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Socialist Worker takes on Tiger

February 03, 2009

The newspaper Socialist Worker has picked up a commentary that originally appeared in The Nation shortly after President Obama's inauguration criticizing Tiger Woods for his pre-inaugural speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

Socialist Worker's headline: "The tamest Tiger."

The writer, Dave Zirin, called the contents of the speech "tepid as weak tea," and took exception to the fact that Woods did not use the occasion to amplify Zirin's own position to "bring the troops home."

"What was most troubling about Woods's words was that they were an extended tribute not to the troops but to the military itself," Zirin wrote. "It was almost a recruitment pitch."

Just a guess, but Tiger's annual income of upwards of $100 million suggests an avowed capitalist who probably isn't too concerned with what Socialist Worker thinks.

-- John Strege