Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) said he is unlikely to hit the golf links any time soon with President Obama because people get “bent out of shape."
“The President has suggested, ‘Hey, do you think it is too much trouble to play golf again?’ ” he said in excerpts of an interview on the Golf Channel airing Monday.
The avid golfer dished on his 2011 round of golf with Obama, when the two defeated Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren builds her brand with 2020 down the road AACR’s march on Washington Obama to attend Pittsburgh Steelers owner's funeral MORE and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), who is now running for the GOP presidential nomination.
Obama invited the speaker to golf with himself and the vice president, giving Boehner the choice to pick a fourth. When he brought along Kasich, Obama decided to split up the Ohioans.
“The President and I whipped up on them pretty good and they paid up,” he said.
“As soon as we got in the cart I said, Mr. President, just remember something, this is just golf.”
To Boehner, golf is his “escape” to get out of the stresses of the job.
“It is an escape from all of the other things going on because when you are trying to hit that little white ball, you don’t have time to think about anything else,” he said.
He told his interviewer, David Feherty, that he wants to be remembered as “fair, decent and honest,” someone that treats members from both parties the same.
And as one of the most powerful people in Washington, he’s not willing to risk it all on a shot at the White House.
“You’ve got to either have a very special calling or be an ego maniac to want to [run for president],” he said.
“On top of that, I smoke cigarettes, I drink red wine, I play golf, I cut my own grass and I wash and iron my own shirts. I’m not giving that up to be president of the United States.”