Roger Federer Calls U.S. Election Process Brutal
by Staff | August 19th, 2011, 2:05 pm

As a tennis great, Roger Federer has been asked a of questions over the years. Yesterday, following a routine win over James Blake in Cincinnati, Federer was asked about his thoughts on the presidential race. And he responded by saying the process if far too long and could leave the incoming president exhausted.

“I did follow the presidential race with Obama, for instance, quite closely, because this time around I thought I was old enough and interested enough,” Federer said. “Whereas the last time I just heard it somewhat and I couldn’t believe the length of it and the brutality of it, you know. So felt like every president should be extremely tired becoming the president, you know, and this is actually when the job starts. So it’s pretty fascinating to watch, I’m definitely going to follow it the next time around the same thing again.”

The 30-year-old Federer plays this afternoon against Tomas Berdych, a man who has beaten the Swiss in two of their last three meetings. Federer has won Cincinnati four times including last year when he beat Mardy Fish in the final.

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12 Comments for Roger Federer Calls U.S. Election Process Brutal

Roger de Vries Says:

Good stuff. He could also have said ‘The Republican candidates are idiots who abuse the less intelligent and un-educated Americans, and ruin all the abilities that Obama has with their dirty politics’. But no, he chose the smart road, first time I heard him talk politics though.

Oh right, he’s Swiss, so he always finds a way to stay neutral, haha…

Colin Says:

The main thing about the American system is the way it polarises the country. During the campaign, two big political machines – and their allies in the media – are dedicated to convincing the electorate that the candidate they don’t favour is at best inadequate, and at worst some sort of evil traitor who will destroy the USA. So, by the time the new President is elected, approximately half the country already loathes and distrusts him. Sensible debate is impossible, between the parties and between ordinary members of the public. Look on a political website forum, and see how Democrats and Republicans cannot debate like adults – they soon descend to name-calling. My comment as a non-American is: if you can’t talk reasonably amongst yourselves, why should you expect the rest of the world to listen to anything you say?

Roger de Vries Says:

Well said Colin.

You don’t need to be a genius to foresee that a country with only two powerful parties at the top is going to lead to many unnecessary problems. It’s always one against one… And many decades ago they already became so powerful with the ability to keep any other party irrelevant.

It’s a disaster system for the future, that’s for sure.

didi Says:

Not surprised that Roger is following Obama since Anne Wintour his friend is a big lib. Love the attacks on the Republicians. Who has controlled the House and Senate since 2006 and knew about the Fannie/ Freddie problem and did nothing? DEMS! Who is today allowing amnesty without Congressional approval? Obama? Makes me sick to think my favorite player could support Obama who is destroying this country.

J-rod Says:

Ha. Thank you Didi for making Colin’s point.

rogerafa Says:

It was actually Bush and his neocon cabal which left no stone unturned to destroy the USA. Unfortunately for him, Obama has to clean up the mess left over by eight years of moronic rule and the Republicans, instead of recognizing their mistakes, are playing petty politics of the most cynical kind. If party interests override long term national interests in these tough times, one doesn’t need a genius to see who the traitors are. Despite such immature behavior and consistent hostility from the opposition, Obama has always tried to forge consensus even when he had the congress numbers in his favor. He represents the decent, mature and intelligent side of the political spectrum and that breed is vanishing fast in the face of the kind of subterfuge and hubris that seem to be increasingly becoming Republican politicians’ hallmarks. The problem at the moment is not the President but the jokers dominating the Congress.

RFfan Says:

Funny how this is now a news story.

Fed made the exact same comments three years ago when the race was actually happening.

Of course he enjoyed following it; it was like a sporting event, esp. all the complications and drama over Hillary v. Obama.

He should realize that next year will be less fun as there’ll only be primaries for one party and the Republicans tend to settle early on a winner. Plus their field stinks.

skeezerweezer Says:

^when do you say its not the current Prez’s fault? He is Prez! Never bought into that lingo. Look, they ran, they wanted it, he and the Dems knew it was very messed up from there point of view when they got into it. How do ya think they won? . Now, 3 yrs later they are calling foul ball? Ya got 3 yrs to get on a different railroad track. Economically, we are way worse of and way more in debt financially. C’mon man, will someone take responsibility? Not. It’s politics. Welcome to USA. Fingers never point at yourself, they always point to someone else.

MJ rest in peace. “Man in the Mirror”. Time for the Congress( oh yeah, they have Dems there also ) and Obama to listen up.

Hypnos Says:

Stupid Swiss, thinking that the US political system is some kind of marketplace of ideas and statesmen.

Real Americans know that the point of politics is to win.

Colin Says:

Hynos, you are so right: the point of politics is to win. That is, for the candidate or the party to win. As for the country as a whole – tough luck!
Perhaps the only good thing about the current economic situation is, the USA simply may not be able to afford to start any more wars.

Hypnos Says:

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” — H.L. Mencken

Colin Says:

That’s a good joke, like most of Mencken’s, but don’t forget, the writers of the US Constitution did not intend the common people to have too much of what they want, and arranged things so they wouldn’t get it.
As Delegate Gerry (whoever he was) said in 1787, “The people are uninformed.”

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