Gutierrez wants to play golf with Obama, but won’t


Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis Vicente GutierrezDHS to make migrants wait in Mexico while asylum claims processed Coffman loses GOP seat in Colorado Trump changes mean only wealthy immigrants may apply, says critic MORE (D-Ill.) wants to play golf with the president of the United States, but if he gets an invitation, he won’t accept it.

Gutierrez, a longtime supporter of President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNew data challenges Trump's economic narrative Trump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy The ideological divide on vaping has a clear winner: Smokers MORE who doesn’t shy away from criticizing him publicly, is an avid golfer. So is Obama. But don’t expect to see them in a foursome anytime soon.

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Gutierrez said, “You don’t think I want to hang out with him? You think I want to play golf with him? I do ... He’s president of the United States.”

He added, “I can’t … I have another responsibility.”

That responsibility is pushing Obama to pass immigration reform, and hitting the links with the president would be a detriment to that goal, the Illinois lawmaker indicated.

Because Gutierrez is one of Obama’s biggest Democratic critics on Capitol Hill, he might be on to something. It’s hard to see the nine-term legislator giving the president a lot of gimmes.

And Obama has been known to give his former congressional colleague some grief. Even though Gutierrez was one of Obama’s earliest backers in his bid for the White House, Gutierrez did not support him in the 2004 Senate primary. But Soraida Arocho Gutierrez, the congressman’s wife, did.

When the president sees the couple, he “never fails to tell her, ‘You were always with me.’ I know that,” a laughing Gutierrez said.