Condi joins golf clubs in ALABAMA! Team plan to reach out to residents! POLITICS!
Condoleezza Rice joins 2 private Birmingham-area golf clubs
Posted by Russell Hubbard, Birmingham News September 15, 2009 8:12 AMBIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Condoleezza Rice has joined two exclusive Birmingham-area private golf clubs, part of what the former U.S. secretary of state's team called a plan to regularly visit Alabama and reach out to its residents.She has joined Greystone Golf & Country Club in Hoover and Shoal Creek golf club in Shelby County.Rice paid the full customary initiation fees of new members and will pay regular dues. Shoal Creek came under fire for having no black members in 1990 as it prepared to host a major golf tournament."She is looking forward to coming to Birmingham regularly and enjoying her newfound passion of golf," said Colby Cooper, Rice's chief of staff. "She enjoys visiting Alabama immensely and wants to re-establish her roots there."Rice was the U.S. secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005 through 2009.A Birmingham native, Rice spent part of her childhood in Titusville and attended Hill Elementary. She was 11 years old when the family moved away. Cooper said Rice hasn't purchased a home in Birmingham, but stays with family members who live in the area.Rice is now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution public policy research group on the campus of Stanford University in California. She has visited the Birmingham area twice in the past four months, most recently last week while researching a book she is writing about her parents, who served thousands of young people through teaching and church ministry.Rice, who served as national security adviser in the first of Bush's two Republican administrations, has said on many occasions that she has no interest in running for elected office. Alabama's governor's office and one of its U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs in 2010.Last week, though, it was golf that was on Rice's mind. Between her book research, she found time for a round of golf at Shoal Creek with club president Bobby Luckie."I can confirm that she is a new member," said Luckie, president of the Birmingham advertising and public relations agency Luckie & Co. "She fits right in with our membership and we are delighted to have her in our ranks."Shoal Creek was the center of an intense debate in 1990 after club founder Hall Thompson said in an interview two months before the PGA Championship that the club had no black members because "that's just not done in Birmingham, Alabama."The subsequent golf event was threatened with sponsor boycotts and picketing by civil rights groups before black Birmingham businessman Louis Willie Jr. was accepted as a member. Others followed. Willie died in 2007.Luckie said the club doesn't normally discuss any aspect of its membership. He also said Rice has been a golfer for about four years, and is passionate about the game. Luckie said he won't soon forget his round of golf with her."Needless to say, she is extraordinarily intelligent and gracious," he said.Attempts to reach officials with Greystone were unsuccessful. Greystone and Shoal Creek are close to one another, separated by a drive of about 15 minutes.Tiger Woods, host of the AT&T National golf tournament, talks with novice golfer and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md., July 6, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Nick CrettierU.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) applauds a putt at the 1st green during Round 3 of the AT&T National PGA Tour golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, July 5, 2008.Peter Dow of Rice for President Yahoo Group commentsCondi IS the "Tiger-Woods" of World Leaders!Remember the days when Condi ruled the world? Watch THIS music video -"part of what the former U.S. secretary of state's team called a plan to regularly visit Alabama and reach out to its residents" - Hmm. Sounds politically interesting. Sounds like a plan to run for office, to be honest. GREAT!Hey Condi! Rice for President Yahoo Group wants to join your team if we are not in it already! Give us your marching orders!We have advice for you Condi!RUN, CONDI, RUN!Peter Dow, Group Owner,Rice for President Yahoo Group"Condoleezza Rice for President in 2012. Join this group of supporters from everywhere on the world wide web."