the 19th

After playing a round of golf, President Barack Obama has a drink with Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, at Joint Base Andrews, June 18. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

White House statement, endorsed by John Boehner:

“The foursome had great time and really enjoyed playing golf at Joint Base Andrews today.  The President and Speaker Boehner teamed up to beat the Vice President and Governor Kasich. The match was won on the 18th hole – the President and the Speaker won $2 each.”

“After finishing their round, the President, Speaker Boehner, the Vice President and Governor Kasich went to the patio of the clubhouse where they enjoyed a cold drink, some of the U.S. Open coverage and visited with service members.”

44 Responses to “the 19th”

  1. 1 Uche
    June 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Looks like I’m 1st!

    • 2 DreamChaser57
      June 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Booooooooooooooooooooooooo, hiss……
      just joking, good for you Uche. Unique nickname, by the way

  2. June 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I want to personally thank Meta for sharing the article about the Pivot technique.

  3. 4 Uche
    June 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Yea!….what came to my mind reading up on many sites today is the response by the Speaker of the British parliament after PBO’s speech there last month….to paraphrase : The true test of a man is what he does when you give him power. That in essence encapsulates the man Barack Obama.

  4. June 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Let’s see how the republiCONS spin this. Is PBO playing too much golf or what?

  5. June 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    It would be good for the country if the Speaker would partner with the President off the course.

  6. 8 Jessica
    June 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Look how uncomfortable Boner looks. You can tell he has his guard up even though this is a very relaxed day for the President and Vice President. Sad. When will Boner cut the tea party strings and work with the president to at least get Americans back to work. Damn shame if you ask me.

    • June 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Boehner is rule by the Tea Party, he must do what they say.

      • June 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        That’s about to change. Wall Street has already given him his marching orders on the debt ceiling. Boehner knows better than to cross them.

      • June 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        What is Boehner going to say to the Tea Party?He knows they will not like him making nice with the enemy, with that black guy. I guess he will tell them he was just pretending to be nice. I still can’t stand that black guy.

      June 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm


  7. June 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    You always have such great, pithy titles for your posts, Chips — such a clever lady :-P.

    Pity the rethugs. They wish they could show how much they really like PBO, but they’re held hostage to teabaggers. Dummies — they’ll never be the cool kids.

    I think PBO is gonna get just what he wants — mmmhmmmm.

    • June 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Yeah I kind of have the same feeling. I feel that our Lord and Savior has his hand on our Prez, and everything Is gonna be alright. God’s got this 🙂

      POTUS and VPOTUS look real relaxed In that picture. I feel like that had lots of fun and relaxation. They all look good together, even the Boehner, It just looks good, I like It 🙂

      • 15 HZ
        June 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        Amen to that luci119. I believe it with all of my heart. We are the support group: choir, orchestra, solists, duets, concertmaster, choir director/directress. We will make the music for this President. Just read his composition with care as we rehearse this great composition for the world to hear. We will have our night again at the Concert Hall, and guess who will be The Director? You Got It. President Barack Obama. So get your tickets now, but they will cost a sweet price that we here are willing to pay. I am old, but when I am not feeling well, I am trying to get my ticket ready for this great concert. We will work hard to get this Director elected. Simply because we need to hear this composition. We need this music in our country and the world. So let us go and make great music for this great event. Yes We Will.

        June 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm


    • 17 HZ
      June 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Hi politicaljunkessa, that was one of the suggestions and observations that I made in my letter to the Speaker two weeks ago. And from his reply, I believe that he knows that there is a segment of Americans who can see this is possible while he is The Speaker. His response to me gave me this feeling. I think that maybe this might be a way to get him thinking what he knows will make him or break him. Mr. Speaker, you have a President who is willing to work with you for ALL Americans, so come to your onw core and work with him. Sometimes we will have to play the game like POTUS. Find the emotional insecurties and gently work on them and with them. I believe that President Obama sees that Speaker Boehner can really ser all people , if he is willing to really be the Speaker of the House. and not have his little people walking him across the stage all the time. Be your own man,

  8. 18 CTGirl
    June 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Today the orange man experienced being on a winning team…

    • 19 theo67
      June 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Wow – important observation! And he won by being on the side of President Obama…

      • 20 HZ
        June 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

        Hi theo67. You said it. Some students you will have to show them in different ways to learn. You can take the greatness of a great teacher/professor out of that great teacher or professor. However, you have to have some willing students coming through your classroom to learn to enrich their calling in life. Speaker Boehner was in the classroom today. I hope he was enrich for the better. Thanks President Obama and Vice President Biden for showing us how wonderful it is to be a part of a great team. I saw smiles, relaxation, and grace. Hopefully millions of American can see those emotions as well as the brilliance of a great President.

        • 21 HZ
          June 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

          that should read, you cannot take the greatness of a great teacher/professor out of that great teacher or professor.

  9. June 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    That should be they had lots of fun

  10. 23 DreamChaser57
    June 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    PBO has made every attempt to be civil, warm, engaging. In the end, we are only accountable for our behavior. He keeps reaching out….he can rest easy because he is on the right side of history

  11. 25 carolyn
    June 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Back in the OLD days when I worked on Capitol Hill, this was how legislation got worked on. At that time the legislators lived in D.C., they knew each others’ families, they socialized across party lines, and worked things out. A lot of that changed when people began flying home to their districts every weekend, and not moving their families to D.C. The President has talked a lot about “changing the tone” in Washington, and is doing his darnedest to do so. This was not a gimmick day, I believe it was a first event in purposeful tone changing. Boehner knows he’d better co-operate and bring his stupid tea party around. The tea party people have NO idea how legislation works, and what work goes into getting it hashed out. I know our new Congressman is more ignorant than the typical 7th grader about realities, people’s lives and working together. Boehner has GOT to bring his caucus to some sense. If he doesn’t, he’s toast.

    • 26 theo67
      June 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      I think this points out the difference between the short term and long term thinking. Moving one’s family to Washington shows a more long term commitment, too. I think the President is trying to get Boehner to think about the long term consequences of the inaction he’s currently practicing. Good point!

    • 28 desertflower
      June 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      I heard that once:) They may not be on the same side of the political aisle, but they worked like gentlemen and women for the benefit of the country to get things done.Went at each other AT WORK, and then shared a meal together and knew each others families.Ah, the good ole days.

  12. 29 Bobfr
    June 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Except for more frothing from the few nut jobs we have to contend – the professionally unhinged whiners on the left – President Obama and VP Biden only win with this picture.

    Most Americans will see this for exactly what it is, a President who has been abused and obstructed every single day since he took office still being precisely the President he said he would be. Not the President of Blue America, but the President for ALL Americans.

    Speaker Boehner has a choice to make – Wall St has made it clear to him, and those are folk he must heed. He has the choice of enabling the Republican Party to survive the hedeous teabaggers and, perhaps, someday regain a respectable conservative platform. He has very few days remaining to make that choice. He is not going to be Speaker in 2013, irrespective of what he does and he likely knows that, already.

    So, the choice for him is to deliver a sane approach to recovering the economy, avoid the true catastrophe a default of the US Government would be, and either retire or, probably, be re-elected. Or, he continues to enable the teabaggers and reap the wrath of his Wall St keepers and be lucky if he can open a bar that anyone would patronize.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  13. 32 lisalovesobama
    June 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Here’s what I just sent to Chris and Lawrence:

    Dear Chris and Lawrence,
    Since the MSM have taken leave of their senses, ethics and professionalism, it has been left up to millions of concerned citizens to find our news elsewhere and on our own. However, because you two appear to be the only remotely sane individuals remaining, and because in todays society news just isn’t news unless it’s dirty, salacious, crap, several of us have pooled together, hunted down the most important news we could find today and are sending them to you. It is our hope that you actually read these articles and watch the video, then do a little research and report on them. Since we can’t rely on journalists to do what they went to school for four years to do, it appears we must do it for them and spoon feed it to the actual media people we know won’t totally cock it up. Please spend less time delivering Republican talking points for them and more time actually engaging in fair, balanced and fact checked reporting.
    ps- Chris, the liberals have gone nowhere and much to Ms. Huff and Puff’s dissatisfaction, we will not be “breaking up” with the president. This important fact which Ms. Arianna The Opportunist fails to recognize, is beautifully illustrated by Gallup’s report that 90% of Liberals support the president.


    pps- please stop waiting for news to be dropped on your laps and actually research for and evaluate articles telling the truth about what’s happening in the world. There are millions of people who have families, work 9am-5pm jobs, who still manage to read and investigate in order to know what’s going on in the world. If they can do it when it’s not their jobs, why the hell can’t you? Also, instead of focusing entire segments of your viewerships’ time on malcontents like Dan Choi-who at best can be described as a radical, selfish, attention whore, and at worse- a sociopath or excuse me, concurrent with DSM IV definitions, a person with Anti-social Personality Disorder, please focus on doing actual reporting and not the latest fad in the news cycle.
    Gaddafi files found: shows intent to murder own people:

    Racism in the Republican Party:


    video of racism:


    Huntsman the Crook, paying for votes:


    Decimating the Taliban: The road out of Afghanistan

    • 33 EDP4BHO
      June 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Hey Lisa. You should have your own internet radio or video show. Good smackdown/encouragement; great informational resources. Go get him, tiger 😀

    • 34 theo67
      June 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Beautiful – great idea. Thanks for doing this.

    • June 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

      Wow Lisa, that is so outstanding, way to stand up and change the room, thank YOU 🙂

    • 36 desertflower
      June 19, 2011 at 12:10 am

      I like it! I like it a lot! Maybe you should have asked for a small portion of their multimillion $ salaries for doing their jobs for them! Good job.

  14. June 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    This what a great feeling to see civil behaviuor being demonstrasted for the rest of those who are supposed to be serving their country!-We have the best conductor as mentioned… and the best “plan ahead ” person anywhere to be found!!

  15. 38 Me4obama
    June 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Damn it, why didn’t everyone alert me on the 200 plus comments thread. Well my In-laws are visiting for fathers day weekend so I have to temper down my Obama crush for a couple of days while they still at my house, Monday I will be back in Full swing, love ya chips.

  16. 39 meta
    June 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    They’re playing golf together because PBO and VPB are human and they break through barriers every day to continue to be human, no matter what. I’m VERY glad we registered a TON of voters today. I just got in and read the previous threads and I can tell you I vacillate between feeling sick to my stomach and absolutely empowered. Mindless hatred does what it does. We have a very brilliant, compassionate, honest and happy President and Vice President with families that are WHOLE and loving. They are thriving because they believe in us and each other. They come from humble beginnings and appreciate everything they have. They know what it means to be on the right side of history, to fight for justice. To fight for DIGNITY. That is what matters to those of us who know how to be healthy. Don’t forget, we have accomplished MUCH that cannot be taken back. We’ve turned the page. That awful noise is the product of the sad bleatings of a frightened MINORITY that has never treated people who are not like them with equality or respect. They will perish because the universe is over it.


    • 40 meta
      June 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      LOVE my President’s face all scrunched up like that in total laughter. He has a well within.

    • 41 EDP4BHO
      June 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Hey Meta. Thanks for the success. I didn’t get to canvass today, but intend to. Bad knee right now, but on the mend. So good to hear people are still enthused about voting, as long as they are given facts and not fictitious bull crap to sully their thinking.

      • 42 meta
        June 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

        Take care, EDP4BHO! ! There will be plenty of canvassing in the months ahead!! xoxo.

        OFA registered voters today at the annual Juneteenth celebration in the AA community. Historic pride. Parade, booths, VOTERS.

        I encourage everyone who feels discouraged by the PL and other BS poseurs to get out there and talk to real people in your community who care about our country as a WHOLE. Not selfish one-issue-my-issue-or-nothing people. Folks who want good neighborhoods and schools and honest politicians. They WANT to vote. Sign them up!!

    • June 19, 2011 at 12:02 am

      Man meta, what you said is so beautiful… and thank you for being out there today registering voters ~

  17. 44 Dudette
    June 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    My President is so amazing.! I can’t imagine anyone else who would have the grace and inner fortitude it takes to spend all day laughing and playing golf with that hateful Kasich and two-faced Boehner and still keep his peaceful aura, the way he does. He does what must be done, even engaging in domestic diplomacy when it sometimes seems hopeless. He was born for this job – no question about it.

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