Obama visits Walter Reed
President Obama also visited Walter Reed Januar 19, 2009, the day before he was sworn into office.
June 17th, 2011
03:45 PM ET

Obama visits Walter Reed

President Obama visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center Friday, during which he met with 21 wounded service members, according to the White House.

The president also awarded two purple hearts in the course of his visit, which was closed to reporters and cameras.

The White House did not release the names of any of the soldiers Obama visited but said 16 served in Afghanistan while 5 served in Iraq.

This is the third visit Obama has made to the army facility as president.


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Eisenhower tees it up
June 17th, 2011
02:21 PM ET

First golfers

On occasion of President Obama's 'Golf Summit' Saturday, CNN takes a look back at other presidents who have enjoyed the game.


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Obama readies for 'Golf Summit'
June 17th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Obama readies for 'Golf Summit'

President Obama has played more than 60 rounds of golf during the first half of his term, but the match he’s set to play Saturday just might carry the highest stakes.

That’s when the president will tee up with House Speaker John Boehner, another avid golfer, amidst what appears to be a stalemate between the White House and Republicans on the Hill over the issue of raising the debt ceiling. Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will round out the foursome.

The high profile match at a still-undisclosed golf course has been dubbed the “Golf Summit,” but it’s likely the two leaders will haggle more over how many strokes Boehner - the better golfer with about an 8 handicap - will give the president than they will over the deficit. (Boehner has joked that each stroke will cost the president a trillion dollars.)

"I think I can say with great confidence that they will not wrap up the 18th hole and come out and say that we have a deal," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, adding that “this social occasion is a good thing.”

Meanwhile, Biden just might steal the show on the course. According to Golf Digest, Biden has a 6 handicap and friends report he is playing better than he ever has. He's also been spied practicing all week in anticipation of the round. The president on the other hand is said to have a more humbling 17 handicap, though the White House maintains the true number is “classified.”

POTUS schedule Friday June 17, 2011
June 17th, 2011
08:04 AM ET

POTUS schedule Friday June 17, 2011

President Obama will spend a few hours visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Walter Reed is the Army’s largest healthcare facility and takes in 35 new patients a day, according to the hospital’s website.  

 Other events on his schedule include lunch with Vice President Biden and a meeting with Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner.

full schedule after the jump

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