Two things President Barack Obama and likely House Speaker John Boehner share are a love for golf and the vice of cigarette smoking. But they will need a lot more than that to work together in dealing with the nation’s problems, Politico reports
The two went after each other hard on the campaign trail. The president mocked Boehner’s point that Obama’s financial reform bill amounts to “killing an ant with a nuclear weapon.” And last weekend, the president called Boehner and other Republicans “cocky” about their election prospects. “Accurate” is more like it.
Boehner allies say that beyond an occasional joke, the two have never really seen eye to eye. Last month, Boehner described their usual encounters to Fox News. “First thing that happens is, you know, I come in and he’ll say, ‘Boehner, you’re almost as dark as me.’ You know, I listen. We talk about golf. We’ll talk about our skin color.”
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel says, “There’s no animosity, but there’s not much of a personal relationship or a working relationship,”
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