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Obama Believes Augusta National Should Admit Women, But Up To Club To Decide

Shawna Thomas on today's White House press briefing where press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Augusta National's membership stance on women.

When asked by a reporter during Thursday's White House briefing whether the all-male golf club should admit women, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, "Well the president's answer to this question is yes. He believes, his personal opinion is that women should be admitted."

"I happened to have a discussion with him about this, so I know that that's his answer," Carney added. "It's obviously up to the club to decide. But his personal opinion is that women should be admitted to the club."

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As someone that voted for Obama, I think he should be more worried about issues like getting manufacturing and assembly and production back into these United States, rather worrying about if Augusta needs to add womens locker room and bathrooms.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuddha
You know, I really, really get the feeling that Augusta National Golf Club ain't interested in admitting a woman as a member. Chairman Payne pretty much says the same thing every year, and so did Chairman Hootie. Anybody else ready to move on? Hey, it's part of the club’s quaint charm ... in perpetuity.

But if you want to soak yourself in some real pomposity, just watch, for the next four days, how many green jackets in the crowd, wearing those ubiquitous ANGC bucket hats, don't clap for an invitee after the invitee makes a great putt or hits a sensational shot on their golf course. That's been festering on my TV screen for a few years now, too.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSclaff & Foozle
O'l Barack has lots of time to opine on golf memberships, talk about the Final Four or his bracket, but really very little time to say, call on his own party to pass his budget--lost 414-0 in house, democratically controlled Senate did not give hi a vote.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbob
How much time do you think he spent of this? Do you really think that it was a distraction from other matters?

The man gave an opinion in a conversation - he didn't form and chair a blue-ribbon bi-partisan panel that spent hundreds of hours holding hearings.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTed Mitchell
So what does he think about cutting down the tree on #17?
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
You are upset because he answered the question.
I can just imagine your position if he had refused to answer.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
There will never be an Obama tree there....
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Spachler
@ bob: the 414-0 vote was purely procedural. if you do not understand that then you no doubt understand very little of what goes on in Washington....
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
Did anyone really expect a politician to answer such a question in any other way?
This must be his "secret agenda" that Romney referred to yesterday.
Part of Obama's "class warfare" that Boner and Can'tor refer to.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
From an interview with Ron Suskind about his book Confidence Men.

"On the women in the White House

"What I found, especially after many of them had left the White House, that it was much more virulent and much more contested and angry — emotional — than had been reported. I was surprised, but the folks I talked with, the women were really quite upset. ... I think it was a combination of two things. One of them was the managerial chaos with Rahm Emmanuel, who was not an actual manager — he's very impulsive, he's tactical, but he's not the kind of guy that most presidents put in that job. There was chaos where people weren't aware of who was supposed to be invited to what meeting. In many cases, the women were excluded. The guys banded together. The president was not monitoring it. The women were excluded. They felt, 'Hey. What about me?' "

Maybe the President ought to pay more attention to the men only club within his administration.
That was so 29 seconds ago...
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
The prez should also weigh in on the trees on the right on 11. I was hoping the storms might have brought a few down.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterT Money
The barbarians are at the gate - this is real national news this time - it has entered the public conciousness - the Burke thing was minor compared to this - I get a sense that ANGC will be blinking sometime over the next year.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered Commentersgolfer
sgolfer - They don't let the barbarians remain at the gate; there's too much traffic on Washington Road. The barbarians have to go to the designated area near the apartment complex down the road. And the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta agreed.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
"procedural" as in---President submits budget. Speaker affords him courtesy of an up or down roll call vote. NOBODY votes aye.

you would think ONE person supports Obama's budget. Or perhaps its that nobody wants to defend a vote for obama's budget.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbob
@Chuck - the "figurative" gate. Sheesh.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered Commentersgolfer
They, and Obama, need to flip the argument around and say '"They should not have officially-sanctioned events organized and adminstered by men-only clubs."
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHole in Three
He's waiting for more flexibility after the election....
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames H.
In the meantime the bigots at ANGC continue to get away with it and everyone involved are complicit in it.
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett

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