President Obama, Speaker Boehner, Vice President Biden, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) roared out of the White House gates at 9:04 am on this somewhat hot and muggy morning and headed out to the Andrews Air Force Base golf course for 18 holes of Fairway Diplomacy.
The motorcade, which is carrying the president, the first in line to the presidency and the second in line, employed the incognito method of transport, obeying the speed limit and stopping politely at red lights. Black SUVs generally substitute for the limos.
I’ve never completely understood the rationale for this strategy, which is often used on weekends, but given the importance of the cargo being ferried, I assume there is one.
The press pool was permitted to observe action on the first green. It appears Biden has already fallen behind, but this could well be temporary. He’s good.
For the record, this is the 12th weekend in a row Obama has made it onto a golf course. He’s been out 15 times this year and 73 times since Inauguration Day.
From the pool report:
On the first green, Gov. Kasich, wearing long pants and an Ohio State University, missed a 30-foot putt but tapped in for par (scores are unconfirmed but an official’s estimation).
Next up, VPOTUS drained a 15-footer to make what we believe is bogey on the par 5 first hole.
POTUS putted next. Wearing long pants and a white polo, he crouched down to line up his shot before just missing a 12-footer. He tapped in for par.
The Speaker, who apparerntly hit a nice approach shot, putted last, hitting a short putt for par.
After holing out, the foursome walked back to their carts with POTUS patting Boehner on the back. They are riding together while VPOTUS and Kasich ride in the other cart.
Pool watched from about 100 feet away. Now heading to the food court.