This may actually be a consequence that hits President Obama where it hurts — on the golf course. A predominately Jewish golf club near Obama’s new abode in Washington D.C. may not open their doors to him after his disturbing anti-Israel United Nations move last month.
The New York Post reported:
Obama is looking to join the elite Woodmont Country Club in Maryland once he becomes a private citizen.
But members of the mostly Jewish club are at each other’s throats over whether to accept the golf-loving president, with many saying he deserves to be snubbed for not blocking an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations, according to the sources.
Obama’s UN decision was followed by a speech by Secretary of State John Kerry that was seen by many in the Jewish community as hostile to Israel.
Obama’s complimentary membership in the club — which charges regular members an $80,000 initiation fee — would have begun after he leaves the White House on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day.
The Obamas will continue to live in Washington, DC — and the Rockville club would offer a relaxing respite just miles from his new home. It would also offer a chance for Obama to hit the links on “two premiere golf courses . . . known across the country for their spectacular championship play and . . . rave reviews by golfers throughout the years,” according to the club’s Web site.
“In light of the votes at the UN and the Kerry speech and everything else, there’s this major uproar with having him part of the club, and a significant portion of the club has opposed offering him membership,” a source said to the Post.
The club not only charges the $80,000 initiation fee, they also require $9,673 in yearly dues. “It’s a very exclusive, high-end club,” a source said.
“Originally, this was supposed to be a back-door thing to get this done and give him the membership — free of charge — and circumvent the rules,” a source explained to the Post.
“But now, with the UN thing, they are not in position or likely to do it,” he added and noted that the threat of lawsuits and litigation is over the clubs’ head from members for breaching the bylaws to let in the soon to be former president.
The feeling toward Obama’s admittance to the club by waiving standard procedures is apparently bipartisan, according to a source. Although the club “probably skews more Republican than the Jewish community as a whole,” there are numerous prominent Democrat members, including those that supported Obama’s campaigns, but might experience a change of heart toward him now.
“Can you imagine how angry I would be if I had paid $80K to have to look at this guy who has done more to damage Israel than any president in American history?” an official in a Washington Jewish organization told the Post.
“After the UN vote and attack on Israel, I think it probably hurts the club. If there is a club that excludes Jews, he would probably be more comfortable around those folks.”
As the Post noted: “Ironically, Woodmont was founded by the DC-area Jewish community in 1913 precisely because Jews were banned at other clubs.”