Boehner Tees It Up with Tiger
By Paul Kane
Win or lose in today's cliffhanger vote on climate change legislation, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) can be forgiven if he's already looking ahead to next week.
An avid golfer with a seven handicap, Boehner is playing golf with Tiger Woods on Wednesday in the pro-am portion of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, hosted by the world's No. 1 ranked golfer. Named after Tiger's late father, Earl Woods, the pro-am matches up top PGA Tour pros with local celebrities and corporate executives. Leaving the House floor today lobbyists rushed to Boehner's side not to ask about the contentious cap-and-trade bill but instead to ask about Wednesday's outing.
"Is that foursome true?" one whispered to Boehner.
Indeed, Boehner is playing with Woods, whose stature in the halls of Congress ranks up there with other mega-celebrities who frequent the Capitol, such as rock star Bono or Angelina Jolie. Two years ago, upon announcing the launch of the new tournament, Woods was fawned over at a media event in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office by congressional golf aficionados Boehner, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.).
Baca has gone so far in his Woods worship to regularly introduce legislation asking for Woods to be awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor Congressional Gold Medal.
June 26, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
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