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President Obama (file) and Speaker Boehner (file)
The foursome is complete for what is being billed as the ultimate "golf summit." Joining President Obama, Vice President Biden, and House Speaker Boehner will be Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio.
“Joining POTUS and VPOTUS for golf on June 18; the 4th will be Gov. @JohnKasich. #nomulligans,” Boehner announced the complete lineup on Friday via Twitter.
All parties insist the outing is more of a social event than a time to discuss the nation's debt crisis and other lingering issues.
The meeting is the brain-child of former press secretary Robert Gibbs, who suggested Obama and Boehner may benefit from a bipartisan golf outing, spurning an invite from the president.
This isn't the first time Obama has employed unorthodox tactics to smooth over tensions. Many will remember the incident involving Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley which ultimately ended in the first-ever “beer summit” of ’09.
Speaker Boehner is said to be as many as fifteen strokes better than Obama.
The group is scheduled to tee off on Saturday.
— By Peter Carril