Tiger Woods: Between Obama and Joint Chiefs of Staff

Tiger Woods prepares for the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club on June 24, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland

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Tiger Woods prepares for the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club on June 24, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland

What can come between President Barack Obama and his top military advisers?

Tiger Woods, apparently.

The 38-year-old golf champion today told reporters that he once held up a meeting between Obama and his Joint Chiefs of Staff when the two were chatting about sports.

With Iraq, Syria and Ukraine all front-page issues this week, Tiger may have another opportunity today to do it again. He’ll join his U.S. Presidents Cup teammates at the White House this evening for a celebration of their victory last year over their international competitors.

“I got a chance to go into the Oval Office and that was a pretty neat experience,” Woods told reporters today at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, where he’ll play in a tournament to raise money for his charity. “I remember talking to President Obama and he wanted to talk a little bit about some golf and blah, blah, blah.”

Woods said he noticed “other guys in the other room and they’re immaculately dressed” after he began talking sports with the golfer-in-chief.

“I said `Mr. President, I should probably go.’ He says, `I’d like you to meet my joint chiefs.’ I was like, `Oh my God.’ I felt awful. I was holding up a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting because he wanted to talk sports.”

Obama was probably happy to talk sports.

Woods also shared his impressions of the White House complex, observing that “everything is so well lit” and that there’s “umpteen security” and cameras everywhere.

 – Michael Buteau conrtributed to this report from Atlanta

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