Michelle and Barack Obama were reportedly invited to join an exclusive club in Maryland, despite backlash from some members who disagreed with the former president’s policies on Israel.
A group of Jewish members at The Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland had objected to giving Obama free membership to the club, feeling that his recent decision to abstain from the United Nations Security Council vote put Israel in danger.
“[Obama] has created a situation in which Israel’s very existence is weakened and possibly threatened,” said Faith Goldstein, a member at the club. “He is not welcome at Woodmont,” she reportedly wrote.
But the president of the club had different views, saying they welcome people of all political views.
“In the current deeply polarized political environment,” Barry Forman, the club’s president, said according to CBS. “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. Given our legacy, it is regrettable that we have now been portrayed as unwelcoming and intolerant, because that is not who we are.”
Forman went on to say that the Obama’s would be “special members” of the club, and therefore would not have to pay the $80,000 initiation fee, according to CBS News.
H/T: CBS News
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