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Ali is right, and he's a cheater

Reader comment on item: Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush

Submitted by Alex (United States), Nov 29, 2005 at 19:44

I hate to say it, but Muhammad Ali was right to gesture that Bush is crazy--how else could you describe someone who hands an award for patriotism to a traitor? Also, I have recently been watching Ali's fights on ESPN Classic, and, man, that guy really wasn't that good! Whenever his opponent would get the slightest advantage, Ali would bear-hug him.

Perhaps the contrast between Ali's reputation as a great boxer and the reality of his in-ring behavior serves as an analogy to his interaction with mainstream America: at first, America swings wildly at him, but tires itself out due to his "rop-a-dope" strategy (i.e. draft dodging); then, as if admitting defeat weren't enough, America praises him (as has George Foreman since overcoming his decade-long depression over losing the "Rumble in the Jungle").

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