The Washington Times - June 30, 2009, 02:20PM

Being possibly the world’s most recognizable athlete apparently makes Tiger Woods an authority on everything from pop music to public policy.

In his Tuesday afternoon press conference leading up to this week’s AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, Tiger took every off-the-wall question in stride.


Woods, this week’s tournament host, said he invited President Barack Obama out to the tournament, but didn’t expect him to make the trip because “he’s a little bit busy.”

When asked about Jim Brown’s recent comments on HBO’s “Real Sports” that called him “terrible” on social issues, Woods said he has been pleased with the effect his foundation has been able to have on kids’ lives.

He estimated it has helped 10 million kids in its 13-year history.

“I think I do a pretty good job, as is,” Woods said. “I want to do it right, and not just do it, but do it right. And that takes time. You don’t just jump into something. … I want to have a plan. I think what we’ve done so far has been very good, very efficient and has helped a lot of kids.”

On MJ — the basketball player — who will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Sept. 10-12: “That was a no-brainer, wasn’t it? Greatest basketball player to ever live. … I call him my big brother. … You can’t believe how hard this guy worked. People just think he showed up and scored 45. That’s not what happened.”

On MJ — the pop star — who passed away last week: “I think everyone here was a Michael Jackson fan. … I know my entire generation was influenced by his music.”

On Roger Federer who is going for his 15th grand slam at Wimbledon this weekend: “We probably text about every day. What he’s done throughout his entire career has been pretty phenomenal. … Hopefully I can win [on Sunday], but more importantly, I hope he gets to 15.”

On playing with Tony Romo, Cowboy’s QB, in tomorrow’s Pro-Am and if he expects an adverse reactions from Redskins’ fans: “For him to come here to DC, certainly I didn’t realize it was going to be this big of deal. … It’s going to be a fun round, but also an interesting one.”

- Scott Miller

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