Chambliss shoots hole-in-one during Obama outreach round
May 6th, 2013
06:35 PM ET
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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. yo!

    He should hang around Obama more often.

    May 6, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Donna Morehead

    Obama is going down for Benghazi

    May 6, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. J2cool4school

    Chambliss shoots one-in-hole during obama reach around... What?!

    May 6, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Golf is a boring game for boring people, Obama should be good at it

    May 6, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Chris

    How much golf is this guy obama playing? While he gets agents killed in Mexico with his gun sales and ambassodors killed in terrorist filled countries with his lack of good defense plans he finds the time to "play" golf. What nerve!

    May 6, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. 4 trillion

    The GOP is starting to sound like someone who puts a gigantic S on their collective foreheads......How stupid can you be? At least pretend that you can discuss something important....Everyone, especially the president needs time away from the job....can we all agree on that one...................I.Q. come in .................come in.............over and out..................

    May 6, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. DC Observer

    Handicaps of 2 and 7 - These three obviously do not spend much time legislating

    May 6, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Been There

    Yo, CNN, wake up. Like it or not, you are going to have to start running stories on the Benghazi terrorist attack and politically-motivated LIES which followed. You Dems make Watergate and Nixon look like the Vienna Boys' Choir. NEWSFLASH, CNN: Even CBS and ABC are running stories on the Benghazi coverup. When are you going to start doing your job and stop protecting your incompetent "Prez" (I guess that's President "Lite") at all costs???

    May 6, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Bryan

    Guess he's had a long week and needs a break.

    May 6, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Ben Ghazi

    I want to know about the Cover-Up in Libya. You know, the Terrorist Attack that claimed four lives. Because on Wednesday the beginning of the End of Obama's Presidency will blast off. Goodbye, Barry – take your overused clubs with you.

    May 6, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Greg

    For those who are always spouting about how government should be run like a business, here's an example of the President trying to do just that. More business deals are made on a golf course than just about anywhere else.

    May 6, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. BO

    Obama's golf game is as lousy as his economy.

    May 6, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Jake

    Didn't realize that "laser beam on jobs" originated on a golf course the last 5 years. Well, off to Austin tomorrow for more campaigning. Actual governing seems to be out of the question.

    May 6, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. DB

    NO matter what happens it will always be the Republicans fault, if a Democrat does not succeed it is because the Republicans were not supporting him. And if that fails it is Bush's fault. If you don't believe this just ask a Democrat.

    May 6, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Tom

    So even in a friendly round of golf foursome, they are paired so as to separate the Dems from the Reps. Gotta keep'em the song goes.

    May 6, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. DB

    Exactly what has President Obama done for the working man in the USA anyway? I know what he has done for the members of the nonworking class, and all the nonexistent people that voted for him in the last election.

    May 6, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. don ripley

    Please keep his majesty on the links. At least there he is not trashing Americans and trying to destroy our way of life....

    May 6, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Smeagel4T

    But! But! But! FauxNews told me that it was only the president who ever plays golf. Yet these Republicans, including Boehner, have lower handicaps.

    May 6, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Dan

    I would not take one hour off if I were president. He has the rest of his life to chase a ball around.

    May 6, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. paulbark

    The GOP senator had an unfair advantage, as the hole tilted to the right.

    May 6, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. brainiac3397

    It requires golf to get our politicians to actually resort to diplomacy?

    Something is very wrong here.

    May 6, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. rich

    Maybe the President isn't the only one playing golf a lot.

    May 6, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. Sean D

    Back in 2006 – 2007 I played golf twice a week like our cool president does. Then Dodd/Frank passed and kicked off the recession that as we all know from the unemployment numbers is now a thing of the past. But since then I work 65 hours week and have golfed 5 rounds (9 holes) in the past 3 years. THANKS OBAMA!!! I sure am glad to see someone can still afford to have fun.

    May 6, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  24. Duh

    GOP – better at golf than Obama too.

    May 6, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. KM

    and of course when the Senator teed off, everyone shouted "Benghazi"......

    May 6, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
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