Considering America's epic financial constraints and the intense partisan bickering in Washington, one would assume that there would be little room for idle chit-chat and niceties between Democratic and Republican leaders.
But last night, in an intriguing dialogue, Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) proved this thought-process wrong.
Just before President Obama's jobs speech, the two leaders greeted one another with an unexpected fondness and then launched into a conversation about golf -- a subject that seems odd to be delving into just before an unprecedented, presidential policy speech.
Of course, there was one dig that Boehner was able to slip in. As Meredith Jessup reported on the blog:
Boehner can be heard taking a slight jab at Biden, noting how he is “one of those [Republican/Tea Party] barbarians,” Biden recently attacked during a Labor Day event with union workers. (It’s apparently becoming one of his favorite phrases.)
But this was at the beginning of the exchange. As it continued, golf, mixed with laughter, dominated the discussion. Boehner said (some outlets claim he "boasted") that he had recently played his best golf round ever. He explained:
“One day I play great, the next day I play awful, but this was the round of the decade."
Biden's response? “That's incredible."
Considering the negative tone in D.C., it's a wonder these two communicated at all. Their exchange was so positive, it leaves one asking: Are they actually friends?
Watch the back and forth, below: