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Have you heard that Trump wants to award the Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods?

According to Wikipedia, the medal is given for "An especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Posted - April 16, 2019


  • 46255
    Freedom from WHAT?  From sanity for the past several decades?   Look at his drug fueled adulterous sex-laden history of cheating on his wife and blowing his career.  But Trump looks at him as a PEER who made a comeback despite his salacious history and HE's BLACK AND MARKETABLE.

    Why don't they just re-name it the Kanye West Award of token sell outs? 
      April 16, 2019 2:00 PM MDT

  • 12059
    My thoughts exactly.  
      April 16, 2019 2:22 PM MDT

  • 4138
    You can't hold any of those actions against him.
    It was after getting hooked on evil prescription opioids.
    Mr Woods should be lauded for being able to recover after what those evil doctors and pharmacists did to him.
      April 16, 2019 2:36 PM MDT

  • 15028
    Yes, he can be lauded, but many, many un-famous people went through that -- and worse -- and no freedom award to them.
      April 16, 2019 3:36 PM MDT

  • 12059
    He, unlike many people hooked on opioids, had the money to get the best help to get him off them.  
      April 16, 2019 5:54 PM MDT

  • 46255
    Mr. Woods strikes me as the Lori Laughlin type.  Someone who makes enough money to buy his way to anything.  Like Trump.  Medal of Freedom?  What the hell has that got to do with GOLFING?

      April 16, 2019 11:10 PM MDT

  • 5004
    Well put. 
      April 16, 2019 6:26 PM MDT

  • 1861
    I don't see Tiger Woods being anything but a gifted athlete and a cheater in his marriage.  Trump seems to be impressed with immoral people .. they remind him of himself.

    I would hope the Medal of Freedom would be awarded to someone who actually contributed something valuable to our "freedoms" instead.
      April 16, 2019 2:29 PM MDT

  • 1720
    Was Tiger Woods a secret agent this whole time? And Trump just blew his cover?!
      April 16, 2019 2:38 PM MDT

  • 4529
    Trump has no idea what the medal of freedom is for (or much else, for that matter).  MANY people have made a comeback in their lives like Woods... you don't see them getting a medal.  
      April 16, 2019 3:39 PM MDT

  • If there's a medal for lack of personality and more importantly, lack of class, then Woods deserves it. I've known a lot of professional golfers over the years. Woods is the last one I'd want to spend two minutes with. The media deserves an award for making the entire field competing at the Masters disappear. The best golfers in the world on the course and you'd never know it by the relentless attention given to Woods. Nick Faldo said it was because everyone was "mesmerized" by Tiger's presence. At least he offered an excuse, valid or not. Yeah, let's give him a medal. He needs the air time and attention before he gets lost in the shuffle. 
      April 16, 2019 4:16 PM MDT

  • 5004
    While I have no problem at all with Tiger (big props to him on his Masters win), but this is just shameless pandering. Trump pretending to show us all he isn’t really a racist after all. 

    Jack Nicklaus won more tournaments, more majors than Tiger, never cheated on his wife, and is in the Golf Hall of Fame.
    Where is HIS Medal?

    Is it any coincidence Tiger has played golf with Trump, on Trump courses? Hmmm.
    Once again, the idiot in the WH misusing the Office for his own benefit. 
      April 16, 2019 4:25 PM MDT

  • 12059
    How could you possibly think that Woods playing golf with Trump had ANYTHING at all to do with him being awarded a medal?  If Woods had been a basketball player, he would have gotten nothing.
      April 16, 2019 5:56 PM MDT

  • 5004
    Oh, I’m just citing a curious (if obvious) coincidence, that’s all.

    Don’t read anything into it. ;)
      April 16, 2019 6:18 PM MDT

  • 12059
    Then I'll try not to take you seriously. :)

      April 16, 2019 9:13 PM MDT

  • 46255
    The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the Congressional Gold Medal—the highest civilian award of the United States.

    I'm mystified as to why.  He won a golf prize.  WOW.  
      April 16, 2019 11:17 PM MDT

  • 78
    I'll assume that you were ALSO just as "mystified" when President Obama awarded the MEDAL OF FREEDOM to the obnoxiously wealthy Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand while he was our country's President.  Yeah know, like Bruce who lives like a KING, who wrote anti-American songs like BORN IN THE USA that had his fans THINKING it was a pro-USA song...where if one really listened to the lyrics to THAT  song, KNEW that he was disparaging our GREAT country...but PRETENDING to be a man of the WE THE PEOPLE.
      April 17, 2019 12:15 AM MDT

  • 5146
    surprising that he
    didn't want to give it to himself...
      April 16, 2019 6:21 PM MDT

  • 5004
    Don’t say that too loud, Baba. 
      April 16, 2019 6:28 PM MDT

  • 12059
    He did, but he couldn't figure out how to clasp it behind his own neck. This post was edited by SpunkySenior at April 19, 2019 8:36 PM MDT
      April 16, 2019 9:14 PM MDT

  • 46255
    Let Melania do it.  She can have him bend over and place her stiletto firmly on his neck to get a better hold on the fat.
      April 16, 2019 11:18 PM MDT

  • 1861
    I'm sure that's next.  :)
      April 17, 2019 1:52 PM MDT

  • 5162
    Maybe Tiger Woods has proof that Trump cheats at golf and Trump figures it's in the Nations best interest for them not to know he cheats so he rewards Woods silence with a metal. Cheers!
      April 16, 2019 6:53 PM MDT

  • 46255
    Nan, EVERYBODY knows that Trump cheats at golf.  He brags about it. And then lies and says he is the greatest golfer ever.
    Donald Trump seen here in a still from Matthew Barney’s latest “Cremaster” film.
    Donald Trump seen here in a still from Matthew Barney’s latest “Cremaster” film.Photo: Jeff J Mitchell (Getty Images)

    “There are so many ways he just throws up all over golf,” Rick Reilly told The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis for a story that was sort of about Reilly’s active retirement and also about Reilly’s new book on President Donald Trump’s life of crime on the golf course. That book is called Commander In Cheat, and while Reilly does his best to disavow any political reasons for writing it—“I don’t know much about politics, but I know golf,” Reilly told the AP, “and it really offended me, not as a voter or as a citizen—just as a golfer”—it is inarguably a political document.


    It is a stretch to say that the book represents any sort of political awakening on Reilly’s part; while Reilly seems shocked and dismayed by the authentically shocking and dismaying stuff that Trump has done, noticing that it’s disgusting to lock children in cages doesn’t necessarily bespeak the birth of a revolutionary political consciousness. Curtis notes that Reilly follows both Krassenstein brothers on Twitter, which is objectively a terrible thing to write about anyone but which also seems more like a sign of where Reilly is in his life—comfortably into The Paddleboard Years, and comfortable enough in that stage to enjoy periodically puncturing his bulletproof leisure with reminders that stupid and preventable catastrophes are happening, somewhere far away.

     It it doesn’t feel quite right that Reilly, who seemed deeply and almost heroically unmotivated during the last years before his retirement, would have been moved to write an entire book because he was incensed by the many ways Trump has just barfed on the great game of golf. Even if Reilly did intend the book solely as a compendium of anecdotes about Donald Trump cheating and being childish and howlingly, brutally oafish at golf, it couldn’t help but wind up leading into the bigger points that he disclaims. At some point, a book about the President of the United States being a weird asshole who lies constantly about trivial things can’t help but be about how the President of the United States is a weird asshole who lies constantly about trivial things.

    A portrait emerges. Trump tees off first and then tootles down the fairway in his golf cart, where he either kicks his drive onto the fairway or just plays a ball hit by someone else in his party; people that play with him are forever arriving to find that Trump has chucked their ball into a bunker—this apparently happened to Mike Tirico during a cursed round that he and Ron Jaworski played against Trump and Jon Gruden—or miraculously discovered that a ball Trump hit into a water hazard has emerged, dry, on the other side. Trump loves to declare himself the winner of the championships at his various clubs, and awarded himself a club senior championship at the course he owns in Bedminster, New Jersey, despite not even playing in the event; he took the score he claimed from a round he played at the Trump Philadelphia club that day, transposed it to Bedminster, an entirely different course, and gave himself a trophy. “A caddy tells Reilly that Trump’s golf cart once contained a can of red spray paint, and that Trump marked trees his balls hit with a red ‘X,’” Curtis writes. “The trees were removed the next day.”

    It’s probably true that any person defective enough to want to become president is also the sort of person that would cheat at golf; these stories feel believable in the same way that every story about, say, Aaron Rodgers fuming over ping-pong games he lost in 2007 feels too true to doubt. Any story about Trump telling a gratuitous and overstated lie on his own behalf is believable on its face; the idea of him being both extremely competitive and stupendously lazy about actual competition is self-evidently right. There may be a bigger argument to make where all of this is concerned—that Trump, as Curtis has it, “sees a golf course like he does the Oval Office”—but there’s no real reason to make it, because no one is arguing against it. Of course Trump will take whatever he believes he can get away with, because there is no ethical force within him or meaningful countervailing discipline in the broader society that compels him to stop, and of course he is deeply dedicated to winning in the most sloppy and stupid sense. He’s not a complicated man, and none of this was ever much of a secret.

    The value of all these stories, then—every tree cut down because it angered Trump by stepping in front of an errant iron, every shameless lie he told about shots transmogrifying onto the fairway from the bottom of a boggy water hazard, every gilded club championship trophy he handed himself—is not in the picture they paint in aggregate, but in their laughably petty particulars. Trump, like many other people with more money than actual worth, is the sort of person who would cheat at golf. He’s also nothing more than that, and whether his greatest lies and worst crimes undo him or not, it’s the little lies—the ones he tells because he can’t handle even the small sting of truth inherent in a duffed approach shot—that show his towering smallness most clearly. Every stupid story rephrases the same obvious truth, and reveals the same essential thing. The man at the center of it, lying and hacking and zooming away in his whining little cart, is too small for a grand critique.

    This post was edited by WM BARR . =ABSOLUTE TRASH at April 16, 2019 11:30 PM MDT
      April 16, 2019 11:19 PM MDT