As Masters tee up, so does Obama
President Barack Obama is seen golfing in Hawaii in December 2009.
April 7th, 2012
03:34 PM ET
6 years ago

As Masters tee up, so does Obama

(CNN) – After weighing in this week on a controversy surrounding the Masters golf tournament, President Obama himself hit the links on Saturday.

Obama left the White House for the green at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland, shortly after 1 p.m. as the pros played round three in the prestigious tournament held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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The all-male club has come under scrutiny this week because the tournament’s sponsor, IBM, has a woman as its top executive. IBM's sponsorship of the Masters tournament guarantees club membership for its officers, but the club does not allow women to join. IBM chief executive Virginia Rometty has not publicly weighed in on the issue.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that the president favors opening the club up to female members.

"His personal opinion is women should be admitted," Carney said. "Obviously it is up to the club to decide, but his personal opinion is women should be admitted to the club."

Several GOP candidates for the White House have said they support the club accepting women as members.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Pankaj

    I liked it

    April 7, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Cue the rightwing hatemonkeys with lame "time spent golfing" comments in 4,3,2,1...

    April 7, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Truck It Up

    Again OBUMMER is off bein Lazy playin instead of workin!Like us real AMERICANS workin the holiday so normal folks get a holiday. Our country's problems need someone who stay and work.Who cares about private clubs rules? Not a POTUS concern anyway!

    April 7, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. PJ/TX

    Good for him. Great weekend to relax, reflect, spend time with family and friends. Notice, I said "weekend",
    while Congress is off enjoying another MONTH of vacation. They don't know what it is to "stay and work",
    they are too busy at play and no work.

    April 7, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Anonmyous

    Truck It Up

    Again OBUMMER is off bein Lazy playin instead of workin!Like us real AMERICANS workin the holiday so normal folks get a holiday. Our country's problems need someone who stay and work.Who cares about private clubs rules? Not a POTUS concern anyway!

    Yea, Good luck with that if the Mormon gets elected. Would be fun watching him get sworn in on "The Book of Mormon" then using the office of POTUS to further the Mormon religion and his super rich friends. I'm sure Romney wouldn't take ANY time off. I bet he'd work 24/7 for 4 straight years lol lol lol...

    April 7, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    @Truck It Up: Oh, give me a break. President Obama is one of the hardest working presidents we've ever had. (For example, GW couldn't care less wear bin Laden was holed up; President Obama TOOK HIM OUT.)

    Happy golfing, Mr. President!

    April 7, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Mr. President you better catch up, remember George W. Bush took way more time off vacationing at his ranch in Crawford, Tx., but I forgot, you are working President for all Americans and not just the rich.

    April 7, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. 100% ETHIO

    Some ......said, "The reason Obama has been elected as U.S President,.........". Is it TRUE?

    If Obama married European Woman,.......
    Obama is confused because of his non-specific race, that kept causes him......

    April 7, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Truck It Up

    Why is OBAMA worried about masters club? Isn't POTUS supposed to worry about my USA ? What is this bull out playin golf and not doin his job again ,what am I payin this CLOWN for? If I took off as much as he does I sure as hang would not have a job! He is just too LAZY!

    April 7, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. bill

    And I am sure he is open to white women attending Morehouse college.

    April 7, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. bcrunner

    Dear Anonymous: See it took a few minutes more for Truck it Up to come tells us all that President Obama should never leave the White House, should never stop working, not even for Easter. You see, it was OK for Bush to spend half of his time while President at his ranch in Texas, but Obama should NEVER, EVER take a minute off....

    April 7, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Name

    @ Truck It Up!!!!!! At lease Mr. President has a life and can balance work with it I see you DO not have a life.. you right wing nutt jobs did not do that to Mr. Bush Grow Up!!!!!! Dude..

    April 7, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. daris

    Yeah it is an concern of the president of the usa civil right for all dumbie. And who took more vacations then bush!!!!

    April 7, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. No Way I'll Vote for Romney

    @Truck It Up: It is President Obama. I will say a Prayer for you and others that hate as you do. This real American normal person is attending Easter Sunrise service tomorrow morning.

    April 7, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Donkey Party

    Truck it up –

    It's obvious by your name that you're nothing but white trash, and it's likely President Obama accomplishes more in a day than you in a month.

    April 7, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Darrell

    Truck It Up..and you said the same thing about GWB when he was golfing with his buddies...the same president who brought this country's economy the Great Recession of 2008. Thanks for your was not needed.

    April 7, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. A.C.

    We all know folks would start critizing the POTUS for if ALL presidents don't do it....and as if nothing else is getting done by his ” administration”, and as if the country falls apart because of a couple hrs of golf. As does anyone who works and works hard (which the POTUS always demonstrates), if you don't take breaks and do some recreational activities, you would be ineffective in your work. He is human and not a robot. His body can break down too if there's no balance to his work. Some of these same critics say he' s doing too much, getting involved too much in ” our” lives (like they're lives are REALLY disrupted); yet turn around and complain about something that's common and natural for anybody in his position. So, which is it? This FAKE outrage from the president' s haters is soooo ridiculous its laughable...Two words for the naysayers....SIT DOWN! Obama/Biden 2012.

    April 7, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. A.C.

    That's, ” their lives.”

    April 7, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. A.C.

    And ANOTHER For the naysayers complaining the POTUS is playing golf (again, as they ALL do) and not working (mainly those on the right), I thought you believed in states rights and want the federal government out of your lives? If so, then it shouldn' t matter to you that the POTUS is getting in a little golf. Be true to your beliefs and call on your governor, mayor and other local officials to get to work! Once again, stop all the FAKE outrage and SIT DOWN somewhere! Obama/Biden 2012.

    April 7, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @Truck It Up

    Working the holidays does not make you a "real" American. As a career Soldier I spent a lot of time working "the weekends". What makes you less of an American is disrespectful and childish names for the President of the United States. That tends to make you a Tea Party radical who's working hard to drag America back to an era that never really existed.

    President Obama spends less time relaxing than other Presidents – far less than President Bush who spent a great deal of his term in the "Texas White House". .

    April 7, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. John milner

    Sure the synchronized worldwide economic meltdown is under way, his buddies at goldman sach are enjoying americas millions after the stimulus looted the treasury, sheriff JOE is being sued while america endures an epidemic of hispanic crime, the ties with the muslim brotherhood have been double knotted, americans distrust the government more than ever, the country is falling apart and everything is on fire. With everything in order... Time for some gulf

    April 7, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. Little Jimmy Truth

    Really??? Playing golf is too important than helping people in America. Nice trying

    April 8, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  23. Bill Clinton

    Hell to the chief

    April 8, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  24. DanTheMan122

    I hope he enjoys the chance to play on this course while it lasts, since he won't be able to after 1/20/13! Once gas hits $5.00, Obama is gonna have nowhere to hide

    April 8, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  25. mslaural

    @Truck it up...why dont u keep on truckin. 1st off eventhough OUR PRESIDENT OF THE U.S OF AMERICA is taking a weekend afternoon to enjoy a little R&R hes still working because hes in touch 24/7 with whats going on. As for "Real Americans" sounds like your more of the redneck tea bat trailer type. Bet your a stock boy at Walmart to boot! lmfao

    April 8, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
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