Golf helps Barack Obama woo Bill Clinton
By mustang6560 on 9/6/12
Golf is a magical game.
It inspires weekend warriors like you and me to get up early on Saturday and Sunday mornings for 18 (and sometimes 36) holes. It motivated Justin Bieber to pick up a guitar. And, according to Ryan Lizza, the game of golf saved President Barack Obama's relationship with former President Bill Clinton.
The reconciliation began in earnest late last summer. Patrick Gaspard, the former White House political director, who has moved to the Democratic National Committee, approached Douglas Band, Clinton’s closest political adviser and longtime gatekeeper, with some suggestions about how the former President might help with Obama’s 2012 reëlection campaign. Band, who, by reputation, has an acute sense for moments of political advantage, tried to explain that you don’t just call up Bill Clinton and tell him to raise money and campaign for you. Band recommended that the two Presidents begin by playing golf. The next day, Obama phoned Clinton and invited him out for a round. Several Clinton associates say that this was the moment they realized that Obama truly wanted to win in 2012. Why else would he spend hours on a golf course being lectured by Clinton?It obviously worked because Bill has been campaigning hard for Barack for several weeks now. He even spoke at the Democratic National Convention last night and made a compelling argument as to why Barack deserves another four years.
I wonder how many putts Barack gave Bill during their round of golf in order to woo him? Rumor is Bill likes to push the limit of "inside the leather", so I'm pretty sure Barack had to loosen his interpretation of the rule to something like "inside the driver".
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I could beat both their brains out.
@beef - I wish you would beat both their brains out!!!
joe jones says:
Gentleman. Gentleman. Are we talking golf or something else.
Was the Secret Svc throwing balls back out of the woods? Just another perk of elected office.
Matt McGee says:
I wonder why Mitt Romney doesn't have George W. Bush campaigning for him. Maybe he couldn't get him out to the golf course?
@joe - I wasn't but I'm sure beef was...beef???
It doesn't surprise me that the two would bend the rules of golf. They've been bending the rules for years. Habit is a hard thing to break. ;-)
Matt F says:
And this is why politics, along with work and religion, should never be discussed in public.
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