Obama, Boehner tee off on the links
June 18th, 2011
10:33 AM ET
11 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. yasmine

    President Obama.. during this Father's Day weekend.. thanks for leading by example...

    June 18, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. AZSenior

    Excellent use of time, as golf like this is very useful in relationship building and ultimately in working through negotiations successfully. Thea ll seem to be respectable golfers of a similar ability, nice, and fun!

    June 18, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. myblackisbeautiful

    Kick butt Mr. President!!

    June 18, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. cykill

    get to work!!! over payed fancy lads...

    June 18, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Conserberal

    Is this where I pick members from one of the two parties and criticize them for playing golf when there are still unemployed people in the country, then suggest that things wouldn't be like this if the other party were in charge?

    June 18, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. America is hostage

    The Republicans are literally holding hostage the future of our country, the future of our citizenry, next generations, by threatening to blow up the American economy, just to make some political point. It’s offensive. It’s ridiculous. It’s bad politics. It’s unpatriotic. 70% of the republican budget is aimed at tax breaks for the rich. Voting for the rpeublicans who are holding America hostage is voting against Americans.

    June 18, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Brandon Baldwin

    Do the names Weiner and Boehner strike a funny chord to anyone besides me? Childish yes; but so are our politicians.

    June 18, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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