LEAD: In response to press inquiries, the White House issued today a list of the clubs to which President Bush belongs.
In response to press inquiries, the White House issued today a list of the clubs to which President Bush belongs.
Stephen Hart, a White House press aide, said the President belongs to three clubs: The Alibi Club, the Alfalfa Club and the Bohemian Club. All three are men's clubs.
The Alibi Club, located in a townhouse in downtown Washington, is an elite club of 50 business executives and political officials. The Alfalfa Club, founded in 1913, has more than 100 members, a mix of prominent officials and top corporate executives.
The Bohemian Club, which has attracted many Presidents as members, has a 2,700-acre redwood grove on the Russian River in Sonoma County where it holds summer retreats.
Critics of all-male clubs argue that important contacts are made and deals are hatched in such groups, and that women cannot fairly compete since they are not encouraged to join these rarefied fraternities.
Ann Lewis, a Democratic strategist, said the Federal Personnel Manual does not allow federal employees acting in their official capacities to participate in meetings or conferences held in facilities in which discrimination is practiced on the basis of sex, religion or national origin. President Bush had lunch at the Alfalfa Club and attended a dinner at the Alibi Club on Saturday.