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She's on par with Obama's golfers

October 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The White House may have scored a stroke for gender equality in presidential sports: President Obama's chief domestic policy advisor, Melody Barnes, became the first woman to play in the president's golf foursome.

She joined Obama, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson and Dr. Eric Whitaker, Obama's friend and executive vice president at the University of Chicago Medical Center, for a round on the Army's Ft. Belvoir golf course in Virginia, White House Deputy Press Secretary William Burton confirmed.

Obama has been criticized for playing basketball with only men, most recently in Sunday's New York Times.

"He golfed with women on the campaign trail," Burton said, but Barnes was the first to join Obama on the links since he became president.

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