Mostly-Jewish golf club is roiled by a prospective member’s stance on Israel– Obama’s

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Everyone’s talking about this story today: the fancy mostly-Jewish golf club President Obama wants to join after he leaves office is divided about accepting him because of his stand on Israel at the United Nations in December. The New York Post has the story:

Obama is looking to join the elite Woodmont Country Club in [Rockville] Maryland once he becomes a private citizen.

But members of the mostly Jewish club are at each other’s throats over whether to accept the golf-loving president, with many saying he deserves to be snubbed for not blocking an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations, according to the sources….

“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 Post.

The Post says the issue is the club waiving the entry fee of $90,000 for Obama. The club was prepared to do so but now the membership is in an uproar about cutting Obama a break. Though notice that some of the sourcing here is very weak, not even a club member:

“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?” an official in a Washington Jewish organization fumed to 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.”

The Post does note the irony.

Ironically, Woodmont was founded by the DC-area Jewish community in 1913 precisely because Jews were banned at other clubs.

Well that was more than 100 years ago. The club is now largely Republican and Jewish, the Post says.

Obama first played there in September 2015 with aide Joe Paulson, former Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides and John Shulman, head of the private equity firm Juggernaut Capital Partners.

Raising the old question of Why would anyone want to join that club?

The story is getting lots of attention and it speaks volumes about the craziness of the Jewish establishment, and its inability to perceive its own power. Young Jews by and large support Obama on his Israel policies, and are surely embarrassed by this conduct. But the American Jewish community is reactionary overall on settlements; and everyone understands its power: Jewish organizations have enabled the occupation for the last 50 years; and American Jews have by and large allowed that to happen. The latest Politico survey shows that by 47-42, Jews oppose Obama’s UN vote of December 23 allowing an anti-settlements resolution to pass; and though African-Americans and Hispanics and the young have Obama’s back, the heart of the Democratic liberal wing in Congress is against Obama too, surely because of Jewish donors.

Presidents only act on Israel in the “twilight” of their presidencies, David Makovsky of the Israel lobby group the Washington Institute said on Sunday in New York, because of these political pressures. He cited the twilight actions of Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama– all taking steps at the very end, when they were no longer so politically vulnerable. Charming. And the only one-term presidents in that span, Carter and Bush, both are seen as having made the mistake of taking on the Israel lobby and paying for it.

This is not going to end well. Let’s remember what Eva Illouz said about money in Haaretz, in her piece about an “earthquake” in the Jewish world:

The Protestant Reformation was caused by the rejection of the Catholic Church’s mixture of religion, political intrigues and bottomless financial greed. I do not know if we are close to a Jewish Reformation, but I am sure that a part of the Jewish organizational world today resembles the state of the Church before it was challenged by Martin Luther. It displays the same mixture of fundamentalism, politics and money, a mixture that nowhere in the history of mankind has elicited respect or elevated the spirit.

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  1. eljay
    January 11, 2017, 1:20 pm

    “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?” an official in a Washington Jewish organization fumed to The Post.

    Interesting. This official in Washington Jewish organization (not a Washington Israeli organization) appears to be:
    – upset that Barry “Nobel Peace Prize” O. hasn’t done enough to support and defend Israeli colonialism, belligerence, intransigence, (war) crimes and supremacism; and
    – anti-Semitically conflating Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel.

  2. Ismail
    January 11, 2017, 2:51 pm

    That photo! Shorts and socks??!!

    So much for Obama’s being the “cool” president…

    And, oh yeah, golf. Dude can croon “Let’s Stay Together” all he wants, it’s not gonna work.

    • Citizen
      January 11, 2017, 3:32 pm

      Apparently you don’t know that retro-ivy league prep look is kool in elite circles. You didn’t mention the accompanying saddle shoes, also quite the net-preppy statement.

    • chocopie
      January 11, 2017, 7:35 pm

      He wears “dad jeans” too and everyone makes fun of them, and he can’t dance. Nobody ever said he was cool. He’s a dork and revels in it.

      • captADKer
        January 12, 2017, 8:43 am

        regardless, looks like the same petulant vindictive anti semitic coward.
        restrict him and his kind from membership. my question- where are the BLM/ islamic owned golf clubs which are mutually perfect fits? and how did these myopic jews open the door to this needless notoriety?

      • Citizen
        January 12, 2017, 4:22 pm

        Tons of females think he’s kool, and handsome

      • chocopie
        January 12, 2017, 4:24 pm

        captADKer, you are so out of touch with reality. Obama is not Muslim and not part of BLM and they don’t have private golf courses anyway. The guy wants to play golf. And he’s a Zionist for crying out loud.

        “and how did these myopic jews open the door to this needless notoriety?” Well, see, they have this golf club. Where people play golf. And it’s not in Israel, it’s in the US, so black people and non-Jews are allowed to join. Inconvenient, eh?

      • gamal
        January 12, 2017, 7:56 pm

        “Tons of females”

        chivalry is dead

      • Maghlawatan
        January 13, 2017, 2:44 am

        Salah al din killed chivalry. A warning to Israel from history. The weapons and the castles only work so far.

      • gamal
        January 13, 2017, 2:07 pm

        “Salah al din killed chivalry”

        what! well how do you explain (ya faris baghdad), let me get that door for you,

        https://youtu.be/2z5QRL4cTuo

  3. oldgeezer
    January 11, 2017, 4:02 pm

    If someone accussed them of being Israel firsters they would scream bloody nurder. But they clearly are just that. Their behaviour is more than a little disgusting

  4. Marnie
    January 12, 2017, 12:47 am

    Dear Mr. President –
    Allow the wisdom of the sages to guide you in your search for the perfect golf club:

    I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.
    Julius Henry Marx

  5. Rob Buchanan
    January 12, 2017, 8:51 am

    Martin Luther Weiss

  6. Theo
    January 12, 2017, 12:53 pm

    I find this funny!
    Nearly 60 years ago I worked at the Brookline Golf Club on some weekends to make a few dollars extra. Although the club was located near to the heavily jewish populated suburbs of Brookline and Newton, there were no jewish member at that time, so inquired about the reason.
    I was told: if you allow a jew into the club, he will bring his family, neighbours, friends, etc. and before you know they take over the club, with jewish holidays, jewish food, etc., and we christians have nothing to say anymore.
    So now a heavily jewish membered club in Washington doesn´t want the President of the USA, because his policy on a foreign country? They should check how it was in Boston good 50 years ago and what was the fear of those members at that time.

  7. Ossinev
    January 12, 2017, 2:00 pm

    Absolutely hilarious. These arrogant self entitled morons who object to Obama`s membership have no idea how ridiculous they look. To hell with the importance of replacing divots on the fairways, raking the sand after you have exited the bunkers, repairing spike marks on the greens etc The priority for them is that only those who are 100 % supportive of their country ( not the US but dear beloved eternally victimised Israel ) should be permitted as members. Anyone who is Pro – Israel can join and duff,shank, tear up the fairways to their heart`s content. As a golfer their attitude makes me want to puke. They are not golfers which is a sport for gentlemen and women who believe in and practice the principles of sport. They are quite simply bigoted Zionist scumbags and probably like their Zioland cousins cheat at will and lie about how moral their attitude to the sport is. I suspect also that there is in all this an element of OMG another black member (if there are any already). For those non scumbag members (Jewish or otherwise ) who are genuine sportspeople my commiserations – it must be hell being drawn to play against these lowlifes in competition knowing how loathsome they are. Would be interesting to know what Tiger Woods thinks of this – it quite openly brings the game into disrepute and if the Ziofreak members get their way the club should be excluded from membership of their local and national associations. Never mind they will have the opportunity of of answering the call to make golfing Aliyah , move to Zioland and join a local Tel Aviv course where their beloved cousins have made the desert bloom into challenging 18 hole 100% Jewish (no Arabs/Blacks allowed as members or visitors) courses.

    • broadside
      January 13, 2017, 9:08 am

      “Never mind they will have the opportunity of of answering the call to make golfing Aliyah , move to Zioland and join a local Tel Aviv course.”

      Beats Augusta National!

      (Great post, Ossinev.)

  8. Scott
    January 12, 2017, 2:13 pm

    I’m sure he can fast-tracked to join Congressional, which is also convenient. Not sure why he doesn’t do that. A third option, ten minutes further away from DC on the other side of the river is Trump National DC: a fair number of members voted for him. (I did). They would be flattered to have him, I’m pretty sure.

  9. Sulphurdunn
    January 12, 2017, 4:34 pm

    Hubris of the particularly stupid, comes back to bite you in the ass, kind.

  10. Citizen
    January 12, 2017, 4:44 pm

    Here’s a bit more info on both the club an Obama’s obsession with golf: Will Barack Obama Join ‘Jewiest’ Country Club in Washington? http://jd.fo/s3UG via @jdforward

  11. broadside
    January 13, 2017, 8:08 am

    Maidstone would never have him.

  12. JLewisDickerson
    January 13, 2017, 11:00 am

    RE: “But members of the mostly Jewish club are at each other’s throats over whether to accept the golf-loving president, with many saying he deserves to be snubbed for not blocking an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations, according to the sources…. The Post says the issue is the club waiving the entry fee of $90,000 for Obama. The club was prepared to do so but now the membership is in an uproar about cutting Obama a break.”

    NOT TO BE OUTDONE: [AUDIO: bugle call] The Mondoweiss community to the rescue! A fundraiser in memory of Hedy Epstein and Michael Ratner easily raises the $90,000. What an incredible PR coup!

  13. irishmoses
    January 13, 2017, 12:22 pm

    I see this as the first evidence of the Carterization of Obama. It may be herem-lite but herem it will be. If he was going to take on the I-P issue, he needed to be all-in and willing to use all his powers, most particularly the bully-pulpit to take on the lobby and Israel. It was clear early on he didn’t have the experience or stomach for real confrontation. Freeman was the first clue, Rahm Emanuel appointment waa another. It was his prime personal issue but he ultimately didn’t have the cojones for it. Thought he could do it with pretty speeches.
    Even his final flurry of UN/Kerry seemed more like a pathetic, nostalgic plea than anything of real substance. Notice he gave no speech but left it all, including Sunday’s Paris IP summit, to Kerry. Don’t want to hurt chances for huge speaker fee income.
    Prediction: he will be trashed by both sides with less than subtle help from Hillary’s donor class.
    So sad.

    • Theo
      January 13, 2017, 1:20 pm

      Not sad, we all get what we deserve, at least most of the time. He is a pathetic and cowardly little man, who can read speeches well, but climed up on a tree that is just too tall for him and did not know what to do at those hights.
      Now let´s see what our new wonder boy will do?

    • Citizen
      January 14, 2017, 10:58 am

      He couldn’t face down his original wealthy backer, Penny Pritzker

  14. irishmoses
    January 13, 2017, 5:50 pm

    While he scares me and I didn’t vote for him but held my nose put my x on HRC, I actually think he could do a much better job mainly because he’s started, managed, and owned his own businesses which is great experience and selects out those who are timid, poor managers, indecisive, things like that. Like him or not, he made it to the top of a very steep and treacherous pyramid. He won’t be intimidated by N’yahu or other big players and will expert to get something for whatever he gives. We’ll see.

    Obama had no experience relevant to the executive function. Being a senator, law professor, or communiity organizer is poor preparation. Hillary wasn’t much better. All she’d learned was how to schmooze for dollars.

    • Mooser
      January 13, 2017, 7:37 pm

      “mainly because he’s started, managed, and owned his own businesses”

      Trump inherited the real-estate business from his Dad.

      • Citizen
        January 14, 2017, 11:01 am

        Yes, he has that in common with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner (who’s father also bribed to get him in best college). These guys wouldn’t be anything if they were born, say, in Kentucky coal miner country.

  15. irishmoses
    January 14, 2017, 2:04 am

    He worked for than took over his dad’s real estate business which was mainly developing apartment houses. He quickly eclipsed his dad by becoming a high rise office building and hotel developer in NYC and grew from there. The man may be an obnoxious boor but he’s no dummy and he became one of the great business success stories in this country, surviving business down turns and near failure. Give him his due.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump

    What kind of a president will he be? I cringe in fear of what we may be facing. On the other hand, he could pull it off in his own inimitable, bizarre fashion. It looks like it’s gonna be quite a ride.

    • Mooser
      January 14, 2017, 1:15 pm

      “The man may be an obnoxious boor but he’s no dummy and he became one of the great business success stories in this country”

      Uh, no, Trump went bankrupt, (running casinos!) over and over again, and parked the debt in very unscrupulous and possibly illegal ways. When no American bank would take on the “Donald risk” Trump went to European and possibly Russian sources for financing.
      Trump avoided collapse, but it’s hardly in the mold of an American business success story

      • Theo
        January 14, 2017, 1:34 pm

        According to very reliable sources NYC invested millions of taypayers money in Trump to avoid his bankrupcy and consequent legal and financial problems, as Trump always worked with monies of other people. One must wonder why he still refuses to publicise his tay returns?

      • irishmoses
        January 14, 2017, 4:08 pm

        Interesting links. Thanks. He certainly knows how to work the system and bankruptcy is certainly one of the available tools as is negotiating debt reductions from lenders, etc. Despite all this, he is a remarkable figure who’s managed to parlay his “success” into the highest office in the land. All I’m saying is don’t focus too much on HRC and neolib talking points despite their grains of truth. This dude is one of a kind who has a proven capacity to shake things up. Hopefully, he won’t bring us all down in the process.

  16. irishmoses
    January 14, 2017, 4:18 pm

    re: Theo,
    Tax Returns:
    Simple answer is:
    1. There is no legal requirement that he do so (perhaps there should be).
    2. He judged that the political price he would pay in releasing them (even if they were largely benign) would be higher than the price he is paying for not releasing them. Plus (as he says), “I was elected.”
    Looks to me like his strategy worked.
    “Using other peoples money”
    1. That’s what finance capitalism is all about.
    2. That’s what you do when you finance the purchase of your home.
    3. The big difference is that the big guys (like Trump) are able to get non-recourse loans and are then not personally liable to pay the money back if their development goes tits up. They just turn over the keys to the bank and walk away.

    • Mooser
      January 14, 2017, 7:48 pm

      “3. The big difference is that the big guys (like Trump) are able to get non-recourse loans and are then not personally liable to pay the money back if their development goes tits up. They just turn over the keys to the bank and walk away.”

      And now Trump will put that capability at the service of the United States Government! How could that not work out well for the US, and especially, you?

      • irishmoses
        January 15, 2017, 1:22 pm

        Me? Is that some sort of ill-disguised ad hominem? You see me as rich pond scum from the lawyerly class and, like the bard, seek to render me asunder? You hurt me to the quick, sir. I am rich only in spirit and as to the lawyer bit, I am but an aging ex.

      • Mooser
        January 15, 2017, 3:22 pm

        “Me? Is that some sort of ill-disguised ad hominem?”

        No, I assume you know your own best interests.

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