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Condoleezza Rice to join formerly men-only Augusta

Former U.S. Secretary of State becomes one of two female members at the home of the Masters Golf Tournament

Breaking down social barriers is nothing new to Condoleeza Rice. The first African-American woman appointed U.S. Secretary of State broke another one Monday, being invited to join Augusta National Golf Club as one of its first two female members.

Rice, now a Stanford University professor of political science and public policy, joined South Carolina financier Darla Moore in accepting the club's membership invitations, Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne announced.

"This is a joyous occasion," Payne said in a statement. "It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall."

Founded in 1932, Augusta National's membership remained all male and all white until 1990 when the club invited its first African-American member.

Since then, the club has come under increasing pressure to admit female members, including requests from National Council of Women's Organizations Chairman Martha Burk. While the home of the Masters Golf Tournament has allowed women to play as guests, it remained without a green-jacketed female until Monday.

"I have visited Augusta National on several occasions and look forward to playing golf, renewing friendships and forming new ones through this very special opportunity," Rice said in a statement released by the club. "I have long admired the important role Augusta National has played in the traditions and history of golf. I also have an immense respect for the Masters Tournament and its commitment to grow the game of golf, particularly with youth, here in the United States and throughout the world."

Rice, who was also the first African-American woman to be named Stanford provost in 1993, is an avid golfer and was recently appointed to the U.S. Golf Association's nominating committee.

With one of the final holdouts now allowing women, the controversy of exclusivity in golf clubs may now shift to the British Open, which will host its 2013 tournament at male-only Muirfield Golf Club.

Following the announcement, former Stanford All-American Tiger Woods issued a statement congratulating Rice and commending Augusta National.

"I think the decision by the Augusta National membership is important to golf," Woods stated. "The club continues to demonstrate its commitment to impacting the game in positive ways. I would like to congratulate both new members, especially my friend Condi Rice."

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Posted by closet lefty
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Is Condi turning all lefty on us now that she has left Washington? What happened to defending good old social conservative values, like restricting country clubs to old white men? The Republicans aren't called the GOB (good old boy) party for nothing.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm



Congratulations to both Condi and the IBM CEO in joining the club--which is very, very difficult for anyone to join.


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Posted by Wondering??
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm

So what does this story have to do with Palo Alto?


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Posted by closet lefty
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Because Condi lives in Palo Alto?


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

The Weekly covers Palo Alto and Stanford, among other local cities. That's why Condoleezzo Rice is a local story, just like all the Stanford Olympic athletes. Plus, this is a fairly historic event since all-male Augusta not allowing females has been a national story for years. Now, it's a local story, as well.


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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

And I am SHOCKED, SHOCKED(I'm being facetious) that Condi never made one comment about the "legitimate rape" comments by the caveman from Missouri. Yes, she and Augusta definitely deserve each other.


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Posted by Checking facts
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 21, 2012 at 10:12 am

"Congratulations to both Condi and the IBM CEO in joining the club"

Minor correction, the IBM CEO did not receive an invitation.


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Posted by Carl Spackler
a resident of Atherton
on Aug 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

Condi's first Daily Briefing in Augusta:

"Gophers Determined to Attack Within Fairways"

But Carl Spackler will stay on vacation in Crawford

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Someone had to say it.


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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

Condi in Augusta:If we don't destroy all other national golf clubs, our very existence would be in doubt, we could face a mushroom cloud.


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Posted by Wondering??
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

> Condi lives in Palo Alto ..

So what? So does George Schultz, and thousands of other people. Ms. Rice is no longer an "accountable" public figure, so probably should be afforded her privacy .. rather than some sort of target for the loony left.


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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

"so probably should be afforded her privacy .. rather than some sort of target for the loony left."

And you use the oxymoron "loony left" a couple of days after the "legitimate rape" and "women can't get pregnant from rape" comments???



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Posted by Carl Spackler
a resident of Atherton
on Aug 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Wondering?? "Ms. Rice is no longer an "accountable" public figure, so probably should be afforded her privacy"

Ha! That's funny. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Condi is all over the public spectrum, from being promoted to speak at the RNC Web Link to being a fashion model for hawking NFL apparel Web Link Want a list of her recent paid speeches? Go to google.

Wake up.

Though I agree with you -- why would anybody pay to hear the worst National Security Advisor in history, is beyond me.

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"BEN-VENISTE: Isn't it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the August 6th PDB warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that PDB?

RICE: I believe the title was, Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States...

BEN-VENISTE: Thank you."




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Posted by just thinkin'
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

The membership doesn't start until the new season in October - give them plenty of time to build a new locker-room out of the way of the crabby old f**ts........


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Posted by Wondering??
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

> Condi is all over the public spectrum, from being promoted to
> speak at the RNC Web Link to being a fashion model for hawking
> NFL apparel Web Link Want a list of her recent paid speeches?

And that makes her an accountable public figure? She is not employed
by any government agency as employee is she? She is not making any decisions that affect people's lives, or the nation's security. She is, at the moment, a private person.

> NFL apparel

And what makes that in anyway accountable. It's very unlikely that anyone would carry a story about her flogging products like these.

> And you use the oxymoron "loony left" a couple of days
> after the "legitimate rape" and "women can't get pregnant
> from rape" comments???

It was a slip of the tongue, no doubt. Does this fellow have a history of such gaffes? Or was it a one time occurrence? If no history, all of the hysteria of this single comment is a clear example of what the "loony left" is capable of.

By the way, it's kind of interesting that the left-wing media is all over this story, but hasn't shown much interest in this one--

Web Link

Minn. Rep. Kerry Gauthier caught with zipper down... literally. Admits to having 'no strings attached' sex with 17-year-old boy at rest stop, police say
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So .. which is more despicable? A verbal gaffe, or public sex with a minor? And guess who the "loony left" is calling upon to quit?


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Posted by Carl Spackler
a resident of Atherton
on Aug 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Wondering: Condi is public figure. Any sane person understands that is if she is portraying her jersey clad body in an ad, giving speeches and appearing at the RNC -- she's a public figure and subject to the ridicule she so obviously earned with Bush/Cheney. Sorry you don't agree.

That said, glad we both agreed she is the worst National Security Advisor in history.

Much of the Left is NOT calling on Todd Akin to quit -- he highlights just how far to the extreme that most of the Republican party sits:
Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have the same views as Todd Akin.

From the thread by Farm Girl, since closed: Web Link

>> "Republicans drafting their party's official policy platform on Tuesday ratified a call for a Constitutional ban on abortion that makes no exceptions for rape or incest." Web Link

VP candidate Paul Ryan is on board with taking all rights away from women. Paul Ryan co-sponsored the Sanctity of Life Act WITH TODD AKIN and co-sponsored or voted for by virtually all of the GOP, which defines a fertilized egg as a person and grants it "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of Personhood." No exceptions. Web Link Ryan also co-sponsored a national forced ultrasound bill.

No exceptions if your daughter's life may be at risk. No exceptions if your granddaughter is raped -- your granddaughter must carry her rapist's baby. Paul Ryan also co-sponsored the "forcible rape" redefinition in HR3 Web Link Does Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney not understand that "rape is rape"?

Mitt Romney's position on Personhood, which takes all choice away from women, takes away most forms of The Pill, takes away in-vitrio fertilization, a procedure Mitt's own boys used?

>> "HUCKABEE: Would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?

>> ROMNEY: Absolutely."


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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be federally funded and abortion clinics would be adjacent to sport bars.

Condi Rice, the worst, most disastrous and most incompetent national security advisor(and secretary of state) in US history gave an interview to a major a few weeks ago in which she attacked the President for not believing in US exceptionalism, so much for Condi staying out of public affairs. She couldn't be bothered though to criticize Akin's horrendous comments.


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Posted by Wendy
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I find it odd that people are cheering that Augusta has admitted a certain few select women. Augusta is finally being dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century, let alone the 21st and people think this is a great leap forward? [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Condi should have turned this down and told them to ask her again when they have admitted 100 other women and then maybe she might consider it.


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