Woods calls Obama's election 'absolutely incredible'
Tiger Woods isn't one to reveal his opinions on many non-golf topics. But the No. 1-ranked player in the world did weigh in on Barack Obama's election as the first African American president in United States history.
"I think it's absolutely incredible," Woods told CNBC. "He represents America. He's multiracial. I was hoping it would happen in my lifetime. My father was hoping it would happen in his lifetime, but he didn't get to see it. I'm lucky enough to have seen a person of color in the White House."
When asked by the cable news outlet how his father Earl would have reacted to Obama's election as the 44th President of the United States, Woods didn't hesitate.
"He would have cried. Absolutely. No doubt about it."
Out of competition since his 14th major win at the U.S. Open in June due to season-ending knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, Woods also ventured into the state of the country's economy.
"I don't know if some of the tournaments, if they're going to go away or have new sponsors come in," Woods told CNBC.
Woods, who has said previously that around the start of 2009 he would begin hitting full shots again, still hopes to return to the PGA Tour for the Masters in April.
COVERING THE 2008 ELECTION
The 2008 presidential election yielded the nation's first black president in Barack Obama (who relaxed by playing pickup basketball on the day of his election). But a number of sports-related stories were sprinkled throughout the country.
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Obama, McCain with BermanPresidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama spoke with ESPN's Chris Berman during halftime of Monday Night Football the night before the election.
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