Obama, Boehner tee off on the links
June 18th, 2011
10:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama, Boehner tee off on the links

Washington (CNN) - The long-awaited golf showdown between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner is underway: The pair, along with with Vice President Joe Biden and GOP Ohio Gov. John Kasich, hit the links around 10 a.m. Saturday at Joint Base Andrews.

The game was first suggested by then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs shortly after Republicans officially took control of the House in January. Boehner signed on that month, saying he'd be happy to play 18 holes with the president - although, he told one interviewer, he was "sure I'll have to give (Obama) strokes!"

(Updated with scores and video at 10:50 a.m. ET, after the jump)

Gibbs seemed to agree that Boehner might have a bit of an edge on the green, telling reporters back in January that the president might need to "practice a bit" before the showdown.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m. ET: According to a pooler description of the action on the first green (described as an "unconfirmed...estimation"), Biden sunk a 15-foot putt for bogey; Obama just missed a 12-footer and tapped in for par; Boehner hit a short putt for par; and Gov. Kasich missed a 30-foot putt for birdie, but was able to save par.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Enough of this Golf nonsense...while nation is burning with jobs, economy, immigration, energy problems., oil prices prices, racial problems, black, white, brown, color problems....enough....CNN stop this idiotic thing.....Greed, greed, greed....Americans, drive the greed out of your doors...good luck....god bless...

    June 18, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Barry

    It sickens me that the President can allow himself to be soiled by these 2 thieves. Kasich is destroying Ohio public schools faster than they were built. Kasich couldn't seem to understand why everyone was up in arms by wall street fat cats getting million dollar bonuses, right after we bailed them out. Boehner is just a greedy blubbering idiot! It's amazing how Kasich was losing the governors race by 10 points then the Ohio house redistricted the votes and he won by 1% point! We real Ohioans are sick of thieves and scumbags representing us. We should have a new law that gun toting, racist, rednecks should not be allowed to vote

    June 18, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Coffee Party Member

    Do more match on the green. Do less fights in the House.

    June 18, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Good stuff

    It's good to see our leaders interacting together in a way that isn't contentious.

    June 18, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Name

    Fascinating !

    June 18, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    Our government at work!
    This is a perfect example of the way the government Establishment works. Kill time playing around. Wait for the deadline on the Debt Limit and then socket to the citizens crying "this is the best we could do".
    Time to dump the whole gang and start over!

    June 18, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    It's a golf game, for god's sake. It's not a world summit. Kasich will try to convince them to give more to corporations and displace all the unemployed veterans, the poor, and most of the middle class - like he's doing in Ohio.

    June 18, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. no way

    Wait a minute, wasn't it the republicans who were just a few months ago complaining about Obama's time spent on the golf course? How then is boehner going around now saying he's gonna win? That must mean he spends more time on the green.

    June 18, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. dew

    wow this is the greatest news story i ever read

    June 18, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Indy

    The golf course is where you can find Boehner when he misses those important conference calls, he just say's he cant hear the conference call and then he hits the links and tans up on his handicap>

    June 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Fred

    I hope they stay there.

    That way they can't make things worse than they already are.

    June 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. annieL

    This is a good effort on both their parts and if it helps, we ALL win. However, I suggest before they part company today, they get down on their KNEES together and pray with all HUMILITY for foregiveness of arrogance and for wisdom and guidance and to be filled with a spirit of SERVICE and COMPASSION. Much is expected of national leaders but they cannot lead without a higher power, by whatever name each wants to call it. They need to realize that human power corrupts but divine power enlightens.

    June 18, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Boehner spends his time golfing, drinking, smoking and laying in a tanning bed, so yeah, his game might be better than the President, who spends his time actually dealing with the challenges facing our country.

    June 18, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. C. Howe Yulikit

    Did Boehner cry when he sank the putt?

    June 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Layla

    Words escape me at this moment....these men simply have no idea of the true responsibility that is necessary to mend this nation. It's ALL about them, about getting reelected. They have NO idea how innappropriate and utterly offensive this is to the people of the country. And THAT is the problem.

    Neither one of them has any business holding public office.

    June 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. CC

    I see Boehner is wearing his "Depends for Big Boys" undies!

    June 18, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. A simple dude.

    Wonder who will have the highest score.

    June 18, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. WhiteSites

    What would it take to put a bunch of our politicians on the golf course and televise it? I think a lot of people would rather watch that than any of the other crap on TV.

    June 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. jen

    WOW! so good to see you Mr President & Boehner

    June 18, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. jb1963

    Obama should do like Cheney and have an errant shot hit Bonner in the nuts.

    June 18, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. CommonSense

    Lets go Obama!

    June 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Rendo

    My BO looks so professional!

    June 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Big_D

    Ah the joy of the elites. We are in the crapper with no jobs and both parties are on a golf outing. No wonder the rich have the lowest taxes while we have the highest debt in history, our politicians are the rich telling us what to do while they take our money.

    June 18, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. joey

    Omg yesterday wuzz the last day of skool

    June 18, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. putzcockle

    Every notice that both of these Arabesque dudes SMOKE tobacco? A sign of true ignorance in light of modern health knowledge!

    June 18, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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