Today it's say something to get more women's votes. The White Houseâs spokesman said Thursday that the president believes that a golf club in Augusta, Ga., 551 miles from the White House, should change its membership rules and admit women as members. The golf club in question is the Augusta National Golf Club, which is hosting the high-profile Masters tournament this week. âIt is obviously up to the club to decide, but his personal opinion is that women should be admitted to the club,â Obamaâs spokesman, Jay Carney, said in response to a question from a reporter. The private club does not invite women to be members. Feminist groups are pressuring the club, and its corporate sponsors, to change its long-standing rule. However, Obama is trying to bolster support with feminist groups, partly because heâs trying to maximize favorable turnout among women in the November election. Obama âbelieves Augusta should admit women. Weâre kinda long past the time when women should be excluded from anything,â Carney said. The new announcement reflects Obamaâs view that the administration should play a larger role in the nationâs economy and civil society.