President Donald J. Trump awarded legendary golfer Tiger Woods with the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, during a recorded ceremony earlier this afternoon.
The president joked with Woods, his family and his golf caddy while in a rare appearance in the Rose Garden earlier this afternoon.
“For over five decades the presidential medal of freedom has been given to individuals who have made an outstanding contributions to American life, history, and culture,” said President Trump. “This evening we are in the presence of a true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance. He’s also a great person, he’s a great guy.”
He also called Woods a “global symbol of American excellence, devotion, and drive.”
When President Trump remarked that Woods’ father, Earl Woods, was “tough,” the world class golfer joked that his mother may be even tougher.
President Trump told Woods that that his “spectacular achievements on the golf course, your triumph over physical adversity and your relentless will to win, win, win,” together “qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and always striving for greatness.”
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— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 6, 2019
Woods is widely considered the world’s finest golfer, and recently found himself back on the golf course after suffering a debilitating injury that resulted in several surgeries from 2014 through 2017. He returned to the sport last year, winning the Tour Championship, and continued his winning streak this year when he won the 2019 Masters.
Virginia School District Stops Celebrating Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day Because of the “Racial Undertones” in His Books
It’s all so tiresome.
The Loudoun County School District in northern Virginia has stopped celebrating Dr. Seuss during Read Across America Day because of the “strong racial undertones” in some of his books.
“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Examples include anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language,” the district wrote in a statement.
“Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of ‘Read Across America Day’ in Loudoun County Public Schools,” the statement added.
To be clear, this does not mean that Loudoun County School District is outright banning Dr. Seuss’ books. They are still available for children to read in their libraries and classrooms.
Read Across America Day is celebrated every year on March 2, the day of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and many schools across the country celebrate National Reading Month every March.
The National Education Association, which created National Reading Month and Read Across America Day, started to distance themselves from explicit promotion of Dr. Seuss in 2017 and now promotes non-white authors who write books about “racial justice,” “inclusivity,” and so on.
Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, worked as a political cartoonist in addition to illustrating and writing children’s books. Interestingly enough, Geisel was a passionate supporter of FDR and a lifelong liberal Democrat.
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