“Not Welcome”: – members of the DC country club take a swing at Obama about Israel’s attitude

US President Barack Obama plays a shot onto the 18th green as he finishes a round of golf with friends at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst RTX20CBK

Members that think at an exclusive Washington-area country club, President Obama is a real duffer when it comes to foreign policy and the fairway fury costs an option for a post he could-presidency at home, of course.

Although it is unclear whether the difference would be to aim for the end of President even membership, there are some at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., are to try a preventative, keep Obama out of the predominantly Jewish club in the midst of complaints over his attitude to Israel, according to the reports. The members have sent to say a flood of E-Mails to club President Barry Forman and General Manager Brian Pizzimenti, that Obama is “not welcome.”

The pushback is not the result of Obama’s decision last month to have the U.S. veto a U. N. security Council resolution on the Israeli settlements criticize in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and Secretary of state John Kerry’s speech two days later, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu undermines the accused the possibility of a two-state solution.

“[President Obama] has created a situation in the world where Israel’s existence is weakened and may be threatened”, a long-time member of Faith Goldstein wrote in the Dec. 26 E-Mail obtained by the Washington Post. “He is not welcome in Woodmont. His approval would be a storm that can destroy our club. “

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Aug. 18, 2013: President Obama prepares to tee off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass.


A Dec. 15 E-Mail Forman of Bethesda lawyer Marc B. Abrams, allegedly, Obama’s attitude to Israel and said it should be “unthinkable” that the club leadership would even think that of him the membership.

“If you are I would look at this thing, challenge you, make it known quickly,” Abrams wrote. “Timing is crucial.”

During his eight years in the White house, the commander-in-chief more than 300 days instead of broke on the left with the most rounds at the course on Andrews Air Force Base or while on vacation in Hawaii.

But with the Obama family to a stay in DC until their daughter Sasha finished high school, the outgoing President will need to find a new club in the DC area.

There has been no official indication Obama plans to apply for membership in Woodmont, but he has played at least four rounds on the course during his presidency, and reports from last summer, Woodmont show would be his club of choice when he leaves the Oval Office.

Representatives of the Woodmont’t go back’s requests for comment, but the feelings appear to be about the policy of the President in the Middle East, the far from unanimous among the club members and local Jewish activists.

“How cool is it that the first African-American President of the United States, joining a country club, which was originally founded because the Jews could not somewhere 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 Forward. Half is not a member of Woodmont.

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Jeffrey Slavin, the Woodmont mayor of the Maryland town of Somerset, and the legacy member at, sent an E-Mail this week, Forman – copied, and colleagues Woodmont members and local Jewish leaders outside the club, in which he threatened to organise a mass resignation campaign, if the President were welcome in the club.

“This has far-about the club now, and that makes the Jewish community look bad,” said Slavin “The club needs to reach to the President and say” if you want to apply for membership, and certainly we will take care of you.'”

Woodmont was founded in 1913, to face a time when Jews, and widespread discrimination in the application to country clubs in the DC. Since then, the club is now on 460 acres and offers its members the opportunity to play golf and tennis, and socialize, just outside the Washington Beltway. The club has an $80,000 membership fee and members pay $9,600 in the annual contributions.

“Woodmont was a place you could go, if you don’t welcome anywhere else,” Slavin said. “There are so many ironies here.”

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