If you are a woman heading into a professional field, it’s inevitable you’ll a) be told that you should learn to play golf and then b) notice that there are often summer Friday rounds you aren’t invited to anyway, whether you learned or not.
Such is life and it’s rarely that big of a deal. But, being a golfer paid off for Michigan Law grad and former Shearman and Sterling associate Melody Barnes, who got the nod as the first woman to hit the links with Barack Obama since he became president.
Barnes is the White House’s chief domestic policy advisor.
The timing of the invite is getting a lot of attention, as it comes on a weekend where the New York Times’ asked whether the White House, with its all-male basketball games and a high-profile male inner-circle, is a little bit of a boys’ club.
Being not of Obama’s inner circle, we have no idea if the Oval Office feels like a locker room. But we had no doubt when we heard a woman had made Sunday’s foursome that she would also be a lawyer.
Some things just are that predictable. And we’ll just add it to the list of rounds we’ve personally missed by never learning to play. Sorry, Dad!
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