Pres. Trump called golfer Tiger Woods “a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive” before presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. https://t.co/r2dYZ8bBW3 pic.twitter.com/9lk7KUoBvK
— ABC News (@ABC) May 6, 2019
Okay is it just me or was that incredibly cringe-inducing to watch?
Courtesy of ABC News:
President Donald Trump presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, honoring his friend and golfing icon with the highest honor the president can bestow on a civilian.
Woods, 43, is one of the sport’s most decorated golfers and has captured more prize money during his career than any other rival in golf history, banking more than $118 million in winnings since he turned pro in 1996 at the age of 20.
The president called Woods a “true legend” and “an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance.”
“He’s also a great person. He’s a great guy,” Trump said. “Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive.”
Apparently, Woods is the fourth professional golfer to be honored in this manner (Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charlie Sifford, came before him) and also the youngest.
However, to me, this felt like a hastily thrown together distraction that Trump hoped would get the media focused on a new and more positive story so that they would stop reporting on his attempts to keep his tax records hidden, his attempts to obstruct Congressional interviews and to keep the unredacted Mueller report under wraps.
Of course, that did not work, but at least he did not make moves to start a new war as a distraction.
Oh wait, he did that too.