Video Catches Boehner Bragging About Golf Before Obama's Speech

6 years ago by David

An open mike caught Vice President Joe Biden (D) and House Speaker John Boehner (R) joking before President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress Thursday.

"Hey, I'm one of those barbarians," Boehner said, greeting Biden with a handshake.

"You are," Biden agreed, laughing. "We're at the gate."

"I was playing golf in August," Boehner volunteered. "Seven birdies, five bogies. I shoot two under. So, we have lunch, sitting around for about an hour and and I thought, 'Why don't we play nine more holes?'"

"Six pars, three birdies and I missed a four-foot, straight-in birdie on the last hole," the Speaker added.

"No!" Biden remarked.

"Oh, so the next day, I go to Sandhills, I shoot a 86," Boehner added, with a big laugh. "One day I play great, the next day I play awful. But this is the round of the decade. I haven't done this for 12 years. I shot a 67 one time."

EDITOR'S NOTE: There's not a gotcha "news worthy" disclosure in this open mike video. What it is is a candid moment in the DC bubble with John Boehner. As much as the Speaker of the House and his ilk like to vilify the other side of the aisle, they actually are chummy when the cameras are off. It's all theatrics for the media. Call it GOPeacocking.

Plus, as a man who tends to, as Roger Ebert has pointed out, only cry at his own greatness - he also really likes to talk about how great he is too. You know what that's not great for? Jobs. His or anyone else's.

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