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April 6, 2012

President Obama and Augusta National (The Masters)

Filed under: Culture,Issues,People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 1:57 am
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Conservative talk shows are in an uproar over President Obama’s suggestion that Augusta National should end its current practice of admitting only men to the club.  Although that suggestion may seem unimpeachable, talk-radio maven Michael Savage made a good point – if President Obama believes that women should be able to join a private club that is entitled to make its own membership decisions, why doesn’t he make an analogous decision with respect to a club that he actually has some responsibility for – i.e., the people who are granted the privilege to play golf without President Obama.  Savage’s implication is that President Obama rarely granted such privilege to females, but I have searched the internet and have not found any information relating to the gender of his golfing partners.

Personally, I would vigorously support the admission of women to a private club that I belonged to.  That is the sort of diversity that seems mutually beneficial to everybody.  In fact, I would be suspicious of any group that wants to exclude women from membership.  But I think it is hypocritical for President Obama to posture over an issue that is none of his business while his personal conduct suggests that he is as Neanderthal as the members of Augusta National.     

Incidentally, women can play golf at Augusta National, but only at the invitation of one of its 300 members.  They cannot become members themselves.



  1. sound like you wouldn’t like Augusta CC then…


    Comment by q — April 6, 2012 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

    • I prefer thinking that the members of Augusta National are decent people who haven’t gotten around to amending its antiquate rules. Kind of like Texas that had a law against sodomy long past the time when most good Texans had any inclination to enforce the law.

      Comment by Mike Kueber — April 6, 2012 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

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