Barack Obama can finally just focus on playing golf. The former President of the United States has reportedly put his controversial quest to find a club to rest by joining Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va.
As most golfers naturally would, Obama began shopping golf and country clubs shortly after he became the former POTUS. This process became controversial when Woodmont Country Club in Maryland reportedly considered rejecting Obama’s membership application because of his foreign policy. Apparently some members of the predominantly Jewish club were upset that Obama did not block an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations.
Somerset, Md., mayor Jeffery Slavin then added fuel to the fire when he protested the membership’s protest of Obama, and quit the club, saying:
“I can no longer belong to a community: Where Intolerance is accepted, Where History is forgotten, Where Freedom of Speech is denied, And where the nation’s first black president is disrespected.”
The membership drama seemed to come to a close in late January when Woodmont president Barry Forman explained to members in an email that Obama would be extended an invitation for membership after all.
“Political views have never been part of our membership criteria, and our members have always reflected a range of opinions on issues of the day. In the current, deeply polarized political environment, it is all the more important that Woodmont be a place where people of varying views and beliefs can enjoy fellowship and recreation in a relaxed environment.”
Perhaps reading between the lines, Obama nonetheless chose to pursue membership elsewhere, and it seems he has found his match. CNN reported that Obama has joined Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va.
The $15,000 initiation fee at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club is waived for former presidents, according to two anonymous sources cited by CNN. Hopefully for Obama’s sake, the lingering foreign policy backlash is over and he can start acting like a normal retired person, and just focus on his golf game.