White House weighs in on Augusta National’s membership policy

posted at 3:26 pm on April 5, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Sheesh, is no realm free from politics? We were unable to watch the NCAA championship game without hearing how Barack Obama’s bracket stacked up against the average American’s and now we’re unlikely to be able to enjoy the Masters without having to turn our attention to some attendant political controversy. In this case, what that controversy would be was wholly predictable. It has always bothered a particular kind of spoilsport that Augusta National Golf Club — the historic home of the Masters — is an all-male (private) club.

This year, though, the Club’s all-male policy is especially controversial. IBM is one of the tournament’s chief corporate sponsors and Augusta traditionally offers the CEO of IBM a membership. At least, the last three CEOs of the company are reportedly members. Now, though, the CEO of IBM is a woman. Augusta is stuck in the uncomfortable position of extending the invite and overturning its all-male tradition — or of withholding the invite because the IBM CEO is female and overturning its tradition of thanking corporate sponsors with memberships.

Somehow, this particular situation newly entitles the president to give his opinion on Augusta’s membership policy:

President Barack Obama believes women should be allowed to become members of the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday, as the four-day Masters tournament got under way.

“His personal opinion is that women should be admitted,” Mr. Carney told reporters. “But it’s obviously up to the club to decide.” …

The White House conveyed Mr. Obama’s position on the Georgia golf club on the eve of its conference on women and the economy and as the president’s re-election campaign is making a push to win over women voters.

Critics quickly responded to the president’s comments. His remarks, they say, were aimed to propagate the meme that Republicans are waging a war on women. (Apparently, Augusta is a Republican?) If that was his aim, he surely failed. His opinions just reminded women who care about these sorts of things of his own propensity to exclude them on the golf course:

Obama played 23 rounds of golf between January and October of 2009 before inviting a single woman to his foursome, the New York Times reported. This was emblematic of broader concerns over the president’s preference for the company and advice of men:

The technical foul over the all-male game has become a nagging concern for a White House that has battled an impression dating to the presidential campaign that Mr. Obama’s closest advisers form a boys’ club and that he is too frequently in the company of only men — not just when playing sports, but also when making big decisions.

“Women are Obama’s base, and they don’t seem to have enough people who look like the base inside of their own inner circle,” former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers told the Times.

At least, I assume that women who care about Augusta’s longstanding policy also care to criticize the presidents’ boys’ club.

Michelle Bernard, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy, is one of those women who is really not happy with Augusta. Bernard, who began an opinion piece for The Washington Post with a sentence I could have written (“My father and brother, two of the most important men in my life, love golf.”), concluded it with something I never would have:

What’s Augusta to do? The club has not confirmed whether or not it plans to invite Ms. Rometty, who is reportedly an occasional golfer. The situation puts the club in a tough position. Rather than not extending an invitation to a woman, it would be not extending a traditional invitation to a sponsoring CEO because she’s a woman. I have a real problem with that. …

It baffles me what the members of this club must tell their daughters. How do they tell their girls they can be anything they want in this world except a member of daddy’s club? This isn’t a matter of a private club making its own rules and being able to do what it chooses because it’s private. It’s a matter of a group of people purposely excluding an entire gender. Legal or not, it’s morally wrong.

This club is stuck in an ugly past in which discrimination was not only normal but acceptable. How many more accomplished, successful women can they allow to be passed up for membership solely because of their gender? As with all things related to golf, this, too, is a matter of character.

As I said, I could identify with her first sentence: My father and brother, too, love golf. In fact, my father, who played professional baseball, urged my brother to quit “the all-American sport” at age 12 so he could focus on golf, “the gentleman’s game.” My brother did focus on golf — and, as a Division I college golfer, won the Byron Nelson award, which is given annually to one or two graduating seniors who exemplify outstanding performance throughout their career in academics and golf. (The deciding committee also considers the nominee’s character and integrity, but I’ll quit bragging.) He opted not to go pro because he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. So, if it’s a contest of whose father and brother love golf more, I’d put mine up against Bernard’s any day.

Frankly, I don’t see how it’s relevant to the question of whether Augusta should admit women. This question, however, is — and I’d like to pose it to both Ms. Bernard and President Obama: Did neither of them read the Berenstain Bears books as kids?

Remember the book in which Brother Bear starts a club and posts a sign outside his fort that says, “No girls allowed”? Sister Bear is crushed and cries to her mother — but Mama Bear doesn’t allow Sister to give herself up to victimitis. Instead, she helps Sister Bear create an even better fort and bakes her chocolate chip cookies. Pretty soon, Brother Bear smells the cookies and wants to join Sister’s club — and learns just what he was missing by excluding her in the first place!

If there’s anything that’s unlikely to make Augusta wish to admit women, it’s for women to whine about their exclusion. Let women start their own all-female club. Let them make it one of the finest golf courses in the world. Even if Augusta never changes its policy, so what? We’ll be sitting in our more comfortable fort, eating chocolate chip cookies anyway …

Update: According to a tweet from Jake Tapper, Mitt Romney thinks women should be admitted, too, so I’ll extend my question to Mr. Romney, as well. I truly do find it more patronizing that people think women are incapable of creating our own Augusta or of living with the “disappointment” of not being admitted to a boys’ club.


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Has Barry ever taken Michelle golfing?

NoDonkey on April 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Priorities…

PatriotRider on April 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Doesn’t the White House have more important things to do than “weigh in” on every damn race or gender issue that comes down the pike??

What’s next?

The White House “weighing in” on the unfairness of the Vatican not allowing Moslems to become Pope?

coldwarrior on April 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Will King Obama demand that Augusta provide free contraception too?

JPeterman on April 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I don’t care for exclusive clubs. Having said that, I don’t care for the idea that there should not be exclusive clubs. Freedom of association anyone?

WitchDoctor on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I wonder if Augusta is selling “hoodies” this year???…

PatriotRider on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Somehow, this particular situation newly entitles the president to give his opinion on Augusta’s membership policy

As everyone knows, the president is forbidden from having or expressing opinions. Shame on Obama.

e-pirate on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

If I’m Augusta National, my response is…

“You know, the longer you keep pestering us, the longer we’re putting it off.”

Red Cloud on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Update: According to a tweet from Jake Tapper, Mitt Romney thinks women should be admitted, too,

Oh well, there goes all the fun.

One more thing Romney can’t criticize Obama on: having and expressing opinions.

Add this to the list of reasons why the GOP should have gone with Newt.

e-pirate on April 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM

If Obama had a son he’d look like a woman golfer….

PatriotRider on April 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

You know, sometimes I like to kick back with the guys, have a drink and a cigar, and talk about things guys talk about without women around. I’m sure there are many women who feel the same. What is so wrong about having some freaking space? I don’t golf, but if a bunch of guys want to have a golf club, where they can just be guys, so be it. Nothing stopping women from doing the same.

gator70 on April 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Supreme Court…?

… Never heard of it.

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Did Carney come out and make this point out of thin air or did a reporter ask him about it?

VinceOfDoom on April 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Meanwhile the national debt is racing toward $16 trillion, and Obama’s plan is to stand on the accelerator. A number of hostile regimes are developing nukes and promising to use them, and Obama’s plan is to talk nicely to them. Gasoline is heading toward $5 a gallon, and Obama’s plan is to force the Canadians to sell oil to the Red Chinese.

No wonder Obama and the Non-Fox Media are focusing on Augusta, Sandra Fluke, and Trayvon Martin.

Obama: Bumbling Incompetence On Revue.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

If Obama had a son he’d look like a woman golfer….

PatriotRider on April 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Was enjoying a Pepsi…now have to clean my monitor.

Nonetheless…..Thread Winner!!!

coldwarrior on April 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

How many brave soldiers have died from the time Odumbo has worked on and announced his NCAA basketball picks to the Florida shooting to the woman issue at Augusta. This fool is one big joke.

rjoco1 on April 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

You know, sometimes I like to kick back with the guys, have a drink and a cigar, and talk about things guys talk about without women around.

gator70 on April 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Tell us more about how you gather with the boys and get sloshed.

e-pirate on April 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

High Gas Prices…?

… There is nothing I can do.

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

If Obama had a son he’d look like a woman golfer….

PatriotRider on April 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Totally borrowing this!

gator70 on April 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

e-pirate on April 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Well, the first thing we talk about is e-pirate, the biggest douche in the world.

gator70 on April 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

This has nothing to do with Augusta. Obama is getting owned on the three branches of government flap and the attack on the SC. He has been shown he is not a smart guy. So the WH needs to try to make an attempt on changing the subject. It’s a code to tell the press get off the SC subject.
So this weekend comes the Masters, he needs to change the subject on Easter Weekend because he lost on and his polling is tanking per Rasmussen.

Conservative4ev on April 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Much ado about nothing.
Augusta is a private club and can choose their membership as they please.
So what if Augusta lets one token woman join? Does that make the price of gas go down? Will that impact my ability to get a new job? Where in the grand scheme of things does this even matter?

But I guess focusing on stupid non-issues is BHO’s central campaign theme so I shouldn’t be surprised.

smfic on April 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Good.

This is a winning issue for Conservatives.

corujodp on April 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Golf is a competitive sport. People watch sports generally because they like to see the best of the best. As much as golf is portrayed as a geezer’s game, I defy any woman to hit a ball as far and long as Tiger Woods.

I forget his name, but there was some drunk jerk that used to make fun of women’s tennis back in the day, and he challenged the leading female tennis champ to a match to prove his point. That was stupid, but do you really think if, say, Pete Sampras or Andre Agassi (who I heard has a freaking 160 mph serve) entered a women’s league, any woman would stand a chance?

I can understand not segregating by gender in most organizations. Professional Sports is not among them.

BKennedy on April 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The real reason why women are excluded from Augusta: They’re horrible drivers.

blammm on April 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Never seen such a busy whitehouse. These guys have their hands in virtually EVERYTHING. The more gubmn’t the better.

Tomolena1 on April 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Sheesh, is no realm free from politics?

C’mon you were the one harping about a line in Mad Men earlier this week even though it was pertinent to the storyline.

lexhamfox on April 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

To a lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremist, a person is NOT a person. A person is a color, a gender, a sexual orientation, an income level, a senior, a student, a political type, etc. The lunatic-left treats each of these characteristics independently from the others so the d-cRAT socialists can play their DIVIDE-AND-CONQUOR game by pandering to each characteristic separately. This disgusting process helps destroy the unifying fabric of society, it causes friction and dissent among all of the people and it fosters a disruptive and unhealthy competition between people in each characteristic area that is exploited by the lunatic-left to benefit only the pandering d-cRAT socialists.

TeaPartyNation on April 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Somehow, this particular situation newly entitles the president to give his opinion on Augusta’s membership policy
As everyone knows, the president is forbidden from having or expressing opinions. Shame on Obama.
e-pirate on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Jagoff has been in office since 2009 has this bothered him before now? Funny how ole Presidunce hypocrite all of a sudden has a problem now with an election coming. Must just be a coincidence.

bbinfl on April 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM

If I could write the reply from Augusta National it would look like this:

“Augusta National is busy managing the first major golf tournament of the 2102 season.

President Obama is busy pandering and trying to get relected.

We are occupied with The Masters at this time and will refrain from commenting on his policies and relection prospects and he should refrain from commenting on our business and our policies.”

P.S. Good luck ever getting a round in here, Brother.

jb34461 on April 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

When I woke up, today, the first thing that I contemplated was – what does a Communist in the White House think about the Augusta membership?

And … voila!

Thank you, Mr. President. I know that this had to be the most pressing thing for you, too.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The real reason why women are excluded from Augusta: They’re horrible drivers.

blammm on April 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

*golf clap*

BKennedy on April 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Somehow, this particular situation newly entitles the president to give his opinion on Augusta’s membership policy
As everyone knows, the president is forbidden from having or expressing opinions. Shame on Obama.
e-pirate on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

See there you go they ate trying to change the subject because Obama is getting owned

Conservative4ev on April 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Has Barry ever taken Michelle golfing?

NoDonkey on April 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Would you!

RickB on April 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

All of Tiger’s mistresses should get together. They could build a club easily twice the size of Augusta.

Anyway, President “Acted Stupidly” weighs in on something that did not need his input. I don’t see Ginni Rometty whining and seeking media attention on this, and shame on her if she did. It’s a private club of only 300 members, mostly elderly business heads, and they have a right to pursue whatever policies they choose.

But who’s to think he would ever miss an opportunity to side against individual freedom, when there’s demagoguery to be done?

Gingotts on April 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Is there anything King Putt won’t weigh in on?

Well other than high gas prices, Solyndra et al, Fast & Furious, the economy, $5 Trillion in new debt…….

Oh and where is idiot4life slobbering about Augusta’s WOW.

HumpBot Salvation on April 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Squirrel!!!

dddave on April 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

RickB on April 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

LOL

PatriotRider on April 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

This is such an unhelpful topic. Of course it only helps Obama.

No benefit to a Republican politician in trying to defend the all-male rule.

The club can do whatever it wants. Excluding women doesn’t hurt anyone. But the all-male rule IS an old-fashioned relic that exemplifies the idea of the all boys club.

This was such an easy call for Obama. People like Tina are falling for the trap of allowing themselves to be put in the position of defending a rule barring women.

Not what we need to be talking about!

bluegill on April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Well, let’s see … Augusta National needs golf clubs and golf balls. Golf clubs and golf balls are made in other states and, therefore, have an effect on interstate commerce.

There we have it – all the Communist in the White House has to do is mandate a membership change.

And, of course, the New Black Panthers can enforce the mandate.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I can see Michelle chasing all the white balls across the greens at Augusta.

Goony goo goo

Roy Rogers on April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

According to a tweet from Jake Tapper, Mitt Romney thinks women should be admitted, too, so I’ll extend my question to Mr. Romney, as well.

Mitt? Dude. What good does this do you? This is stupid–nothing like propagating this guys douchebaggery…..

ted c on April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Ask Obama about Hillary’s girl-only alma mater, Wellesley college.

faraway on April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

i know, i know-it must be devastating after being forced to allow jews and then..gasp… black people in… now women! the sound of swooning and pearls being clutched across the country is deafening.

never mind the 2012 election , never mind not being driven into the poor house by barry’s economic policies, i lay awake at night worried about the sanctity of the blanking country club.

mittens on April 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM

The difference between freedom and a dictatorship comes down to only one thing: Who make the decisions.

The Augusta National Country Club is a private organization and as such is entitled to set its own rules.

The Bully In Chief has no business sticking his nose in their business.

Every male dominated organization that the government forced to allow women to join should simply have refused and folded. If a pushy woman wants to force her way into a private club, I say dissolve the club.

Do I hate women that much? No, I hate government intrusion that much. I would not join a club my wife couldn’t be a member of but I support the right of Spanky and the gang to form their own Woman Hating Club if they are dumb enough to want it.

The Rock on April 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

It makes me livid to see these idiotic articles everyday and whole editorials dedicated to them. Why is “Where is the budget” not the blazing headline every single day????????????

dddave on April 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I think that a women’s team needs to make it onto Obama’s NCAA bracket. Why does he hate women so much?

ted c on April 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I want to know what the Communist in the White House thinks about the all black Congressional Black Caucus.

This smacks of racism – and I’m getting damn tired of it.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Not as much to say about the Zonta club or girls only colleges (mens only are extinct)

pat on April 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

He’s following Alinsky to the letter:

The organizer [Obama].. “must first rub raw the resentments of the people; fan the latent hostilities to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them

faraway on April 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Approaching $16 Trillion in debt…?

… Look, something shiny!

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I forget his name, but there was some drunk jerk that used to make fun of women’s tennis back in the day, and he challenged the leading female tennis champ to a match to prove his point.

BKennedy on April 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

That was Bobby Riggs, who challenged Billie Jean King.

UltimateBob on April 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I think it’s a bit antiquated of Augusta to still not allow women as members, but it’s really nothing that I will ever lose sleep over…

ellifint on April 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

This is such an unhelpful topic. Of course it only helps Obama.

No benefit to a Republican politician in trying to defend the all-male rule.

The club can do whatever it wants. Excluding women doesn’t hurt anyone. But the all-male rule IS an old-fashioned relic that exemplifies the idea of the all boys club.

This was such an easy call for Obama. People like Tina are falling for the trap of allowing themselves to be put in the position of defending a rule barring women.

Not what we need to be talking about!

bluegill on April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Repubs shouldn’t even comment on it nd say well look its not the defining issue of out time,nthe economy,nthe president who wants to be a dictator andiran and gas prices is what is important.

Conservative4ev on April 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Would that be nice if the CEO of IBM asked them NOT to change their policy for her? I’m a fan of traditions and rules, and as a woman, respect that there are clubs I can’t join. Men can’t join my church’s Moms group. It’s Augusta’s decision.

redmama on April 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Oh well, there goes all the fun.

One more thing Romney can’t criticize Obama on: having and expressing opinions.

Add this to the list of reasons why the GOP should have gone with Newt.

e-pirate on April 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM

It was a trap from Obama and Romney carefully evaded it.

Part of the alleged GOP “war on women.”

Seriously, this White House is getting desperate.

matthew8787 on April 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

This is such an unhelpful topic. Of course it only helps Obama.

No benefit to a Republican politician in trying to defend the all-male rule.

The club can do whatever it wants. Excluding women doesn’t hurt anyone. But the all-male rule IS an old-fashioned relic that exemplifies the idea of the all boys club.

This was such an easy call for Obama. People like Tina are falling for the trap of allowing themselves to be put in the position of defending a rule barring women.

Not what we need to be talking about!

bluegill on April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Polling is usually about 55-45 supporting Augusta…

Gingotts on April 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I think that a women’s team needs to make it onto Obama’s NCAA bracket. Why does he hate women so much?

ted c on April 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Van Jones says it’s because Obama is a homo.

Roy Rogers on April 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Chronic unemployment…?

… Republicans want to ki%l you!

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Says President Perfect who had a woman speaker tossed so he could give a graduation speech at a women’s college.

fogw on April 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Golf is a competitive sport. People watch sports generally because they like to see the best of the best. As much as golf is portrayed as a geezer’s game, I defy any woman to hit a ball as far and long as Tiger Woods John Daly.

Sorry- had to fix that. Yes- Woods can hit long. When he wasn’t a drunk screwup though, Daly really could “grip it and rip it”.

I forget his name, but there was some drunk jerk that used to make fun of women’s tennis back in the day, and he challenged the leading female tennis champ to a match to prove his point. That was stupid, but do you really think if, say, Pete Sampras or Andre Agassi (who I heard has a freaking 160 mph serve) entered a women’s league, any woman would stand a chance?

That was Bobby Riggs challenging Billy Jean King. I think it was all put on, for the benefit of both. IIRC, King won the match.

I can understand not segregating by gender in most organizations. Professional Sports is not among them.

BKennedy on April 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I look at the question about Augusta National a bit more simply- it’s their club, they can do what they like. It’s a conundrum they have to solve for themselves, the JEF ScoaMF notwithstanding.

BillH on April 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Doesn’t the White House have more important things to do than “weigh in” on every damn race or gender issue that comes down the pike??

coldwarrior on April 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

This is to deflect on all of Barry’s failures as Prez. He needs to weigh on these distractions so everyone focuses on them and not on his miserable record.

Bitter Clinger on April 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Took one quick search on the internet to find many women’s only clubs throughout the world. But facts are funny things aren’t they?

Most obvious: Curves! Acoording to the websight, it’s women only. Fist place I’m heading when Augusta caves. Cause we can’t have any gender left out of anything right?

gator70 on April 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Flexible with Russia…?

… I feel like Jesus.

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Political Checkpoint for anyone in politics: “Yes I think they should”

Great – now back to the private club: Their Board will hold a vote to determine if she will be offered a membership.

Remember whebn this issue came up last time: The Womens Group was allowed to protest…. a mile away from the course due to a lcoal sheriff. Net result: the world didnt end.

As to the actual “golf” – womens golf has many, many more issues to concentrate on – namely their hoorid sponsorships, lack of TV revenue and interest (Last weeks 1st Major was on Golf Channel only) – because Palmer is a good global golf guy.

To Tina’s point – agree – if there is an exclusive group of women in anything – go for it – I and many will protect that right.

Lastly – kudos to your father and brother – The Byron Nelson Award is something to cherish – and of course rare. I would gloat too. My father, brother and I lived on the golf course for 20 years together.

Odie1941 on April 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Says President Perfect who had a woman speaker tossed so he could give a graduation speech at a women’s college.

fogw on April 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Wait… so you are saying that Obama did not take the opportunity when he spoke to (girl-only) Barnard College to tell them they were violating the rights of men?

faraway on April 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Has Barry ever taken Michelle golfing?

NoDonkey on April 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM
Would you!

RickB on April 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

But Barry does lots of things I wouldn’t do. Like marry Michelle.

This is almost as hypocritcal as Barry extolling the virtues of public school, while sending his children to an exclusive private school. Almost.

NoDonkey on April 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

It’s gotten to the point where, every time I turn around, there’s Obama and the Mrs. yakking on TV or the radio or giving a written interview about everyone and everything that comes down the pike.

Do these two never shut up????

GrannyDee on April 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

This is such an unhelpful topic. Of course it only helps Obama.

No benefit to a Republican politician in trying to defend the all-male rule.

The club can do whatever it wants. Excluding women doesn’t hurt anyone. But the all-male rule IS an old-fashioned relic that exemplifies the idea of the all boys club.

This was such an easy call for Obama. People like Tina are falling for the trap of allowing themselves to be put in the position of defending a rule barring women.

Not what we need to be talking about!

bluegill on April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Update: According to a tweet from Jake Tapper, Mitt Romney thinks women should be admitted, too, so I’ll extend my question to Mr. Romney, as well. I truly do find it more patronizing that people think women are incapable of creating our own Augusta or of living with the “disappointment” of not being admitted to a boys’ club.

Best get on the phone to Mitt about this.

Bitter Clinger on April 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I think I have finally figured this idiot prez out! He thinks he is living in a Monopoly world and keeps landing on Community Chest and Chance squares.

It also explains why he views money the way he does, and therefore has zero appreciation of the real world impacts of his actions.

So, from this day forward, I shall call him The Monopoly President.

gepaza on April 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Tell us more about how you gather with the boys and get sloshed.

e-pirate on April 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Was that a zipper I heard????

Chuck Schick on April 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Conservatives have been at war on women golfers since Babe Didrickson missed the cut at the 1938 Los Angeles Open

libtard4life

Trafalgar on April 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Ah, blatant political pandering in the alleged “war on women” – SOP for this POTUS. Doesn’t he have bigger fish to fry?

College Prof on April 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM

If women want to join Augusta why can’t I join NOW?

No Chop Charlie on April 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Sheesh, is no realm free from politics?

Obviously not among Marxists. To them, ideology permeates all facets of society.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

If women want to join Augusta why can’t I join NOW?

No Chop Charlie on April 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM

You can, why would you want to?

Trafalgar on April 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

BREAKING:

WH directs HHS to confiscate all penises; says they are responsible for most problems in society, owners aren’t using them responsibly, symbols of discrimination bordering on hate speech.

BobMbx on April 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Michelle Bernard:

It baffles me what the members of this club must tell their daughters. How do they tell their girls they can be anything they want in this world except a member of daddy’s club?

That’s your first mistake. I really object to this false, feel-good meme that we can be anything we want. No we can’t. If we’re short, we’re not going to play pro basketball. If we’re not very bright, those dreams of being a rocket scientist are going to be dashed. And so on, ad nauseam. Knowing one’s limitations is a sign of maturity…

My brother did focus on golf — and, as a Division I college golfer, won the Byron Nelson award, which is given annually to one or two graduating seniors who exemplify outstanding performance throughout their career in academics and golf.

That’s awesome Tina! My son will be playing D2 college golf in the fall. I can’t imagine him pursuing all the activities your brother did while simultaneously pursuing his golf dreams. It’s such a time-consuming sport…

Update: According to a tweet from Jake Tapper, Mitt Romney thinks women should be admitted, too, so I’ll extend my question to Mr. Romney, as well. I truly do find it more patronizing that people think women are incapable of creating our own Augusta or of living with the “disappointment” of not being admitted to a boys’ club.

That’s unfortunate. If he played golf (which I don’t think he does) his perspective might be different. BTW, there’s a community in Aiken which was built by a gentleman who couldn’t get into Augusta CC. So yeah, people can build their own field of dreams. I’m drawing a blank on the name of the golf course now, but it’s allegedly very, very nice.

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

You got it, Tina. Women whining about men not allowing them into their clubs is offensive to women. It’s like being in first grade and your mom making you invite a kid to your birthday party, because that kids’ mom whined to your mom about him/her being “left out”. Sure, he’s invited. But, no one, including him/her likes it, or enjoys it.

Grow up, people. We willingly tend to associate with others like ourselves. Always have. Always will. The diversity idol is getting old.

bntafraid on April 5, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I want to add – this whole issue has another layer of “nothingness” – for while IBM is a major sponsor… Augusta and the Masters would find a taker in less than 30 seconds.

So any BS pressure, like last go round with womens groups – will have zero net effect.

There is no boycott available – and trust me – the folks at Augusta love being left alone.

Plus – if the new CEO decided to make a clubs sponsorhip and/or membership any part of her decision making… good luck with that.

Odie1941 on April 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

It’s a private club, get over it
Sheesh

cmsinaz on April 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I think I have finally figured this idiot prez out! He thinks he is living in a Monopoly world and keeps landing on Community Chest and Chance squares.

His Monopoly game is a special version given to him by Bill Ayers. It has 48 “GO” squares, and you get paid $200 when you cross each one.

Ok, I made that up. But it would explain a great many things about Captain Kickass’s knowledge of economics.

BobMbx on April 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM

The more I am bombarded by the notion that private clubs must become all-inclusive the angrier I get.

Augusta – and by the way while I welcome any woman’s effort to create a nicer tree fort than Augusta why waste the time – is a shrine.

This is a manufactured controversy – IBM is saying nothing because they have zero leverage. If they pull out they will be replaced before they close the car door to leave. The club is saying nothing because they just don’t care to talk about it and no one can make them do so.

This is all about the media demonstrating once again why they are un by mostly fools and that their ground troops are amongst some of the stupidest people on the face of the earth.

No Master’s fan cares – and those that do aren’t really fans. Obama and Romney can say what they like. They are both entitled to their opinion – and we are entitled to ignore it for the pablum and shallowness which it represents.

Zomcon JEM on April 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Drudge has a link up reporting Obama never let women in his gold circles.
http://freebeacon.com/obamas-war-on-women/

JellyToast on April 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Obviously not among Marxists. To them, ideology permeates all facets of society.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Erh….almost, my good Dr.

Its more insidious, however. It is society that is impinging on the ideology, and must be controlled.

Ideology is the root. Society is a necessary evil.

BobMbx on April 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

When Martha Burke protested years ago it was on the front page of the NYT for weeks, but the actual protest only had something like 40 people, so it was a dud. Which was wonderful.

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Just wondered: Does the National Organization of Women admit men?

Bitter Clinger on April 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

This question, however, is — and I’d like to pose it to both Ms. Bernard and President Obama: Did neither of them read the Berenstain Bears books as kids?

is this an editorial from The Onion? or Highlights for Kids?

DBear on April 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I think I have finally figured this idiot prez out! He thinks he is living in a Monopoly world and keeps landing on Community Chest and Chance squares.

His Monopoly game is a special version given to him by Bill Ayers. It has 48 “GO” squares, and you get paid $200 when you cross each one.

Ok, I made that up. But it would explain a great many things about Captain Kickass’s knowledge of economics.

BobMbx on April 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM

And Dems never “Go To Jail”.

(Also every other property is a high speed railroad)

Bitter Clinger on April 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Golf is a competitive sport. People watch sports generally because they like to see the best of the best. As much as golf is portrayed as a geezer’s game, I defy any woman to hit a ball as far and long as Tiger Woods John Daly. Bubba Watson, JB Holmes, Dustin Johnson, or Gary Woodland.

Sorry- had to fix that. Yes- Woods can hit long. When he wasn’t a drunk screwup though, Daly really could “grip it and rip it”.

Fixing the fix… Agreed that Daly was an amazing power hitter on the rare occasion he was sober, but gotta get with the time here. Daly and that other crossed-out guy are has-beens now.

Gingotts on April 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Bring low the prsidency one more notch barry, you desreve it.

jake49 on April 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

presidency, sheesh!

jake49 on April 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Obama and Rahm decided this would be a good position to take politically while meeting together at Man’s Country

lakeman on April 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Just wondered: Does the National Organization of Women admit men?

Bitter Clinger on April 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Yes. Why anyone would want to join escapes me though.

Trafalgar on April 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I think you’ve alluded to this in other posts, Tina, but this is another example of how the left thinks women will be inferior until they are clones of men in every respect. It’s as though the worst thing would be for them to admit that women and men are…wait for it…different. Are they so insecure, that just being a woman (and all that it entails) is not enough? Ever?

bntafraid on April 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM

According to a tweet from Jake Tapper, Mitt Romney thinks women should be admitted, too

Hot Air narrative FAIL

DBear on April 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Obviously not among Marxists. To them, ideology permeates all facets of society.
Dr. ZhivBlago on April 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Related – Apple has a choice of building a facility in Austin, TX or Phoenix, AZ. Austin has considerable strings attached:

Apple Inc. is getting a lesson in liberal social engineering in Austin, Texas. The hi-tech giant is considering a new facility there, but haggling over various tax breaks has taken a strange turn. Some Democratic officials are demanding that Apple — in exchange for millions of dollars in tax breaks from Travis County — hire residents who are “economically disadvantaged.”…

Local TV station YNN explained that Apple would have to “give preference to qualified applicants who are at or below the poverty line rather than those who may come across as the most attractive job candidates.”

Democrat Sarah Eckhardt, a Travis County commissioner, complained to YNN that Apple will thus have to change its hiring practices. “They will-hire the low-hanging fruit, and the low-hanging fruit in our community don’t need the hiring preference.”

I so hope they choose Phoenix.

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Doesn’t the White House have more important things to do than “weigh in” on every damn race or gender issue that comes down the pike??

coldwarrior on April 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM
This is to deflect on all of Barry’s failures as Prez. He needs to weigh on these distractions so everyone focuses on them and not on his miserable record.

Bitter Clinger on April 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

…and the Press will Parrot every race or gender issue from now until November!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Fixing the fix… Agreed that Daly was an amazing power hitter on the rare occasion he was sober, but gotta get with the time here. Daly and that other crossed-out guy are has-beens now.

Gingotts on April 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I wouldn’t count Tiger out.

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

If Obama had a son he’d look like a woman golfer….

PatriotRider on April 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Why, yes he would…

Fallon on April 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

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