Playing with one of the best and most prestigious golfers in the world is a delight for any man, but playing with one of the most powerful men in the world is another thing entirely.
These were the treats that were bestowed on both Tiger Woods and President Obama this month as the two men teamed up to beat U.S Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner, Jim Crane.
Whilst most were unable to decipher as to which of the two was the most humble during the game, cries of complaint were heard from much of the press, who were uninformed of the pairing until a lone tweet went out from Golf Digest Report, Tim Rosaforte:
“The President is arriving at The Floridian range. Awaiting is Tiger Woods and club owner Jim Crane. Historic day in golf. Their first round.”
As reporters scrambled around for information about the pairing, according to sources, representatives of Obama did not confirm the game for another three hours.
White House Press Corps Association president, Ed Henry, went as far as lodging an official complaint, stating:
“I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.”
Despite this, the White House remained firm with their response to Mr Henry by releasing their own statement about the debacle:
“The press access granted by the White House today is entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings. It’s also consistent with the press access promised to the White House Press Corps prior to arrival in Florida on Friday evening.”
Despite the apparent fumbling of the White House and the press, both Obama and Woods seemed to experience the day in a remarkably different light with Woods noting:
“He calls up and says, ‘Hey Tiger you wanna play?’ Obviously there is a process that’s involved, and I was invited to play, and it was an invitation that certainly you don’t turn down, especially [since] he’s an avid golfer, and so am I. So we went out there and we had just a great round of golf with Ron and Jim, and it was a good day.”
Although Woods said that Obama could improve in the future if he continued playing, he did not that The President did have an impressive chip and put.
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