Reporters asked Billy Payne, chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, when the club would finally admit a female member. The controversy over the club's membership policy came to light now that IBM's CEO is a woman. The last four CEOs -- all men -- were invited to become members of club. NBC's Lisa Myers reports.
President Barack Obama believes women should be admitted as members to the all-male Augusta National, home of the Masters golf tournament, which teed off early today.
One of the club's longtime sponsors, IBM, has a new female CEO, Virginia Rometty. The last four CEOs at IBM, all male, were invited to be members.
"All issues of membership are now, and have been historically, subject to private deliberations of the members," club chairman Billy Payne said in his pre-tournament news conference this week.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, soon-to-be GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney agreed with Obama this afternoon that women should be admitted to Augusta. Good for him. But then again, what choice does he have given the widening gender gap in the polls.
Ed will go in-depth on the issue tonight on The Ed Show at 8pET on MSNBC with MSNBC Political Analyst Richard Wolffe.