President Barack Obama told the couple whose wedding plans he disrupted over the weekend that he had no idea his golf game would wreak so much havoc.
Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. received an apology phone call from President Barack Obama on their wedding day. (Image source: CNN)
CNN obtained video of Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. speaking with the conciliatory president on their wedding day.
"Listen. Congratulations on your wedding. I feel terrible. Nobody told us," Obama told the couple on speakerphone. "If they had just mentioned that they were going to have a wedding on the 16th hole, we would have skipped the 16th hole."
He added, "I hope the wedding went OK anyway."
"It did," the groom replied. "Thank you very much. It was a blessing in disguise."
Heimel and Mallue were originally supposed to exchange vows Sunday on the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, but learned just one day out that they had to switch locations because of Obama's golf plans.
"How long you been going out?" the president inquired.
The couple told him they had been dating since 2011. Both Army captains, they each attended West Point but didn't meet until they were stationed together in Germany. They now live in Hawaii.
"Now, the only question is where do you honeymoon when you live in Hawaii?" Obama asked.
"We haven't figured that part out yet," Heimel laughed.
Wrapping up the call, Obama said they "sound like a wonderful couple."
"Congratulations, sorry for the change of plans, sounds like you guys are gonna have a great wedding and at least you guys have a good story to tell," he said.
The couple gave the president one last chance to join in the festivities, inviting him to their reception later. He declined, citing security needs.
"Everybody would have to be magged," Obama said. "Congratulations and thank you both for your service."