Obama, Boehner to golf together June 18

President Barack Obama follows through after teeing off on the seventh hole at the Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. AP Photo/Steven Senne

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama follows through after teeing off on the seventh hole at the Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009.
AP Photo/Steven Senne

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will play golf together on June 18th in what will be an opportunity for the two men to hammer out their differences on the debt ceiling and other issues.

Both the White House and Boehner's office confirmed the planned round of golf to CBS News. The White House said Mr. Obama extended the invitation -- and the House speaker accepted.

The location of the round - as well as who will fill out the expected foursome - has not yet been decided.

CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported on May 30 that Mr. Obama had played 70 rounds of golf as president. Boehner also regularly hits the links.

Boehner gas called on Mr. Obama to get personally involved in working out a deal on raising the debt ceiling, which the government says will be crossed on August 2 without action. Republicans, led by Boehner, want spending cuts larger than the increase in the debt limit in exchange for yes votes; Democrats say not raising the debt ceiling would have catastrophic consequences.

"The president should engage himself...I'm willing. I'm ready. It's time to have the conversation. It's time to play large ball, not small ball," Boehner said Wednesday. He added Friday that "If [Mr. Obama] wants this agreement done by the end of the month, better get going."

As Politico notes, Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had suggested Mr. Obama and Boehner discuss their differences over a round of golf.

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