A bipartisan win on the links
June 18th, 2011
05:19 PM ET
12 years ago

A bipartisan win on the links

Washington (CNN) - President Obama and Speaker Boehner found themselves on the same side for once Saturday - teaming up to beat Vice President Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on the golf course in a nail-biter that was decided on the 18th hole.

The victory netted the winning team $2 apiece, according to a joint statement released by the White House and the Speaker’s office. After finishing their round, the foursome headed to the patio of the course’s clubhouse to grab a cold drink, catch some U.S. Open coverage and visit with service members.

But apparently, what’s said on the links stays on the links: The joint statement didn’t include any details of conversations on the course at Andrews Air Force Base.

The long-anticipated bipartisan day on the golf course comes amid the latest round of high-stakes spending cut negotiations between the White House and GOP leaders in Congress, as the August 2 debt limit deadline fast approaches.

Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters nobody expected a miracle on the green. “I think I can say with great confidence that they will not wrap up the 18th hole and come out and say that we have a deal,” said Carney, who added that he thought time on the links “can only help improve the chances of bipartisan cooperation. It certainly can’t hurt it, unless someone wins really big.”

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Jo Ann

    FOUR!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to our President and Congressional Leaders for the show of bipartism to get things done for this country. NOW, lets get together across the table and get this country back on its feet.

    June 18, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Wowwhat

    So did they come up with a deal or what? I couldn't give less of a crap who played golf better.

    June 18, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    If this helps the Cryer of the House see Obama as a decent man who has the country's best interest at heart and not just a political target, maybe some good will come out of it. Obama has repeatedly attempted to work with the repubs and they constanty work against him and in doing that, work against the well being of the country. something has to give or we're sunk. a house divided against itself cannot stand.

    June 18, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. America above Parties

    Our POTUS is the most bi-partisian ever. Go ahead and criticize have some recreation downtime even on "weekend". it is disgusting for these hypocritics. God bless our POTUS.

    June 18, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. darrell

    Obama/Biden 2012...looking at the picture tells you all you need to know. Those critics of Obama, who call him a socialist, failed president, dumb, arrogant, etc...eat your hearts our. This is an intelligent, well-educated, and competitive leader who has helped saved the US from loosing 700,000 jobs per month, helped the US produce growth in its economy, helped the US produce private sector jobs, albeit slowly, helped save the US auto industry, helped the uninsured gain health care coverage. Did I mention that he and his team got Osama Bin Laden. Did I mention that American corporations are seating on a pile of cash, approx. $2 billion, because Obama and team helped rescue Capitalism, after the same corporations and GWB economic policies brought Am. capitalism down to its knees.

    Despite the claims that the Stimulus failed, the fact is that it save nearly 4 million US jobs. I can go on, but critics/haters of Obama will still find reason to disagree, often with no facts to back up their position. Again, the picture says it all...a winner striding to make America better, while the Republicans fall behind.

    June 18, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Larry L

    This is exactly the sort of interaction we need to build a team. These men are to be congratulated for setting a good example. I hope the radicals from the left and right are paying attention!

    June 18, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Coffee Party Member

    Fight more on the green. Fight less on the Hill.

    June 18, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. cara

    ‎"One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President." –Lyndon B. Johnson

    June 18, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. CaliforniaBC

    You see this something NO Republican would ever come up with as an idea to bring opponents together. To humanize those who disagree so vehemently. This is what sets Obama apart from the GOP leadership. He keeps trying to come together and work together like professionals instead of like obstinate little children.

    June 18, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. USA#1

    Let's just hope some good came out of this golf outting.

    June 18, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. The Elephant in The Room

    If Mr. Boehner and Mr. Kaisch – both Republicans – are so committed to cutting spending, why did this so-called patriots ignore the US ARMY`s recomendation to close the M1A1 tank facility near Cincinnati.

    The Pentagon DOES NOT want any more of these products yet Boehner backs wasting taxpayer money as if he know more about what the Army needs than the experts.

    June 18, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Lauren B.

    Love the President's red, white and blue grip!

    June 18, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. BlackDynamite

    Never thought I'd see that
    Not a bad idea, put some male bonding to work

    June 18, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. ted

    I am very happy that Obama invited Boehner to golf. It proves that they can both play nice together, even though politically they are somewhat opposite.

    June 18, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. Richie

    Mr. President,

    You spent 20 minutes asking me about my family and all the challenges I had in live growing up. What gives?

    Look down.

    Sand trap?

    Without sarcasm, this sad puck of a President reminds of the wierd kid in basic training that wanted to be an officer after his third day just so he can come back and make his drill seargant do push ups but at least that little weirdo but his money where his mouth was.

    June 18, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. u kiddingme

    the country would be better off if all of them played golf all the time and stop destroying the nation.

    June 18, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. hebgb

    Any idea how hard it is to make sure a match is close throughout the game? Boehner just found out how hard it is to throw the score and make it look natural to this putz.

    June 18, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. Just As I Thought

    I think they should plow under aLl golf courses & plant them in gardens so Welfare Recepients can have somethingbto do while they're waiting for a job. I mean after all, don't they ALL want to work?

    June 18, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |