After all the speculation about the much-anticipated “golf summit” — Would it lead to bipartisanship or open the way for a deficit deal? Could Mr. Obama avoid getting trounced by the better-playing Mr. Boehner? — Saturday’s face-off took an unforeseen turn. Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner proved to be killjoys by, gasp, teaming up against Mr. Biden and Mr. Kasich, a Republican.
“The foursome had a great time and really enjoyed playing golf at Joint Base Andrews today,” the White House said. “The president and Speaker Boehner teamed up to beat the vice president and Governor Kasich. The match was won on the 18th hole, and the president and the speaker won $2 each.”
Still, there was no word on the scores of each player — although things looked pretty even on the first hole, the only one to which reporters and photographers had access — nor any hint that the leaders had talked politics.
Mr. Kasich went first, missing a 30-foot putt but tapping in for par. Next, Mr. Biden drained a 15-footer to make what seemed to be a bogey on the par-5 hole.
The president — believed to be the least-accomplished player — was next, narrowly missing a 12-foot putt but tapping in for par. Mr. Boehner made a short putt for par.
The foursome then walked to their carts, with Mr. Obama patting Mr. Boehner on the back.
Who says they don’t get along?
After finishing 18 holes, they went to the patio of the clubhouse, “where they enjoyed a cold drink, some of the U.S. Open coverage and visited with service members,” the White House said.
But there was no word on whether the two reached any agreement in the pending fight over raising the debt ceiling.