The Obama Invitational put the “par” in bipartisanship.
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) set aside their political differences and hit the links Saturday, playing a round of golf nearly as anticipated as the U.S. Open held just 35 miles away.
Joined by Vice President Biden and Boehner’s guest, Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich, the foursome teed off just after 9 a.m. at the Andrews Air Force Base course.
On the par-five first hole, Obama hit an approach shot that landed on the green, about 12 feet from the hole, according to White House pool reports.
The commander in chief, wearing a white polo shirt and khakis, crouched down to line up his putt, but missed by mere inches. He tapped in for par, apparently declining to take a “gimme.”
Boehner and Kasich both also recorded pars after nice approach shots, and Biden jumped out to the early lead by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt.
“You got that?” a beaming Obama yelled to the press after Biden’s putt.
Obama then patted Boehner on the back and the foursome headed to the second hole, the President driving the speaker in one cart, Biden and Kasich in the other. Reporters were not permitted to watch the rest but officials said the round came down to the 18th hole – when the team of Obama and Boehner defeated Biden and Kasich.
The victors collected $2 each and the foursome retreated to the clubhouse for a cold drink.
The four-hour round, though billed as a friendly game, may have provided Obama and Boehner a chance to discuss several thorny political issues, including the debate over the nation’s debt limit.The White House did not immediately reveal what the powerful politicians discussed but stressed that the morning was mostly a social outing.
Obama and Boehner are both avid golfers, though the Speaker boasts a handicap of just eight, while the President’s sits at a more modest 17.
Obama, though, may have had a slight advantage by hosting the POTUS Pro-Am at his home course – he’s played the links at Andrews 33 times, according to reports.
Biden has the best ranking in the foursome, according to Golf Digest. The Vice-President has a handicap of six, which ranks him 29th on the magazine’s list of Top 150 Washington Golfers.
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When Boehner gets nicer, is he about to hit hard? The only time I liked Boehner as Politician, is when he made a joke about Weiner last week and this lasted one minute. The Budget is held so tight on a leash by Boehner that its head is about to roll any time, except Boehner decides to consider more than Politics and understand who truly is the enemy…