Posted at 1:17 PM on March 8, 2007
by Jeff Horwich
Andrew Haeg and I went out to lunch yesterday (to the church next door, which serves up a killer soup and salad feast for the neighborhood every Wednesday) and somehow Tiger Woods came up. Andrew said something about whether Tiger might get into politics at some point. I suggested he might make an interesting choice to round out the Barack Obama ticket.
Eerily, Tiger was actually in Washington at that very moment, holding a press conference and making the rounds on Capitol Hill. He was preparing the ground for the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a new project of his foundation that teaches kids about career options. (Photo by Jamie Rose/Getty Images)
A reporter did ask him if he's thinking about getting into politics. Tiger's response was something like, "I've got plenty on my plate at the moment. My top priority remains getting that little white ball to go in the hole."
In the end, doesn't it somehow seem inevitable that someone with that kind of name recognition, spit-and-polished image and diverse appeal gets drafted into politics? If I were to make a bad golf analogy, I'd say it's a two-foot putt.
Then again, does a guy with all that goodwill really want to risk it all by going through the political wringer?
A friend of mine once said that anyone worth having as president is probably too moral to ever want that kind of compromising job. You may just have to force them to take the post by a massive write-in campaign.
If he was running with John Edwards, the campaign signs would read: "Edwards Woods '08".