June 17th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
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.”