|Korea’s Choi Kyung-ju takes part in an event honoring the Presidents Cup golf teams in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. (AFP-Yonhap)|
WASHINGTON (AP) ― President Barack Obama and his most famous golf partner, Tiger Woods, got together again Tuesday, but at the White House instead of on the course.
Obama honored a team of American golfers who last year defeated an international team to win their fifth straight Presidents Cup, a victory that was clinched by Woods.
“Now last year was the second time I’ve been honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup. The United States won both times. I’m just saying,” Obama quipped during the East Room ceremony as he stood in front of three rows of golfers from both teams, including Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. All were unusually dressed in suits and ties.
“I’m not used to seeing these guys in suits,” Obama cracked.
Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner also were on stage with Obama, who introduced them as “two of my favorite golf partners” though he rarely includes either one in his foursomes.
Obama said he was extraordinarily proud of the Presidents Cup team, including for its contributions to charity. He said he hoped the team’s good fortune would somehow help another sports team whose fate has transfixed America. The U.S. soccer team faces possible elimination in its next World Cup match later this week.