Obama and Boehner ‘Putt’ Away Differences

Jun 18, 2011 11:57am

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports:

President Obama missed a 12-footer that he tapped in for par while his golf partner for the day, House Speaker John Boehner, hit a short putt for par. The White House allowed reporters to capture those short moments of the two leaders as they sought to putt (pun intended) away their differences for 18 holes at Joint Base Andrews' golf course in Maryland on Saturday.

The president and speaker teamed up to defeat Vice President Biden and Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio., on the 18th hole, the White House announced.

Obama and Boehner both took home $2 for winning.   

Both Obama and Boehner are regulars on the greens. The president plays just about every weekend and Boehner is known as one of the Capitol's best golfers. He reportedly shoots in the low-80s and Golf Digest ranked him 43rd among 150 prominent Washington golfers.  Mr. Obama was ranked 108th. 

The White House billed the outing as an opportunity for the men to have a conversation and socialize in a way that rarely happens in Washington. The trip comes after a week in which Boehner and the White House sparred over the conflict in Libya and budget cuts. Vice President Biden is leading a group of Democrats and Republicans in deficit talks.

Reporters saw Biden drain a 15-footer, as his boss looked on, pleased. "Did you all catch that?" President Obama shouted to reporters.

The White House says the four men visited with service members, enjoyed a cold drink in the patio of the clubhouse and watched some of the U.S. Open coverage after the game. 

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