Obama’s Bipartisan Foursome: Fore!

Photograph by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

President Barack Obama, second from the right, talks with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., far right, as he plays on the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base alongside Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., far left, and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., second from the left, on May 6, 2013.

Updated at 6 and 6:25 pm EDT

It’s not often that the president goes golfing on a Monday.

It’s not often that the president goes anywhere with Republicans.

And it’s even more unusual for the White House to permit a photo of President Barack Obama on the greens. Today it did, to commemorate the cloudy-day outing of Obama and Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Mark Udall of Colorado. The crew headed out shortly after noon.

It wasn’t pretty, CBS video shows.

Though, as NPR’s Don Gonyea reports this evening, the senator from Georgia put one in:

Chambliss said the 156-yarder was “pretty special,” his second ever, Bloomberg’s Kate Hunter reports.

These were no chumps whom the White House invited out:

Corker returned to the Senate floor for this evening’s vote on the online sales tax dressed in golf clothes — and voted from the open cloakroom door for lack of a sport coat, Bloomberg’s Richard Rubin reports.

Chambliss’ office released this statement after a long day on the links: “We had a delightful day of golf with folks who enjoy playing the game. We talked some business, but it was mainly a day for everyone to get away from the office for a little while.”

And yes, as CBS’s Mark Knoller notes, it was more than a casual game.

Yet maybe not much more:


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