Having already solved all of the crises in the world, President Obama turns to solve the “problem” of the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, taking up the default New York Times position on the issue. (95 stories on the topic from late 2002 to mid-2003, as you may recall, when the NYT could have been focusing on the GWOT and other 9/11-related issues.) Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon writes that golfing with Obama tends not to be a coed affair, either:
Obama played 23 rounds of golf between January and October of 2009 before inviting a single woman to his foursome, the New York Times reported. This was emblematic of broader concerns over the president’s preference for the company and advice of men:
The technical foul over the all-male game has become a nagging concern for a White House that has battled an impression dating to the presidential campaign that Mr. Obama’s closest advisers form a boys’ club and that he is too frequently in the company of only men — not just when playing sports, but also when making big decisions.
“Women are Obama’s base, and they don’t seem to have enough people who look like the base inside of their own inner circle,” former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers told the Times.
In a 2011 article titled “The White House Boys’ Club: President Obama Has a Woman Problem,” Time magazine’s Amy Sullivan detailed the president’s fondness for male-dominated environments.
As I wrote in January of 2011, The Frat Pack is Back, Baby!
Laurence Tribe, the Harvard Law Professor and a buddy of Obama’s, tells the Washington Post, “Presidents should generally refrain from commenting on pending cases during the process of judicial deliberation.” But is there any issue in the day-to-day news which Obama has the sense to stay out of?
* No word yet if the Professor is hoping to pick up a couple of extra hits from a Dowd-alanche.