasn’t speaking from a teleprompter but we read from a prepared text which he had rehearsed well. He apologized at least 20 times in the 13-minute speech, but also took the opportunity to pronounce personal boundaries and clear the record on the points at which he could count on the most empathy (paparazzi stalking his kids, wife and mom).
He also cited his faith: Buddhism. He may likely be the first decidedly non-Christian President we’ll ever have. Whereas our past ones have varied by denomination, Tiger proclaimed that he’s of a different faith. Isn’t it interesting that that was something the conservative right attacked about candidate Obama, but will likely be accepted by the next generation.
“A craving for things outside ourselves causing an unhappy and pointless search for security,” said Mr. Woods, quoting Buddhist teaching. Ah, even adding spiritual depth to the apology speech. Very strong for a future leader.
This wasn’t just a sports story on ESPN. This was CNN, Fox, and MSNBC. This caused a break from daytime programming for every major network. Heck, the President doesn’t even get that kind of coverage unless there’s a war going on.
Nov. 27 was the date of the car accident at his Florida home. Dec. 2 was the date of his admission to “transgressions.” Dec. 11 was the day he announced his “indefinite” break from golf. Accenture dropped him as their spokesperson on Dec 13. Jan 21 was when he checked into a clinic in Mississipi. And February 19, 2010, was the day we saw a future leader of our country step to the stage and show he can lead on television, even in his most trying moment.
I think history may someday show that the car crash was to Tiger’s sordid past what the Watergate break-in was to all of the Nixon White House’s events. The difference, though, is that President Nixon and his team did it while in office. Tiger has done it today, and apologized for it professionally, and has spent 45 days in therapy.
He will be forgiven. And he will be our leader someday.

  • June Miller

    Why does he have to apologize to Society anyway? It is his wife that he has to apologetic too, nobody else.
    He did not ask to be put on a pedestal, he did not ask to be a “role” model, or a celebrity.
    Why don’t we post all the infidelities of our family and neighbours now, because they all owe us an apology too!
    What was that scripture? How did it go? Do not quote me on the part I can remember. (of course your are going to judge me, that’s what society does, and what they are teaching their offspring)
    It goes something like this: People (society) where going to through rocks at a “prostitute” and Jesus Christ said, “Go ahead, through your rocks/stones if you have never committed a sin, or something like that.
    So…we live in a time that I thought was gone, but we don’t, we still live in a society, where all those people that need an apology run around the village/town/city with torches, and they are hunting for the witch. hmmmm…sad.

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  • Your Name

    Amen to June Miller, God is the ONLY one to judge. Do we think that we are of a higher power than the Lord? He forgives and we are to busy passing blame. Tiger’s apology should have gone to his wife and his mom only!

  • grant

    This should be a wake up call for all. If you are doing something you wouldn’t want the whole world to know, . . THEN DON’T DO IT ! As far as Tiger ever becoming a politician or president ? May God help us .

  • grant

    To June Miller. . . Why ? Because he is an icon. An idol to many and maybe just maybe it is that he’s thinking of what a disappointment he has been to society as well as his family.

  • Danny Rodriguez

    agree with June Miller.
    all tiger should do is DRINK a LOT more MILLER BEER!
    nothing else will do!

  • Your Name

    We have a great God,and i think He is not respector of person’s beliefs or anything attached to one’s name.His words are sharp like a double edged sword that whoever will take the words,meditate day and night,will no way be troubled.Man’s choice is man’s destiny,Tiger Woods have his share of pain and glory,like anyone else been put under fire.It is just one plain truth that we all fall short to the glory of God,that’s why we are not perfect being,by faith we shall be made perfect by resurrecting with Christ.

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