In honor of the DNC, The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza takes a long look at President Barack Obama's odd "friendship" with former President Bill Clinton. And its root? Same as all reluctant partnerships: The course, of course. It started when
Band, who, by reputation, has an acute sense for moments of political advantage, tried to explain that you don’t just call up Bill Clinton and tell him to raise money and campaign for you. Band recommended that the two Presidents begin by playing golf. The next day, Obama phoned Clinton and invited him out for a round. Several Clinton associates say that this was the moment they realized that Obama truly wanted to win in 2012. Why else would he spend hours on a golf course being lectured by Clinton?If only we all got a free round just for listening to politicians stump. I'd spend election season at Pinehurst.
The Presidential round was played at Andrews Air Force Base on September 24, 2011, and since then Clinton has become a visible and vigorous champion of Obama’s reelection.