(CNN) – President Barack Obama picked sides in the ongoing discussion over whether women should be allowed to join Augusta National Golf Club, via White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday.
"His personal opinion is women should be admitted," Carney said during the press briefing. "Obviously it is up to the club to decide, but his personal opinion is women should be admitted to the club."
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The private Georgia golf club, which hosts the Masters Tournament that started Thursday, has not allowed women members since it opened in 1933.
The debate landed in the national spotlight recently because IBM, the tournament's sponsor, has a new female CEO, Virginia Rometty, and the club has always extended membership to the company's officers. Rometty has not stated publicly whether she is interested in club membership.
Critics have called on August National to offer Rometty its traditional jacket, while Augusta's chairman has dodged the prickly issue of female membership.
"All issues of membership are now and have historically been subject to the private deliberation of members," Billy Payne said Wednesday.
Although no women are thought to be members, they are allowed to play the course as guests.
- CNN's Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.
The Repubs have clearly come out as anti-women on a lot of issues. Obama is seizing on this to assert himself as the pro-women guy.
This is all part of the theater of running a campaign. This is cold calculated politics.
Comment on Florida shooting. Message = remember I am first black president
Comment on women in the club. Message = remember I want women's vote that the Repubs are losing
I wish he had not flip-flopped on some of his liberal promises but hey, he is certainly better than some of the alternatives.
Obama needs to worry about his own problems. Not those of a private club. The correct answer is "no comment'. Act like the president of the United States instead of a freaking celebrity.
Once made public the President's opinion is no longer personal.
Obama wants women to be allowed to join the club but has never played one round (of the dozens he's played during his term) with a woman. Interesting.
I d like to see the court uphold and then see what Mcturtle would say....teh whole right wing would be on the supreme court steps with shotguns and pitchforks ready to get these activist judges....the whole thing is just more republican hypocrisy
Scott in Kentucky
I'd like to see what the GOPers/Teatrolls have to say (more likely scream and rant and rave and blubber) if some Dem-appointed judge adopted the rhetoric of the Occupy movement in open court and called some CEO a "one percenter" and then handed him a homework assignment solely intended to embarass him and his company.
I think it's pretty clear that the MSM is having another IOKIYAR moment with respect to the hypocrisy from the right and that republican-apopinted judge adopting Teatroll ACTIVISTS' language when referring to the ACA in open court, acting hostile towards the administration for out of court statements that have no bearing on the case and then handing the DOJ a homework assignment with no other purpose but to embarass the administration.
Conservatives: The gift that keeps giving. America is THEIR'S. Any one who wants a piece of the action will be dealt with harshly.