Obama plays golf with Clinton, McAuliffe
President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton playing golf in September 2011.
December 2nd, 2012
02:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama plays golf with Clinton, McAuliffe

Washington (CNN) – On a brisk Sunday in Washington, President Barack Obama took a short trip to Joint Base Andrews to play golf with big names in the Democratic Party - former President Bill Clinton and Clinton's longtime aide and candidate for governor in Virginia Terry McAuliffe, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Clinton and Obama have a history of golfing with one another. In September of 2011, a golf outing by the former and current presidents fostered the tight relationship that was featured throughout the 2012 campaign.

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This is the third time since that victory that Obama, an avid golfer, has hit the links.

McAuliffe announced in early November that he would make his second run for Virginia governor in 2013. "I want to be straightforward with you: I plan on running for Governor of Virginia in 2013," McAuliffe wrote in an email to supporters.

The longtime aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton made his first run for the Virginia governor's house in 2009. He finished in second place during the Democratic Primary to state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a candidate who went on to lose to current Virginia Gov. Bob McConell by a landslide.

Kirk was the former Dallas mayor and a vocal supporter of Obama during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

- CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • President Obama • Terry McAuliffe
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Leopold Stotch

    I get to assign pay raises in my department at work. I took notes and recorded the people that were outspoken about who they were voting for. I also checked employees cars for those who had political campaign stickers on them. Here is how it will work for 2013 pay raises. If you mentioned that you were a liberal or Obama fan, you get no raise. If your car was sporting an Obama bumper sticker, no raise for you. If you were an outspoken Romney supporter, you will get the maximum raise. If you had a Romney bumper sticker on your car, you get good credit for this.
    The lack of pay raises for the liberal Obama supporters will help to raise the pay rates of the Romney supporters. Obama voters get 0% while Romney supporters will see a 7% pay raise on average for 2013. Thus, the Republican employees will pay more in tax than their liberal co-workers.

    December 2, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Name

    Heaven forbid he work on the fiscal cliff

    December 2, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Name

    It is refreshing to see two political giants at play.

    December 2, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Jose

    I really like seeing Clinton in the mix.

    December 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Chris

    Wow, Third time hitting the links since the election victory less than a month ago.

    December 2, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. andra

    doesn't have anything better to do besides playing golf like working on all of our government problems

    December 2, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Squigman

    It's a picture sure to grate on the right wing nut jobs, no end. After all, the fiscal cliff is being approached at light speed. All brought to you by your ever smiling snake oil sales people, from the republican party. Remember, any unfunded war, regardless of where it's fought is a far better investment than any educational endeavor. People who fight and die for the profits of the military industrial machine, are worth a lot more than any person that expects medical care to be reasonably accessible. The people who produce shells and armor are far better than the elderly who've out lived their usefulness. Keep your priorities in order.

    December 2, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Obama, please stick to your guns. First enjoy the week-end.

    December 2, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Debra for Obama

    I love seeing these two Presidents together. Hey Republican, where are your Presidents?

    December 2, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'd love having an autographed golf ball from Bill and Barack.

    December 2, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Noah A

    Oh! I love these inseparable pair of presidents . Indeed where are GOP Prezs.

    December 2, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. myway

    Maybe Obama allowed Clinton a 25 stroke handicap to win his support....

    December 2, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. judy

    Good to see them getting along in spite of the repo rhetoric saying they don't. President Clinton was such a help during the campaign. Both smart men

    December 2, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. al

    2014 the death of the repubic party

    December 2, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Mountain Glenn

    Obama and Clinton are two great Americans. We're really lucky to have them as leaders of our country.

    December 2, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Stoney

    He seems to e really serious about the fisal cliff. he got his 2nd term. Could care less about anything else.

    December 2, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. artraveler

    myway, watch where you put your money. Clinton plays a lot of golf including everytime he gets back to Little Rock.

    Leopold, I can see that your days of being a people manager are limited because failure to reward the producers, regardless of party, will result in the winners leaving you anyway because they will lose trust and the losers will stay because they don't know any better. You have a lot to learn about managing people and the first thing is to get politics totally out of your decision making or go and become an "individual contributor" because your attitude, like the asshole at Domino's, gives real "management" a bad name.

    And those Republican "job creators" deserve to lose their tax cut because based on the fact that they have had 13 years to do SOMETHING to create a job, Bush 2's era ended with a net LOSS of jobs over 8 years and they still haven't earned their original tax cut. Raise their rate to 60% and see if they can figure out how to do their job and if they are in elected federal office, make it 90%!

    December 2, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. John Leztihcra

    Thanks for stealing my tee time Mr. President!

    December 2, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Expat American

    Republicans hated President Clinton. Because they knew President Clinton was smarter than them – and that the majority of the electorate loved him for this fact!

    December 2, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. BRep

    Obama has played golf 3 times since Nov. 6, what a pitiful display of work ethic. Why not try to "reach across the isle" and help avert a fiscal cliff. Oh yea I forgot, Mr. Obama is not interested in anyone's interests but his own.

    December 2, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. Discernment


    "Jedi Knight Barack Obama" receives more lessons about the Force from "Jedi Master Obi Wan Clinton".

    December 2, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  22. J.V.Hodgson

    Gosh no mention Obama's Non schmooze ability or 100 plus games with dems and only a few with Republicans. Ever occur to the media that Republicans were offered to play with the President but refused since they did not want to be associated with a one term president!?
    It seems to me that the media thinks Presidents can have two types of uncriticised " free time"
    a) When with wife family and kids doing whatever, but even then holidays can be scrutinised and half criticised
    b) Attending church religious services.
    The rest going to ones ranch, taking time off at the presidential retreat or even playing golf are all subject to analysis for either misdeeds or perceived by the media as better things to do IN THIER OPINION!!
    My point he can as most Ceo's do take weekends off unless travelling to business trips or conferences.
    Who he plays golf with, or basket ball is not a deal clincher as the story books go of great business deals clinched on the golf course that is a myth.

    December 3, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  23. Marie MD

    @name, heaven forbid he spends 1/3 of his presidency, like #43, cutting brush on that ranch of his in Texas.
    Get over it. Everyone needs a break and I am pretty sure the President is kept abreast of anything that the rethugs in congress ARE NOT DOING FOR THE COUNTRY!!!
    I don't know where you live but it was a warm December weekend in our area and probably the last one we can enjoy without the cold weather coming our way.

    December 3, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  24. A Kickin` Donkey

    Terry, you were almost vituperative against then Senator Obama in 2008.

    The real story here is Mr. McCaulliffe`s efforts to kiss the pope`s ring. Many of us folks remember your disrespect of candidate Obama. What offering, what sacrafice can you make now? You`ll have to do better than asking Bubba to speak on your behalf with No_D_O_Bie

    December 3, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  25. Jenny Smith

    They look like they're "playing" but I'd bet anything that they are really discussing things that will benefit Americans. God bless them both.

    December 3, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |