In a recent interview, new Speaker of the House John Boehner challenged President Obama to a round of golf – and offered the president a handicap.
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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?