Obama, Boehner Tee Up to Ease Bipartisan Tensions

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The world's top professional golfers are battling it out this weekend in the nation's capitol at the U.S. Open. But on another golf course just a few miles away, the world's most powerful man will tee it up with his political rival.

"I'm playing with the president and vice president. It will be a wonderful day because I'm dead serious! It's golf!" House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, exclaimed.

There's a lot at stake during this golf summit. Lawmakers have failed to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling after weeks in intense negotiations.
   
So can playing 18 holes of golf together really solve the problem?

"I think I can say with great confidence that they will not wrap up the 18th hole and come out and say that we have a deal," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

President Obama frequently plays golf but he typically goes with close friends and staffers. The president and the speaker have a functioning working relationship, but they are by no means buddies.
    
Forging deals on the golf course is nothing new for the White House. Only three presidents since the turn of the 20th century didn't play golf.  They were Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, and Jimmy Carter.
    
Bill Clinton regularly hit the greens. He was notorious for reportedly cheating on his score card.
   
But the real question for this weekend -- whose the better golfer, the president or the speaker?
   
Obama admits his swing needs work and the ball rarely goes straight. Boehner is an impressive player with an eight handicap.
  
Vice President Joe Biden plays at around a six handicap.
    
When Carney was asked by reporters about the president's average score earlier this month, he replied, "That's classified," as members of the White House Press Corps roared with laughter.

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