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Presidential putting pals, Obama and Clinton, hit the links

The two teed off on a cloudy afternoon at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington and finished up just over four hours later.

Image: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

AMERICAN PRESIDENT BARACK Obama was joined by former President Bill Clinton on the golf course yesterday, in a friendly contest of first duffers who’ve known the pressures of office and the joys of relieving them on the links.

The two teed off on a cloudy afternoon at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington and finished up just over four hours later.

On the first hole, photographers got a brief glimpse of the two: Obama in khakis and a dark golf shirt,Clinton in black slacks and bright red shirt.

The foursome included Obama’s chief of staff, William Daley, and longtime Clinton adviser Doug Band.

The White House declined to say how the outing came about — or what the scores were. But afterward, a joint statement from their spokesmen said the presidents enjoyed it.

“Periodically, over the last 2½ years, they’ve gotten together to discuss the unique honour and extraordinary opportunity to lead this country,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest and Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna. “They were pleased to have the chance to visit once again.”

Like Obama, Clinton took up golf during his White House years and became a devoted weekend player.

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