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Update from the White House pool reporter: "POTUS is golfing with Mayor Bloomberg today, and they prefaced their game with a 15-minute discussion of the economy in the clubhouse at the Vineyard Golf Club. Seeking more details. CBS's Mark Knoller, hailed by many including the WH for his command of presidential data, says the two men have not golfed together before. After their conversation they headed to the driving range, and then the links. Also in the foursome: Vernon Jordan and trip director Marvin Nicholson."
Update 2: "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. POTUS invited the Mayor about a week ago. The mayor met POTUS at the golf club -- he did not travel with him in the motorcade."
As our Adam Lisberg notes, it just so happens that Hizzoner didn't rough up the POTUS when talking about the economy during this morning's WOR interview:
Bloomberg: "The stimulus bill, in the end, didn't go to do what the stimulus did back in the, after the Depression in the early 30s. Then they built schools and bridges..."
Gambling: "Most of what we have."
Bloomberg: "Most of what we have was built then. I mean, I went to an elementary school, a junior high school and a high school, all WPA projects. And this time, Congress did a lot of stuff which was operating and not long-term infrastructure.
"The objective, they would say, well, we gotta get the money out there right away. But once you get it to Congress, there's real-world politics. I'm not knocking them, but the real-world politics is everybody's got to bring home something, or the local press and commentators like you will blast, 'Our Congressman didn't bring home something.' Supposing you didn't need it, or some other place needed it more. Not relevant. They're gonna go after him. So we do have problems. My responsibility is for New York."
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