Obama and Boehner team up for Tiger Woods at White House

President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner came together over golf -- again.

Only this time, they didn't actually hit the links. Boehner (R-Ohio) joined Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House on Tuesday evening to honor the members of the U.S. Presidents Cup golf squad -- including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson -- along with some members of the international team.


Tiger Woods and House Speaker John A. Boehner look on as President Obama speaks in the East Room at the White House on June 24. (David Nakamura/The Washington Post)

"I am joined by two of my favorite golf partners," Obama said of Biden and Boehner, omitting Woods, with whom he had played a round in Florida in February 2013. That outing brought a complaint from the White House press corps, which was not permitted to view the two on the course.

Woods's girlfriend, former Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, was in the audience Tuesday.

"In each instance, they have to give me strokes," the president added, suggesting they are better players than he is.

Obama and Boehner famously played a round in 2011, an effort to break the ice during budget negotiations. Their relationship soured quickly after that when their mutual brinksmanship brought the nation within days of a credit default.

Obama did not interact much with Woods during a brief ceremony in the East Room. The world's most famous golfer stood behind him on the right side, the farthest away from news cameras. Obama noted Woods had helped clinch a victory in the 2013 Presidents Cup, which is contested every two years. The president was honorary captain last year.

The president thanked Mickelson "for giving me an excellent tip on my sand game because I'm pretty sure I can shave at least two or three strokes if I can just get out of the darn sand."

"Absolutely," Biden concurred. "I'm confident that's true."

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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