Derek Jeter has gotten a lot of mileage out of his squeaky-clean image. If you ask the president, it's all a show.
A recent golf outing with the Yankees great ended up with Barack Obama getting burned on the course. As Obama explained to Politico, Jeter -- along with the help of Las Vegas Sun owner Brian Greenspun -- may have hustled the POTUS by understating his golf game.
"It was clearly a set-up, because when we got to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere," Obama told Politico. "I said, 'You play golf, Derek?' And he said, 'I just started 2 weeks ago.'"
Trying to be a gentleman, Obama spotted Jeter 30 strokes. Jeter went on to win handily.
"We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of the game," Obama said.
Despite the feeling that Jeter "stole money from me," as Obama put it, he walked away happy with the experience. And don't feel bad that Obama lost a few bucks on the course -- their golf outing was part of a larger fundraiser that saw 104 participants pay up to $33,400 a piece.
The other interesting takeaway: Of Jeter was able to beat Obama, even with a nice stroke lead, he's probably a long way from wet-behind-the-ears at the game. Last week, Obama teamed with Ray Allen and beat NBA MVP Stephen Curry and his father, Dell, at an outing on Martha's Vineyard.
The Currys are avid golfers, so Obama's win is a stamp of achievement. Plus, it supports the president's theory that Jeter hustled him.
Obama will swallow this loss, but he's learned better than to trust Jeter in a competitive setting.