Obama, Boehner & Golf
June 18, 2011 by USA Post
Obama, Boehner & Golf, Six months of work, a most anticipated golf game between two of the most powerful people in the world will develop into a military base whose location was a closely guarded secret as departure time approached on Saturday. The big question is not who wins or loses. Instead, it was whether the 18 holes of golf could give President Barack Obama and John Boehner of the House long enough to thrash out their political differences especially substantial debt to the U.S. military involvement in Libya.
Probably not. But advisers say the men Obama and Boehner time is spent together in your golf tournament for the first time could help improve a relationship that is respectful, but very nearly.
“Spending many hours together in that kind of environment I think can only help improve the chances of bipartisan cooperation,” said White House spokesman, Jay Carney.
“We certainly can not hurt – unless someone really big win,” he said.
Boehner is considered one of the best golfers in Washington. Obama is not in that league.
The golf tournament is in the context of negotiations between the White House and Congress on a plan for long-term deficit reduction, which laid the groundwork for increasing the amount of money the government, can borrow. Republicans have insisted on significant reductions of one and two trillion dollars over 10 or 12 years before accepting the increased flow and 14.3 debt ceiling, which the government says it, will surpass 2 August.
Joe Biden vice president leads a group of lawmakers from both parties at the talks in deficit, and Obama will partner of golf on Saturday.
Boehner, meanwhile, picked up the budget by reducing Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, to join him for the round. Kasich was chairman of the House Budget in the 1990′s when Republicans were negotiating budgets with Democratic President Bill Clinton.
Although both sides say they are optimistic about progress in talk’s deficit, Boehner has suggested that he and the president of the possible need to participate more closely in order to reach an agreement.
But the White House has rolled any expectations about what happens in the golf course.
“I can say with great confidence that they will not complete the hole 18 to come out and say we have an agreement,” said Carney.
Political tensions between Obama and Boehner have also recently expanded the U.S. military campaign in Libya. Boehner took the house pass a resolution that criticized Obama for not providing a “compelling justification” for U.S. involvement, and said that Obama is a violation of the War Powers Act. In return, the White House has tried to discredit the position in Law Boehner; sending statements to reporters Boehner did challenge the constitutionality of the measure.
Boehner will have a clear advantage in at least one important area Saturday – The game of golf itself. He reportedly shot in the 80 under, good enough for Golf Digest magazine to rank 43rd among 150 recently received outstanding golfers Washington. The president, meanwhile, ranked 108.
“Boehner a much better player than me, so I’m hoping to give me some hits,” Obama said in a recent television interview.
The president is likely to get a boost from Biden – 29 Golf Digest is the best golfer in Washington.
While the leg will be played in private, the cameras have a quick glimpse of the foursome on the course. The White House is playing timid, however, about whether it will announce the result.
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