Why Tiger Woods Is Going to the White House

Jun 24, 2014 1:52pm
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The Tiger and the Bear meet again.

Golf legend Tiger Woods – along with other members of on the 2013 U.S. President’s Cup team – will visit the White House this evening for a celebration of their 18.5-15.5 win against the International Team in October.

An avid golf fan, President Obama, who has recently referred to himself as “the bear,” will join the group in the East Room.

After their golf outing in February 2013, Tiger – who has also golfed with President Bill Clinton – critiqued the commander-in-chief’s game.

“He hit the ball well … He can certainly chip and putt,” Woods said. “After these four years, if he spends more time playing the game of golf, I’m sure he could actually get to where he’s a pretty good stick.”

Woods, 38, also plans to bring Darion Parker, a 2014 Georgetown alumnus who recently penned an essay for the Tiger Woods Foundation about the challenges of being poor at an elite school.

“I, like many others, have been told that education is the great equalizer, and from my own life experiences, I absolutely believe this to be true,” wrote Parker, an Earl Woods Scholarship recipient. “At the same time, I am not so naïve to think that by being on the same college campus, every student is perceived as equal.”

Parker’s White House visit comes on the heels of the President’s recent push to make college more affordable.

“I am really honored to share this unique experience with Darion,” Woods said in a statement. “He is an exceptional young man and it means so much to me to give these opportunities to our scholars.”

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