In one of the more bizarre seasons of criticism to be laid at the feet of a pundit, former Fox News chief Brit Hume did a rare thing this past week. He offered a strikingly personal, and profoundly sincere held belief. He did so concerning the future of Tiger Woods. His opinion was not welcomed by major players across the American media spectrum, but the advice he proffered to the World's Greatest Golfer would be well heeded by the World's Most Powerful Leader.
There was much more at play than the initial glance of the incident revealed. Those who have criticized Hume are mopes. For if an average citizen cannot truly suggest where another hurting human being may actually be able to find hope, what is in fact left of real America?
Brit's advice was met even by unease on the set of the Fox News program on which he suggested that Tiger Woods might find lasting forgiveness and peace by turning to Christianity. (What he would later revise in additional media appearances to actually mean "turning to Jesus Christ" personally.)
The circumstances of the context are also important to note.
Tiger is a father who is losing his children, due to his own actions. Brit Hume has experienced the loss of one of his children.
Tiger is a man without a father, for his passed away three years ago. Brit is a father figure to many in the news industry, beyond the boundaries of his own blood relatives.
Tiger would likely benefit from the advice of a decent man. Brit Hume is characterized by those from the left and right as one of the most principled individuals to ever work in network news.
Yet when you consider his circumstances, his position, and how lost he genuinely is, President Obama would benefit equally if not more than Tiger by turning to the person of Jesus Christ.
President Obama is also a fatherless father who dotes on his children. But on governing this nation he is in way over his head. And without some sort of sharp correction he will not only create a damning future for his own daughters, but for the whole of the rest of the nation.
Brit Hume retired notably. His achievements were visible for all to see. He did accomplish as much as he could in pioneering the way news was reported, particularly from Washington DC, and his observations on election nights, following spirited debates, or even Supreme Court outcomes were always worth staying up for.
There was a reason for that.