A lot of commentators (commenters?) are suggesting that "Golf Digest," a magazine that-- I kid you not-- is devoted entirely to the game of golf-- might be a bit embarrassed by its latest cover (seen above). This because of Tiger Woods's recent troubles. As someone at slate put it,
Golf Digest, which depicts Woods as the president's caddy, argues that Obama might learn from the golfer's mastery of "the quick recovery." Tiger is "a good role model," David Owen explains, "because he has always been able to pull himself together after setbacks." Woods also comes in for praise due to his agility with the press. (An illustrative quote from the cagey star: "My dad taught me that when I'm asked a question, I have control of the answer.") And Joe Queenan argues that Obama could benefit most from a Woods-like agility with image control. "Tiger never does anything that would make him look ridiculous," he writes.
Har-de-har-har. Because, you know, Tiger Woods looks ridiculous after being apparently caught (and apparently admitting to) cheating on his wife with at least two women. And then being beaten by his wife (allegedly). And then crashing his Escalade into a fire hydrant.
That same slate author also says,
Woods' behavior this week—clamming up, dodging the cops, and pulling a no show at his own golf tournament—hasn't quite been presidential.
What? How is that not presidential? Just this week, the president "clammed up" and "dodged the congress" by preventing his "social secretary" (really? our taxes go to pay for that job?) from testifying before congress over Gatecrashergate.
New York Rep. Peter T. King, a Republican who requested Ms. Rogers testify before a House committee, said this past week that the White House was "stonewalling" the congressional investigation. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Ms. Rogers wouldn't testify, citing constitutional "separation of powers."
It sounds like the president has learned plenty from Tiger Woods.
Moreover, all Tiger Woods has done is betray the trust of his wife. That isn't good, and it's made all the worse by the fact that Woods is a fabulously wealthy and attractive man who travels all over the world and has access to literally thousands if not millions of women. He couldn't find one who would be comfortable with a polyamorous relationship? But-- Barack Obama keeps piling on the national debt, supports state policies that include seizing the property of poor people who have not been charged with a crime, extended the previous president's "national state of emergency," committed more troops to Afghanistan, and still hasn't closed the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
So, shouldn't Tiger Woods be embarrassed to be on a cover with Barack Obama? Maybe each should be embarrassed to be associated with the other, but the one entity that should not be embarrassed for crying out loud is "Golf Digest." This issue is getting huge publicity and is going to sell a lot more copies than usual, as people search for those "made-ironic-by-hindsight" quotes such as those pulled by slate.
Moreover and perhaps most importantly, back in May, Tiger Woods farted on camera: