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The Masters: Obama supports letting women become members of Augusta National, press secretary says

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President Barack Obama has weighed in on the matter of whether women should be allowed to join Augusta National, site of the Masters this week.

The president’s “personal opinion is that women should be admitted,” press secretary Jay Carney said today, adding that “it’s up to the club to decide.”

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“It’s long past the time when women should be excluded from anything,”Carney said, via The Post’s David Nakamura.

The issue arose again this week because the chief executive of IBM, one of the Masters’ sponsors, is a Virginia Rometty. Masters chairman Billy Payne sidestepped the topic in a press conference Wednesday.

“Whenever that question is asked, all issues of membership are now and have been historically subject to the private deliberations of the members,” Payne said, “and that statement remains accurate and remains my statement.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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