Members at an exclusive Washington-area country club think President Obama is a real duffer when it comes to foreign policy and the fairway furor could cost him one alternative for a post-presidency home course.
Though its unclear whether the outgoing chairperson would even seek membership there, some at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md ., are preemptively trying to keep Obama out of the predominantly Jewish club amid complained about his posture on Israel, according to reports. The members have sent a bombardment of emails to club President Barry Forman and General Manager Brian Pizzimenti saying Obama is “not welcome.”
The pushback stems from Obamas decision last month not to have the U.S. veto a U.N. Security Council resolution blaming Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and from Secretary of State John Kerrys speech two days later accusing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of undermining the possibility of a two-state solution.[ President Obama] has created a situation in the world where Israels very existence is weakened and possibly threatened, longtime member Faith Goldstein wrote in a Dec. 26 email obtained by the Washington Post. He is not welcome at Woodmont. His admittance would create a storm that could destroy our club.
A Dec. 15 email to Forman from Bethesda attorney Marc B. Abrams reportedly said Obamas stance on Israel should make it inconceivable that club leaders would even think of awarding him membership.
If you have positions on this matter, I would urge you to stimulate them known speedily, Abrams wrote. Day is critical.
During his eight years in the White House, the commander-in-chief racked up more than 300 days on the links with most rounds taking place at the course at Andrews Air Force Base or while on vacation in Hawaii.
But with the Obama family staying in D.C. until their daughter Sasha finishes high school, the outgoing chairperson will need to find a new club in the D.C. area.
There has been no official clue Obama plans to apply for membership at Woodmont, but he has played at the least four rounds at the course during his presidency and reports from last summer indicate Woodmont would be his club of selection when he leaves the Oval Office.
Representatives from Woodmont did not return FoxNews.coms requests for remark, but the sentiments over the presidents policies in the Countries of the middle east appear far away from unanimous among the clubs members and local Jewish activists.
How cool is it that the first African American president of the United States may well be joining a country club originally established because Jews couldnt get in anywhere else? Ron Halber, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, said in an article published over the summer by the Jewish newspaper The Forward. Halber is not a member at Woodmont.
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