Lisa Schiffren sees the shocking implosion of Tiger Woods’ persona as a metaphor for what’s also happening to Barak Obama. Both men were carefully groomed by outside interests who had a lot to gain by having them succeed. But eventually the mortal failings of both men came to light, in entirely different ways, and the carefully constructed images fell apart. And the betrayed public will exact a terrible revenge.
If I were watching the public 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 what they wanted to on his unfurrowed brow. . . .
Voters who believed in the Obama magic — both from the center and from the far left, are increasingly dismayed watching the human god fall to earth. This is a major problem because . . . the impulse of the betrayed is to tear their fallen deities to shreds.
I would offer one caveat to this outcome. A contrite confession, followed by genuine repentance (change), can go a long way toward rebuilding a tarnished reputation. Maybe Tiger can do it; I have serious doubts about Obama.