Me thinks the 8 hole golf game is a way to appear like these guys are TRYING to reach a deal! WHERE ARE THE JOBS, JOHN BOEHNER?!
Friendly Obama-Boehner golf game has high stakes
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saturday’s round of golf between President Barack Obama and Republican leader John Boehner has unusually high stakes for a friendly game, since any positive sentiment it yields may help lead to a debt deal.
Obama and Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, have a respectful working relationship but lack personal rapport, reflecting the entrenched differences between their parties on budgets and borrowing that have raised market fears about a possible U.S. default.
Their first golf outing is described by aides as a chance to get to know each other better and possibly set up a scenario where Democrats and Republicans find ways to agree to work together and raise the $14.3 trillion limit on the nation’s debt.
“This is an opportunity that I think has value beyond the game,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, suggesting it was helpful for the leaders to mull ideas in an informal setting. Source