Out: Beer Summit. In: Golf Summit.

posted at 3:20 pm on January 29, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

When the new Speaker of the House signaled a willingness to find common ground with Barack Obama where possible, I’m not sure he meant the driving range. But it’s good to know that the president would even be willing to share some time on the links.

Outgoing White House senior adviser David Axelrod said that the chances are “good” that Obama and the newly-installed GOP Speaker would hit the links together.

“He understands that there are – there wouldn’t be two parties if we didn’t have differences … But he’s always believed that, even if you disagree on most things, you ought to work together on the things you can,” Axelrod said on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital” in an episode airing over the weekend.

“And you can’t do that unless you develop a relationship of trust and cooperation, and he’s willing to do that, even to the point that he’d play golf with a guy who has a much lower handicap than he does,” Axelrod added.

This is one of those cases where you almost have to feel sorry for administration spokesmen because every phrase they utter will be parsed to the nth degree. But the phrase “even to the point” was rather poorly chosen. It continues to deliver a tone which implies either that Obama would somehow have to lower himself to play a round with Boehner or that he shouldn’t play against an opponent skilled enough to beat him.

Then again, I’m not sure if Speaker Boehner would have accepted an invitation for some one on one roundball on the White House court either. Particularly after that little incident with The One coming away with a split lip, the possibilities for a news cycle meltdown are endless.

At least in a golf match the worst we should reasonably expect is some sort of a line drive to an aide’s noggin, a’ la Gerald Ford. But the odds are good that the press will focus far more on the final score and how badly Boehner beats him than on any ice-breaking discussions which might take place in the golf cart.

Of course, there’s still the possibility of a beer summit coming out of it. They’d almost have to stop for a cold one at the 19th hole, wouldn’t they? Discuss.


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Boehner should show up just to see if bho cheats on his scores!
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letget on January 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM

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if?

CWforFreedom on January 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Timely article.

Egypt burns and Obama is on the links.

I think you might be accused of Propaganda for it, but hey I’m game.

petunia on January 29, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Spring’s coming. Rome’s burning. And Barry needs cover for all the golfing he’s going to do when he should be busy cleaning up his messes from the past two years. What better cover to have than “Boehner does it too!”?

John, I swear to God, if you fall for this…

Rational Thought on January 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

If Boehner wins he’s a racist.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

CWforFreedom@3:30,
You are correct, I should have said ‘if (we know he does)’! bho isn’t truthful about anything else, why would he be on his golf score?
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letget on January 29, 2011 at 3:51 PM

They’d almost have to stop for a cold one at the 19th hole, wouldn’t they?

I’m sure Boehner could drink 2-3 sudsies a hole and still beat POTUS poopy pants.

ted c on January 29, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Barry Soetero and the Left are masters at knocking the GOP’s little white balls all over the place.

SouthernGent on January 29, 2011 at 3:52 PM

“shared responsibility” in governing…

that’s Democrat code for ‘it’s all on you now, homeboy’…

ted c on January 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

…but seriously folks…

hillbillyjim on January 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Obama put one condition on playing golf with Boehner: “He can come along for the round,but he’s gotta sit in the back of the golf cart.”

hit and run on January 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

This might be Bammie’s first golf game as president where his opponent is not letting him win. Probably the same as his basketball games.

slickwillie2001 on January 29, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Golf balls
Spit balls
Steely balls

2 out of 3 ain’t bad for Obama.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Count it! Mulligan!

rogerb on January 29, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Out: Lame Duck Congress
In: Limp-Dick President

hillbillyjim on January 29, 2011 at 4:02 PM

POTUS poopy pants.

ted c on January 29, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Once Boehner whips the sh!t out of him, this he shall be named! LMAO thanks Ted C for that!

sicoit on January 29, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I don’t know about Boehner being able to beat Obama. Mr. President has had a lot of green time the last two years…

Pattosensei on January 29, 2011 at 4:25 PM

But he’s always believed that, even if you disagree on most things, you ought to work together on the things you can,”

that;s rich coming from someone who wouldn’t didn’t bother talking with them for the first 18 months of his term…

cmsinaz on January 29, 2011 at 4:32 PM

That’s what we voted for in November…….chuminess with the great leader who told the GOP sit in the back, “I’m driving ’cause I won!”

These clowns in DC are just amazing, snuggle at the WTFSOTU, pin ribbons on each other, drinks at the latest Friday night K Street parties. Meanwhile in Flyover Country………

PappyD61 on January 29, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Historic!

50sGuy on January 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I don’t watch golf, but that stance of bho on the picture, is that normal for a golfer? Does he have some sort of hitch-in-his-get-along? Whats up with that?
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letget on January 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Laser focus on jobs. Not. He is soooo full of it.

dogsoldier on January 29, 2011 at 4:49 PM

It continues to deliver a tone which implies either that Obama would somehow have to lower himself to play a round with Boehner

So it’s “business as usual” at the White House. All those poor poor pundits and talking heads. About how Barry “learned his lesson” and would veer right like Clinton.

Yeah. Sure. Right.

GarandFan on January 29, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Just read the Tweet of the year so far.

“I miss Bush. Heck, after two years of Obama, I miss Nixon.”

Jim708 on January 29, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Just as long as Boehner wears that sexy little single white glove and neither of them wears plaid it should be OK. Sure, I’m shallow, but the clothes are the most interesting part of golf for me.

Fortunata on January 29, 2011 at 6:02 PM

What are the stakes?

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM

But the phrase “even to the point” was rather poorly chosen. It continues to deliver a tone which implies either that Obama would somehow have to lower himself to play a round with Boehner or that he shouldn’t play against an opponent skilled enough to beat him.

Jesus Christ, lighten up.

crr6 on January 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

He looks like a corporate fag.

Fo Realz

Key West Reader on January 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Ok, As Americans, let’s just put politics aside.

Barack Oh-bahma is a miserable failure. He lied to get elected, he has lied repeatedly while in office, he has proven himself to be ineptm, clueless and an absolute failure.

There,… I said it. Ban me, beat me, strike me, beat me. I say what needs to be said.

/By the way? I’m an African American Female.

Key West Reader on January 29, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Then again, I’m not sure if Speaker Boehner would have accepted an invitation for some one on one roundball on the White House court either.

If Boehner has any type of game, he should accept. The Big Zero isn’t that good of a player or athlete for that matter. Boehner could post up Zero and work him back under the basket. If Bambi tries to drive the basket, Boehner just needs to stand there and take the charge. The Won will just bounce off the Speaker.

Mallard T. Drake on January 29, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Boehner could counter-offer with a tanning summit, but then MSNBC and Media Matters would go crazy saying it was a racist remark.

jon1979 on January 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Yep. The adults are in charge.

I hope Michelle let’s ‘em have a hot dog.

AnonymousDrivel on January 29, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Gallup: Obama’s SOTU Address Polled Worse than Every Bush SOTU from 2001-2005

Bush’s 2001 SOTU: 92/7 positive/negative [+85]
Bush’s 2002 SOTU: 94/5 positive/negative [+89]
Bush’s 2003 SOTU: 84/14 positive/negative [+70]
Bush’s 2004 SOTU: 76/23 positive/negative [+53]
Bush’s 2005 SOTU: 86/13 positive/negative [+73]
Obama’s 2011 WTF-SOTU: 70/24 positive/negative [+46]

WOW!!
WTF-SOTU polled at +46 even with Lady Gaga’s special MSM sauce glistening from Obaka’s chin. It was that BAD.

Geochelone on January 29, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Honestly…..I’d rather beat my shin twenty times with a 5-Iron than play 18 with that jug-eared, arrogant, goofball.

He’d be like that annoying single that the tee-master adds to your threesome at the last minute. The one that knows everything and is giving YOU tips, while you and the rest of the guys walk with him as he takes his 5 approach shots to catch up with your drives.

Yep….assuming ol’ jug-ears plays golf like he runs the country….you’re in for a long, long day.

Tim_CA on January 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Barry’s presidency is ‘shovel ready’.

BHO Jonestown on January 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

But the phrase “even to the point” was rather poorly chosen.

You took this wrong. Obama is an atrocious golfer. One look at his swing and you would know. But he’s also arrogant so no lesson will ever do him any good. If Obama has broken 100 without cheating I would be stunned. What is meant by “even to the point” is even to the point of having his ass whipped on the course. Being beat is not even a question here. I don’t know how many of you guys have ever played golf with someone 15-25 strokes better than you but it’s a very humbling experience. Especially if you are not totally new to the game.

Rocks on January 29, 2011 at 11:13 PM

BTW, the basketball which Obama loves isn’t helping his golf game either. Basketball is a vary hands oriented game. You use your hands almost exclusively to manipulate your shot. Being “handy” in golf is a bad thing. At least until you have your swing down totally pat.

Rocks on January 29, 2011 at 11:16 PM

the press will focus far more on the final score and how badly Boehner beats him than on any ice-breaking discussions which might take place in the golf cart

If Boehner doesn’t play to win, *I’ll* be the one crying. IN frustration at weak leadership from Boehner.

I HOPE Boehner, if he does go on this Golf Summit deal, does NOT play to lose. Obama needs to face the consequences. Of being a bad golfer AND being a rotten President trying to worm some false compromise position for purposes of his re-election campaign strategy.

Obama reminds me of the female Black Widow spider: they eat their “opposition.”

Lourdes on January 30, 2011 at 4:37 AM

And I note Axelrod’s having tossed that re-election strategy ladder into the statement there, trying to promote Obama as being all about the compromise.

I call B.S. on that. Obama “compromises” when he wants to suck your savings dry when you’re off getting him something to drink because you’re happy he’s decided to *play-nice*.

Lourdes on January 30, 2011 at 4:39 AM

President Obama had better watch out when he asks/challenges others out for a round or two. President Obama is not a golfer, he backwards – he’s floger

Speaker Boehner may just be a scratch (zero handicap) golfer.

MSGTAS on January 30, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Don’t forget to where your WTF button

tarpon on January 30, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Geochelone on January 29, 2011 at 8:31 PM

heh

cmsinaz on January 30, 2011 at 8:27 AM

So what? Not like B.O. is calling the shots. Golf away Barry.

tbear44 on January 30, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Hey Obama shanked the economy he might as well shank a few golf balls.

hip shot on January 30, 2011 at 8:50 AM

I am a fairly active golf gambler. We looooove guys like Barry. When he says his handicap is low 20s, that really means he couldn’t break 100 on a decent course. I have seen his swing. It is horrible.

Meanwhile, JB is a 7 handicap and has lots of experience playing corporate golf.

johnboy on January 30, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Timely article.

Egypt burns and Obama is on the links.

I think you might be accused of Propaganda “uncivility” for it, but hey I’m game.

petunia on January 29, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Also substitue Obama Bin Laden for Bush and that is no doubt how the headline would read word for word.

cableguy615 on January 30, 2011 at 9:12 AM

I mean, honestly, does anyone here doubt that at the crucial point of the Obama-Boehner skins match, the Chi-town messiah wouldn’t use the old foot/hand wedge out of the rough to gain an advantage, then blame Bush for placing the rough.sand trap there in the first place?

This would, of course, be followed by incessant puff-pieces regarding Hole-in-Oneobama’s newfound golf prowess. Perhaps a Super Bowl (Jetless Superbowl, I must add *wink*) halftime piece with Tiger inteviewing Obama on the 18th green at Congressional, and even Obama “beating” him at a game of putting H-O-R-S-E ala Clark Kellog’s tank job in hoops a while back.

God, spare us.

Huckabye-Romney on January 30, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Obama’s idea of compromise during his match with scratch-golfer, Boehner: John…you tee off and hit all the shots to the within 2 feet of the cup. I’ll then tap in and score it on my card. How’s that sound, pal?

Huckabye-Romney on January 30, 2011 at 9:33 AM

I don’t watch golf, but that stance of bho on the picture, is that normal for a golfer? Does he have some sort of hitch-in-his-get-along? Whats up with that?
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letget on January 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM

He’s trying to steer the ball with body language after a bad shot – very common for the average golfer!

Ann on January 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

At least in a golf match the worst we should reasonably expect is some sort of a line drive to an aide’s noggin, a’ la Gerald Ford.

RINO media-victim

I am really getting to dislike this liberal nitwit Jazz Shaw. As others have noted, Gerald Ford was quite likely the most athletically skilled and physically robust man to occupy the White House in our lifetime.

An offensive lineman and linebacker on two National Champion football teams at Michigan, Ford was MVP on one of those teams.

It comes as no surprise to me that the juvenile Shaw is informed about Ford not by facts or history, but by idiotic liberal attacks on Ford via Saturday Night Live.

Jaibones on January 31, 2011 at 1:00 AM