Fore! Mayor Hits the Links with President Obama
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, rides in a golf cart driven by President Barack Obama, right, while playing golf at Vineyard Golf Club.
Updated at 6:15 PM EDT on Friday, Aug 27, 2010
Mayor Michael Bloomberg stole away to Martha's Vineyard to play golf with the president.
A Bloomberg spokesman said the billionaire mayor was invited to join President Barack Obama and talk about the economy. Obama has been vacationing there.
Friday's foursome at the Vineyard Golf Club also included White House trip director Marvin Nicholson and Washington powerbroker Vernon Jordan.
The president and Mayor Bloomberg took the opportunity to discuss plans for short- and long-term economic growth at a pivotal point in our recovery," said White House spokesman Reid Cherlin
. He said Obama invited the mayor to the island about a week ago.
Cherlin said the conversation was not about a Muslim cultural center and mosque proposed for a site near ground zero.
Bloomberg supports the mosque and Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build it, though he has pointedly said he was not commenting on the wisdom of that decision. Critics contend the site is too close to the prime target of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which were launched by Islamic terrorists.
Bloomberg supports the center and Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build it.
Published at 6:00 PM EDT on Aug 27, 2010
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