While negotiations with Congress on the “fiscal cliff” are going nowhere fast, President Obama enjoyed an unseasonably warm Sunday by playing golf with former President Bill Clinton, who no doubt can share his own stories of showdowns with Republican lawmakers.
The president and Mr. Clinton were joined in their golf game at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee) and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
The round of golf is Mr. Obama’s 107th since becoming president, and his third since winning re-election on Nov. 6, according to the web site obamagolfcounter.com.
Mr. Obama spent the past week drumming up public support for his fiscal plan, which includes a $1.6 trillion tax increase that GOP lawmakers have called a nonstarter. Mr. Clinton, of course, waged a battle with congressional Republicans over Medicare and other programs that resulted in a government shutdown in late 1995 and early 1996.