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Ladies who've got game, too

At left: Melody Barnes plays golf with President Obama on Sunday. Kathleen Sebelius (top right) and Susan Rice (bottom right) both played basketball in their student years. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst; Richard A. Lipski/The Washington Post; Reuters/Larry Downing)

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
That didn't take long. After a few news cycles of Beltway buzz about President Obama's all-male basketball games and golf trips, the White House promptly sent Melody Barnes, the president's chief domestic policy adviser, out to join him on the links Sunday at Fort Belvoir.

Finally, a glass ceiling (grass ceiling?) broken for lady duffers! Press secretary Robert Gibbs insisted Monday there was no symbolism intended ("she's just a good golfer"), though Barnes may have paved the way for other qualified female cronies to golf with POTUS. Women like...

Hmmm. Here's the problem. The great female golfers in politics are all Republicans. Golf Digest last year ranked D.C.'s best: John McCain's pollster Linda DiVall was the top-ranked woman (No. 7 with a 2 handicap). The others -- Condi Rice, Rep. Mary Bono, PR exec Sheila Tate -- are all GOP.

"It's hard to get women to golf," said Maura Keefe, an accomplished golfer and chief of staff to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). "Women are perfectionists. If a woman is golfing and she hits a tree, she feels bad, she thinks she's made a mistake. If a guy hits a tree, he blames the groundskeeper." Keefe's trying to get more women out on the links, but no success yet with her own boss.

Obama may have better luck integrating his all-guy basketball game.

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Posted at 11:10 AM ET on Oct 27, 2009  | Category:  Washington Life
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