President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden teed off against House Speaker John Boehner and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a Saturday golf game near Washington.
The game represents the first time the President and the Speaker have played together.
But it won't be all fun and games. The two will also discuss how to reach a deal to raise the country's $14.3 trillion debt limit by August 2 to avoid the first default in U.S. history.
The match also occurs at a time of clashes over both domestic and foreign policy.
With the Republicans in the majority in the House, Boehner has attacked the president on his use of force against Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya and is leading the charge on resisting a rise in the U.S. debt ceiling.
The bipartisan political outing at one of the three championship courses at Andrews Air Force Base was an unusual one for Obama.
The press was kept at a distance as the highly publicized game got under way.