May 2, 2007, - 4:11 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On Saturday, future First Lady Bill Clinton (wife of future President Hillary Rodham Cankles) golfed at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan–a swanky Detroit suburb.
One problem: Oakland Hills has a history of anti-Semitism and racism.
Previously, the club refused to admit Jewish and Black members to the club. And maybe that’s why Clinton brought prominent Black Democrat Joel Ferguson to golf with him–to insulate him from the Country Club’s very well known reputation.
Now, Oakland Hills has a few token Black members (and perhaps a few token Jews), but discrimination there endures. While Tiger Woods played the course in a recent Ryder Cup, the fact remains that few like him will ever be admitted as members. I repeatedly called Oakland Hills, today, for figures on the exact number of Jewish, Blacks, and Hispanic members. But no-one at the Country Club would comment, and Club COO Rick Bayliss did not respond to voice-mail queries. So we know he’s not only Bayliss, he’s Gutliss. (The club does allow Jews and Blacks to be caddies, though. All masters need appropriate servants.)
Slick Willie’s 18 hole play on the South Course at Oakland Hills is interesting, given that John Snow was forced to resign from Augusta National Country Club–because of its refusal to allow female members–before he could be confirmed as Bush’s Treasury Secretary.
Should we expect any less from the former President and current wife of a future one, Bill Clinton? Time for Slick Willie to stop swinging his clubs on the terrain of racism and anti-Semitism.
Organic Chaos wrote this about Oakland Hills Country Club, Bill Clinton’s hangout:
ENDURING ANTI-SEMITISM- [It was] revealed to me that the Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan still discriminated against Jews trying to join their illustrious ranks. It’s not like the old days when Jews were literally told they couldn’t join, however. The new, improved method for keeping “them” out is through a mythical “waiting list” that never seems to shrink. As this person put it, “A black person is more liable to be accepted than a Jewish person.” And there are indeed black members of note. It was speculated that there’s a fear of Jewish “pushiness” and tendency to take over.
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