Hugo Chavez Blasts Golf As 'Bourgeois'
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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