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John Boehner disses Obama's golf game on Fox News

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Ron Sachs / CNP / Newscom / File

(Read caption) House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio follows through on a drive at the pro-am tournament at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., July 1, 2009. Representative Boehner has offered to meet President Obama for a round of golf. Will they use the opportunity for bipartisan discussion?

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House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio says he’s willing to play golf with President Obama. Any course, anytime, anywhere, presumably. Now that’s bipartisan outreach.

The offer came with a diss, though. Mr. Boehner implied that his own skill with clubs is superior to that of the nation’s chief executive, and that he’ll have to allow Mr. Obama a handicap.

“I’m sure I’ll have to give him strokes,” said Boehner on Fox News Sunday.

Of course, Boehner is right about this. He plays golf a lot – has for years. He hit the links some 120 times last year. His own handicap bounces between a 5 and an 8, depending on who you talk to. That’s pretty good.

Obama plays too, but roughly half as often as Boehner.

Obama is unlikely to be offended by Boehner’s subtle poke. Most likely it will just stoke his competitive ire. Game on!

Outgoing Obama advisor David Axelrod said last week that a golf meeting between the two is likely to happen.

Will it be an occasion for bipartisan discussion?


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