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Golf summit: Obama and Boehner win $2 each

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(Read caption) President Obama, Vice President Biden, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) share an after-golf drink at Andrews Air Base.

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President Obama and speaker of the House John Boehner had a good time playing golf Saturday. At least, that’s what it appeared from the little of the event the media could see.

On the first hole of what some are calling the Debt Limit Open, both Mr. Obama and Speaker Boehner sank putts for par. Boehner cheerily said, “Oh yeah!” as his shot went in. Then the president patted the speaker on the back as they walked back to their cart, according to the press pool account.

Obama and Boehner were riding together. The other members of the foursome, Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich, shared a cart as well. Is that a sign of developing bipartisanship as the two parties try to negotiate a budget deal?

More likely it’s a sign that all involved can behave civilly in a social situation. Sometimes a golf outing is just four people walking around outdoors talking about their jobs and how irritating the press is.


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