The Washington Times - June 15, 2011, 04:52PM

The White House is trying to manage expectations about the president’s upcoming golf game against Speaker John A. Boehner Jr.

“I don’t think it’s about winning or losing,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “The president enjoys golf and plays it when he can, but I don’t think that he would say that he is an expert golfer. And I hear that
the Speaker of the House is quite good.”


After months of speculation, Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner will play a round Saturday with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Mr. Boehner, whose handicap is in the single digits, has said he expects to give the president “a few strokes.” Mr. Carney said the president’s handicap is “classified.”

The so-called “Golf Summit” comes as the administration is trying to reach a deal with congressional Republicans on deficit reduction.

Mr. Carney said Mr. Obama is competitive but added, “I have heard no trash-talking from the president on this.”