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Obama golfs with the opposition

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 01:38

June 18 - U.S. President Obama plays a friendly round of Golf with Republican leader John Boehner, against back drop of debt talks.Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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. Golfing with the opposition. U.S. President Barack Obama plays a friendly round of Golf with Republican leader John Boehner. The two have a respectful working relationship but lack a personal rapport. Aides say the outing is a chance for the two to get to know each other better. The golf game comes as the Administration and Republicans in congress are trying to iron out differences over raising the U.S. debt ceiling. Without a deal to allow the nation to issue more debt, the Treasury Department has warned the government will begin defaulting on obligations on Aug. 2. Obama and Boehner were joined on the course by Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich, an expert on federal financial matters and a friend of the speaker. U.S. presidents have played golf with friends and foes for years. Lyndon Johnson rounded up votes for the 1965 Civil Rights Act on the golf course while Bill Clinton often used the game to negotiate with allies and opponents. But Obama, who has played more than 60 rounds of golf since becoming president, has rarely used the game as a means of politicking, preferring to play with friends. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Obama golfs with the opposition

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 01:38