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Obama, Boehner to Golf Saturday Morning

The big golf smackdown between President Obama and House Speaker Boehner will be tomorrow morning, with the pair – along with Vice President Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) – set to depart the White House at 9:30 am for an unknown destination.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the appropriateness of this golf match – and presidential golf in general – during a recession. No real answer. From the transcript.

Q    Can I just ask one thing on the golf, which is it’s obvious that President wants to get some business done and have a conversation with John Boehner; obviously he sounds very positive.  But there’s an image of golf as being kind of a rich-guy sport, and we’re in the middle of a recession.  The President plays a lot of golf.  What’s the President’s view on the image that’s projected when he and other powerful leaders are out on the golf course and a lot of Americans are out of work?

MR. CARNEY:  I think that the important thing here, Ed, is that the President of the United States and the Speaker of the House of the United States — two of the most powerful leaders in this country, obviously, who are of different parties and have a great deal of business to do on behalf of the American people — are getting together in a social occasion — on a social occasion.  They both play golf.  A lot of Americans play golf.

This led one reporter to crack, “Do they have any plans to play polo?”

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12 Responses to Obama, Boehner to Golf Saturday Morning

  1. Golf is a good walk spoiled. — Mark Twain

    Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose. — Winston Churchill

  2. GovKasich is an curious choice for a golf partner in this summit on the green.
    I see a 2012 political deal being made, not a resolution to the debt problem.

    • Obama and Kasich are as different as night and day. Kasich is a staunch conservative. Obama made numerous trips to Ohio to campaign for the Democrat incumbent Kasich defeated in 2010. Also, the two traded jabs after Ohio passed a collective bargaining bill similar to the Wisconsin law. I’m hoping the Gov. can talk some sense into the rest of the golfers.

  3. Can you imagine what the press would say if a white republican president was playing while two and a half wars were going on? They would skewer him as a rich, elitist good old boy. ‘Ol jug-ears gets as pass these days, though…

  4. Why not break out the WH china, tea-cups, gold-plated coffee pots and Edinburgh crystal and have a dining-out on the green? Hire several black porters (with white gloves), large breasted women with huge, hand-held bamboo fans and have these gentlemen just kick back and be pimped and primed by servants? Break out the cigars! Champagne! Lobster! Better yet … invite Client #9 and have several Long Island Lolita’s stop on by and service these elites! Only the best for The Mess-I-am.

  5. “A lot of Americans play golf.”

    A LOT of Americans are unemployed, so by that Carney’s reasoning, Obama and Boehner need to be unemployed. If Boehner, as Speaker, cannot get something moving and start getting a hold of how this country is going to survive, then he and Obama need to be unemployed.

    It seems as if the heavy lifting is being done by others, and Boehner is simply sitting in the wings. Perhaps I am wrong, but Ryan, Issa and others appear to have more backbone than the current Speaker.

  6. So, it doesn’t matter in Carney Barker’s eyes what the Prez is doing as long as one element of it can be isolated and called “work.”