(WASHINGTON) — After traveling for much of the weekend, President Obama is spending his Monday afternoon golfing with three senators, including two Republicans.
According to a White House official, the president is playing a round of golf with Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Mark Udall, D-Colo.
The bipartisan outing comes on the heels of a series of dinners and get-togethers the president has had with senators in recent weeks.
The White House said there is no specific political agenda for President Obama’s golf outing with senators, but that he’s “willing to try anything” to bring the parties together to advance his second term agenda.
“Whether it’s a conversation on the phone or… a meeting in the Oval Office or dinner at a restaurant or dinner at the residence, you know, he’s going to have the same kinds of conversations and test the theory that these kinds of — you know, this kind of engagement can help produce the results that everybody in this country, or at least the majority of the people in this country who care about and pay attention to these issues, wants to see,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday.
“The president looks forward to discussing with, and is probably discussing as I speak with the senators, a range of topics. This is in keeping with his engagement with lawmakers of both parties, and in particular Republican senators, to see if he can find some common ground on some of the challenges that confront us,” he said.
The press was allowed a glimpse of Obama on the links as the foursome attempted to sink their first puts. The president, in a white baseball cap, navy blue zip-up jacket and dark khakis, chipped his first shot past the hole. He later missed a putt.
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