Obama/Boehner Talk Kicks Off With Light Banter

Jul 23, 2011 11:49am

ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports:

President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner may not be able to reach an agreement to cut spending and raise the debt limit, but they both agree that it's too hot today for golf.

At the beginning of today's 11:00 am debt negotiations meeting, President Obama and Speaker Boehner engaged in light banter about the sport they both love to play on weekends.

"I think everybody agrees it's too hot to play golf today," Obama told Boehner.

Boehner responded to the president saying, "Yeah, I took a walk there this morning."  

It's not clear if the speaker meant that he took a walk to the White House or a walk to a golf course. Reporters caught only a portion of the two men's meeting in the White House Cabinet Room. 

Boehner and other congressional leaders were summoned to the White House by the president after the speaker announced Friday he was finished trying to work with the president on a big debt deal. 

The temperature today in Washington D.C. is predicted to reach 102 degrees F, it was 95 when the meeting began.

The president and speaker played golf together back in June. They'll spend their Saturday working, trying to hammer out a deal to raise the debt ceiling before the U.S. Treasury is due to run out of cash to meet its obligations on August 2.

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