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
8 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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  1. Chuck

    Truck It Up – Do everyone a favor and shut the truck up. You're a joke, and a loser. Go back to eating cheetos on your mom's couch. I'll see you in the morning when I'm leaving and I yell at you to get a job.

    April 8, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  2. Limbaugh is a liberal

    How dare he! Presidents should only take excessive holidays to clear some brush on a Texas ranch...

    April 8, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  3. OrangeW3dge

    "Our country's problems need someone who stay and work."

    And did we expect someone to say that???
    What about the Bush League, when they fiddled while Washington burned, did you say the same?
    Even a "failed" "enemy of the State" "loser" tanman President who is "destroying the country" needs to take a few minutes rest every now and again.
    Of coures the "Conservative" "Christian" Republicans would never go golfing when the Nation is in such dire need of leadership and wise advise, like G.W.H and G.W. Jr. or Ronnie or Gerrie Or Dickie or Ike did. I suppose it's because they are simply "better" Presidents than "Liberals" or "Democrats" or "African-American" Presidents.

    April 8, 2012 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  4. Gijoe

    Americas most wanted

    April 8, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  5. onevoice

    President Obama could take half of His second term off and still work more than Dubya. GOOGLE IT.

    April 8, 2012 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  6. Halls for Obama

    Truck It Up, I hope you don't look as stupid as you sound. Who are the real AMERICANS? Who are the normal folks? Our country have a lot of problems, no matter who the president is can not be solve because of people like your self. Hate is not curable. There is some place the president would not be able to go just because he is half black. What make you think he is lazy is that because he is half black? Well he is the hardest working president you will ever know. You make go on and hate all you want to but God will deal with you in time. May God bless you and help you see the good in all men no matter what color their skin.

    April 8, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. GI Joe

    I came to the realization yesterday that the more "Hate Obama" stuff that gets written (if I bother to read past the same ole names), the more I do to help promote him in the community. It's like it becomes a motivation to prove the haters wrong.

    Thank you folks (you know who you are - rant after rant after rant, talking point after spin after lie, etc.).

    April 8, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    To Truck it up: Go over to fox news ands put your comments on their, they would love it over there.

    April 8, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. lone star dem

    & truck it up: geez, just shut it up.this president works harder than fake rancher Bush and the great napper Reagen combined.

    April 8, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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