Sports can't save the world from the effects of global warming or by themselves solve economic inequality in the world economy. For that, politics is required. But with the Olympics approaching, we should remember that a love of sports -- playing, watching, arguing, rooting, buying gear -- is one of the great commonalities of being human.
Despite monumental world events, foreign policy will not play much if any role in the presidential race in 2012. The American voting public is not very concerned with what is happening in most areas of the world. They are rightly concerned about the state of the American economy and the state of US society as they experience it in their daily lives. For this reason alone, President Obama needs a tougher and clearer economic message. It's not just the economy, stupid; it's how you talk about it that matters in politics. Sadly, I don't expect the Obama White House or his current re-election team to get religion on that front anytime soon.