Chambliss shoots hole-in-one during Obama outreach round
May 6th, 2013
06:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Chambliss shoots hole-in-one during Obama outreach round

Washington (CNN) - In another attempt at bipartisan outreach, President Barack Obama joined three of the best golfers in the United States Senate for a bipartisan round of golf on Monday.

The foursome included Colorado Democrat Mark Udall and Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who were ranked as the top two golfers in Congress by Golf Digest as part of its 2011 list of Washington's Top 150 Golfers. At the time, both Udall and Corker had a handicap around two.

Also playing at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Monday was Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss, who ranked as the 7th-best elected golfer in Washington in 2011 with a 7.4 handicap.

Chambliss, who was paired with Corker, shot a hole-in-one on the eleventh. The Chambliss-Corker pairing won the match, according to the White House.

READ MORE: What Chambliss told Obama told after hole-in-one

“The President enjoyed the chance to spend some time on the golf course with the Senators,” a White House official said. “Most of the talk centered on the round of golf and not the latest round of legislative negotiations in Congress. The President was pleased that the rain held off, despite the damp forecast.”

Ahead of the outing, Corker said that “With the major fiscal issues our country is facing, not to mention foreign relations issues around the world, anytime you can get the president's ear for a few hours, I think that's a good thing.”

Asked whether golf was the right setting for a serious discussion of political issues, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president's "willing to try anything."

"Whether it's a conversation on the phone or a meeting in the Oval Office or dinner at a restaurant or dinner at the residence, he's going to have the same kinds of conversations and test the theory that this kind of engagement can help produce the results that everybody in this country - at least the majority of the people in this country, who care about and pay attention to these issues wants to see," Carney said at Monday's White House press briefing.

Corker and Chambliss were among a group of influential senators who previously attended an outreach dinner at the Jefferson Hotel hosted by Obama on March 6.

The golf outing was organized by the White House, and the senators received their invitations on Friday while most lawmakers were in their home states on recess. All three senators playing with the president were also among the top 40 overall on the 2011 Golf Digest list, which ranked elected officials, White House staffers and senior-level lobbyists based on their USGA handicap or estimates provided by sources.

According to Golf Digest, Obama was by far the worst golfer in Monday's group with an estimated 17 handicap in 2011. The president ranked as the 35th-best elected golfer in Washington, and was tied with Rep. Mo Brooks as the 108th best overall. However, some of the officials above Obama on the list have retired or were voted out of office during the 2012 election, which might help the president move up if the golf magazine decides to rank Washington's power golfers in the future.


Filed under: Bob Corker • Mark Udall • President Obama • Saxby Chambliss
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Geoff

    Mitch McConnell isn't going to like this. Cooperation will not be tolerated by the right wing. If the nation suffers, so be it. We must protect the republican party at all costs! And be sure to support the NRA too!

    May 7, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  2. Scott

    Obama: Playing golf while the US crashes and burns under his leadership. What a loser.

    May 7, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. Adam Chapman

    WHAT A JOKE!!!!! playing golf when there's other problems.he plays golf atleast 3-4 times a week its a COUNTRY not your playground sad to say i miss bush so bad right about now

    May 7, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  4. Sokman

    It took a while to get a conservative's response because we have jobs & actually go to them

    May 7, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  5. Well I must say

    he's obsessed with golfing.

    May 7, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. heh

    thats all politicians are good for playing golf and screwing around in a life of luxury on taxpayer tab. They have such a tough life living on a permanent vacation that other people work hard all their lives to pay for.

    May 7, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  7. nunya

    Some of the biggest Deals in our nations history were decided on a golf course... more private CONversations.... Just sayin.....;-)

    May 7, 2013 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  8. Tippy

    I see a few more turncoat republicans playiing golf with there idol

    May 7, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  9. Bob1god

    Golf blows, it will disappear with the rich fracks!

    May 7, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  10. edocol

    You don't "shoot" a hole in one. You "make" a hole in one.

    May 7, 2013 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  11. megin

    oh goodie now they all can go out and play golf

    May 7, 2013 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  12. esu589

    At least they were not passing more damaging legislation or executive orders. For a couple hours we were safe.

    May 7, 2013 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  13. Jerry

    I bet the "Golfer/Do Nothing-in-Chief" will never invite Republicans golfing so they will not show HIM off again.

    May 7, 2013 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  14. Catmandew

    Don't understand why anyone would play that game but I guess to each his own. Did Chambliss win? Seems that the congressmen were supposed to be at work tho cause they had to cut it short to get back there.

    May 7, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  15. jdun

    A lot of business can get done on the golf course. Of course, it may be wise to lose to the boss. When Andrew Carnegie invited guests to his castle in Scotland for some golf, his aides advised them that they might be wise to lose as he was not a good loser.

    May 7, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
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