John Boehner picks golf over running for president
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John Boehner picks golf over running for president

No matter how you feel about House speaker John Boehner's politics, you have to love that the Ohio Republican is picking pleasure over power.

Appearing on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, Boehner said he wasn't running for president in 2016, primarily because the job would commandeer a lot of his free time.

“Listen, I like to play golf,” Boehner said. "I like to cut my own grass. You know, I do drink red wine, I smoke cigarettes and I’m not giving that up to be president of the United States."

That's not to say the Commander-in-Chief can't hit the links, but Boehner is well aware of the shade thrown over President Obama by his own party for crossing the century mark in rounds played while in office. Boehner somewhat famously had a "golf summit" with Obama in 2011 that turned out to be a bigger D.C. golf event than the '11 U.S. Open, won in a rout by Rory McIlroy.

And as a man who's known for a good cry here and there, Boehner probably wants to be more like Steve Stricker: semi-retired, rich and on his own schedule.

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