Groucho Marx once joked that he didn’t want to be a member of any club that would have him. But what about a club where some of the members made a big stink about not letting you join — and then invited you anyway?
Former President Obama has finally been invited to join the snooty Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, despite outcry from some members of the predominately Jewish club who were concerned about his treatment of Israel.
“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,” the president of the club wrote to members yesterday. “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.”
Obama has been invited under the “special membership” provision, which allows him to not pay the $80,000 initiation fee (though he will still have to pay his annual dues).
Democratic mayor Jeffrey Slavin, who resigned from the club in protest over the debate on whether to allow Obama to join or not, told the Washington Post that he was “really delighted” over the decision. He did not say whether he would rescind his resignation.
Personally, we’re not sure why Obama would want to spend time with these people. Perhaps he and Slavin should start their own (probably more fun) club. [WP]