By Mario Trujillo - 10/22/13 02:54 PM EDT
Obama and Boehner golfed once before in 2011 amid negotiations over a grand bargain on the budget. But Bush said that outing was “well publicized” and any future invitation should be aimed at building a relationship.
“Read the books about the times of Kennedy and Nixon and Johnson and Reagan and Bush and Clinton and Bush and Carter, and you'll find that there was a lot more engagement and a lot more trust that was built up, because there was this personal interaction,” he said.
“That's what's gone in Washington, D.C. No one trusts one another, and so we get into these fights that seem so irrelevant to a massive number of people who live outside of Washington.”
Former President George W. Bush also said last month that Obama should not be criticized for his frequent golf trips. However, he did not mention inviting along Republicans.
"I know the pressures of the job," Bush said in an interview last month. "And to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet."
"I think it's good for the president to be out playing golf," he added.
Jeb Bush also had some advice for Republicans in Congress, specifically Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), about the effort to defund or delay ObamaCare. He said Republicans should let the flaws of the healthcare law expose themselves on their own.
“I think Republicans need to take a step back and show a little self restraint and let this happen a little more organically,” he said.