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?”