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In over the transom. No wonder the press didn't show this:
TIGER WOODS' SPEECH AT THE INAUGURATION:
Tiger Woods received a special invitation to speak at the inauguration. His inviters were stunned, when he did not deliver the message they expected. You will see why the media swept it under the rug with no further ado. And who and why a certain element is angry with Tiger. Below is the text of his speech, entitled: "You'll Never Walk Alone," as posted on his Web site - check news archives for Jan. 2009):
I grew up in a military family - and my roll models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods. My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of the service, and every rank.
In my Dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life. From every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home.
Each day -- and particularly on this historic day -- we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every person who is in uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely.
I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional one as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes.
I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it.
In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man at whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said: 'I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country. Just as they have stood tall for our country - we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families.
Thank you, and it is now my pleasure to introduce the US Naval Glee Club.
We have never been more proud of Tiger Woods than when I heard of his 2-minute tribute to the military at the Inaugural Celebration in Washington DC. You know he was greatly pressured to be there. Liberals have been mad at him for a decade for not joining their ranks. You know he didn't want to be there. So instead of paying homage to Obama, he paid tribute to our soldiers. Not one time did Tiger mention Obama, the inauguration or the new administration. He knew beforehand that his love for America, and appreciation for our military men & women would anger them further. But Tiger is his own man; his father taught him to be his own man.
Editor's note: A careful reader tells us that this is a bogus story, and that our fact-checkers were in the pub. Tiger did give this speech, but at another time and place. Sorry to purvey a story in error.
What is labeled as the official Tiger Woods website has the speech dated January 18, 2009 and calls it an Inaugural Celebration speech, so your editor's note intrigues me. Can you elaborate on what is in error?
So...not sure what the problem with the speech or the reference is, especially the Editor's Note. Here is the speech on Tiger's website: http://www.tigerwoods.com/news/printstory.asp?iNewsID=6625426&categoryID=1167&pagenumber=1&month=1&year=2009 given January 18th, 2009