Monday, October 26, 2009

Obama Surrenders, Plays Golf With a Woman

After a week of criticism, President Obama surrendered and played golf with a woman.

From a Sunday New York Times front page story -- "Man's World at The White House?" -- we learn that "the president has played 23 rounds of golf since taking office, none of which have included women."

When asked to respond to the charge of gender discrimination - or the criticism that access to the president is granted more often to men than women - President Obama said: "I think this is bunk."

Obama may think that, but on Sunday, White House chief domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes became the first woman to join the boys on the golf course. I wonder if the sexists in charge of the Masters (sic) Tournament will take a cue from the White House.

If it’s Sunday, expect to find Obama golfing at Fort Belvoir. This week, though, his foursome includes Melody Barnes, President Obama’s chief domestic policy advisor — and the first woman who’s played golf with Obama during his 24 trips to the links since taking office.

Barnes, wearing a baseball cap, dark long sleeve shirt and beige pants, joined Obama the same day that the New York Times is running a front page story, Man’s World at White House? No Harm, No Foul, Aides Say, the latest in a round of similarly stories triggered by a high-profile, all-male basketball game the president played in earlier this month.

[C]hief of staff Rahm Emanuel, senior adviser David Axelrod, and press secretary Robert Gibbs -- are known by women at the White House as "the Boys."

“Most men I talk to say, ‘What’s the big deal? So a guy can’t play basketball?’ But many, many serious thinking women say, ‘Let’s call this for what it is: This is a networking opportunity. This is a political event.”

"Yeah, I've got to say I think this is bunk."
-- President Barack Obama