It’s been more than four months since one of Congress’s best golfers was elected speaker of the House. But John Boehner has yet to hit the links with the Duffer-in-Chief.
Early on, Boehner suggested he’d be glad to play a few rounds with President Obama — whenever he was asked about it, anyway, by golf-fixated journalists. “Of course” he’d play POTUS, he told Fox’s Chris Wallace in January, though “I’m sure I’ll have to give him strokes.” White House officials made similar agreeable-sounding noises at the time.
But for all the talk, it hasn’t happened yet. Why?
Boehner press secretary Brendan Buck emphasized that the speaker never promised us a bipartisan golf game — just that he was “sure it will happen eventually.”
Buck said that it would be up to the White House to issue the invitation. The White House did not return our calls.
(Unclear how much Boehner’s been golfing lately. “For obvious reasons, the speaker has had a lot less time than he’d like” this year, Buck said.)
The pressure, though, will soon be on. With the U.S. Open coming to Congressional Country Club next month, Golf Digest is lobbying for the cause, distributing buttons that read “2011 Obama-Boehner Let’s Play Golf.” In the magazine’s new issue, columnist Steve Rushin rhapsodizes about the pairing: “America has already witnessed a Beer Summit. Yours could be the Arnold Palmer Summit, as you rehash the round over iced tea and lemonade.”