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Hugo Chavez Blasts Golf As 'Bourgeois'

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Hugo Chavez Blasts Golf As 'Bourgeois'

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Hugo Chavez Blasts Golf As 'Bourgeois'

Hugo Chavez Blasts Golf As 'Bourgeois'

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took a swing at golf recently, calling it a "bourgeois sport." And State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley shot back at him on Wednesday.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

There's at least one person in the world who could not care less about Tiger Woods' potty mouth, and that would be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

MADELEINE BRAND, host:

In a speech last month, Chavez called golf a bourgeois sport. He even mocked the use of golf carts as proof of the sports' laziness.

BRAND: And that brought an unusual response from State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley today at his regular briefing.

Mr. P.J. CROWLEY (Spokesman, U.S. State Department): As the Department of State's self-appointed ambassador-at-large for golf, I wish to protest the unwarranted attack by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on the game of golf.

BLOCK: Crowley went on to explain that the most recent champions in golf majors come from all over the globe and from every walk of life.

Mr. CROWLEY: So the suggestion by Mr. Chavez that golf, a truly global sport, is bourgeois is a mulligan. And once again, Mr. Chavez, one of the hemisphere's most divisive figures, finds himself out of bounds.

BRAND: Out of bounds, mulligan, I think we should have issued a pun warning, Melissa.

BLOCK: I think so. And would it be caddy?

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: Caddy, Madeleine, to say that if you want, you can find a picture of Hugo Chavez actually playing golf and you can find out why he says he hates it at our two-way blog, that's at npr.org.

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