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Obama golfs with female after media criticism. Coincidence?

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(Read caption) Was it a coincidence that President Obama asked a female staffer to join him on the golf course yesterday or a move to squelch media criticism?

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So, by now you know that President Obama golfed with a [GASP!] woman yesterday. We told you about it here.

But why would a golf game with Melody Barnes – his chief domestic policy advisor – be newsworthy? Was it because right before she faced a critical putt, he yelled out "Noonan!"

Although that would be a great news story – no.

No girls allowed

It was news because – for those of you keeping score – up until yesterday, all of his golf partners have been men. And this past week, there was also criticism that Obama only plays basketball with male counterparts. We told you about that here.

Even last March, Obama was criticized for not being an equal opportunity NCAA basketball bracket filler-outer.

Who cares? Many of you said that. One visitor yesterday commented: "How about reporting news, not things nobody cares about? Who gives a damn about who golfs with who?"

Networking

Others, however, say that it's important for the president to be more inclusive. And the sporting events represent a chance to network with the president. Therefore, they say, it's only fair that the president expand his chromosomal outreach.

So, at 1pm yesterday, Obama and Barnes (with two other guys filling out their foursome) played 18 holes at the Fort Belvoir golf course just outside of Washington, DC.

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