Tiger Woods became the fourth golfer on Monday to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an American civilian, but the honor was voiced by some critics who consider the golfer undeserved.
I am old enough to remember when the Presidential Medals of Freedom for the Courage and Victims of the Nation and the World were sacrificed, "commented Paul Krugman, a New York Times columnist, on Monday. "Tiger Woods … beats golf balls for money."
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However, Krugman forgot that President George W. Bush golfer Arnold Palmer forgave and Jack Nicklaus, the honor of 2004 and 2005, and President Barack Obama bestowed Charlie Sifford , the first African American of the PGA, 2014 the medal.
Many have highlighted this fact in response to the veteran's columnist's tweet
"Obviously he's old enough not to remember well," wrote one person.
"It's amazing how many people do not know how to use Google search capabilities, it's a great tool," said another.
Others also criticized Woods for the honor – but for a variety of reasons.
Woods is also a long-standing business partner of Trump, where he worked on designing a golf course in Dubai run by the Trump Organization and has made numerous appearances to support and support Trump's business.
Although some have argued that Trump has used the Office of the Presidency in honor of his business partner, others have pointed out that Woods is not the first medalist to financially benefit the meeting President.
Bruce Springsteen was awarded the award, which can be awarded at the President's discretion, and honors his contributions to the music that "shaped American music and prompted us to realize the American dream," Obama said 2016. Springsteen was also a vocal Obama supporter performing at his election campaign events. Award winners at Obama's ceremony included eleven other campaign donors, including talker host Ellen DeGeneres and actors Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks.
During a lecture on Monday at the White House, President Trump invited the master golfer up.
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"In addition to his incredible career as a player, Tiger is, to say the least, a successful entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist," said Trump, who Woods & # 39; Working with the TGR Foundation He co-founded in 1996 and supports more than 165,000 students, especially minorities, in the implementation of degrees in STEM areas.
"Tiger, we are inspired by all that you have become and achieved, and the task you have done is your spectacular achievements on the golf course, your triumph over physical adversity, and your relentless will to win, win 'Winning' embodies the American spirit of crossing borders and always striving for grandeur. "
" Tiger Woods is the epitome of what people should be in this land, "said Lara Trump, the senior election adviser the president for 2020, in "Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream", "on Monday." He had a downward spiral, things looked a bit bad for him and he not only returned to the golf course, but also in life.
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Trump announced he would be honoring Woods' honor after winning the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in April, his first ever since over 10 years at the US Open 2008, the dominant championship victory.
Over the course of his career, Woods has won 43, 81 PGA tournament titles, including 15 majors, who spent $ 24 million on prizes over 24 years as a pro golfer.