Commentary: Hold the claptrap on Tiger Woods and President Obama

Kansas City StarDecember 29, 2009 

In their weighty meditations on the year that was, many pundits have latched onto a coincidence they endow with much significance: Two of the nation's most respected men of color, both talented superstars who were able to inspire the adulation of millions, have turned out to be not quite who they seemed, and have in fact profoundly disenchanted their erstwhile worshippers and sullied their own "brands" forevermore.

Of course, the most striking thing about the travails of Tiger Woods and President Barack Obama is that they share literally nothing in common — other than that the protagonist in each case is a media-savvy, congenial biracial man.

Nonetheless, here is conservative writer Lisa Schiffren on "If I were watching the public's disgust with the newly revealed Tiger Woods from an office in the West Wing, I'd be concerned. Because Barack Obama is about as completely manufactured a political character as this nation has seen. His meteoric rise, without the inconvenience of a public record or accomplishments, and the public's willing suspension of critical evaluation of his resume allowed his handlers and the media to project whatever they wanted to on his unfurrowed brow."

This specious kind of zeitgeist journalism sadly is not limited to the president's conservative detractors.

Read the entire column on

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service