Jay Carney: Obama Believes Augusta Should Be Open To Women

The 2012 Masters Tournament has begun and, with it, the annual question of where are all the ladies at? Since its founding, the Augusta National Golf Club, the tournament’s home, has never accepted women as members. In fact, it was only in 1990 that the club accepted its first black member. This morning during a press conference, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the exclusionary tradition and said that President Obama believed the club should open its doors to women.

From the Associated Press:

“White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama’s ‘personal opinion is that women should be admitted’ to the golf club.

Carney was asked about the issue Thursday. He says it’s ‘up to the club to decide’ but he also said that Obama told him he personally thinks women should be welcome.”

While Carney clearly covered the comment in the reminder that Augusta is a private club, this could be seen as a clever attempt to further broaden the gender gap going into the 2012 election. Following the Republican Party’s seemingly aggressive anti-contraception push, Obama has gotten a big boost from the perceived “Republican War on Women.”

It will be interesting to see if the media of GOP candidates take Carney’s bait in making Augusta’s policies a political issue. After all, it’s an election year. Everything’s a political issue.

And, in other news, golf continues to be super boring.

(h/t Jake Tapper)

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