Obama and Boehner: Golfing buddies

We've had a beer summit. Why not a golfing summit?

Barack Obama and John Boehner will don their golfing duds and hit the links on June 18th. Does anyone else find it a little disturbing that the two leaders will be discussing cutting Medicare for old folks and other benefits for poor people while spending a leisurely afternoon touring a golf course?


The game will be at a course in the Washington area, but exactly where - and the names of the other two duffers rounding out the foursome - are yet to be determined, a person familiar with the situation said.

Word of the golf summit also came on a day when Boehner blasted the president for failing to get more directly involved in tense bipartisan talks over the budget and debt ceiling.

"I think there's a lot of progress that's been made in the Biden talks," Boehner said of talks being led by Vice President Joe Biden.

[Obama], he added "could take a more active role. He's had this hands off approach for the last several months while this conversation has raged on," Boehner added. "If he wants this agreement done by the end of the month, better get going."

This has been Obama's "lead from behind" leadership style since he took office. Let others do the heavy lifting while he moves in at the end and takes all the credit. The last thing Obama wants to do is take a larger role in the debt discussions, so Boehner shouldn't be surprised if Obama is more willing to give him tips on his golf swing than advice on how to reach an agreement on the deficit and debt ceiling.

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