Because of his administration’s tense relationship with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama may be rejected from an exclusive Maryland golf club.
After Obama’s failure to block an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations, many Jewish members of Rockville’s Woodmont Country Club are putting a halt to former plans that would have given the soon-to-be former president a club membership free of charge.
Obama’s UN decision, coupled with a speech given by Secretary of State John Kerry, was seen by members of Jewish community as malicious towards Israel.
“In light of the votes at the UN and the Kerry speech and everything else, there’s this major uproar with having him part of the club, and a significant portion of the club has opposed offering him membership,” a source told The New York Post.
Ironically, because the Jewish were banned at other clubs, Woodmont was founded by the DC-area Jewish community in 1913.
Obama’s complimentary membership in the club, which charges regular members an $80,000 initiation fee, was set to begin once he became a private citizen.
In addition to the large initiation fee, members must pay $9,673 in annual dues.
“It’s a very exclusive, high-end club,” a source said.
“Originally, this was supposed to be a back-door thing to get this done and give him the membership — free of charge — and circumvent the rules,” said a source.
The source added that because of Obama’s UN decision, the club is facing threats of potential lawsuits if they breach the rules and let him join for free.
“But now, with the UN thing, they are not in position or likely to do it,” he added.
Members from both sides of the aisle are also opposing the idea of waiving normal admission procedures for Obama.
“Can you imagine how angry I would be if I had paid $80K to have to look at this guy who has done more to damage Israel than any president in American history?” said an official from a Washington Jewish organization told the Post.
“After the UN vote and attack on Israel, I think it probably hurts the club. If there is a club that excludes Jews, he would probably be more comfortable around those folks.”
Initially the clubs CEO and general manager, Brian Pizzimenti, welcomed him.
“We’d be honored to have the president at the club as a member,” Pizzimenti told the Jewish publication The Forward. “We’re glad to have offered [Obama] fun and relaxation.”
Now, the welcome has cooled.
H/T: New York Post
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