House Speaker John Boehner has broken into one of the most exclusive groups in Washington — the small circle of old friends and administration officials President Barack Obama has invited for a round of golf.
Boehner, who sports a fairway tan and an 8 handicap, will tee off with Obama June 18 — marking one of the only times the leader of the free world will have played with a Republican or a fellow elected official and the first time he will have played with a sitting member of Congress.
The 111th U.S. Open — represented by, of all things, the dome of the U.S. Capitol — just might be the first in the history of the event to be upstaged by a local weekend foursome. On Saturday morning, someone will rise as the leader of the Open at its midpoint and try to endure all the pressure that’s ahead. And at the same time, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner will tee it up as well.
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President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) will hit the links Saturday for a highly anticipated 18 holes. The move is unusual for Obama, who often avoids mixing his hobby with politics, preferring to play with longtime friends or aides.
With this year's event taking place at the Congressional Country Club, near Washington, DC, members of Congress were in attendance at the U.S. Open.
The president and Boehner, an Ohio Republican, will meet on an as yet undisclosed course in the Washington area for their debut golf outing together. The goal, according to aides, is to forge a closer relationship that might help down the road in negotiations, rather than come off the links with a deal to cut the federal debt...
We Are Golf, a coalition of golf associations and industry members, yesterday released a statement highlighting the Obama- Boehner game’s potential to improve “many critical challenges facing the nation” and saying that golf supports 2 million U.S. jobs.