President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) joined forces Saturday to defeat the other half of their foursome in a heavily anticipated round of golf at Andrews Air Force Base.
The Democratic president and Republican House leader played against Vice President Joseph Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) in an 18-hole round of golf that leading up to Saturday was all the buzz on Capitol Hill.
“The foursome had a great time and really enjoyed playing golf at Joint Base Andrews today,” a statement released by 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 — the President and the Speaker won $2 each.”
Obama and Boehner have spent little time together leading up to Saturday's match, which was announced just days after the two inserted themselves into ongoing discussions regarding the debt limit. Aides to both leaders maintained in the days leading up to Saturday¹s match, however, that it was intended to be strictly casual.
And despite the media attention and security detail required for the foursome to play on Saturday, the match ended as most typically do — with a round of cold drinks and light chatter at the clubhouse.
“After finishing their round, the President, Speaker Boehner, the Vice President and Governor Kasich 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 statement said.
The U.S. Open, an annual event of the United States Golf Association, is being held this year at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland.