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December 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: White House won't comment on result of Obama-Clinton match

Posted at 3:20 PM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton

Clinton_obamaPresident Obama and former President Clinton play golf at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in September 2011. (AP Photo)

President Obama and former President Clinton hit the links on Sunday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, home of Air Force One, but the result of that match is an open question and White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't talking, according to the Weekly Standard.

Q: Did President Clinton have any advice or suggestions for President Obama yesterday during their golf game on the fiscal cliff? Might there have been some discussion about the fiscal cliff when he played golf?

MR. CARNEY: For reasons that would be apparent to anybody who has seen me swing a golf club, I was not there and therefore do not know.

Q: No readout on the golf game?

MR. CARNEY: I know that President Obama enjoyed the session. But beyond that, I don't have anything else for you.

Q: Who won?

MR. CARNEY: Doesn't the sitting President always win?

Obama and Clinton played their first round of golf together in 2011. According to the New Yorker, that round helped Obama get Clinton's support for his 2012 campaign.

Obama phoned Clinton and invited him out for a round. Several Clinton associates say that this was the moment they realized that Obama truly wanted to win in 2012. Why else would he spend hours on a golf course being lectured by Clinton?

The Presidential round was played at Andrews Air Force Base on September 24, 2011, and since then Clinton has become a visible and vigorous champion of Obama’s reëlection. Clinton agreed to participate in several fund-raisers; he was in a documentary, released on March 15th, attesting to Obama’s sound judgment in ordering the raid on Osama bin Laden; and he recently appeared in an Obama campaign ad. “President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up,” Clinton says. “It only works if there is a strong middle class. That’s what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan.” Behind the scenes, Clinton has been involved in detailed discussions about campaign strategy.

A full transcript of Press Secretary Carney's briefing is available at whitehouse.gov.

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